Evaine, a struggling New York theater student, enters an unsanctioned drug trial in an effort to pay bills. She awakens in a derelict hospital, chained to a bed with no memory of who she is, or how she got there. A band of pale skinned men, led by the gorgeous Luca, burst in, whisking her away to safety.
Once at Haven House, Evaine is introduced to The Family. Like them, she has become A Deader, a reanimated Undead.
Luca is hell-bent on stopping the experimentations, and killing those responsible. He has no time for a Newborn who is struggling to control her rages, hunger, and powers. Nor does he have the desire to deal with the feelings she’s awakening within him.
Despite their best efforts, Evaine and Luca find their connection intensifying when suddenly, she remembers not only who she is, but also her fiancé, Tristan; who is still looking for her.
Torn between her first love and her new heart’s desire, Evaine runs back to Tristan putting everyone in danger. When a rogue faction of Deaders, called Feeders, attempts to kidnap her, Luca suspects Evaine is the key to the experiments.
Can everyone band together to keep Evaine off the cutting table of those she escaped from? Or will second death tear her away from everyone, for good?
Rebekah grew up on both the east and west coasts and currently lives in the Los Angeles area. From the Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein to The Stand by Stephen King, Rebekah immersed herself in other people’s made up worlds. She began writing in junior high and then found she liked pretending to be other people’s characters in high school. Lettering in drama she went on to study theater in college as well. After college she continued acting till becoming a mom. Ultimately, she ended up going back to writing her characters down instead of acting them out, so she could stay at home with her kids.
Rebekah is a member of Romance Writers of America and is a board member of both the Fantasy, Futuristic, & Paranormal and her local Los Angeles chapters. When she isn’t spending time telling the lives of the characters constantly chattering inside her head, you can find her with her husband and four children; reading comic books, gaming, at the movies or taking care of the menagerie of pets. A dog, a rabbit, two bearded dragons, and three tortoises. Wonder woman, the escaped snake, has yet to be located.
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What an awesome premise! I really wanted to read this book after seeing the front cover and reading the back cover blurb. It was an exciting and different to the other paranormal books out there.
Strictly speaking I’d class it as New Adult fiction due to the protagonist’s age and the books contents, although I know that the whole YA/NA/Adult debate is still kind of subjective.
From a writer’s perspective, I would have liked the action to start from the get go. Chapter 1 was a little boring to me and could lose a less patient reader (which would be a shame) I realise that you need to set the scene, introduce a character that the reader will care about etc. but I still think that this can be done just as easily from chapter 2 and grab the reader by the balls from the very first line. Knowing the protagonist’s love life, relationship with her mother, college history and dreams can wait.
I also feel that if it had been told first person, rather than third, it would have bonded the reader to Evaine quicker and really put them smack in the middle of the action.
The front cover is great, very Buffy-like and really sells the book. It has the main character on there and will stand out – two dead thumbs up!
Overall I’d give Dead Awakenings 4 out 5 stars – if you’re looking for something different, here’s your next book!