Unusual Awakening by: S.M. Knowles

Unusual Awakening

Author: S.M. Knowles

Release Date: December 2, 2013

Publisher: S.M. Knowles

Format: E-book via netgalley

Rating: 2 stars


With tears and a tight hug, Rylee Everley’s dad left for Afghanistan with the Army Reserve. Since his deployment, her mom has been distant, her sisters are constantly fighting, and Rylee, at only thirteen years old, has to be the glue to keep them together. While her mother stays locked in her room, Rylee has been forced into the role of parent.

Now, two years later, a freak accident involving a bus at school promises to restore some normality to her family. In spite of not knowing how their father is, her mother is happy and her sisters don’t seem to fight as much as they used to. Rylee herself is seeing more of her friends and is even trying to sort out her own feelings about Brock Parker. However, something dark threatens to disrupt that normality for personal gain, and that darkness is willing to break every rule to get what it wants.

~My Thoughts~

I am lost. As I sit here and think about this book and how I feel or felt through it I can’t help but wonder what made me finish reading this book. It was a quick read if you are looking for something quick but honestly I don’t think I really liked it. I definitely didn’t like the ending but I guess I should just start from the beginning.

It started off good with Rylee’s father being deployed. I could feel the sadness and the struggle to stay strong. However there is about where my good criticism ends. After that the story just kind of goes along. I feel like there wasn’t a big point to the story. What was the author trying to portray, what was her message? Other then going to high school with Rylee and seeing her day to day life it isn’t until the chapter with Adysin that it becomes clear there is something more to the story. Although even after that its like we have that little tid bit of information and it goes back to Rylee’s everyday life. Her father still not home, her struggling with that and now these other problems but still where is the story going?? It gets a bit interesting when Rylee ends in a field being told kind of whats going on but that isn’t until more then 90 percent of the book is over and on top of that it’s still vague like Rylee is still just some clueless teenager with no insight or anything, which I just didn’t like cause it just isn’t as believable. She remains just as confused as she was when all the odd stuff started happening. Can you guess what happens next?? I’ll tell you. NOTHING! THE STORY JUST ENDS WTF???  Why did I just read all 205 pages of this book? WHY?? Why didn’t I dnf this book? To be honest I have no idea it obviously held my interest enough to continue and by the time I realized nothing was going to happen I might as well of finished it since I was already over 90 percent over. The ending though how can you just end a book with no resolve? I would not recommend this book to anyone. It was a big let down. 😦

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