Published by Createspace Independent Pub on September 27, 2016
Series: The Lilituria Prophecy #1
Genres: Young Adult, New Adult, Romance
Source: eARC from Author
For Daiya Cattiva, turning eighteen is a nightmare come true. Once she Awakens, her body will no longer be her own, and she will thirst for physical connection—need it to survive. But the bond is only temporary, and Daiya will be forced to satiate the demon inside her, time and time again. For that is the burden of the Lilituria.
But Daiya doesn’t want to hurt anyone—especially not the cute guy in class, with his annoying charm and fervent persistence. Staying away from Kai Stanton is the smart thing to do. The only choice she has. But when she loses control and kisses him, everything changes, and Daiya knows their connection is deeper than just fleeting lust.
Determined to uncover the truth, Daiya finds herself at the heart of an ancient prophecy that could alter the balance of good and evil forever.
She was never supposed to fall in love, but their love will change everything.
Book #1 in a brand new mature YA / NA paranormal romance series. Suitable for readers 16+
Awaken is Book #1 in a brand new mature Y/NA paranormal romance series, by Grace White. The series is called the Lilituria Prophecy, and it is a really great start to the series. This is a hard review for me to write spoiler free, so I am going to do a mini review and then share an excerpt with you. I think Awaken is a good start to what looks to be a really interesting series. I think lovers of Paranormal romance will really respond positively to this book and series. And I have to say, I really love the cover. I can’t wait to see what the cover for the next book in the series looks like.
Daiya is such an interesting character. And for the record, I mean interesting the best possible way, not the I don’t know what else to say and she is weird way. Her powers are unique and different. A little bit like a succubus, but not exactly. She fears turning 18 because she thinks her powers will consume her and she will become helpless in her own body. That must be such a scary thought, which is not always the way people view their powers in stories like this one. I think that is what I liked the most about Awaken. It felt different to me. Kai is fantastic too. Their story is one that I cannot wait to continue.
“You said you’d been the new guy once. What did you mean?”
“I moved to Decker on my thirteenth birthday. New town, new school, new friends.” He shrugged as if it wasn’t a big deal.
“Oh, come on.” I nudged him. “Star hockey player, you couldn’t have struggled to fit in that much.”
Kai ran a hand through is hair. “I was in a bad place back then.”
Something about the bitterness in Kai’s voice silenced my reply. Instead, I said, “What’s a girl got to do to get a drink around here?”
Kai laughed, a deep rumble vibrating from his chest. “This way, milady.” He stood and offered his hand.
We collected orders from the rest of the group and made our way to the kitchen.
“What’ll it be?” he asked from the refrigerator.
“Soda is fine.”
“Why do I get the feeling you don’t live life in the fast lane?” His head disappeared behind the door.
“Are you calling me boring?”
He reappeared. “I like it. I can’t explain it, Daiya, but I feel like I’ve known you longer than a couple of weeks. Is that crazy?”
Kai closed the door and placed down a couple of cans of soda. His eyes burned through me as he stalked forward, and I stepped back, my back hitting the counter that ran the length of the room.
“Kai, I …” My eyes shuttered, the flames building. I clutched the amethyst teardrop through my hoodie, and Kai’s eyes dropped to my chest. When they met mine again, they were swirling with lust.
I swallowed hard, my mouth dry.
“What is happening between us?”
My heart thumped against my chest so hard I felt a little lightheaded, but still, Kai’s eyes didn’t let up, and I was sure I would combust from the charged look he was giving me.
He inched closer and reached out for my hair. Pinching a strand behind his fingers, Kai smiled. “All I can think about right now is kissing you.” His eyes dropped to my mouth. “I remember the way you taste.”
“I …” My lips parted. I wanted this. I wanted to experience Kai’s mouth on mine for real. Not like it had been in the bar or how it was in my dreams. But something held me back, and I pressed my hands against his chest, inhaling a strained breath. “We should get back out there.” I released a sigh, hoping he could see that I wanted this, but I just wasn’t ready to cross that line.
Not until I knew what it meant.
Kai’s head dropped to mine, and he let out a long breath of his own.
Why had I pulled away? This was what I wanted, wasn’t it? But what if the prophecy was wrong? What if what Kai was experiencing was just a reaction to me? To my awakening?
“Hey.” His soft voice brought me back to the room. “Come on.”
I nodded and forced my lips into a smile. But the thoughts wouldn’t leave. There were too many questions still. Too many outcomes. And one stood out above all the others: even if what Kai and I felt was real, there would come a day when he discovered who I was.
What I was.
And then what?
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