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Awakening: Book One of the Geis
     

Awakening: Book One of the Geis

4.7 14
by Christy Dorrity, Dennis Dorrity (Illustrator)
 
...because some Celtic stories won't be contained in myth.

A little magic has always run in sixteen-year-old McKayla McCleery's family-at least that's what she's been told. McKayla's eccentric Aunt Avril travels the world as a psychic for the FBI, and her mother can make amazing delicacies out of the most basic of ingredients. But McKayla doesn't think for a second

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...because some Celtic stories won't be contained in myth.

A little magic has always run in sixteen-year-old McKayla McCleery's family-at least that's what she's been told. McKayla's eccentric Aunt Avril travels the world as a psychic for the FBI, and her mother can make amazing delicacies out of the most basic of ingredients. But McKayla doesn't think for a second that the magic is real-it's just good storytelling. Besides, McKayla doesn't need magic. She recently moved to beautiful Star Valley, Wyoming, and already she has a best friend, a solo in her upcoming ballet recital-and the gorgeous guy in her physics class keeps looking her way.

When an unexpected fascination with Irish dance leads McKayla to seek instruction from the mute, crippled janitor at her high school, she learns that her family is not the only one with unexplained abilities.

After Aunt Avril comes to Star Valley in pursuit of a supernatural killer, people begin disappearing, and the lives of those McKayla holds most dear are threatened. When the janitor reveals that an ancient curse, known as a geis, has awakened deadly powers that defy explanation, McKayla is forced to come to terms with what is real and what is fantasy.

A thrilling debut novel based in Celtic mythology, Awakening is a gripping young adult fantasy rife with magic, romance, and mystery.

"AWAKENING is a wonder and a delight. Christy Dorrity is a talent to watch!"
- DAVID FARLAND, New York Times bestselling author of Nightingale

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781940427027
Publisher:
Mythic Studios, Inc.
Publication date:
09/24/2013
Pages:
300
Product dimensions:
5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.63(d)

Meet the Author

Christy Dorrity lives in the mountains with her husband, five children, and a cocker spaniel. She grew up on a trout ranch in Star Valley, Wyoming, and is the author of The Geis series for young adults and The Book Blogger’s Cookbooks. Christy is a champion Irish dancer, and when she’s not reading or writing, she’s probably trying out a new recipe in the kitchen.

www.christydorrity.com

facebook.com/authorchristydorrity

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Awakening: Book One of the Geis 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well written with magic and a touch of romance. Just a bit predictable but look forward to the next book in the series.
wazi More than 1 year ago
Awakening  by Christy Dorrity This book exceeded my expectations. This is not just another coming of age story. Ms. Dorrity has woven Celtic myth into this whole family's history with an ancient curse they never had a clue about. The author's passion for Irish dance shines through in the emotion of her words. I was totally swept away into the dance, the history, and the characters of this book. The story is mainly told through McKayla's eyes interspersed with third person, the transitions are smooth and well placed. The story threads were woven together with thoughtful consideration to the overall plot. The stories are heart wrenching and fascinating. I was blown away when I learned this was Ms. Dorrity's debut novel. I thought the story started off strong but I found myself a little overwhelmed with all the details and was afraid I wouldn't be able to keep up. It turned out I didn't have the problem I anticipated thanks to Ms. Dorrity's adept writing style. At about a third of the way in the story takes off and I had trouble putting the book down to sleep. The story comes to a satisfying ending with a nice twist to draw you into the next book. This is going to be an enchanting series. Format/Typo Issues: I found no significant issues. **Originally written for "Books and Pals" book blog. May have received a free review copy.**  February 15, 2014
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like my reads to be compelling and well written. This book introduces you to Mackayla and her connection to a world of banshees and ancient promises which are brought into modern day Wyoming. The author includes artistic expression as an extension of magic. Interesting characters who are well-rounded and imperfect are included in this story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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NiksPicks More than 1 year ago
Awakenings is an enjoyable first book in The Geis series. Christy Dorrity weaves an intriguing tale, mixing ancient Celtic myth with modern teenage romance and mystery. I enjoyed all the characters–they were well thought-out, especially the quirky Aunt Avril, who I particularly liked. The story moves at a good pace. The mystery surrounding Aunt Avril’s psychic investigations, the janitor Rourke’s incredible dancing, and the irresistible tug toward a world full of strange mystic powers that envelopes the main heroine, McKayla–all will draw readers deeply into the story. Dorrity does an excellent job of keeping us guessing on what’s going on and what might happen, Add a good dollop of teenage romance, and readers will stay sucked in from the beginning to the end. There are some clunky areas where the story switches from first to third person, and some unanswered questions, but the story is gripping and has enough tension, romance, danger and mystique to excite and enthrall, and I for one am excited to read the second installment. Definitely give this one a read!
James_Duckett More than 1 year ago
I had no idea until I reached the end of the book that this was Christy's debut novel. It is well written and the editing is very clean. I can't think of the last time I've read a debut novel that was this polished. Two things really stood out for me. First, the characters. I read so many books where every characters is a cookie-cutout from about two or three molds, but Christy did an excellent job of giving each character their own voice. Conversations went so well that she didn't really need dialogue tags to know who was talking (or, sometimes, not exactly talking...). If you do read this book, you are going to love Aunt Avril. Christy must have had a blast writing that fun character! And the magic system was very unique and interesting. One of the better ones I've seen. It left me very intrigued. My only disappointment is that I wish we could have seen more of it, especially from McKayla, the protagonist. However, she sets up the ending very well for a sequel, which does seem to promise showing more of the magic system. I can't wait!! Speaking of the ending... on the last chapter I was thinking to myself, "You know, it would be so cool if we saw x." (x is hidden to avoid spoilers) Well, she didn't give me x. She gave me x squared. Maybe cubed. Anyway, it far exceeded my expectations. Bravo to Dorrity for writing such a brilliant debut novel and I'm looking so forward to what comes next in what promises to be an amazing series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The best thing about Awakening were the characters. I felt close to them and immediately cared about what would happen next in the story. Aunt Avril was my favorite character--who doesn't like a mysterious Aunt with psychic powers? Plus, I could just see her eccentricity in dress and manner clearly in my mind.--Loved it! There is a love triangle--and I'm always up for a good love triangle. I could tell who she would pick--at least I hoped, but the way she unfolded it made me want to keep reading more. Definitely a must read! Will look forward to reading more by this author!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is such a fun and delightful read. The book is set in Star Valley, Wyoming, where I grew up! Because of that I may be biased towards the setting, but the book really captures the fun vibe of the small town.  The characters really grabbed my attention and grew on me. They all have such fun and different personalities. You will just fall in love with the quirky aunt and mysterious janitor!  I knew nothing of Irish dance or mythology before picking up this book but now I am intrigued with all it! This is such a great read! It's the perfect mix of magic, adventure, and of course love. I would suggest this book to anyone, pre-teens to adults. I can't wait for it to come out in print so I can share it with my husband:)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was pulled in from this story from the very beginning and sped right through it. One of the things this story really has going for it is the snappy pacing. Every scene seems to move the story forward and kept me flipping (or rather clicking) pages.  Something I really enjoyed about this book was the Celtic flavor. I absolutely loved the Irish dancing throughout the book, and was really impressed with how I could visualize those scenes. I also loved the Celtic names--they were definitely foreign, but still not so hard to pronounce that I stumbled over them. And Roarke was such an engaging and compelling character! I loved how sign language played into the book, and how music and dance worked together.  There are truly interesting and unique characters in this book. There was Roarke, of course. But I also loved Aunt Avril. She was eccentric, but still somehow outside the typical crazy-aunt stereotype that a lot of books have. I also loved McKayla, our main character. She was an interesting narrator, and I was rooting for her the whole time.  I felt that the author did a great job of revealing information as it was needed as opposed to overwhelming me with everything at the beginning. I loved how well thought-out the plot was, and how every piece of information I was given in the story contributed to the overall story. Some of the transitions in the story were a little rough, and for me the ending was rushed; I would've liked it drawn out for a few more pages. However, the ending came together well and was a satisfying ending to this story. This book is obviously the first in a series, and I cannot wait for the sequel! A fantastic debut novel. Can't wait to see what else comes from this author.  4.5 stars raised to 5. I was given a free ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this one. The author used Irish dancing as a doorway into the broader world of Celtic mythology, which I loved. She also obviously knew her setting very well. The quirky Aunt Avril made me happy. I love characters that are quirky without being over-the-top. I also love the scene where McKayla first sees the janitor dance. Actually, all the descriptions of dancing were fantastic, and I could really relate to McKayla, who was pulled to Irish dance even though her background was in ballet. My training is almost all in Ballroom, but I've always been drawn to the energy of Irish dance, and I'm just waiting for the day when I have the chance to finally try it. I thought McKayla was a very believable teenager. The things she noticed, the way she acted, and the way she sometimes just didn't quite catch on to the subtleties of relationships with people around her, even when her magic abilities started giving her clues about that. I'm glad she didn't start suddenly knowing everything, because that, for me, would have taken away some of the very real struggles of being a teenager. I did appreciate, however, that it was all handled without excess drama--I can't handle books that get too 'teen angsty' on me. I would have liked a little more from the villain; I didn't feel like I got much insight into her personality, so it was kind of hard for me to understand/sympathize with why she did things the way she did. From the way it ended, though, I think the next book will probably get more into that, and since the heroes were developed more in this book, maybe the focus will be more on developing the villains in the next installment. Speaking of next installments, I liked the way this one wrapped up the current conflict, but still made me excited for the next book. I have a real problem with books that drop off with too much unresolved, but it's a fine line to walk, because you want readers to want the next book. And in this case, I did. Do. How long do I have to wait? I'll be keeping an eye out for it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book, but for me, it seems more appealing to a teen or middle school reader. I read a lot of YA, and felt this did not reach me as an adult. That is not a criticism, as this is the intended audience. I would have adored this book when I was younger. I really liked that MacKayla is a strong young woman, but felt like a real teenager. The interactions between the characters felt genuine. My favorite was the description of the dance scenes. I do not think I have ever read about dance in a way that was as good as watching it or doing it. They are really that good, and I will go back to those passages. As true as the real life elements read, the elements of fantasy felt a little contrived and strained. People did not interact with the fantastical as you would expect -- wait, Leah was not surprised at seeing a lizard in her studio? The story also was a little muddled...I am not sure that I have come away with a clear understanding of how this world works. Weakest was Cliona. I did not follow at all the sea witch story. I think the back story did not always come through -- when we were with the characters in the present, the author's voice was much stronger. I think I would have preferred the story to NOT have had the fantasy elements. The Aunt was a great, well developed character. Parents were a backdrop, not developed at all and seemed a little neglectful. Rourke was also great. MacKayla's power is very unique, and it will be interesting to see how it can be something powerful. It was interesting to see a teenager gain insight into herself and others when without her gift, that may have taken years. And I liked that the bully of the tale was not just that, but had other sides. All in all, this was different, creative, and an author to keep an eye on. I think her stuff is just going to get better and better! I received an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review. I do not know the author personally.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thoroughly enjoyed this book. the characters were well developed and the story kept me riveted. looking forward to the next book.