Book Review: The Awakening by Nora Roberts

Hello! Dominique Gibson is back with another post. I originally read this book back in late 2022 and just got finished with it about a week ago. It took me a little bit of time in order to read this book considering it was four hundred and eighty two pages and this was the first time I had read a book that was outside of the romance/women’s fiction genre. But, I did read this book from beginning to end and I’m am going to give you my overall take on what I thought about this book.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Spoiler Alert: If you have NOT read this book, I would suggest you go and read the book first before you look at the review down below. Thank you.

Summary: Breen Kelly is a middle school teacher was is miserable with her life. She hates being a teacher and wants to do something more when it comes to her life but doesn’t know how. Her best friend, Marco, totally agrees with her decision but Breen decides that she doesn’t feel like she is good enough to do anything except live the life she has now….until she suddenly finds out that her mother has secretly stashed away millions of dollars of her money that her dad gave her when she was little. Once she finds out the truth, she goes on a search to find her father by going to Ireland.

It is there that she finds out the truth about who she truly is and what led her to her true identity of what she has been all along: A daughter of the Fae world, a world that is filled with dragons, fairies, witches, spells, and the ultimate choice of being the daughter of the Fae in the Fae world or going back to her ‘normal’ world and ignoring the call that lies within her heart, including fighting a battle who just so happens to be a family member to her Fae world.

Keegan O’ Broin is a fierce warrior in the realm of Talamh, battling against the world toughest enemies to keep with the protection of the Fae world. Despite his victories he has obtained in the world of the Fae, He is surprised when he finds Breen and knows the history of her family. Despite the news, Keegan feels obligated to train Breen to fight the enemies that are invading her thoughts and dreams when it comes to knowing who she truly is. The more time they spend together, the more the feelings between them start to grow until Keegan forces her into what her obligations and destiny belong.

The Rating: I gave this book four stars. I like the characters and I thought that the story was somewhat interesting. Considering that this is the first book in her Dragon Heart Legacy series, I will continue to read the other two books and give my review on those as well. I thought that the description was pretty good but it was a little repetitive when it came to describing the overall scenery of the place in Ireland. Again, that could just be me trying to get used to reading longer books (especially in the Fantasy genre considering I was not a huge fan of Harry Potter or The Lord of the Rings, sorry!).

Which leads me to why I gave it four stars

I am the type of reader that likes fantasy to be backwards. Instead of taking me to a secret place that felt like it was a whole other universe on the other side of the world, I kind of like the urban fantasies where they bring the dragons, fairies, vampires, etc. into the city life or even into the modern world. One of the reasons why I was a huge fan of Twilight and the Vampire Diaries is because they brought the whole vampire mythology to the modern world (The city of Forks and Mystic Falls for example). Even though there were times where we were teleported back into their previous lives, we only stayed there for a little while before we were brought back into the present day of that story.

The past was only shown after a question was being raised as to who the character is, what he or she wants, and what goals they are trying to achieve in the present day in order to get it. I felt as if in this book, Breen spent more time in Ireland than in the Philadelphia. I am hoping that within the next two books, the world that she has been used to will collide with the world she considers to be her home (Philadelphia vs. Talamh). This will be something I would LOVE to see!

Overall, the book wasn’t bad. I enjoyed it and I am looking forward to seeing what the next book has in store for Breen, Keegan, and all of the other characters in this series.

That’s it for now. See you soon.

Dominique Gibson

Published by Dominique Gibson

My first love has always been writing since I was eight years old. After getting my Bachelor's Degree in Fiction Writing from Columbia College Chicago and struggling for years trying to get published the traditional way, I decided that the only way to promote my work was to promote myself which is why I am self-publishing my paranormal romance The Truson S.E.T. Series.

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