Thursday, 29 March 2012

Awakening by Cate Tiernan

Title: Awakening
Author: Cate Tiernan
Publisher: Puffin Books
ISBN: 0-14-131404-4
Pages: 188
Series: Wicca/Sweep #5
Type: Young Adult Paranormal
Source: Purchased

Morgan Rowlands has discovered magick, love and power but with it has found secrets, betrayal and death. Her world has changed since Cal's betrayal and Morgan is trying to adjust to the shock. When someone begins to work dark magick in Widow's Vale, Morgan wonders if Cal and Selene have returned for her. But she is about to learn that there are varying degrees of black and white, and not all are clear to see.

This is the fifth book in the awesome Wicca/Sweep series (after Book of Shadows, The Coven, Blood Witch and Dark Magick) and this starts somewhat of a new era for Morgan. She has realised that Cal was only interested in her power and so she has to begin to rebuild her life without him. The storyline flows well at a reasonable pace and once more has several unexpected twists and turns.

Morgan is once more in a painful situation, but this is realistically written. The main emotional focus of the book is on pain and loss and it is incredibly well done, presenting various situations and allowing the characters to deal in their own ways. The storyline also focuses on the morality of dark magick and carefully shows that no situation can ever truly be black or white. Even the purest heart can do horrific things in the name of good and Morgan is forced to deal with this apparent dichotomy.

The other members of Cirrus are given the space to grow as well, and Morgan begins to tentatively rebuild her relationship with Bree. Hunter and Sky spend more time with Morgan and she begins to form friendships with them, gradually overcoming her initial fear and dislike. Another story thread is given over to Morgan's Aunt Eileen and her partner Paula who are being tormented for being gay.

All in all, this was another awesome read and I can't wait to get stuck into Spellbound.

Plot: 10/10
Characters: 10/10
Ending: 10/10
Enjoyment: 10/10
Cover: 8/10

Overall: 48/50

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