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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About Samantha Hoffman

Samantha Hoffman is a twenty-seven year old author who has always had a passion for both reading and writing. She writes in her spare time and when she isn’t writing her own books, she’s reading the books of others. 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.

The Arena Wars (Arena Wars #1).
War of Hearts (Arena Wars #2).
Consumed by War (Arena Wars #3).

Dark Secrets (Dark Heritage #1).
Dark Revenge (Dark Heritage #2).
Dark Possession (Dark Heritage #3).

Zombie Island (Zombie Apocalypse #1).
Zombie Country (Zombie Apocalypse #2).
Zombie World (Zombie Apocalypse #3).
Tales of Terror from Survivors (Zombie Apocalypse #3.5).

The Awakening (Daray Hall #1).
The Protector (Daray Hall #2).

Fateful Impact (Crimson Nightmare #1).
Calculated Risk (Crimson Nightmare #2).
Substantial Loss (Crimson Nightmare #3)(TBA).

Menagerie Noir (Hawthorne PD #1).
Syndicate Noir (Hawthorne PD #2)(TBA).

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About the Series: Daray Hall
Kylie Redding has a lot on her plate. Her mother is a hollow shell of her former self, her step-father is an abuser who resents her, and to top it all off, her best friend Tara just committed suicide. When Kylie begins the secretive and mysterious transition from human to vampire, she finds that Tara has made the transition before her. Reunited, Tara begins to help Kylie settle into her new life as a creature of the night, and Kylie begins her journey on the path of their loving goddess. Selene, the goddess of the moon and mother of the first and all vampires, has chosen both Tara and Kylie for very important reasons which begin to come clear as war breaks out. There is a war beginning, for control of the moon, and Kylie learns that she will have to play an integral part or risk losing everything and everyone she holds dear. Filled with love, betrayal, hope, and sacrifice, follow Kylie’s journey.

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Reviews

Avid Reader reviewed on Aug. 5, 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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Enchanted Reader reviewed 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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