Thursday, October 19, 2017

Review: Awoke by K.T. Conte with Giveaway

 The Want Series
by K.T. Conte
324 pages
YA Fantasy/Paranormal Romance
SugarCane Publishing

October 2017!!!

Tour dates: Sept 25 to Oct 27, 2017
Content Rating: PG-13 (mainly bad language)

Katya leads a normal life any teenager would be envious of – popular, pretty and dating the high school elite. Not she enjoys the spotlight, mind you. She wants everyone to believe she is normal.

But when Katya sees the real reason behind the earthquakes plaguing everyone in Boston, the truth rattles and shatters the perfect normal illusion Katya created for herself. An ability to see unearthly creatures and manipulate waves of life energy labels her as anything but normal. And it’s an ability that attracts unwanted and dangerous attention.

She reluctantly finds herself in the company of Gregor, a handsome member of an international spirit military team called the Kyrios. Her simple decision to help thrusts Katya in a world of the undead spirits, betrayal and a perpetual battle between undead monsters and the wardens that keep them in their place.

Katya must decide whether she values the simple and easy life she created for herself over the complex and difficult world now asking her to stand and fight.

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Packed with action and after-life intrigue, there's something unexpected at the turn of every page .

Eighteen-year-old Katya's biggest fear is being deemed as 'weird', although her life appears to be pretty normal—high school, boyfriend, up-coming graduation and a little popular-girl-with-an-attitude problem thrown in. Nothing special. If it weren't for the sudden visions, that is. When a night out for her friend's birthday ends in an alley with a monster attack, Katya's visions are the least of her troubles. 

This story takes a whole new twist on the battle between heaven and hell, and throws an exciting heroine into the mix. Katya is not a push-over. She has her self-doubt issues like every teenage girl, but she's got friends who have her back and a mouth work to make any target of her vengeance cringe in fear. This book does have bad language, and it does a great job of reflecting a normal, average teen, who likes to hang out every now and then. The decisions, concerns, dialogue and attitudes fit the age group well and flow naturally.

Monsters, special powers and dangerous battles make this into an action-packed, paranormal read. The stakes and tension remain high through-out the book, and danger always hangs in the air. But there's also intrigue and all sorts of hidden agendas—some of which hint at many things still to come. It's a classic battle of good versus evil, where it's clear that the sides are going to grow foggier as the tale goes on. In other words, lots of twists and turns, and delightful evil plans. There are a few stumbles in the first chapters as the information about the complex world filters in, leaving a little confusion, but as the story gets under way, the action and plot take over and the read is hard to put down. The end again almost lost me as it suddenly sped up to pack everything in, but it pulls through into a high stakes climax with a fairly wrapped up closing. The loose ends don't frustrate but guarantee and interesting book to come.

And there's romance. This one hits more of a New Adult level, not so much because of the content but because of the characters. The hero is in his mid-twenties (otherwise, several hundred years old) and the attitudes come off much more mature from his side. The romance is a mixture of building friendship, but then with sudden closeness built in, making it not as smooth as it could have been but still, a joy to read and watch. 

Summed up, this is a fun, action packed read. It's easy to get emotionally involved with Katya, fear for the world around her and sit back and enjoy one tense scene after the other. Friends of heaven vs. hell battles (with a different twist) who love a little romance and paranormal fun are sure to enjoy reading this one.

And here she is. . .

K.T. Conte is a lover of books, people and all things wild and crazy. She received her B.A. in English from Boston College and her law degree from Suffolk University Law School. While she has and continues to be a licensed attorney, her first love has always been books from the tender age of 2. Originally from Massachusetts, K.T. currently lives in New York City with the monsters in the closet, her husband Everett, a couple of building fairies and her dog, Champ.

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Sandra Watts said...

Thanks for hosting. Love the cover.

K.J. Conte said...

Thank you for your review - informative! And I'm glad you enjoyed it! :)
~ K. T. Conte