The Awakening: Three Sources. Two Worlds. One Connection.by Dana Claire
Publisher: Chamberlain Publishing House (May 20, 2021)
Series: The Blood-Light Trilogy #2
Category: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Aliens, Romance
Available in Print and ebook, 319 pages
The government called her a weapon. Her mother called her a gift. She called it a forced fate. Beatrice Walker is no stranger to surprises and after the year she’s had, finding out she is responsible for billions of lives is a drop in the bucket. Until she learns there may be more to the prophetic plan to prevent the extinction of two planets—both Earth and Ferro, and that she isn’t the only Blood-Light they will need to fight the imminent threat of an asteroid hurtling toward the planets.
He grew up a loyal heir. He trained to be a soldier. He found purpose with the Rebellion. Cash Kingston didn’t think falling for a Blood-Light—part human, part Ferroean—was possible. But when he met Beatrice Walker, all of that changed. What didn’t waver was his quest to save his beloved planet Ferro and his new home, Earth. Not only from the oncoming asteroid but from leaders of both planets with more sinister agendas.
Together, Beatrice and Cash, plus their team, must uncover who they can trust, how they can stop their enemies, and what superpower matters most, or they will lose everything they are fighting for.
Guest Review by Sal
“The government called me a weapon, a masterfully planned defense to save Earth. What they didn’t plan was for me to question my existence.”
So, begins ‘The Awakening,’ book number two in the beautifully written Blood-Lite series by Dana Claire.
I couldn’t put this book down and I’m sure that any reader would feel the same. YA is such a fun, imaginative genre and Claire embodies that to a tee.
After the adrenaline pumping plot of the first book in this series, the second gets off to a quick start with Beatrice and Cash retrieving Cash’s brother, Ashton from the safe house that he has been trapped in. The narration of the book is told from three perspectives, Beatrice’s, Cash’s and Ashton’s.
Ashton’s personality is clever and funny, but his POV quickly reveals a shocking secret involving his possible connection to Beatrice and the relationship that they may be destined to enter into. How will this affect Beatrice’s romance with Cash? You’ll have to read the book to find out, but between that and the pair finally finding Cash’s ex-girlfriend Sera and waking her up from her coma-like stasis, let’s just say the teenage romance faces some definite challenges in this one.
This series is amazing! The world building is everything that a science fiction novel should be. The differences between Ferro and Earth and the nature of the source that Beatrice carries inside of her were expanded on wonderfully in this sequel.
I can only imagine how much thought and care Dana Claire put into the writing of this series and I am so grateful that she did. It makes it so much more enjoyable to see how clearly well thought out her world building has been. I hope the third book in this series is coming soon! I can’t wait to see what happens to Beatrice and Cash next!
About the Author
When author Dana Claire had several poems published as an elementary school student, she was hooked and writing became her passion. A shared dream of hers and her mother’s, she promised her dying mother that she would become a published author and that dream has been realized with The Connection.
Dana believes that a good story is made through strong character development; when readers become attached to the characters’ emotional state and are invested in their objectives. She believes that the beauty of reading is that one can live a hundred lives within the stories of books. Her own stories come to her in her dreams, and she wakes up with book ideas.
Dana’s family is very supportive of her writing and the creativity and sentiment driving it. Enjoying bicoastal living between Los Angeles and New York, Dana says she “lives the best romance in the world being married to the most amazing man she could ever ask for.” The Connection was her debut YA novel, the first volume in a planned trilogy. The Awakening is the second volume. She is also the author of The Reclaimed Kingdom, a YA fantasy romance novel.
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Praise Awakening by Dana Claire
Having thoroughly enjoyed the first book in this series, I was absolutely sure I was going to love this one as well and boy, I wasn’t wrong. This is the second book in this stellar series and it’s even more action-packed than the first. It starts off with a bang and doesn’t let up the entire time. It also introduces more fun and quirky characters that I immediately fell in love with. And what an ending! It was done so uniquely and kept the momentum going until the very last page, during which we’re also treated to some astounding revelations that just make me that much more anxious for the next book to get here already. If you like young adult scifi action adventure, you’ll love this author and this series. They’re both outstanding.” -5 Stars DTChantel
“I’m so in love with this series!! This is the second book, which you expect for it to be not quite as good as the first, NOPE!!! This was just as great as the first, if not a little better!!!
The growth we see of the characters and not just the main characters, is so well done. We have a few new side characters that brought a lot to the story. But my favorite are Cash, Beatrice and Ashton. But I totally ship Cash & Beatrice!!!
I can’t stress this enough… if you like Romance with SciFi (like The Lux series by JLA, The Kricket series, The Saven series) you will LOVE this series!!!! It’s definitely it’s own series, not a copycat, but just to give you an idea of the kind of Romance with SciFi story it is. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS SERIES!!! And I can’t wait for the next book!!!” -5 Stars Donna (Book Dragon Girl)
“I was so excited to read book two in this series! There was just enough backstory sprinkled in so that you could still follow the story if you hadn’t read book one (and enough to remind the reader if they read book one a while ago). I was pulled right back into Bea and Cash’s story, and I could barely put the book down until I reached the end. From rescuing Ashton, to Cash being captured, to Bea’s first experience of Ferro, to the surprising “reward” for saving the world, I had to keep turning the pages. We’re left with a cliffhanger at the end, though, so I hope Ms. Claire is industriously writing volume three!” -5 Stars Cyndi
“This book is beyond amazing. It keeps you so hooked at all times. You cannot go wrong with this read.” -5 Stars Amazon Customer