Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Awaken by Kristen Day Release Day Blitz





Book Info-
Title- Awaken
Series- Daughters of the Sea Book #2
By Kristen Day
Blurb-
The sacrifices we make have the power to shift the very fabric of who we are, and ultimately who we are meant to be…
After learning of her true destiny as the intended Leader of the Tydes, Anastasia Whitman must now embark on a perilous quest to the Underworld before the age of eighteen in order to plant the seed of immortality and complete her essence to become a true Sea Goddess. But before she can make her legendary journey, an unexpected new student transfers to Lorelei; initiating a sequence of events that will unravel Stasia’s new life, and test the boundaries of her relationship with the mysterious, dark, and sexy Finn Morrison. The line between the Underworld and the Living begins to blur as gruesome ghosts, morbid reveries, and pure evil haunt her waking hours as well as her sanity. Once the details of Finn’s own startling destiny are revealed, the dangerous secrets he’s been hiding will threaten the very love Stasia believed to be indestructible. As time begins to run out, she will be forced to choose between the one she loves and the destiny she cannot escape.
About The Author:


I am a southern belle at heart with a crazy streak that desperately tries to escape at every opportunity. I love all things nostalgic, rustic, and quirky. I've been told I see the world through rose-colored glasses, but I prefer to think of them as kaleidoscope glasses - swirling and morphing reality into something I can digest (who hasn't pretended those pasty lima beans were really kiwi strawberry jelly beans?).
I am the author of the DAUGHTERS OF THE SEA trilogy, which includes FORSAKEN, AWAKEN, and CHOSEN (Winter 2012). I love all books, but really enjoy writing young adult, paranormal romances. I've loved to write for as long as I can remember. My first published work was my poem RED in second grade (you guessed it - it was a poem about the color red - life altering, I know) that won me 5 gold stars and a spot in my elementary school's poetry book. That's when my addiction to the written word officially began. I was the only kid in fifth grade that actually enjoyed diagramming sentences. Go ahead and laugh – it’s okay.
When I'm not writing I'm making jewelry, painting, drinking sweet tea, watching the discovery channel, or going on random adventures in the mountains of North Carolina with my amazing husband. I graduated from Appalachian State University and dream of becoming a full time novelist.

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Our Reviews





Awaken  
Daughters of the Sea Series
Book #2 
By Kristen Day

 

 stars
Reviewed by: Angels 
Format:Kindle
Published:Kristen Day
Source:author copy Genre:Paranormal Romance




About Book


The sacrifices we make have the power to shift the very fabric of who we are, and ultimately who we are meant to be…
After learning of her true destiny as the intended Leader of the Tydes, Anastasia Whitman must now embark on a perilous quest to the Underworld before the age of eighteen in order to plant the seed of immortality and complete her essence to become a true Sea Goddess. But before she can make her legendary journey, an unexpected new student transfers to Lorelei; initiating a sequence of events that will unravel Stasia’s new life, and test the boundaries of her relationship with the mysterious, dark, and sexy Finn Morrison. The line between the Underworld and the Living begins to blur as gruesome ghosts, morbid reveries, and pure evil haunt her waking hours as well as her sanity. Once the details of Finn’s own startling destiny are revealed, the dangerous secrets he’s been hiding will threaten the very love Stasia believed to be indestructible. As time begins to run out, she will be forced to choose between the one she loves and the destiny she cannot escape.
 

 



My Thoughts



Wow ! Another keeper for sure. This continuing story just picked up where the last story left off.I never realized I was reading a new book! How fantastic is that.Another page turner that kept me up all night again but, I am not complaining this book was well worth it !

The danger became even more real for Stasia strangers are in town are now making her life a living hell.What to do ?After learning of her true destiny that she is the intended Leader of the Tydes. She must prepare herself for a quest to gain entrance to the underworld where she will gain her immortality.It is a dangerous quest she needs to learn to control all the powers she been gifted with to use in the up and coming fight. With the help of Finn and her friends she will learn all that she is capable of.Stasia is struggling with all of this its a lot to take on so soon. All these powers are coming so fast she has not been able to control them or learn even to use them to her advantage.She having reveries that she is not understanding.She is able to travel to the past and to the future and present just by dreaming.Learning some very discerning stuff as to what is to become or her...

Love all of character's.They were very brave, funny and characters for sure. We are introduced to even more characters as Stasia roommates are also learning to craft there own powers along withengaging in the dating scene themselves.

Got to say that Carmen was my favorite character this time around. That girl had such a demanding presence about her. She was one tough cookie.She made me laugh more then once with heraltercations with Ricker.The couple had a love hate relationship.Carmen and Ricker had a past making there situation even more complicated. But, all the while all the tense fighting and teasing was going on you could tell Ricker truly cared about Carmen. If you ask me he really wore is heart on his sleeve.

Then we have Liam and Willow taking there stab at romance or trying to.There developing romance was slow they seemed to be testing the waters both of them.Well maybe more so Liam he wasso painfully shy and Willow a little more bolder I think well, maybein her mind.But, I really think they will make a really cute couple.One thing that this author did is create all her male love interests to carry on as gentlemen.I just love that.

I have to say that I just loved following Anastasia budding romance with Finn.He just kept getting and better in my eyes.Both are now taking there relationship toward the next level. Finn is an important part of Stasia future as well as her past he knows so much about her that even Stasia doesn't know.

I have to say that I kept getting more and more excited as Stasia learned one ability after another. She was so surprised at herself at the abilities she had mastered and learned to control and command. In a sense they really scared her a bit. She grew even more powerful than even her mother ever was and she held extreme power so you can only imagine the things Stasia was capable of a even surprising Finn.

Not only does Stasia have a destiny to follow so does Finn.He will need to fight is own brother to the death to take his next chosen place as the leader of there clan.Its a fight to the death for both. I can only imagine how that weighed on Finns thoughts and what Finn must have been going through not only worrying about his own path but Stasia's. I had one pet peeve or didn't like about Finn at times itfelt as he kept a lot of information to himself about his own clan and destiny and Stasia's at times it seemed like he was trying to hide things.But, then on the other hand maybe he was trying to protect Stasia by not telling.What pressure he must have be under to know what he had to accomplish himself and still protect his love at the same time.

Even more intrigue is happening and even more twists and turns and now even a few road blocks.At this point Stasia and Finns relationship is be put to the test and Anastasia love is beingtested.This couple will have to have faith in each other for there love to survive.Bombshells are dropped and are having you wonderif there relationship was nothing but a joke.

I have to say that Stasia's roommates all stepped up to the plate a rallied with Stasia supporting her in her quest to come.Helping anyway they can.You will be amazed to learn the sacrifices her pals were willing to make.They impressed me greatly.

Such a moving story with so many ups and downs so much intrigue and how much we were able to learn about all the characters pasts and what was expected of them for the future.Amazing relationships built on love and friendship being put to the test.

This is a book to be read again and again and will remain in my keeper pile .A recommended read to all ages. A fascinating story not to be missed. 

  






Awaken  
Daughters of the Sea Series
Book #2 
By Kristen Day



 stars
Reviewed by: Tonya
Format:Kindle
Published:Kristen Day
Source:author copy Genre:Paranormal Romance


Review

First I just want to say I completely love how Awaken just picked right up where Forsaken left off. Many times a book will come to an end, with an obvious opening for another book to be added yet when you pick up the next book it is like entire moments in time are missing, new people are suddenly there and no explanation as to how they got there or why they are even part of the story. Actually in thinking about it Author Kristen Day worked characters for this book seamlessly into the prior book Forsaken so when they really come into serious play in Forsaken you already know them it’s not just “POOF LOOK AT ME HERE I AM”. 

Again the relationship between Anastasia and Finn is just so enjoyable to read and be a part of. It is truly budding love that continues to grow, I mean who cares that he is a “Son of Damion” you know the badest of the bad guys around town. He is so deliciously hot and a bad boy to boot – LOL.. I love seeing Anastasia try to constantly control the feelings she has for him, even with a glance she comes undone. It’s so innocent yet steamy. The author has done such a fabulous job describing each emotion, each moment, down to the smallest details. The movement of the sand when Anastasia is angry and storms to the water seeking comfort to the feelings and emotions she goes through when in one of her reveries. No small stone is left unturned within the pages of this book.

I also liked the truly funny and relatable battle of “I hate him” – “I hate her” – I like him” – “I like her” that Carmen and Ricker go through. Reminds me so much of a few friends of mine in school. You knew they liked each other but they liked getting under each other’s skin and acting like they couldn’t stand the other. And the slowly evolving relationship between Willow and Liam – Willow is chomping at the bit for him to ask her out but refuses to make the first move – it’s so totally real and so completely fun to read. I absolutely love Ricker he is such a wise guy yet you can tell he cares, cares about Finn and yes Carmen as well as his other friends. 

Let’s not forget Willow and Liam they are still fledgling love puppies but it’s getting there and I just love how their story flows in Awaken. It’s a breath of fresh air to see a cute guy struggle to tell a pretty girl he likes her. And you can just feel Willow want to grab him and say alright enough already just get it out and get it over and lets move forward. 

Okay ladies you all know in school there was always that ONE girl that just got under our skin, no matter how hard we tried, no matter how much we pretended to ignore her. She was still always there, glaring, spewing, and making our lives complete misery. Well Anastasia goes through that as well with Nadia and let me tell you what, there were a few times I wished I could jump right into the pages of the book and just pull that nasty girls hair out send her packing right back to her momma where she really belongs. – Shhhh don’t let my daughter hear that “What mom you fighting” – LOL You see what Nadia puts Anastasia and Finn through and you just hate her for it and scream for Anastasia and Finn to get the upper hand. But I like Nadia at the same time, she is good at being bad no no she is great at being evil.

This book is so good – the emotional struggle that both Anastasia and Finn go through as each prepares for their journey, what they are chosen for, their destiny. Though at times you really feel like Finn isn’t telling Anastasia everything and you just want to go “Okay mister spill the beans or else..” you also feel like maybe he is not telling her for her own good, and so suffers that constant tug of war. I personally could feel the struggles that Anastasia was going through. Being a teenager is tough enough, been a teen that at first didn’t fit in and then learns there is something completely different about her that is a lot. Then to learn you have this huge destiny to fulfill that you have been chosen (without even having a say in the matter) wow that is one serious ton of bricks to be lain at your feet. And Finn, dear, sweet, dark Finn, having to go through what he has to go through – I couldn’t even imagine, and to know you can’t tell the one girl who has made you believe you can be better everything you want to tell her. That is not something I would wish on anyone. 

Phoebe and Carmen don’t fail to disappoint with their best friend sisterly type bickering with one another. Sometimes it’s so comical I find myself bursting out laughing I really love these two. And Willow, dear sweet Willow, still the healer, I love her demeanor, her strength that she carries throughout these stories – she is the best friend I would love to have. The bond between the four girls continues to grow and the journey that Anastasia has to take with the help of her friends puts that friendship to the ultimate test. 

Now I have to tell you the ending well let’s just say it was 1:30 in the morning and I got to the end and when I read the last paragraph I jumped up and yelled “WHAT THE HECK!!!!!!!!!!” So did not see that coming but ohhhhh what an evil little twist you threw in there – no doubt you HAVE to read the next book to find out the fate of Anastasia and Finn, and Carmen, and Phoebe, and…and…and….

A++++++ MAZING!!!!!!!
  




Forsaken 
 Daughters of the Sea Series
Book #1 
 By Kristen Day

 

 stars
Reviewed by: Angels 
Format:Kindle
Published:Kristen Day
Source:author copy Genre:Paranormal Romance



About Book

Once you’ve been touched by darkness, it never leaves you…

Abandoned by her parents as an infant; seventeen year old Hannah spent her childhood wading through countless foster families until being adopted by the Whitman's three years ago.

Unfortunately, Atlanta’s high society wasn’t quite ready for Hannah…or the strange events that plague her.
Chilling visions of murder, unexplained hallucinations, and a dark, mysterious guy who haunts her nightmares all culminate to set in motion a journey of self-discovery that will challenge everything she’s ever believed; not to mention her sanity.

Sent to live at The House of Lorelei on Bald Head Island, NC for ‘kids like her’, Hannah quickly realizes things are not what they seem. Her fellow ‘disturbed’ teens are actually the descendent's of mythical Sea Gods and Goddesses. And so is she.

But when Finn, the ghost from her dreams, appears in the flesh; her nightmares become reality and her dark visions begin coming true. Inexplicably drawn to him, she can’t deny the dangerous hold he has on her heart. The deadly secrets he harbors will ultimately test her courage and push the boundaries of her love.

She must decide if she is ready to embrace the ancient legend she is prophesized to be a part of. The fate of all the descendent's will forever depend upon it.

 




My Thoughts



This is a brand new author with a new series .This is also a brand new author for me and she just wowed me thinking Omg this is such a terrific read.This book was totally amazing.I was just blown away by how good it really was.By far this is the best young adult series I have read this year.I would also like to give props to the author for creating three truly fascinating and maddening addictive stories Forsaken,Awaken and Chosen.What impressed me even more is that Kristen Day is a self published author who brought forth three amazing winners right off the bat!

This story had such a truly amazing cast of characters.I liked them all, Well with a few exceptions I wanted to see those ones get what was there due !The roommates of Stasia's were truly a fascinating group of girls.They brought many laughs and quite a few chuckles to the pages as I was reading.One of the things that impressed me was that the girls were always snacking a eating especially desserts like cup cakes.With so many body conscious teens it was nice to see that this group of girls didn't have any weight issues they were all comfortable in there own skins.Well, they had to be one of Stasia's roommates liked to cook and bake and she did a lot of both.No dorm mates staving here ! LOL


My favorite character was Finn Morrison.I fell in love with is character after reading just a few pages.That was one Hottie !Finn was a amazing guy and even more of an amazing boyfriend to Stasia he was a kind and caring and always put Stasia first and was there for her when ever she needed a shoulder to cry on or just someone to talk to.Finn definitely had a helping hand in shaping and guiding  Stasia into the women she would become one day soon.Finn was tall dark and dangerously handsome a boy from the underworld the Demon world.The aura always surrounding Finn was dark but, he was just the nicest guy to his friends but, deadly foe to his enemies and those of Stasia's.Wish I had a guy like that sigh....


Stasia would have to be my second favorite.What a truly amazing girl to deal with the abandonment of her parents .Always  knowing you were different and trying to be normal just to fit in.Always working at it making it an exhausting process.She was adopted into a rich family who never really tried to get to know the real Stasia just thinking she was crazy.But, one shrink determined what was wrong with her and placed her in a school for gifted children like herself learning that she was different not insane but, born from a Goddess.All her oddness visions blackouts all made sense finally she was coming into the powers that her parents had passed on to her not knowing who or where she came from.Can you imagine learning your mother was a mystical creature all and mighty powerful Goddess ?


Love the ease that Stasia had with her roommates it was refreshing no fighting or petty jealousies between the roommates they all got along were funny engaging and had the true making of a long and lasting friendships for all of them.Each would give there life for one another without even giving it a second thought.All of Stasia friends had there own mystical powers and all were born of the Tyde clan giving them a different talent to heal, command water, command the sand.None of them should ever be underestimate they were all powerful in there own right.The slow and budding romance between Finn and Stasia was truly endearing.Finn being a modern man but, being old fashion enough to actually court his girl like the old days. So romantic...

This novel was totally engrossing and quite the page turner, Read this book in one sitting by staying up all night without ever going to bed just to finish it.It was truly a magical read just couldn't put the book down.The story had so much excitement so many twists and turns .You learn someone or somebody's were plotting to kill you without having a clue why ?


The story was about learning about your one true self. Where you came from.Who you are destined to be.Forging lasting friendships that would last ones lifetime.Finally finding a place that you belonged and felt that you fit somewhere for the first time ever. Last but not least being in a relationship with the one who could truly own your heart helping your heal from past hurts.All of the gals are so jealous they all want a boyfriend like Finn.Including me ! LOL


This is a must read for all. Even if you don't read young adult books this book and the others in its series are a must in your To Read Pile that keeps growing for all of us.I cannot say enough good things about this book it was so much fun and such and engaging read.It just blew me away how much I enjoyed it! .Kristen definitely has a new fan in me ! So excited that this series with be continuing not ending....







Forsaken (Daughters of the Sea #1)

by 
5 stars
Reviewed by: Tonya
Format:Kindle
Published: Kristen Day 
Source:Provided by author  Genre: Paranormal


About Book

Once you’ve been touched by darkness, it never leaves you… 
Abandoned by her parents as an infant; seventeen year old Hannah spent her childhood wading through countless foster families until being adopted by the Whitmans three years ago.
Unfortunately, Atlanta’s high society wasn’t quite ready for Hannah…or the strange events that plague her.
Chilling visions of murder, unexplained hallucinations, and dark, mysterious guy who haunts her nightmares all culminate to set in motion a journey of self-discovery that will challenge everything she’s ever believed; not to mention her sanity.
Sent to live at The House of Lorelei on Bald Head Island, NC for ‘kids like her’, Hannah quickly realizes things are not what they seem. Her fellow ‘disturbed’ teens are actually the descendants of mythical Sea Gods and Goddesses. And so is she.
But when Finn, the ghost from her dreams, appears in the flesh; her nightmares become reality and her dark visions begin coming true. Inexplicably drawn to him, she can’t deny the dangerous hold he has on her heart. The deadly secrets he harbors will ultimately test her courage and push the boundaries of her love.

She must decide if she is ready to embrace the ancient legend she is prophesied to be a part of. The fate of all the descendants will forever depend upon it.
 


My Thoughts



What a truly amazing book – I have loved reading this book. Let’s just say that if I could make time stand still so I could just read and never have to put the book down until it was finished (though I hate that it comes to an end – as all books do). I really got into this book and while reading I really felt transported into the story, like I was right there watching every moment unfold before my eyes. To me an author is only as good as the story’s ability to draw you into it and making you the guest of honor that is there, but not there. Author Kristen Day has done that with Forsaken. 
Let’s start with the main character her parents leave her as a baby at a police station in the middle of the night in the middle of a storm. Even though the storm is referring to the weather outside you can tell that it represent the storm within the hearts of the parents that are leaving their beautiful daughter for what one can only assume is a better life. 

Flash forward and she is all grown up. Hannah Elizabeth Whitman or that is what the foster system named her. Her newest family comes from money and adopted her as a teenager. Though she has never truly felt like she fit in she does the best she can to make her adoptive mother happy. At a party something happens that for Hannah is normal but very embarrassing for her adoptive mother. So her adoptive mother sends her to a therapist. Not long after Hannah’s world is completely turned upside down. 

Hannah’s therapists recommends sending her to a special school for people like her. Only she doesn’t know what that meant “people like her.” Coming to this school is a new start for her, a start where no one knows about her past, her life in foster care, the things she has seen and subject to and so with that fresh start Hannah decides to change her name and becomes Anastasia. 

Anastasia is special as are all the rest of the students at this school. At this school she begins to learn where she really came from, she makes great friends and meets a very dark, very handsome guy. And even though they never met until this point she knows him, she has known him most of her life. Finn as she comes to learn has been in many of her dreams throughout her life. And not long after coming to the new school he saves her life. She soon learns what is special about everyone at this school, all of them are children of Gods or Goddesses. There are different types, each having something special about them based on who their parents were. 

Anastasia’s friends in this book have such character. Her roommates Willow, Phoebe and Carmen each are so very different from each other but are also like “Stasia” as they end up calling her. Only Anastasia is a bit more special than the rest, and everyone but Anastasia knows this. A great bond grows between the girls from the moment Anastasia arrives and instantly they take to each other. I love Phoebe’s whit, she is funny, spunky and quirky and you can tell she loves to get under Carmen’s skin – but in a good way. Willow she is the motherly type of the group a healer and great in the kitchen. Carmen is the exotic one and has a bit of fire in her, attitude which you see throughout the book and I really loved. I really liked all three of these girls, so well written in the story and so easily like-able. And others are as easily dis likable such as Olivia one of the other girls from across the hall who had serious attitude and what seems like jealousy issues. But they always say never judge a book by its cover – Olivia is a good example of that. 

There are moments throughout this book that your breath is completely taken away, you are laughing at Phoebe and her comments, holding your breath waiting to see if Carmen is just going to let her have one. There are moments that you are brought to tears, okay well I was brought to tears. You can feel the pain that ‘Stasia’ and her friends feel. The struggle, the laughter and joy. I could feel the struggle within Finn every time he was with Anastasia and she would ask a question. The author did such a great job writing the emotions into the book that they are right on the tip of the page and as you turn to it, it’s like it grabs hold of you and you feel what they are feeling within those pages. 

The story flows from beginning to end, there is no down time, there is no okay let me skip a page or two so I can get to a good part, it’s all good from the very beginning when you are drawn into the parents pain of leaving their daughter to the very end when who and what Anastasia truly is and is truly meant for comes to light. You can close your eyes and hear the music play as Finn and Anastasia are dancing, you can imagine her wonder when she is battling the elements to save something very dear to her. You can feel the pain as she tries to save a friends life and you can feel the tender moments between her and Finn. 
This is one book I thoroughly enjoyed reading and now I am going to close this review and head right into the next book of this series “Awaken”. 



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