The main character, Colina, remains to be strong and dangerous (partially because of her desperateness for revenge and partially because of her sorrow). She is a fascinating character, who says one thing but sometimes means another. Her interactions with a mysterious force reveal some fragments of her traits. Her goals are simple, yet the more she acts, the more her goals change and shift.
The story spins slowly, unraveling the details, but quickly picks up pace towards the end. Colina strikes a deal with a death dealer named Luke. A death dealer is one of the most feared magicians, because their power over death and deceased souls scare away the normal people. Also, their reputations aren't very kind on them.
The world building is easy enough to understand. The modern world mashes with the supernatural world easily. Great development here.
The romance between Colina and Luke sparks off gentle flames. Bogged down by their problems, the couple are unsurprisingly not taking first steps so soon in the book. But the wait is so worth it, because they act very good together. Sure, there are some odd moments here and there (I shall not reveal any spoilers), but they are golden.
The ending devastated me, and I'm raving. Catrina Burgess! Are you happy now? The pounding and relentless number of questions hunt me, and there are little answers to be found. Even the sneak peek to the next book is not enough.
In conclusion, AWAKENING is an amazing paranormal novel and start for the DARK RITUALS series. I can't wait to see what happens next! Burgess crafts a fun, hair-tearing novel with a sequel that can't come out any sooner.
Rating: Three out of Five