“Awoken” by: Billie Jade Kermack
Grace O’Callaghan leads a normal life with her mother and brother Cary, her father having died years earlier. Her normal life is turned upside down when she meets Beau. Beau Milner, with his copper hair, striking blue eyes, and toned body was the epitome of tall, dark, and handsome to Grace from the minute he walked into her photography class but there was something a little off with Beau. As a young child Beau was one of two survivors in a horrific accident that killed his father instantly and his mother from injuries shortly thereafter. He was tossed around from foster home to foster home during his childhood, and after an incident in which furniture was stacked upside down in the middle of a room and Beau was accused, he was forced to stay within a hospital until his foster mother Gwen takes him in. As Grace and Beau grow closer, she learns he is awoken, he can see spirits and it is his job to help them travel to the other side. Unfortunately his gift also leaves those he loves, Gwen and Grace, susceptible to being harmed by spirits and both women are attacked by them. When a particularly evil spirit can’t get what it wants from Beau’s foster mother Gwen, he begins to torment Grace on a nightly basis. Another spirit overtakes Gwen’s body to torment Grace, causing them to seek the help of Gwen’s friend to free her. When Grace’s birthday arrives, it seems as though Grace and Beau are finally going to have a moment’s peace from the supernatural, but Beau realizes that shadows are coming for Grace and won’t stop until they use her to destroy him. Glen, a serial killer while he was alive, now a spirit, decides that he will overtake Grace’s body and use it to kill not only his former coworker Gwen but Beau as well. Gwen and Beau intend to have Grace draw Glen’s evil spirit out so that they can finally send him to Hell but will Grace and Beau’s love survive it all or will Grace be lost to evil?
Awoken, by the talented Billie Jade Kermack, is the first in the Shadowed Veil Series. This book is pleasantly surprising. It’s a love story with a bit of Sixth Sense and a battle between good and evil. Beau, the male lead, has the weight of the spirit world on his shoulders, and Grace, having seen death firsthand with her father, is an open and understanding outlet for Beau. These two misunderstood characters understand one another perfectly and form a love that seems unbreakable. The plot twist at the end of Awoken is refreshing and unpredictable, leaving the reader anxiously awaiting the sequel. I would recommend Awoken, as it appeals to readers in a number of genres such as young adult, new adult, romance, and paranormal.
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