Name: Awakened (The Power Trilogy #1) by Dot Caffrey
Date Published: August 31, 2018
Genre: YA, Fantasy
Goodreads Rating: 4.67/5 Stars
How I acquired it: I received an ARC from the author via Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my opinions below.
Power and Prophecy!
Seventeen-year-old Regnaryn grew up in an idyllic land among mythical beings. She believes that she is the last surviving human. Her world begins to shatter when Evil invades her dreams, demanding that she relinquish unknown powers foretold by her long-deceased mother. When Graeden, a young human male, arrives, he further disrupts her once-orderly life. Her emotions in chaos, Regnaryn flees the only home she’s ever known, only to be captured by the servants of Evil from her dreams. Now she must take a stand, confronting her late mother’s prophecy while also attempting to survive and protect those she loves.
Reading Level: ★★★★
My Overall Rating: ★★★★★
This story felt very familiar as I was reading. I couldn’t put my finger on it but after I finished I realized this is a rerelease and I think I actually read it when it first came out. It was just as good this time as the first and Dot Caffrey really pulls the reader in from the very beginning. I loved how each character was developed. This is obviously the first book in the series so I know we will learn more about each character in the future books but for a first book we learned a lot about each character. And it didn’t feel forced. Sometimes it feels like an author describes the characters almost like bullet points. Caffrey explained the important parts of each character and gave each of them a different personality which really distinguished how the characters would react.
This story felt so fresh and unique and I absolutely loved it! Regnaryn grows up in an area that is completely separate from the rest of the world. She believes she is the only human left. When she starts having nightmares about some unknown evil taking her powers, she’s not only confused but also scared. When Graeden gets into a fight with his brother he leaves home and when he decides to turn back he finds an unknown force calling him to keep going forward. When he’s captured and tortured he feels a presence in his mind that is giving him the courage to go on. Graeden and Regnaryn find each other and while Regnaryn feels confused and hurt (since she spent her whole life thinking she was the lone human) Graeden feels drawn to Regnaryn like he’s known her his whole life. We learn of an ancient force that has tied the two of them together since before they were born.
The romance in this book felt really forced however, I understand why that would be the case. After Regnaryn and Graeden knew what was happening it didn’t feel as forced. I actually really enjoyed this plot line because it felt different than a “normal” romance in a typical YA book. Instead of boy meets girl they fall in love end of story it was destiny or fate that lead them to each other. I will say I hope Graeden gets a little “tougher” (for lack of a better word). Regnaryn is strong and knows what she wants and he does anything to make her happy, which sounds nice but he doesn’t have much of a personality when she’s involved.
Thank you Ms. Caffrey for not ending this in a cliffhanger! I could see how easy it would have been easy to do so but she was able to pull everything together while creating excitement for the future of the series. As I said above I absolutely love each character and cannot wait to see what happens with each of them in the sequel. I highly recommend this book and I will be counting down the days till the next book comes out.