Review: Awaken by Skye Malone

About the book:

Dive into an underwater world of ancient secrets, dark magic, and love that will risk it all…

Running away from home was never Chloe Kowalski’s plan. Neither was ending up the target of killers, or having her body change in unusual ways. She only wanted a vacation, someplace far from her crazy parents and their irrational fear of water. She only wanted to do something normal for once, and maybe get to know her best friend’s hot stepbrother a bit better at the same time.

But the first day she goes out on the ocean, strange things start to happen. Dangerous things that should be impossible. Things to which ‘normal’ doesn’t even begin to apply.

Now madmen are hunting her. A mysterious guy with glowing blue eyes is following her. And her best friend’s stepbrother seems to be hiding secrets all his own.

It was supposed to be a vacation. It’s turning out to be a whole lot more.

Review by Katy Haye:

I liked Awaken, but I didn’t love it. The characters were vivid and enjoyable, and the premise was fun, if not providing anything new, but the plotting wasn’t as assured as I would have liked. There were a couple of frustrating moments where Chloe behaved in strange ways. She was desperate to get back to the ocean – but then stayed in the house and went to the bookshop rather than visiting the beach her soul was apparently crying out for.

I did, however, love the twist with Noah and Maxim three quarters of the way through. They were a great addition to the story, and the family dynamics were excellent in Chloe’s “second” family.

Overall, Awaken was okay, but I didn’t fall in love with it the way I always want to. It’s not a priority to move on with the series.

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