Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that it is or isn’t real. But, I’ve always figured that if the supernatural are real, they would live and work, unwittingly, amongst us. That is what would make sense. To me, at least. And not simply in a one specific role either, but as fully integrated into society as the non-supernatural. Take my current bus driver for instance. He could be fey, for all I know. Or a shifter, if his growls are anything to go by.
Oh, stop that whirring brain of yours; I can hear your derision from over here! But, you thinking I have lost my mind is not so strange. After all, there are no such things as Elementals, Fey, Vampires, or Shifters. Or are there? It stands to reason that, if they are real, they would conceal their true identity from the normal, ordinary people. Let’s face it, humans have shown time and time again their fear and disdain of anyone different to themselves. Be it someone’s colour, their gender, their religion, their sexuality…
So, unless someone proves me wrong, the preternatural are amongst us and my neighbour could just happen to be a goblin.
Awakened tells the story of seventeen year old Caleb. From a young age he knew that he was adopted, but he never knew the full truth about his birth parents. Nor did he want to. They gave him away!
Working as a night clerk in a hotel, trying to save enough money to go to college whilst also paying rent and everything else, is about as complicated as life gets for him. Until, one day on his way to work, Caleb gets into a car accident. When someone pulls him out of the wreck and near drags him to a waiting car, without so much as a hint of common courtesy, and sets Caleb’s car alight before rushing off, life becomes a whole lot less uncomplicated. Not that that’s a bad thing. Necessarily. Even if he could do without all the training.
Kenneth Creech has written a story full of complex characters. Practically no one is who they seem to be in the first instance. Don’t get me wrong, the development in each of the characters is required to get to the end of the story. But, some of the changes are downright surprising.
The plot in this story is new, yet familiar which creates a wonderful read without too many upsets. That is not to say that this is not an interesting read; it definitely is. But, like the setting of this book, it is more comforting than challenging.
My main problem with this story is the editing. Fine, there are no major spelling errors or plot holes. But punctuation exists to make reading easier. More importantly, the Oxford comma has never hurt anyone! Yet, in this read it seems that the editor got bored with adding them and decided to… well… leave them out. Not that there is no punctuation, but there simply isn’t enough of it. You could say, “Well, it’s a story written for young adults and that’s the way they speak” and you would have a valid point; it is part of the vernacular. That does not make it right to throw away all conventions. If anything, it proves the import of using proper grammar, spelling, and punctuation.
Notwithstanding my issues, this was a pleasant read and I am glad I had the opportunity to review it. As for my rating, 4 out of 5 stars.
Caleb McEllis has been haunted by the same nightmare for as many years as he can remember; he’s swallowed by darkness and unable to escape. It was the perfect metaphor for the small, conservative town where he grew up. Once he graduated from high school, he vowed to never return, hoping to escape the teasing he experienced since childhood.
On his way to work one night, however, his nightmare becomes reality and something in the darkness comes for him, causing him to careen off the freeway and flip his car. During the ensuing chaos, a stranger pulls Caleb from the wreckage moments before lighting it on fire. As the night continues, Caleb discovers that this stranger knows more about him than he should, perhaps even more than Caleb knows about himself. Caleb is forced to trust the stranger or run the risk of being killed by whatever attacked him on the road. He soon learns that the things he thought he knew about himself are based on lies he’s been told since childhood and as they unravel he is forced to confront the truth about what he really is. In order to survive, Caleb must let go of his past and embrace his true nature.
Awakened is a young adult paranormal fiction novel, infused with humor and a little bit of male on male romance. With a twist on the traditional shape-shifter genre, it will leave you wanting more! Awakened is the first in the series.