Monday, September 30, 2013

Blog Tour: Awakening

About the Book

. . . because some Celtic stories won’t be contained in myth.

A little magic has always run in sixteen-year-old McKayla McCleery's family—at least that’s what she’s been told. McKayla’s eccentric Aunt Avril travels the world as a psychic for the FBI, and her mother can make amazing delicacies out of the most basic of ingredients. But McKayla doesn't think for a second that the magic is real—it’s just good storytelling. Besides, McKayla doesn’t need magic. She recently moved to beautiful Star Valley, Wyoming, and already she has a best friend, a solo in her upcoming ballet recital—and the gorgeous guy in her physics class keeps looking her way.

When an unexpected fascination with Irish dance leads McKayla to seek instruction from the mute, crippled janitor at her high school, she learns that her family is not the only one with unexplained abilities. After Aunt Avril comes to Star Valley in pursuit of a supernatural killer, people begin disappearing, and the lives of those McKayla holds most dear are threatened.

When the janitor reveals that an ancient curse, known as a geis, has awakened deadly powers that defy explanation, McKayla is forced to come to terms with what is real and what is fantasy. A thrilling debut novel based in Celtic mythology, Awakening is a gripping young adult fantasy rife with magic, romance, and mystery.

Awakening (The Geis, #1)

My Thoughts:
"You don't have to see something to know it is real. In fact, some of the truest things in life are intangible."

McKayla has a passion for dance and when she was introduced to the fascinating and interesting Irish Dance. Now she just can't get that dance out of her mind when she managed to find person to teach her it would be from someone no one expected, the mute, janitor with a limp. When he gets to dancing its nothing like shes ever seen before.
"Where I come from, We dance from the heart."

McKayla's life seems to turn pretty good, she finds a dance she loves, the guy shes been giving her attention and her eccentric aunt is around. Until she ends up finding out she got the power to sense others feelings, meets a killer and gets stalked by the killer. After all this, it would be easier is McKayla would accept that shes not normal but shes like her mother so it makes the whole power thing complicated if she cant accept that it exists.
"Faith is power, and the more I trust the unseen, the greater my power will grow."

When I first found out about this book it was the  interesting and pretty cover that drawn me in but the summery pretty much sealed the deal for me getting a hold of this book. Luckily I was able to receive a free copy of the book from the author for a book tour.
"When life gets tough, you should count on family to be there, whether you like it or not."

I really enjoyed this book. This book would appeal to those of you out there who enjoy Young Adult books but book can be enjoyed by any age. What  loved about this book was how easy it was for me to be hooked until the very end. I liked the characters and loved that there was more than one point of view to help me connect to the characters easier. I loved that McKayla had a lot passion especially towards dancing and once she put her mind to something it was hard for her to let it go. I thought that this book was well-written, easy to follow. I loved that there was always something going on and that there was never a dull moment. What I loved about this book was that it was unique and and different from the many books out there. I loved getting to know Rourkes back story but wished I could've known more about the villain. I love how the book ended and thankful it wasn't left with a cliffhanger. I look forward to see what happens in the next book! Overall loved the book 4 of 5 stars.

"I am crazy, dear. Every person who has attempted to save the words is their own flavor of crazy."

Praise for Awakening

"AWAKENING is a wonder and a delight. Christy Dorrity is a talent to watch."
~David Farland, New York Times bestselling author of Nightingale

"I thoroughly enjoyed AWAKENING, a captivating and unique debut novel that creatively integrates Irish dance."
~ CHRIS NAISH, Riverdance member and Creative Director of Fusion Fighters Irish dancers.
About the Author

Christy Dorrity lives in the mountains with her husband, five children, and a cocker spaniel. She grew up on a trout ranch in Star Valley, Wyoming, and is the author of The Geis series for young adults, and The Book Blogger’s Cookbooks. Christy is a champion Irish dancer and when she’s not reading or writing, she’s probably trying out a new recipe in the kitchen.

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