Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Dreaming Awake

Dreaming Awake by Gwen HayesTitle: Dreaming Awake 
Author: Gwen Hayes
Series: Falling Under # 2
Published: Jan. 03, 2012 by NAL
Format: Paperback
Pages: 322
Genre: YA Paranormal

My rating: ★ ★ ★

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 really loved “Falling Under” so it makes sense that I’ve been eager and anticipating to read “Dreaming Awake” for almost a year. But after reading this book, I am simply disappointed, not much but still…

I won’t really say anything about the story plot to avoid spoilers but this book is less intense compared to the first one. The main reasons why I enjoyed reading Falling Under are because of its dark and edgy appeal to the story. But clearly on this one it is not as intense and fierce as the previous book.

Also the characters are somehow not that interesting anymore. I am beginning to dislike Thea and Haden mysterious aura and appeal seems to fade a little bit.

And the ending is just freaking unbelievable, not in a good way though. The way what happened to Haden’s mom and how Thea’s friends were dragged to the underworld is just not convincing enough. It was not done smoothly and also somehow confusing too.

Yes, I did not like this book that much, but definitely I still wanted to continue on reading Thea and Haden’s future. I am intrigued enough to find out how they will survive the reverse role of their life now. Looking forward to the third book, but not as eager as I am before.

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