Book Review: Awaken by Skye Malone

Title: Awaken

Series: Awakened Fate (Book One)

Author: Skye Malone

Genre: Young Adult Paranormal Romance

Publisher: Wildflower Isle

Publication Date: June 3, 2014


Running away from home was never Chloe Kowalski’s plan. Neither was ending up the target of killers, or having her body change in unusual ways. She only wanted a vacation, someplace far from her crazy parents and their irrational fear of water. She only wanted to do something normal for once, and maybe get to know her best friend’s hot stepbrother a bit better at the same time.

But the first day she goes out on the ocean, strange things start to happen. Dangerous things that should be impossible. Things to which ‘normal’ doesn’t even begin to apply.

Now madmen are hunting her. A mysterious guy with glowing blue eyes is following her. And her best friend’s stepbrother seems to be hiding secrets all his own.

It was supposed to be a vacation. It’s turning out to be a whole lot more.

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About Skye

Author Biography:
Skye Malone is a fantasy and paranormal romance author, which means she spends most of her time not-quite-convinced that the things she imagines couldn’t actually exist.

Born and raised in central Illinois, she hopes someday to travel the world – though in the meantime she’ll take any story that whisks her off to a place where the fantastic lives inside the everyday. She loves strong and passionate characters, complex villains, and satisfying endings that stay with you long after the book is done. An inveterate writer, she can’t go a day without getting her hands on a keyboard, and can usually be found typing away while she listens to all the adventures unfolding in her head.

Skye also writes YA urban fantasy as Megan Joel Peterson and is the author of The Children and the Blood trilogy.


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Ani’s Review of Awaken by Skye Malone

I really liked the premise of this book. You assume that it’s a straightforward mermaid book but suddenly it becomes more paranormal/fantasy than that which is much more exciting to me. Main character Chloe made some incredibly bad choices and I wasn’t sure I could forgive her but after the story unfolded, I am happy to say that it was all part of the plan! Author Skye Malone is a pretty good writer. Although there were a few surprises, I wouldn’t call this a dramatic or jaw-dropping book. I did really enjoy the boys in this book: Zeke’s and Noah definitely had an aura of mystery surrounding them which drew me into the story where Chloe was just an open book (too punny?). Sorry I couldn’t help myself! I enjoyed reading Awaken and I am interested to see how Malone depicts the undersea world in the next book.