Wide Awake (Academy of the Fallen #1) by Daniele Lanzarotta

Format: Kindle
Pages: 280
Published: 25th May 2011
Publisher: Rocket Science Productions
Genre: YA Paranormal

Kayla is a 16-year-old girl who was adopted when she was little. She lives a normal life, with great friends, loving adoptive parents, and well... a not-so-great boyfriend. But the reason why she was given up for adoption was far from any usual reason. She was meant to be kept away from the Academy and anything else related to the supernatural beings that could hurt her. Unfortunately for Kayla, it was only a matter of time before she encountered the creatures from the Otherworld, and there is just no running away from the beings that she can now see. In trying to protect Kayla by keeping her away from the Academy, she may have just been put in even more danger.

Wide Awake is one of those spellbinding books that keeps you entranced all the way through. If I had the time I would have read this books in the space for a few days. It was incredible.

Kayla is like every other 16 year old girl. She has a great family and good friends. However, soon she meants Caroline who appears when Kayla doesn't expect it like in her bedroom in the middle of night. Kayle soon realised that she isn't an ordinary girl, she can see and speak to ghosts. Pretty soon Kayla's life is in danger and its up to Hunter to try and keep her safe from the evil Benjamin.

There are quite a few factors that make this story an excellent read. The story line is original and fast paced and the dynamic between the main characters is what makes the story such a good read. The chemistry we see between Kayla and Hunter is undeniable. They are both very independant characters their personalities are very similar. However, its when Kayla is confronted with Benjamin (the creepy bad guy) it becomes clear that Hunter and Kayla have a special bond. This just makes it a very easy read because the characters are flow nicely together.

Wide Awake has a very original story line that is fast paced. I love that there is a little bit of mythology woven into the current storyline explaining some of the backstory. It definity an interesting take on angels.

I do have one small negative. The ending. Without giving anything away it ends on a series cliffhanger. I don't using mind cliffhangers but this one I just didn't like. However, Daniele has done it in such a way that when you turn the very last page to realise there is no more you actually will scream at you book.

What else I say about this novel. Daniele has create such an interesting world that is captivatingly haunting with fantastic twist on the angel story. Fans of angels and supernatural beings will love this.

Rate: 4/5

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  1. Great review. I've got this to review....so i'm hoping I enjoy it because it sounds amazing! :) Donna

  2. Hey! I just finished it....I loved it. Rated it 5 stars. I can't wait for the next one. - Donna


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