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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Book Review: Dreaming Awake by Gwen Hayes

Dreaming Awake (Falling Under, #2)

Publish Date:  January 3, 2012

Synopsis (from Goodreads):  She fell for him in a nighttime world. But the time for dreaming is past—and the here-and-now can be just as fragile their love…

When Theia Alderson first encountered a mysterious, handsome boy in her dreams, she never imagined how finding Haden Black—and falling in love—could change her life. To save Haden, Theia sacrificed everything. And the dangerous bargain she made could have lasting repercussions.

Now Theia has returned to Serendipity Falls, and she finds herself struggling with the same deadly hungers that have tortured Haden. When students at their high school fall prey to a mysterious illness, Theia can’t help but wonder if Haden’s control is slipping—and how much longer she’ll have a grip on her own.

And still the nightmare realm of Under won’t let them go. Someone from Haden’s past is determined to destroy Theia from the inside out, starting with those closest to her, forcing Theia to choose between family and friends and a love that may have been doomed from the start…

My Thoughts:  I don't think I have ever said this before (I could be wrong but don't think so) but I totally loved this book more than the first one!  I really enjoyed Falling Under but this one was amazing!

Theia has been recalled by her friends and is back in her world. All of Theia's friends are back and are helping her keep her demon side in check while also trying to fight Mara, the Mare Demon.  Haden is back as well and while Theia and Haden's relationship is heating up, he is keeping a secret from Theia.  Add that to the fact that something or someone is feeding off Theia's classmates and Theia has a whole lot of problems to solve!

I still love Theia as a main character.  She is much stronger and independent in this one than she was in Falling Under.  I love that her romance with Haden, while heating up, doesn't take over the story at all.  She is very bossy when she needs to be and stands up for what she wants and believes in.

I love, love, love Varnie!  He has got to be my favorite character and the only complaint that I have is what happens to him in this book but I will say no more since I don't want to ruin it for anyone.  However, he is just as fun and interesting as he was in the first book.  I just love his way of thinking and how devoted he is to Amelia. 

Amelia and Donny have got to be the best friends ever!  They not only bring Theia back from Under but they stick by her and make sure that her demon side doesn't show.  They help her fight Mara and even go to Under with her.  They are seriously amazing friends.  Donny is still as snarky as ever and I love that about her. 

This book was filled with way more action than the first.  The characters grew and I loved that Amelia and Donny were more involved in this story and the ending left me hanging just enough to want more but not enough to irritate me. 

**I received this book from Around the World ARC Tours for review**

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