Awaking by Madeline Freeman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
This was a really solid start to a series! The setup of this unique world was completely engaging and had me hooked from the first page. This group of characters was fun and interesting, and the paranormal elements were new and exciting.
Morgan is the star of this particular novel. Always a bit of a “freak” for having the ability to tell people’s futures, she falls in with her own little group of misfits. Ris (aka Clare) is her BFF who drags her to a party at the start of the book. This seemingly innocuous party triggers a set of events that leads to Morgan’s “awaking.” Turns out, Morgan’s powers are very real, and she’s been noticed by the Veneret, a secret group of people with “superpowers.” These powers range from influencing someone’s thoughts and actions to moving things with their mind. Each person is different, but Morgan is *very* different.
She slowly accumulates an even more diverse group of friends made up of Corbin (the popular rich kid), Lia (the pushy high school newspaper editor), and Lucas (the drink guessing barista). But things aren’t all puppies and rainbows in this new world. Turns out, increasing your power comes with a price, and it’s one that Morgan isn’t so sure is worth it. There are oodles of mystery, revelations, and prophecy in this fast-paced and wonderfully written novel. We don’t get a HEA at the end, but we do get a lot of motivation to pick up the next one! I can’t wait!
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