August 23, 2014

Awaken Review


(The Soulkeepers Book #2)
Lori Adams
3 Stars

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Sophia St. James has every reason to be happy: she survived the kiss of death from the seductive Demon Knight Dante and is free to be with Michael, her sexy Guardian Angel. She eagerly begins her Awakening to become a Spirit Walker and help lost souls cross over. But her training is fraught with setbacks, and Michael begs her to stop. The life of a Spirit Walker is far too dangerous, and he won’t be able to protect her.
Then Dante returns, threatening to drag Sophia to Hell so they can finally be together. Terrified of losing everything she has worked for, Sophia turns the tables on Dante, luring him into a deception that may get them both killed. The stakes climb even higher when Dante’s ally, Wolfgang, emerges from Hell with one order: kill Sophia. Will Michael once again be Sophia’s saving grace or will the Awakening give her the power she needs to save herself?

This is Lori Adam’s second book in the SoulKeepers series. We come back to the story only a little while after Sophia’s Awakening. She has found her calling, becoming a spirit walker is the calling that she has been looking for. When the Awakening seems to stop Michael can’t help be happy. He wants her save and as far away the spirit world as she can be.  Michael is going through his own transformation. He has finally be accepted into the Halos. Now everything is going to change.

Sophia is trying to find a balance between her relationship with Michael, keeping it secret, and trying to find out about the Awakening that has seemed to stall. I really liked Sophia in this book. She wasn’t going to let Michael or Dante tell her what she can and can’t do. She was going to be a spirit walker no matter what she had to lose to get it. She had her moments when she was whiny but I mean what character doesn’t she eventually became the strong person I thought she was. One thing that bothered me was that she bought into the love triangle more in this book.

Michael. There is definitely something wrong with him in this book. He is definitely much different. He borders on being an abusive boyfriend. He became manipulative, controlling, and bossy. He also put her life at risk multiple times for some pretty flimsy reasons. We really didn’t get to see much of Michael because he was preoccupied with his new training but that also left us with him being an asshole. We didn’t really get any of the caring Michael we got at the end of the first book.

Dante finds his way back to earth..again. After being bound in the death bunker for a few days he is determined to get to Sophia. I really didn’t like him either. All of his intentions with Sophia are purely selfish. She has chosen and he can’t seem to let it go. Dante seems to do some pretty horrible things and Sophia seems to keep buying into it. At first when she didn’t know what he was it was understandable but now you would think after what she has seen him do he would stay away. We saw a lot more of Dante in this book than Michael which made the love triangle stick out more.

I was disappointed about where everything went with Michael and Dante. The romance seems to be up in the air in this book. We haven’t gotten any answers about Dante and Sophia’s “past life” and we have Michael becoming a completely different person. I am still rooting for Michael because I have from the beginning. Hopefully he gets over whatever is happening to him.

Overall this book was a good addition to the series. The writing was great just like in the first book but I found myself bored at times with the plot. The first book was so interesting and this one fell short until the end of the book. I will be picking up the next one because I have to know what happens with everyone!

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