Book Review: The Awakening by Stuart Meczes

I haven’t read a YA novel in a while and so when I saw this ebook of The Awakening by Stuart Meczes, I couldn’t wait to give it a go. I find YA books quick and easy to read with really great stories. This ebook is the first part of an urban fantasy series called The Hasea Chronicles. The second and third instalments are The Veil Corruption and Without A Heartbeat.

                 The Awakening by Stuart Meczes

Book Description

Alexander Eden is one unhappy teenager. A geeky, social pariah, he’s the victim of constant bullying at school. His home life isn’t much better with a stepfather who resents him and a half brother who is better than him at everything.

But that all changes the day the mysterious and beautiful Gabriella De Luca walks into his life. Everyone wants to know her, to be with her. But she is interested in Alex.
Because Alex is different.

Soon afterwards he is thrown into a world he never thought possible. A world where he and others like him are the last line of defence. A world where an ancient unspeakable evil lurks.
Evil which seeks to consume him.

DILECTI SURGEMUS – SOCII POLLEMUS
(Chosen we rise – Allied we prevail) 

The Awakening by Stuart Meczes
I have never read a fantasy series that has taken my breath away like The Awakening did with me. I have been totally hooked on this series, and as I write this I am halfway through the second instalment – The Veil Corruption. But I had to stop to write this review on The Awakening!
Stuart Meczes has created a brilliant concept of another world called Pandemonium which has endured an ‘endless war’ for centuries combining it with our world where a group called The Chosen protect our world from the evil that is trying to get across. 
The main character Alex Eden starts the story off by being a normal teenager that gets cruelly picked on at school and is subsequently a geeky loner. His life is the same everyday, trying to avoid getting picked on by the school bully. One day his life changes when a new student called Gabriella De Luca shows up in his class. From here on she helps him discover the real Alex and helps him through his ‘Awakening’. 
It is very rare for me to love absolutely everything about a book, but this is definitely one of them. It gives you the story of a journey for a young man, through love, loss and survival. 
I have given The Awakening by Stuart Meczes 5 out of 5 stars.
Rachel xx
Disclaimer: I was given this ebook to read and review free of charge. All views and opinions expressed are my own. Book cover image and book cover description taken from Tomoson.com.

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#MySundayPhoto 05/07/2015

Another photo from our Canadian Holiday archive. This week I bring you the greatest gem of them all – Niagara Falls.
Rachel xx
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Happy Canada Day!

5 years ago, my husband, sister and I were in Peterborough, Ontario celebrating Canada Day. It was an amazing experience to be involved with their celebrations. The whole town got together and put on various displays, with a carnival feel to it. The one thing that amazed me was that everywhere was closed! So absolutely everyone could get involved with the celebrations. This doesn’t really happen in this country, with most retail shops opening on Bank Holidays.
This blog post is for my sister, who lives in Canada – Happy Canada Day!
Rachel xx

#MySundayPhoto 28/06/2015

Over the past few Sunday’s I have really enjoyed going back over our Canadian Holiday photo’s and picking out ones to share with you. I cannot believe it was five years ago today we drove from Cornwall up to Gatwick on the start of our holiday of a lifetime. It seems like only yesterday.
This photo was taken from the top of the CN Tower in Toronto. It was a breathtakingly hot still day with amazing weather. The city view was stunning, not something a country Cornish girl like me is used to!
Rachel xx
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Latest Competition Wins

I know it’s been a while since I posted any of my competition wins, but it has been a very slow month. Sometimes this happens, but it makes me even more determined to enter lots more.
This lovely tea I won from Twitter with Redbush, it’s perfect for that relaxing afternoon cuppa.
     
I was pleasantly surprised to win this cute little cereal bowl complete with a bottle of honey. My mum loves honey, so this will make a lovely little gift for her. 
I won this lovely box of gorgeous beauty bits from Lets Talk Beauty on Twitter. I think having a little card popped in the box made it very personalised and so thoughtful. I am going to share some of the bits out with my sisters. 
                           

I hope you have all been very lucky lately, I love to hear what your recent wins are?
Rachel xx

#MySundayPhoto 21/06/2015

Carrying on with my Canadian themed #MySundayPhoto from the previous few weeks, I wanted to show you this beautiful lift lock in Peterborough, Ontario. Peterborough is situated on the Otonabee river in cental Ontario. 
We were lucky enough to travel up the lift lock on a little ferry boat, on a really gorgeous summer’s day.
Rachel xx
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