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Kept me reading deep into the night! I was really drawn in by the writing from the first instance. And it's action packed. Which I loved. A lot. It started out as something, but turned completely into something else. The wow factor did not escape me. This book is an absolute must-read, it kept me on the edge of my seat from beginning to end. I can not wait for the next book. Wow what an amazing read! I was sent this by the author for an honest review. I cannot stop thinking about this book. Such a fantastic cast of characters, and an amazing plot and story.

The ending left me breathless and i cannot wait to read book 2 in the series! Apr 13, Coco. V marked it as to-read Shelves: freebie. Mar 22, PamG rated it liked it Shelves: supernatural-suspense , gr-giveaways , read , mystery-thriller-suspense , young-adult-teen. I received this kindle e-book through a Goodreads Giveaway. It was a paranormal suspense book with some interesting plot twists and turns. There are secrets, witches, vampires, werewolves, romance and more combined in a suspense novel that does have a cliff hanger. Overall, this was an enjoyable book with an original story line.

The book was well written and kept me engaged throughout. It is more geared to a YA audience but older readers can enjoy it too. Lets start with how the story was written. It was clear, smooth and superb! Everything was direct to the point and you fast paced! The way they build the whole universe for this story was fantastic, you can feel that you are part of it and you can see the characters movements.

Like, I can still feel Caleb's eyes looking at me as if I am Mercy. The whole plot was also splendid! At first I thought that its just the ordinary teenage girl who lives in a life full of lies and who will lead a Lets start with how the story was written. At first I thought that its just the ordinary teenage girl who lives in a life full of lies and who will lead a rebellion full of beautiful creatures!

But yeah boy! I was so wrong! Mercy indeed will lead a coven of witches however, she's more than that, she's also a protector, a saviour she and the whole story saved me from the reading slump! The twist was also unexpected the whole story was unexpected! Every pages has something to tell, every scene will make you crazy, every chapters will make you crave for more! For the characters I would like to give them a hug.

They are so relatable Well, except for the powers that they have. I love each and every one of them, the development of every persona and how they fight the battle that they have. I just hate Mercy's decision sometimes! And I hate her because she got Caleb, Riley and Dorian! For a debut novel DL Blade did a great job. We should watch out for her name and her next novels. All in all it was a great journey. A beautiful story. I cant wait for the 2nd book. Indeed the book was given to me for free but it will never have an effect or an impact about review and rating that I give.

Thank you. Character development is fantastic with advanced characters throughout, who are complex and true to themselves. Plenty of things readers can easily relate to, despite the paranormal aspect. Overall - This is a really great book to get lost in. I was really invested, and found myself trying to figure out whether I trusted some of them.

It was executed perfectly in a way that made me absolutely need more, without being a cliffhanger. Apr 04, Tobyann Aparisi rated it it was amazing. I won this book from Goodreads Kindle version for an honest review. I could not put this book down this was a book of great story telling.

The characters are well written, the scenery so real and fresh. The story itself is original and new. I thouroughly enjoyed this story and found it to be a page turner. It is rare to find a new story line in this genre. However, I feel this author has touched on a fresh concept here and I look forward to reading more from this author. Jan 11, Clare rated it it was amazing Shelves: conquer-my-tbr-in I love a good paranormal book and i have to say this was so much more than good, From page 1 i really enjoyed this and i liked Mercy as a character, she felt real to me and Diana did such a great job writing her.

Caleb drove me crazy lol i wanted to punch him for how he was being. Over the story was great and flowed so well there wasn't any part i didn't like and i cannot wait to read more. I will be also leaving a review on Goodreads Amazon. And letting everyone know about it.

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So i gave it a 5 Stars. Welcome to East Greenwich a town where the town is riddled with secrets. Mercy is surviving after being attacked by her mother and almost dying. Where a mysterious man is on the fringe keeping her safe. After Mercy is in a horrible accident her mystery man saves her and changes her life and finally sets straight the dreams that Mercy has.

But when she finds out her past she has to work through the lies. Will they survi Welcome to East Greenwich a town where the town is riddled with secrets. Will they survive. For a debut novel I will say the characters are well written and are beginning to be complex. Mercy is a typical teenager who just graduated and is turning eighteen. But there is more to Mercy and as you read you watch her grow and become a strong kick butt character.

She has a tough time figuring out who her friends are after she finds out she is a witch and vampire hunter. Now Caleb well there is something about him that you just don't trust. He is cute arrogant and so mysterious. You really want to club him every now and then. There is a reason why he is like this and we find out more about him as you read into the story. We also meet Mercy's friends who keep her grounded more and more.

I love Riley he has been through so much but is there for Mercy when she really needs him. You will like him too and want to wrap him up in a blanket and hug him tight. This debut novel takes us on an adventure ride that will keep you turning the pages. I truly enjoyed this book and loved all the characters. But I did feel that the first part of the book dragged just a little with lots of info and it did take a little bit to really get into the book and the characters. Over all that didn't take away from the story line at all. I got swept away at the last part and it moved really fast.

I will say there is a cliff hanger at the end of the book and you will shed a tear at what her and Caleb do go through and what she did to keep herself and everyone else safe. You will enjoy this book as much as your teen will. So if you want an enjoyable story of witches, vampires and yes there are werewolves in this story as well. Check out Mercy and her make shift coven and see what happens.

A great story for your Christmas present list. You will not be disappointed. Mar 11, Desdemona rated it really liked it. If you like romantic plots that are kind of messy, this book is for you. I found the constant choices between all the guys for Mercy to be sort of long-suffering and a little dull, but I'm not big on overarching romantic plots.

What I did like, however, and why I rate this book highly: is the plot. The Salem Witch plot is something I have always found overdone and, frankly, a little irritating, but D. L Blades spin on this left me wanting more. There are so many players in this book and people be If you like romantic plots that are kind of messy, this book is for you. There are so many players in this book and people beyond the shadows pulling Mercy's strings that it left me hungry for more. I really wish the plot would've been focused on more instead of making Caleb a cocky romantic interest.

He was much more interesting as a mysterious love from Mercy's past where they couldn't be together. Then, when Dorian showed up I was more than happy to entertain some romantic subplot, but eventually, that too became a huge pain point for me. There were a lot of times I ended up being pulled out of the narrative by choppy or short sentences or phrases that made me stop and pulled me out of the story, but the nuggets of intense prose and excellent writing pulled me back in.

Though I will say this, I wish the plot with Mercy's mother had gotten more attention. I felt like that got resolved a little too easily. Plus, there was a lot of slut-shaming and bullying of girls not in the character's immediate friend group and that really turns me off in a lot of books. I stuck through it, however, and I'm glad I did. Let's talk about the ending. When I read it I immediately knew I was going to read the second book in the series. So I have to say I'm very interested in where this series is going.

Jun 02, Myriam rated it it was amazing Shelves: dl-blade. This was an interesting, exciting and engaging book with an incredible amount of stuff happening. I had high expectations for some reason, and the author did not disappoint. This is a new author and I loved her so much that I added her to my favourites immediately.

The author's writing is really good, complex, and full of new ideas. The main character not lovable immediately but because of her growth, selflessness, determination and inner strength, Mercy makes you love her. She starts as a typical young woman, clueless of the alternative world around her, and grows into a strong, skilled warrior with a purpose. She also lives through hell in the process. There are several interesting characters next to her. One is mysterious Dorian, who is lovable and amazing, and I have a feeling the author will bring him forth more in the next book. Then there is Caleb, whose intentions are good but the way he goes about realising them is all kinds of wrong.

I did not like him from the start and I am still hoping he will come to his senses in the next book. As I mentioned already, so much happens in this book. The author develops the world and characters and sets the scene for continuation. The ending was quite shocking, and I loved it so much. Mainly because of Caleb's reaction and the turning point in Mercy's life. I immediately started reading the next book. Can't wait to see what happens next. The story continues in The Dark Underworld.

This book was absolutely fantastic. Probably one of my new favorites. I couldn't put this book down. Normally I can pick out my favorite part from a book, but this one I can't since the whole thing was just an amazing read. Jan 29, Cindy Fong rated it really liked it. Wow, This was an intense story from beginning to end. It had all of the elements to keep me engaged. I love visiting the PNR world and this story has witches, vampires, werewolves and demons oh my! Mercy and her friends learn that there is much more to the world then what they originally believed which then makes them question everything.

This is a great start to a series that I hope will continue. Mercy has a deep rooted strength and is determined to continue her life's supernatural goal. I w Wow, This was an intense story from beginning to end. I will be on the lookout for the next installment, I have an interest in seeing how it all comes together. Jan 09, Kessy's rated it really liked it. Mercy knows this more than most — she still suffers from the scars. The trauma from the ultimate betrayal has caused her to keep her distance from everyone she holds dear. A stranger who lingers in her subconscious seems to be the exception to the rule.

His comfort is a refreshing distraction from her tormented fears. Unbeknownst to her; the past is weaving its dark web, waiting to strik Genre: Supernatural, Young Adult Book blurb: East Greenwich may be a small town, but it is riddled with secrets. Unbeknownst to her; the past is weaving its dark web, waiting to strike.

Upon a startling car accident, Mercy is shocked to find that her enigmatic mystery man, Caleb, is real — and she belongs to him. There may be a spark between Mercy and Caleb, but she is torn between wanting to kiss him — and running from him. Evil forces are awakening, growing bloodthirsty as the days and nights pass. Mercy must Awaken the dormant powers inside her, tackle the lies, betrayal, and blood-drenched past lives rotating around her in never-ending cycles. Can she bear the burden?

Will she find it in herself to trust Caleb despite the shadowy past? Blade wasn't in my list of books to read as it was rather a last minute event, I don't regret it. It's been ages since I last read a novel mixing young adult and supernatural, especially with witches as the central point. I love witches stories former fan of Charmed and Sabrina the Teenage Witch speaking here so it was a rather refreshing ride.

For the first part of the book, D. Blade introduces to us her heroine, Mercy, an average teenage American girl who just graduated from high school. Before the story even starts, Mercy has got through a very hard event; her mother trying to murder her. This is a sign of a complicated life, where she had lost all her bearings, and it's about to get worse when Mercy meets Kaleb. She discovers her true nature and the destiny she was born to fulfill. It might sound a bit weird for you folks who read this post, but as I'm your average French person, living in France, I used to daydream about living in the US when I was younger.

Still do, in a way. So I enjoy books in which we get a glimpse of the daily lives of young adults in the US. The way the author introduces the main character, her family and friends and the supernatural gradually entering her life is nicely done. The characters are relatable and all have their own personality. At first, I was afraid there'll be a love triangle between Riley, Mercy and Kaleb I don't really like love triangles, it's an overused drop according to me but fortunately, the friendship between Riley and Mercy is just that, friendship.

I think my favourite secondary character was Lily, Mercy's aunt. What I also appreciated is that Mercy doesn't experience love at first sight with Kaleb. The guy is gorgeous and makes her weak to the knees, but he's kinda controlling and creepy, and for once it's refreshing to see a heroine who doesn't fall for the stalker guy. I mean, Bella and Edward, brrr. And being a former Twilight fan, I know what I am saying. No, Mercy tells Kaleb to piss off, c'mon dude, she won't trust you if you keep being creepy and doing things against her will.

Mercy's feelings for Kaleb evolve during the story, but she can't forget the way he acted with her. I also enjoyed the ever-present action. There's not a moment I've been bored during my reading. There're twists and turns for the characters, several enemies and danger revealed all along the novel and it's nice. I also liked the background D. Blade has created for her story and characters and the fact they're a lot of various supernatural creatures, from witches to vampires to demons to angels. My only regret may be the impression that the story and events were a bit rushed.

It might be a personal preference, but I found the characters especially Mercy as we live the story from her point of view lacking a bit of depth in their psychological development. Not that they're unsubstantial or empty shells, but I enjoy when characters reflect more on their emotions or what's happening to them.

Maybe it's a specificity of YA novels, but I love thoughtful and brooding characters so… the perk of being high IQ I guess, I know a lot of people who are fed up with my own characters mental monologues lol. I have to admit that I didn't manage to get attached to characters such as Dorian or Camy, but it's only the first book in the series, so I can't complain ; To conclude this review, I want to say that I really enjoyed The Dark Awakening and will be waiting for book two.

It's D. Blade's first novel, and it's nicely written and very well structured with good characters and actions, with a nice supernatural touch which will bring you to another world for a time. Jan 14, Mandy Barnes rated it it was amazing. But your memories are locked away for a reason only for you to discover your true self and to break free and be who you truly are meant to be.

Until a fateful event brought to light her true meaning in life one that turned her entire world upside down and right side up again, but being a witch is so much more than what she could expect. But when danger is lurking in every dark corner of her life can she truly step up to what she is to become on her 18th birthday or will she be doomed to repeat the past and fail not only herself but everyone depending on her? This book will take you on a ride of a life time with darkness and light fighting at every corner with twists and turns you are not expecting, page after page will keep you up wondering what will happen next.

Blade has done an amazing job with it. Wish I could give it more than 5 stars. Blade's premiere in the writing world! I personally feel like October was a great month for this month to come out during because it's got elements you think of around Halloween. I'm talking a coven of witches who team up with a couple of werewolves to fight off those vampire jerks. It all starts with Mercy, who recently graduated high school and is trying to figure out who the heck she is and deal with everything after her mother attempted to murder her.

There's a lot she doesn't know about herself - like that she's a witch! Some people she knows from a past life start popping up and she is forced to make some tough decisions. As this is Blade's premier book, I really was unsure of what to expect. Now that I've finished, I'm definitely following her on Goodreads for her next book! The Dark Awakening started off quickly and the characters are completely relatable.

Concerned about laying low, looking out for numero uno, and absolutely in denial that he would be able to turn Lily over to the Ptolemy Queen. The only thing that bugged me, was at the end, I really wanted to see some closure with Bay-I mean, Lily took a huge chance, risked a whole lot to make that phone call to her friend. The world building is easy to follow, but there is a lot there, use that glossary-bookmark it if you have an ereader so you can flip back easily. I loved the new take on vampires and their beginnings, but I loved how several legends were built into that world.

I think that the next book will deal with the fall-out of what happened in this one I purposely didn't torture myself by reading the excerpt for Jaden's book. Final verdict? I loved this book, it doesn't suffer from First Book in the Series Syndrome, and it's a bit darker and grittier than normal PNR, but soo worth it. I recommend this to anyone who wants a good, new series to sink your teeth into. View all 5 comments. Jul 14, Catherine rated it really liked it Shelves: romance , read , bad-childhood , first-reads-arcs-won-a-copy , were-shifter , fiction-vixen-reviews , series , scottish-irish-celtic , vampire , prisoner-slave-kidnapped.

Too powerful, too unique, too everything. He was of the Cait Sith bloodline and they were little better than outcasts and slaves. Talk about a wrong first impression, eh? The world that Castle created was one of my favorite parts of the book. I am fascinated by political intrigues, where characters plot and maneuver constantly, and the vampire society shown here strongly reminded me of that. The human world had progressed, but the vampiric society was stuck in the past, still separated by classes.

The highbloods were like bored aristocrats, expecting to be catered to, while they all looked down on the lowbloods—AKA the Cait Sith. Ty was a frustrating, yet sympathetic character. He had been looked down on for so long that he actually started to believe what they said. He just kept his head down and followed orders. He was like an abuse victim—although not quite as tentative and broken as that. He wanted Lily, but his place in life had been ground in too hard to ignore.

It was hard watching him continue to work toward following his orders, even after learning some less than endearing things about the Ptolemy house. His loyalty was admirable but very, very frustrating. I liked Lily and felt bad for her childhood. She was adopted to serve as a trophy child and was quickly kicked to the curb when her parents conceived a child of their own. Her childhood made it hard for her to get close to people and taught her to hide any magical urges deep. She was a breath of fresh air for Ty and just what he needed to show him that he was more than what the other vampires told him he was.

The hero and heroine were great on their own, and I did feel the tension between them, but I also thought their romance could have been a lot more engrossing than it actually was. I found myself more interested in side characters like Vlad and Jaden and the tension surrounding him and Lyra than in the main characters. Also, I felt that the climax and resolution of the book left a lot to be desired. The author hooked me with the tension between Lyra and Jaden in this book.

Favorite Quote: "But though she would never admit it, a night spent fawning over Ty wouldn't be much of a chore to manage. At all. She might even get to paw at him a little. Oh, she was a sick, sick girl. Lily hunched her shoulders a little and sighed, which Ty seemed to take for resignation. That was fine with her. View all 10 comments. Jan 18, Jaime Arkin rated it it was amazing Shelves: series , shapeshifters , vampires , paranormal , truestarers , romance , ebook-format. So my BFF and I were on the hunt for a good paranormal romance series Something we've been struggling with for a bit.

With PNR it's sometimes hard to find something that is fresh and keeps you entertained. With Dark Awakening, I can honestly say I wasn't one bit disappointed. What we got was an incredible first book in a series that I hope provides more of the same. His queen has sent him on a hunt to find a Seer so that her race can be saved. What he stumbles upon is Lily Quinn. She is more than he ever expected and the connection they immediately feel towards each other is unexplainable to them both. But Lily isn't just a Seer, and they have to find out what her bloodline is before the wrong people do.

From the Prologue alone I knew this was going to be an excellent read.

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It instantly grabbed me and then we immediately meet Tynan The chemistry between the Ty and Lily was perfect and the first kiss, let me just say this So Ty His race is considered a lowblood, something that he has basically accepted. Instead of demanding more respect he has decided that while it's demeaning to be a servant and slave to the highbloods, it is better than being hungry and having nothing.

At least in his current position he was taken care of and he would do whatever the queen asked of him in order to maintain his position, that includes bringing Lily to her. The world that Castle has created is probably the best part of this book. The vampire society is made up of different dynasties and within each dynasty there is a separate caste that determines your lot in this life.

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There is plotting and backstabbing and lots of intriguing characters in this story. Ty, he turned out to be everything I want in a book hero He tasted her, tongue rubbing against hers in lazy strokes that deepened as Lily moved against him. He sounded as dazed as she felt. OR this "Bed," Ty said hoarsely, moving with preternatural speed toward the stairs. You'd do better to lock me out. I want you hot and fast. I want to ride you until you scream for me.

But she is drawn to Ty and she never fools herself into believing what they have can be more than what it is right now. She's honest and strong and gave as good as she got. This book isn't just about romance and the eventual love story, the vampire world that Castle has created is just as intriguing and really what kept me riveted to the story. Don't get me wrong, the hot stuff was hot in this one, but there is more to it than the naughty stuff.

This series has a permanent spot on my favorites shelf after book one, and I'm hoping that book two is just as good - I peeked and it's Jaden.. I definitely recommend this book to anyone who loves paranormal romance. This has wonderful characters, excellent worldbuilding and wonderful chemistry! This review can be found on my blog, Fic Fare View 2 comments.

Jul 10, Lauren rated it liked it Shelves: paranormal-romance , egyptian-mythology , feline-shifters , vampires. Dark Awakening 3 Stars Tynan MacGillivray, a feline shapeshifter vampire, is tasked by his Queen to locate a Seer who can save her race from annihilation. Yet other forces are at work against them and they will need to overcome many obstacles in order to be together Interesting world building and a promising plot, but the chemistry between th Dark Awakening 3 Stars Tynan MacGillivray, a feline shapeshifter vampire, is tasked by his Queen to locate a Seer who can save her race from annihilation.

Interesting world building and a promising plot, but the chemistry between the leads is lacking and, therefore, results in a rather tepid romance. Nevertheless, the details and explanations are few and far between, which means that the atmosphere is less immersive than it could have been. Unfortunately, Ty is more of a beta than an alpha and his unquestioning loyalty to his Queen despite her obvious manipulation and prejudice against his kind puts a pall on his hero status.

The romance is the weakest element. Aug 26, Where, oh where, do I start with this review?! I have been searching for months months for a new PNR series to read. There's just something about the different and unique worlds that pulls me in and sticks with me longer than contemporary romance not that I don't love those, because I do However, finding and loving a PNR book or series is quite the feat.

There are a plethora out there, but very few that truly grab me. Well, this one managed it. From the prologue of this book, I was hooked. And let me tell you--I don't even like prologues. But this one? Castle is not messing around. So, basically, from the very first page, I was pulled into this book. Castle writes in a way that flows beautifully and seamlessly, but also leaves the reader breathless and anxious for more.

The suspense and mystery in this book wasn't overwhelming or overdone, but definitely kept me on the edge of my seat and turning pages. Also, I was immediately struck by the different voices used for both Ty and Lily's POVs, and that, to me, is the mark of an excellent author. Our hero and heroine were really the stars of this book.

Don't get me wrong, the world Castle created was unique and interesting, and the details woven through strategically were well placed and very telling. But Ty and Lily stole the show. Lily is strong and tough, just the way I like my heroines to be. But, of course, she has uncertainty in her, and I think that's what makes her relatable.

I knew, though, as I was reading, that by the end of this book, she was going to be a force to be reckoned with. And then we have Ty. I have no words for the perfection that is that man. He's left me speechless. So, how about instead of me babbling incoherently about him, I show you what he's like One taste, and no more. Ah, gods Beautiful Lily," Ty purred, nuzzling her hair as he wound himself around her and settled down to sleep.

I'll find a way to save you, save the both of us. Just have faith in me," he said, and she could hear the desperation in his voice. But I'll never let anyone hurt you. Just have faith in me. If that doesn't get you to move this straight to the top of your TBR list, then I don't know what more I can say. I am so, so thrilled to have found another PNR series to read and love, and will anxiously await the release of each and every book in this series.

Now, if you'll excuse me, I have some Jaden to get lost in View all 8 comments. When he is sent on a mission to find a seerer to help save his Queen's dying race he finds Lily Quinn. Ty is determined to bring her to his Queen no matter what, but when he sees Lily's strange tattoo and realizes that she is more than just a seerer Ty knows that he must find out the truth behind her mark before he can deliver her.

Lily has always been aware of the strange presence inside of her but has fought the darkness with in her entire life. She knows that it can only lead to destruction. When Lily meets Ty she knows that he is something more and feels an instant connection with him, but she also knows that she cannot trust him, especially with the secrets she carries. Navigating the vampire world and skirting danger these two set out on a quest for answers while discovering a passion that cannot be denied.

If you like Urban Fantasy but shy away from most because of their lack of romance then this is the book for you. Dark, gritty and suspenseful, but with plenty of sexual tension and romance to keep you emotionally involved with the characters. The story arc that Kendra Leigh Castle has created is unique and interesting. There are several vampire factions that consist of Highbloods and Lowbloods, but the author provides a glossary at the front and I for one very much appreciate when authors do this.

The world building is complex and action packed but seamlessly woven together, leaving the plot to flow smoothly. I loved the main characters of Ty and Lily. Ty has been labeled as gutter trash his entire life but has learned how to survive on his wits and fighting skills, rising to the top of his bloodline. Angst ridden and sexy, he strives to protect those of his blood and later Lily.

Lily is strong and independent, weary of letting others get to close though because of the secrets she carries. Together, these two not only learn to love each other but to love themselves as well. My only complaint would be that the ending felt rushed. This is a great start to a new series though and the ending left it open for many more stories centered on secondary characters. Quote: If she could only find a well-educated, Shakespeare-quoting bad boy who still had a thing for sexy tattoos and maybe a mild leather fetish, she might at least have a shot at avoiding her probable future as a crazy old cat lady.

Jul 13, Laurie Garrison rated it it was ok Shelves: books-i-own-to-read , paranormal-romance , requests. I really want to like this book better. My biggest reasoning for not liking this book that much was the hero and heroine. Yep, you guys know me I look for the romance first, then the world built. I am hoping the next book will be better in the romance now that the world is set up. I re I really want to like this book better. I liked how all of the connection to Lilith came about and of course, I love a heroine that has awesome powers.

I just wish Lily would have been able to control them and know what they were. Ty, As much as I liked his character I never got to know the real him. The thing is the world buld is pretty massive, so you may need to take your time reading. I would read a little and stop, then dread picking it back up. I have read a lot of massive world builds in PNR books and enjoyed them, but this one was quite difficult to take in.

So, my suggestion is to look at the good and bad reviews before buying. Then there is the other option just jump into it and see what you think. Sep 10, Rachel Annie rated it it was amazing Shelves: paranormal-uf-romance , kinda-different-ufpnr. This PNR is kind of an undiscovered gem. I wish more people knew about it! The vampire mythology and politics in this romance are so different than others I've read. Castle has such an interesting take on the subject, infusing ancient Egyptian beliefs into the vampire's history and creating a world of danger and intrigue hidden behind the everyday world of regular humans.

As it turns out, the heroine Lily is no regular human. And this is exactly why the hero Tynan was sent after her. Tynan is This PNR is kind of an undiscovered gem. Tynan is what I'll call a "reluctant alpha"--forced to do the bidding of a morally questionable queen due to his "lowblood" status even though he's meant for so much more. Perhaps a bit of inst-love between our main characters, but I liked them more than enough to overlook this.

Besides, you're dealing with magic and destiny, so it kind of gets a pass. The vampiric milieu created by the author is quite impressive and I'm interested to see what else this series has to offer. The solid writing peppered with the occasional lovely bit of poetic prose in addition to a heroine that's no doormat bumped this from a 4.

View all 3 comments. Jun 13, Jess the Romanceaholic rated it it was amazing Shelves: politics , magick , netgalley , vampires , read , paranormal-romance , werewolves-or-other-shape-shifters , kidnapped , assassin-mercenary-or-bounty-hunter , slave-or-indentured-servant. This is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic. As a vampire who can shapeshift into big cat, he is considered one of the lowest forms of vampire, and o This is a Quickie Review. As a vampire who can shapeshift into big cat, he is considered one of the lowest forms of vampire, and one who is slave to the Ptolemy dynasty of highblood vampires.

A favored pet of the queen, he is highly prized for his hunting and tracking skills, but when his queen sends him out on a mission to find a human Seer to help them discover the identity behind the force decimating their ranks, he can't help but feel as though he's being intentionally shut out. As an orphaned infant, Lily Quinn was adopted by a high-profile Hollywood couple as their perfect public accessory. When her adoptive mother fell pregnant, however, a childhood tantrum left her nursery in tatters, and her adoptive parents convinced that there was something horribly wrong with her.

Now an adult, Lily is trying to eek out a normal existence as an English professor when she comes across Ty at a "ghost hunters" type event, and is stunned by her attraction to him. When he suddenly disappears, she writes him off as just a strange man, but when he later shows up and demands that she come with him, she is dragged head-first into a world where not only do vampires exist, but magick is real, and someone powerful wants her dead. When the powers that once decimated her childhood nursery come back into play, she must join forces with the man who has been up front about the fact that he will turn her over to the very people who may want her dead.

Overall I thoroughly enjoyed this one. I loved the new breed of shapeshifting vampire Ms. Castle introduced, and this is one of the few books that I finished with the thought of "Wow, I bet this would make an incredible movie! The UST was absolutely delicious, and the forbidden elements of the relationship between Lily and Ty added quite a bit of extra spice. I cannot wait for his book, and the teaser chapter at the end of this book makes me want to scream because Midnight Reckoning isn't due out until January. Recommended for fans of vampires and shapeshifters, political machinations, betrayals, and forbidden relationships, all with a touch of magick.

Sep 19, Erin Arkin rated it it was amazing Shelves: series , paranormal. If you can't tell I really enjoyed this book and couldn't put it down. With two people whose reviews I can rely on telling me it was a good one, I dove right in and couldn't make myself put it down.

The story starts with a prologue that grabbed me and I was hooked. I'm not one to do a recap so I won't change my ways here but I will say that the story is good so just go and read it now. There is a bit of mystery, definitely a good dose of paranormal, and some pretty hot scenes between Ty and Li If you can't tell There is a bit of mystery, definitely a good dose of paranormal, and some pretty hot scenes between Ty and Lily.

The characters are well developed in this book alongside the different castes and dynasties. The main characters Lily and Ty are great. Lily is tough because she has realized over the years that she could only rely on herself. She was an orphan and grew up in a home where she didn't fit. The great thing about her as a character is that there are glimpses of her changing from keeping her distance to building relationships.

First we see it with Bay and then we see it with Ty and Jaden. His interactions with Lily have made him realize that although this is the way of the vampire world, it isn't what the human world is used to. He struggles with this throughout the book but by the end he sees that it doesn't matter to Lily that he is a Cait Sith I am looking forward to the next books in the series just to see who they will be about and what happens. As a matter of fact, the second book is about to be opened on my nook Jun 22, Mandi Schreiner rated it liked it Shelves: pnr. Dark Awakening comes across as a very cookie-cutter PNR.

The heroine is unaware to some extent of her abilities and meets a dangerous hero, who just happens to be a shapeshifter and introduces her to the world of vampires. Not much in the way of surprises or fun twists. With that being said, the world did interest me enough where I wante Dark Awakening comes across as a very cookie-cutter PNR. With that being said, the world did interest me enough where I wanted to finish the book. The first pages are much better than the remaining part of the book. I also have to say the romance falls very flat for me. I liked both the hero and the heroine, I just never believed that they fell in love.

The sex scenes felt like they were there just because this is a paranormal romance book, not because it felt like that is what should happen next between the couple. Rating: C So, I wasn't really sure what I was going to think about this book. First of all, a book with a "shapeshifting" anything is not up my alley.

But my friends Bri, Jaime and Erin loved it, so I gave it a shot. I loved it. Loved both the hero and heroine, which isn't always the case. And found myself rooting for them, hoping for them, pissed at them and turned on by them. PNR is tricky for me. I either love or hate it. There's generally no in between. And there are so many vampire stories, that So, I wasn't really sure what I was going to think about this book.

And there are so many vampire stories, that often times, new spins come across as tired and derivative. That was not the case with this book. The erotica is hot. And combined with the emotional connection I had with the characters, it made this book a very enjoyable read. I would say that you should definitely check it out. I am still up in the air about book two. I've heard not-awesome things. But I have it and will probably read eventually. Kendra Leigh Castle has created another paranormal world for me to fall in love with!!

The most unique part of this series is the intricate world-building surrounding the vampire world, which sucked me in from the beginning. There were a lot to take in and understand, so I did take my time to read and digest it instead of just breezing through it. The motto of this world is — Blood is destiny. Your blood determines who you are in the vampire world.

The vampire world is split into dynasties. Each dynasty has their own leader, origin, power, and most importantly, their mark. The world also has somewhat of a caste system with highbloods and lowbloods. The world-building was weaved seamlessly into the story and in no way took away from the romance. Just the opposite, the romance and all other was built around this world. While I took it slow trying to digest everything, the book was in no way confusing and there was no dumping of information.

Tynan MacGillivray is a Cait Sith, a lowblood that serves the Ptolemy, the oldest and most powerful of the vampire dynasties. He was a proud warrior who had been stepped on too many times, who was used to being treated like crap by the other dynasties because of his blood. Sometimes it was frustrating watching him just quietly accepting how others demean him and other Cait Sith. It was a heartbreaking journey watching him changing from making the best of what he has to actually deciding to fight against his oppressors.

He purrs!!! I want to stroke him! That difference made her an outcast from her adopted family. When she meets Tynan, she was instantly drawn to him, even knowing that he was dangerous, and he brought back childhood nightmares that had plagued her before. She accepted the existence of vampires rather quickly, because she herself has always felt the power within her that was beyond human. I really liked Lily and Tynan as a couple. First of all, their passion was smoking hot.

I have no problems with insta-lust. Tynan and Lily had that insta-lust aplenty, but both of them still fought it futilely. Castle made me a very happy camper. Most importantly are the emotional ties between Lily and Tynan. While Tynan was used to others mistreating him, Lily becomes angry on his behalf. As for Damien, his book Shadow Rising was the one that made me aware of this series.

I definitely want to know all of his secrets. Even his name sounds hot. Damien Tremaine! With an intricate world-building, complex characters, and fast-paced action, this has become another must-read series for me! See more reviews Darkest Addictions Book Reviews Feb 03, Jessica rated it liked it Shelves: paranormal-romance. This was ok. I really liked the different kinds of vampires, some could shift into animals also, others to smoke, and their were some snobby ones who thought they were better because of their pure blood lineage, mixed blood vamps are considered mutts of a sort.

The characters are good too. I really liked some of them, but felt at times especially that they were flat. The writing is decent at best, but I have read one book further along and know that this author can do better than she did with th This was ok. The writing is decent at best, but I have read one book further along and know that this author can do better than she did with this one.

If the second book is available in will probably read it, if not no tears will be she'd and it will go to the tbr. I still have no clue why I keep a tbr shelf, I rarely choose books off of it. Feb 21, Steph rated it liked it Shelves: paranormal-setting , paranormal-romance. I only gave this book 3 stars, but I still think it was very good and would recommend it to other fans of the PR genre! Another factor to consider I only gave this book 3 stars, but I still think it was very good and would recommend it to other fans of the PR genre!

I did purchase this book as an ebook, and I think had I bought the hard copy book - where I could easily flip back and forth from the glossary to my chapter — it might have made a small difference. For an introductory book in a series, as expected, there was a lot of information to take in. The glossary in the book gives you a quick background into the five main dark dynasties: The Ptolemy, the Cait Sith, the Dracul, the Grigori, and the Empusae. In Dark awakening, the main character and hero is Tynan MacGillivray.

He is a member of the Cait Sith, cat-shifting vampires who are considered low-bloods among the dynasties, and a personal servant of the Ptolemy Queen Arsinoe. The Ptolemy people are being massacred and Tynan is sent on a mission to locate a seer who can reveal to Arsinoe who is responsible for the death of so many of her people. After being out on a search for an extended period of time, Tynan finally discovers Lily Quinn, who is so much more than an unassuming human girl who teaches for a living.

From the beginning Tynan and Lily are drawn to one another, but both struggle with the attraction.

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While on route, Tynan discovers that Lily is so much more, and that bringing her to the Queen may not be the best course of action. Here enters secondary characters like Jaden and Damian, who only add fuel to the fire but who also make interesting revelations to the story — and make you curious as a reader for future books. A good portion of this book felt dedicated to Tynan dealing with his inner-turmoil about his self-worth and sense of honour. He does struggle to figure out what the right thing to do actually is, but when he does, he is a man of action in the best kind of way.

As for Lily, I have to say that to me she was somewhat unremarkable for a female lead. A significant event in the book opened the door to great change in this terribly old-fashioned society, and unlocked a whole lot of potential for future books.

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This series is definitely not just about the couple, but about the changing world around them. I think this effectively tells you that I will be reading the next books in the series. Hope you like it! This book kept me up reading most of the night. It was perfect. I loved Ms.

As a reader, I need to experience elements in a book that elevate my personal enjoyment. I mention these authors to draw the attention of their fans, this series is a must read for those who follow the aforementioned authors. In Ms. The lower class vampires are the Cait Sith who are leaderless, disrespected, and unorganized. The various caste or courts are not friendly to one another but have tolerated one another up until now.

If you are a fan of the Dresden Files, you will grasp this concept quickly. The Ptolemy are being slaughtered by a Gypsy curse that they believe has been placed by the Dracul who have ties to Gypsy magic. The Queen of the Ptolemy, Arsinoe, sends her most talented hunter and Cait Sith, Ty to find a seer that can help them locate the source of the curse. Ty spends a year searching for what is believed to be the impossible, a human seer. No one, not even Ty, has heard that any truly exist anymore.

He is running out of time when he stumbles upon Lily. She is a normal person who is able to block his attempt to thrall her. He realizes that she is what he seeks and informs his Queen. He has never let Arsinoe down and he will not fail her now. He will deliver the human to the court and end the slaughter. Of course, nothing is that simple or cut and dry. Lily proves to be so much more to Ty and the vampire race before all is said and done. They are considered gutter trash and unworthy of any deference.

The feelings the two developed for one another did not feel rushed or contrived. The love scenes were flash fires with plenty of heat. I look forward to reading each one. I hope Ms. Castle writes fast. If you enjoy vampires a little on the dark side, this is for you. This is not a humorous work with watered down YA sensibilities. The angst is deeply experienced by the characters and there are no simple, convenient solutions for the challenges these characters face.

The bad guys are evil and powerful without the crazy part. If you have read Ms. She does not do the long thought process in the middle of a conversation. I was worried about that going in but it seems she has decided to optimize each paragraph and move the story forward. I just loved it all! Originally reviewed on Romancing the Darkside: A phenomenal start to a series that flawlessly weaves vampires and Egyptian Mythology into one original paranormal romance!

In a vampire world separated by dynasties and hierarchy, Tynan MacGillivray of the Cait Sith bloodline, is rejected by most and nicknamed a "lowblood," due to his shapeshifting abilities but used by his queen for his extraordinary hunting skills. With an impending war between immortals, Ty is given the task of finding a Seer wh Originally reviewed on Romancing the Darkside: A phenomenal start to a series that flawlessly weaves vampires and Egyptian Mythology into one original paranormal romance! With an impending war between immortals, Ty is given the task of finding a Seer who can ultimately be his people's salvation.

A simple job turns into more when Ty locates the Seer he's searching for. Lily provokes a lust and insatiable need in Ty that will test his loyalties in the name of love and unleash powers in her that she's never known. There is much detail and back story to Dark Awakening in the beginning chapters that might seem much for some but is completely necessary in introducing us to the author's fascinating paranormal world. The concept of different dynasties among the vampire race truly makes this book stand out. The politics and feuds among the different classes in the vampire world make for an interesting plot.

Blending history, mythology and the paranormal isn't an easy feat but the author accomplishes it beautifully. Not every dynasty is touched upon in detail in this story but I hope the author revisits this in the following books. Ty is a tortured hero who earns your sympathy and admiration.

Taught to think he's nothing more than a pet to those he serves, Ty often struggles with proving his worth to avoid being an outcast. He's a little dark rough around the edges due to his past but is still loyal, caring and sexy as hell.