The Awakening (Daray Hall #1)

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Kylie is devastated after her best friend’s suicide. When Kylie dies, she’s happy at the thought of seeing her again. What she doesn't plan on is waking up at a strange mansion and being told that she’s about to become a vampire. The moon Goddess Selene has chosen her for a reason. A series of murders shakes her new home, and she must protect those she loves, while looking for the killer. Age 15+ More
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Words: 65,090
Language: English
ISBN: 9781476100524
About Samantha Hoffman

Samantha Hoffman is a twenty-four year old author who has always had a passion for both reading and writing. She writes in her spare time (she has less of that now that she has an 18 month old), and when she isn’t writing her own books, she’s reading the books of others. She currently has thirteen ebooks available through Smashwords and Barnes and Noble. Her favorite genre to write is paranormal romance, but she also likes to dabble in fantasy and horror. She loves werewolves, vampires, zombies, and anything supernatural. Her favorite author is Tamora Pierce, but she also likes Darren Shan and J.K. Rowling.

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Review by: Avid Reader on Aug. 05, 2013 :
What I liked:
-The main character. Kylie was angry, strong-willed, loyal, and extremely protective despite her horrible home life and problems with her mother. She refused to give up no matter what happened, and she fought to prove everyone wrong.
-Kylie and Tara’s relationship. It was interesting to read about such a close relationship. I liked how the dynamic between the two of them didn’t really change after Kylie realized who she was as a person. If anything, their relationship may have gotten even stronger.
-The secondary characters. I liked how they didn’t immediately become best friends with Kylie, and how she was slow to trust them once everything started to happen.
-The Greek element. I thought the addition of Greek Mythology to the vampire creation story was a great touch and it set this story apart from other similar storylines. Selene was interesting even though she didn’t make much of an appearance until near the end.
-The ending. It was amazing. I didn’t see it coming until the very end, and I was sad with how things turned out, but oddly happy, too. The ending

What I disliked:
-The setting. It was pretty cliché and standard for the Paranormal Romance genre. I’ve read plenty of books about school-like mansions in the past, and there are only so many different ways to do it.
-Kaven’s lack of depth. Kylie’s mentor didn’t get much development other than slowly becoming her friend throughout the book. He was just kind of there to push her on.
-Intelligent or not? I was surprised Kylie didn’t figure out who the bad guys were sooner. She was portrayed as intelligent throughout the book, and I realized pretty soon who the bad people were, and I wanted to smack Kylie when she didn’t realize it.
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Review by: Enchanted Reader on March 30, 2013 :
The idea behind this book (vampire bodyguards, vampire goddesses, and vampires with special powers) has been done many times before, like with House of Night and Vampire Academy, but I still really loved it. The main character felt real and likeable, and I couldn’t help but love her. Her relationship with the person she’s sworn to protect was different because she was in love with her. The main character is bisexual, and I really liked that. She had a hard time figuring out who she was, and it made me relate to her all the more. There wasn’t much romance in this book, which I really liked, since most paranormal romance books seem to be love stories with a bit of plot mixed in. The action in this book is well-written (action scenes seem to be a specialty of this author) and the twist ending had me in shock.
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Review by: Lexie Snyder on May 21, 2012 :
This book was interesting, it reminded me of PC Cast inspired book. Unfortunately, it didn't have nearly the depth of emotion or character portrayal. From what, I’m assuming is a newer author, I believe Samantha Hoffman has talent that will be developed as she continues to write. There have been several authors, whose books are NWT bestsellers that started out with a weaker series of books, but as the author grew so did their writing style.

That being said, this book focused on vampires (that are not supposed to be known to the world at large, compared to several other types of vampire books where the world knows of their existence). There are a lot of underlying themes including bisexuality, homosexuality, and standing up for who you truly are and not conforming to others’ expectations. While these are important topics, at several times I felt like they bogged down the plot line, instead of actually increasing the depth of the characters.

I’m assuming that Selene, the Greek Goddess of the Moon (also in other vampire fantasy novels referred to as Nyx the Goddess of Night) will reunite Tara and Kylie, otherwise the series would have to shift its POV.

It was a quick read that kept me entertained, even though most readers will guess quickly who the “evil character” is just as I did. I would be interested in reading the next book that comes out in this series to see how Hoffman progress as a writer, and where the series goes
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