Don't Sleep on "Awaken"

Title:  Awaken
( The Patronus: Book 1)
Author:  Sarah M. Ross
Format:  Ebook
Length:  175 pages
Publisher:  4 Corners Press
Rating: 4 stars

Lucy Donovan was supposed to have a weekend of fun in the sun, celebrating her upcoming graduation from college. In a split second, everything changed. A drunk driver ended Lucy’s mortal life.

Lucy opens her eyes to a world she never imagined possible and a new destiny: as a Patronus, a guardian of spirits. Adjusting to her new role and abilities while negotiating this confusing realm will test her limits and push her further than she ever dreamed she would go. From wayward spirits who don’t want her help to soul stealing vampires, and even a stuck-up British royal, Lucy must brave them all to save one spirit she can’t bear to lose.

Further complicating her life is an inexplicable yet growing connection she feels to a member of her team, Max, whose mysterious behavior leaves her both confused and intrigued.

Waking up dead was just the beginning of her problems. Lucy’s death is about to become the greatest adventure of her life   -Goodreads

Something New
Sarah M. Ross' "Awaken" has managed to breathe new life into the world of paranormal romance.  Though the elements of the story:  vampires, wares, and angelic guardians are the same, the story, lore and world that is built for readers within the pages of this tale are something new altogether.
Readers will be pleasantly surprised to find that there is a novel sized story within this relatively short read.  Don't let the size if this book fool you.  It is a complex, full bodied story that is chock full of complex characters, action, heartbreak and romance.

Romance....And So Much More
This book stands heads above the rest in that area.  It would have been so easy for  this author to have just allowed Lucy and Max to just fall into bed and succumb to the attraction that is so obvious from the start.  Instead, she takes the high road in this, allowing the relationship between the two to mature as an element of the story instead of becoming its focus.

There are so many other relationships that are allowed to have their place in the spotlight throughout this read.  The friendships that exist between Lucy, James, Cassie, and Max.  The love that shines through for Lucy toward her sister, and the battle within Lucy herself are just a few colors within the emotional rainbow that is this tale.

This is a wonderful read and a great introduction to what promises to be a fascinating series.  
Bring on book two...I'm hooked!


  1. I'm reading this now! Almost done and omg are you right about the book being great!

  2. From the description the book doesn't seem that interesting to ... but maybe I'm wrong.


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