Katya is trying to have a normal life as a typical teenager and tr ...
Katya is trying to have a normal life as a typical teenager and tries to ignore the visions of creatures that others cannot see. One night she goes to a party with her best friend, Amie and encourages her to hook up with a hot guy that rejects her. Katya goes after the guy to put in her two cents when she stumbles upon a strange interaction then wakes in her bed with Gregor next to her. It seems being around Gregor has unleashed her abilities. Kat quickly finds herself in a world with monsters and those that fight to keep them in their place. It seems that these monsters are also causing the strange quakes felt in the Live Realm. Kat is going to have to go through a lot of training to get her abilities ready to fight with. I really enjoyed this story. You have a typical teen that just wants to be typical, not to see the creatures that no one else does. Although she is reluctant to go on this adventure, she is willing to fight to keep those she cares for safe. I love Gregor. He is tough, quick to temper, and yet has a sweet spot for Kat. This is a beautifully developed world with lots of characters. They are introduced at a pace that does not leave you make notes to figure out who is who. I loved the story, there is lots of action, and an ending that will leave you wanting book two to see what happens next. I really enjoyed this book and recommend it to any that like Fantasy YA. You will not be disappointed. I received Awoke from iRead Book Tours for free. This has in no way influenced my opinion of this book.
October 23, 2017
Reviewed by Divine Zape for Readers' Favorite Awoke: The Want Ser ...
Reviewed by Divine Zape for Readers' Favorite Awoke: The Want Series by K.T. Conte is a great paranormal treat for young adult readers, a story that explores a teenage girl’s journey to accepting her exceptional gifts and following a very unique path. For a long time, Katya has pretended that she is normal, that she is like everyone else, but deep inside there is a turmoil of emotions, an unfolding world that she tries futilely to suppress. Yes, because she is gifted with incredible abilities, and she can see creatures and things veiled from the eyes of ordinary people, and can harness waves of life energy. When a member of an international spirit military group called the Kyrios enters her life, everything changes as she finds herself in the middle of a monumental battle that has raged for ages, involving undead spirits and wardens charged with keeping them in their place. She has to make the choice to embrace her path or retreat to the semblance of a life she’s created. There is a lot to enjoy in K.T. Conte’s novel and readers will enjoy the way the conflict is developed. It was interesting imagining what it feels like to be the protagonist as I read the story and I couldn’t help but accept the lesson that our gifts are our curses. Imagine the internal conflict of having great powers and not being able to accept those powers. The pace is fast and the writing captivating. Katya's world is overwhelming and readers will follow her with bated breath, caught up in the whirlwind of action taking place in an invisible world that affects ours in many ways. Awoke: The Want Series is well-plotted, set in an interesting and vividly written setting, and featuring compelling characters readers will love to follow. It was an engaging read for me.
September 16, 2017
Reviewed by Caitlyn Lynch for Readers' Favorite So the absolute f ...
Reviewed by Caitlyn Lynch for Readers' Favorite So the absolute first thing I am going to yell about this YA fantasy book is that not only does it have a black female protagonist - who looks cool on the cover, too - but it is actually written by a black female author. Katya's pretty, popular... and different. She desperately wants to be normal, but the things she sees won't go away. When she unwittingly crosses the path of a Kyrios, one of the guardians of Death, her powers begin to grow exponentially and she has no choice but to learn control, or endanger everyone around her. There is a large cast of characters in Awoke, and a lot of world-building, but everything was introduced quite gradually. There was no sense of info dumping and no stage at which I was left thinking ‘wait, who’s that again?’ Instead, K.T. Conte introduces characters one or two at a time, skilfully giving everyone their own distinct personalities and quirks. This is a fascinating story with lots of twists and turns, including a couple I saw coming and a couple I really didn't. I read it straight through in one session. It's just that interesting. While the language feels a little junior high at times, maybe it's just that I don't read a lot of YA novels. Katya is, after all, 18 and she does act like a teenager, regularly compromised by her own feelings and lack of worldly experience. In short, Awoke is a great start to a new series by an author I hadn't encountered before, and I'll be eagerly looking out for more of K.T. Conte's work.
September 16, 2017