Sunday, August 6, 2017

Review: Awakening by KT Webb

Title: Awakening
Author: KT Webb
Genre/Age: Paranormal/YA
Series: The Last Coven Series (Book One)
Publisher: Self-published
Format: ebook via YABound
Rating: ✺✺✺
SynopsisPlagued by dreams of a dark shadow, Sutton Stone is convinced she’s losing her mind. 

Lucy Marks turns to her Wiccan aunt when a woman with mismatched eyes visits her with answers to questions she never thought to ask. 

Being kidnapped on her birthday was a terrifying surprise, but when three girls show up and call her a witch, Grace Trudeau quickly realizes they mean it literally. 

After years of helping run a museum in the City of Witches, Harper Landry discovers that magic is far closer than she ever imagined. 

On the run from a trio of brothers who want to resurrect an evil past, the coven will discover their bloodline is old, powerful—and deadly. From high school to hell, follow them as they realize that nothing is harder than being a teenage witch.

**Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book.**

Four girls discover their magical destiny...

When a wickedly vengeful woman is about to be set free, ancient Druids must reconvene a coven of witches to fight against the woman and her evil sons. Four teenage girls come into their magical powers on their birthdays and a series of mysterious dreams lead them to each other. Sutton, Grace, Lucy, and Harper must learn to work together and trust only themselves in a game with dangerous rules.

Unfortunately, the last witch of the coven has yet to celebrate her birthday and receive her power. Running out of time, the girls need to perform a ritual to awaken Harper's magic. A quest for ingredients teaches the coven that even their allies may not be trustworthy and they may have to go against the Druids' wishes to defeat the evil plaguing the world.

This book started off well when we were introduced to a teen girl with parental troubles. I liked Sutton and was enjoying seeing her little rebellious streak ensue. Then we're taken from her POV and right into Lucy's. Then it's Grace's and finally Harper's. The bouncing back and forth was a little confusing at times when I had to flip back to the chapter header to be reminded of who I was supposed to be following. I got used to it after a while, though.

This is young adult so you can expect to see the typical teenage woes, bullies, and so forth. So far, this book hasn't hit any romantic tangles so I don't have any complaints in that department. I'm not sure if it will, but you never know. Right now, the story is all about the girls and their preparing to battle against evil.

This book sort of feels like a set-up to what I foresee will be more action in the sequel. Here, we mostly get to know the girls and their reason for coming together. There is a little action here and there with a magical quest thrown in the mix. We get to meet several secondary characters and a few mystical creatures. There was actually quite a bit of magic used despite it all being new to the girls. The plot does slow down here and there but I still finished the book in two sittings so it held my attention.

My only real complaint is that you have to suspend disbelief quite a bit here. Sure, we know magic isn't real (we wish!) and that the chances of gaining magic on your sixteenth birthday are slim to none. That part is easy to understand is fantasy. But the parents and guardians easily sending their kids off to fulfill some unknown magical journey? Yeah, no. Would never happen. I would have found this more believable if the girls were kidnapped by the Druids and forced to do their bidding. Instead of the aunt and parents just waving their teenagers off like it's no big deal. Maybe if they were 18 and couldn't be stopped from leaving, it would make more sense.

In closing...
Fast-paced and somewhat complex storyline with four girls and a fairy or two. Four suns!

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