Thursday, January 24, 2019

Review: Awakening the Trinity by Brittany Elise

by Brittany Elise
Black Rose Writing
YA Paranormal

In the seventeenth-century, an all-powerful witch called Rionach the Dark ruled the Celtic nations with an army of enslaved werewolves. In order to restore balance between Light and Dark, the Trinity of Light was summoned to vanquish the Dark Witch and end the Battle of the Dark Ages.
Seventeen-year-old Quinn Callaghan lives in the small, rustic town of Silver Mountain. Its location may be rural, but it is home to an ancient pine forest that surrounds a supernatural hotspot–a nexus of raw and powerful energy.
When a charismatic witch from Ireland, and a mysterious guy with a secret of his own are drawn to the area, Quinn finds out that she inherited her rare abilities from a revered ancestor. Could it be that she shares a bloodline with the Original Trinity? Nearly 300 years later, the Darkness is returning to Silver Mountain, and the Trinity must stop it.

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With magical chills, thrills and mystery, this read pulls in and produces a solid adventure for fans of YA supernatural excitement.

Quinn is a witch, and the only supernatural in the small town. With the death of her mother, she has no one to look to for guidance but does pretty well on her own thanks to a loving father and a super best friend. All's normal in Quinn's long as she doesn't accidentally touch someone's blood and receive a vision about their future...until another supernatural walks into her favorite coffee shop. There's something strange about him, and she's determined to figure out what especially since he attends her high school and won't leave her alone. But the mystery surrounding him isn't her only problem. Thanks to her vision, she has to decide whether to hide and keep her powers at bay, or use them to help someone and risk more than she's ready to.

From the first page on, this story grabs and sits. Quinn is a lovely girl, who is unsure of herself yet very down-to-earth and likable. She's kind, not a complete push-over, and not a looser or misfit either. She's very easy to relate to and keeps a fairly level head. The characters surrounding her are supportive and have their own personalities, while others are cliche. But it works out wonderfully to bring across a pretty convincing high school social life.

There's a wonderful thread of mystery from the very beginning, and while some things are somewhat predictable, others weave through unexpected places. It's not action pure but still holds a great pace as the author allows the characters to develop while keeping the surrounding questions in a wonderful state of tension. While it take a bit for the 'evil' to appear and it was as intense as I expected, it was wonderfully paced and lays the ground well for the next book in the series.

Fans of witches, werewolves and things that go bump in the night mixed with teenage life in all of its drama and extremes will enjoy this read. And I can't wait to see where book two will take Quinn and her friends next.

And here she is...

My love for writing began at a very young age–way before I could even type on a keyboard. I was always writing short stories and poems with a fan club of one (my mom.) I never stopped writing, but I don’t think I believed in myself enough to actually pursue it as a career. When I enrolled in college, I took as many creative writing classes as they offered, and ended up graduating with a degree in photography and minoring in English. I enjoy art in all its forms, but writing has always been my first love. Even when I was pursuing other careers, writing was always my go-to comfort. I later became an animal obedience instructor and met a children’s author through my dog training. She helped me get my foot through the door, so to speak, and I haven’t turned back since. During the day, I manage an FBO at my local hometown airport, and by night, I dive into my writing with my husband and my four-legged children by my side.
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