Tuesday, May 7, 2013

[Blog Tour] Awakenings (Elemental Series #1) by Hally Willmott (Review + Giveaway)

Welcome to my stop on the Awakenings Blog Tour with YA Bound. Click HERE to check out the rest of the tour schedule!

Awakenings (Elemental Series #1)
by Hally Willmott
Release Date: May 2013
From Limitless Publishing

Summary from Goodreads:
When sixteen-year old Jacey Adison’s parents tell her they must move again, she has never questioned their life style. Until now. When Jacey was two, her parents fled the protection of their birthplace, the mystical dimension of Nemele. Leaving was the only solution her parents believed might allow them to keep their family together and alive.

The Adisons have been running from a sect of iniquitous beings from Nemele who covet Jacey. Her parents have repressed their adversaries’ relentless tracking efforts by not utilizing their own mystical powers. They have chosen to conceal themselves within the only realm they knew they’d be able to survive. They are living under their self-imposed powerless sanctions on Earth, which constitutes the nineteenth nation of Nemele.

Her parents have never revealed their true identities to Jacey, consequently keeping her true lineage and unique birthright from her. Jacey’s family has pretended to be non-magical humans as a ploy to prevent an ancient omnipotent entity from killing more innocent beings in its relentless quest to possess Jacey.

Born as an anomaly, Jacey possesses rare abilities that both virtuous and corrupt entities seek to use as their own. Should either side prevail, Jacey may be the saviour or downfall of every world within Nemele’s domains. Blindly thrust into life and death situations, Jacey learns of her true powers within her dreaming and conscious states.

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I received a copy of this book for free as part of the Blog Tour in exchange for an honest review.

My thoughts: Awakenings is the first book in the new Young Adult Fantasy series Elementals and it's Hally Willmott debut novel. The book portraits the mysterious, strange and uniquely fresh story of Jacey Adison.

Jacey is a sixteen-year-old girl who has always know she's not normal, because no matter where she goes with her nomad family, she never seems to fit in. That's until they arrive to Hewfawe, North Ontario, where she meets Jen -her best friend- and she finally stars feeling like she belongs. It's been over a year now since they first arrived and that's the longest time they've stayed in the same place. But something gets in the way: Jacey is having those weird dreams again, the ones that start with a lot of colors and feature this blue-eyed being she finds so comforting and mysterious at the same time. This new dream is especially bad though, because she sees her parents get swallowed by a terrifying darkness

She knows she should say something, warn them, but she cannot stand the idea of moving out again, so she keeps it to herself for a while until she feels the need to tell Hudson -her big brother- about the dream, because there is something about it so haunting and it doesn't feel right.

But it's too late, somehow her parents had got into a mysterious car accident and now they're dead. Along with the pain, the loss and the guilt for not telling them sooner about the dream, Jacey now has to deal with another moving, another city, another school and all the weird dreams and experiences she's been having without the guidance of her parents. Luckily for her and Hudson, they still have Aunt Grace who has taken them under her care and is driving them to their new home, Nemele, where their parents used to live. But there is something, some kind of danger that everyone seems to be aware of, except for Jacey that is. 

Soon she will discover she is, indeed, very different and that she has amazing powers she never knew of, which makes her part of the Nemelites, a secret society her parents belonged to, but at the same time those powers put her in a huge danger, because the Yietimpi, their eternal enemies are now after her, expecting to use her to their advantage. 

On top of that she unexpectedly meets the blue-eyed guy who's been haunting her in her dreams. And learns that everything is so much more complicated that she would have ever imagined.

What I love most about this book was the world building. It's a fresh concept and I love how the idea of the secret society and this whole new dimension plays out. I think it's pretty original, I for sure haven't read anything like it before.

I did have some problems with the book, though. The first one was that it wasn't easy for me to feel related to the main character, Jacey. She's not annoying or whinny (the type of character I hate) but somehow she didn't seem all that realistic to me. I mean, her reactions were too passive... I'm not looking for a drama queen, but come on! The things that are happening to her are huge! Why doesn't she freak out like a normal person? But the more I read, the less I care about that, because the story was truly interesting and Jacey also started to seem more relatable to me.

The other thing that bugged me were the little summaries below every chapter title. There were like four lines telling you basically what's coming next. I do not like spoilers, so if you don't like them either, don't read those lines. At first they were driving me crazy, but then I just choose to ignore them and everything went better.

Overall, I think Awakening is a great read, full of mysteries, action and where the weirdness keeps coming your way It's a story with a sensational new world to explore that would keep you turning the pages to see what happens next. I'm definitely looking forward to the next book!


About the Author

Author for Limitless Publishing. Wife, mother and Police Officer:)

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1 comment:

  1. Thank you for the review! I love the honesty in it:) I appreciate your support!