Awoke: The Want Series (Book 1)

Awoke: The Want Series (Book 1)

by K. T. Conte, Brenda Penegrine

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ISBN-13: 9780999225912
Publisher: SugarCane Media Inc
Publication date: 09/10/2017
Series: Want Series , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 426
File size: 1 MB
Age Range: 15 - 18 Years

About the Author

K.T. Conte is a lover of books, people and all things wild and crazy. She received her B.A. in English from Boston College and her law degree from Suffolk University Law School. While she has and continues to be a licensed attorney, her first love has always been books from the tender age of 2. Originally from Massachusetts, K.T. currently lives in New York City with the monsters in the closet, her husband Everett, a couple of building fairies and her dog, Champ.

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Awoke: The Want Series 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
JBronder More than 1 year ago
Katya is trying to have a normal life as a typical teenager and tries to ignore the visions of creatures that others cannot see. One night she goes to a party with her best friend, Amie and encourages her to hook up with a hot guy that rejects her. Katya goes after the guy to put in her two cents when she stumbles upon a strange interaction then wakes in her bed with Gregor next to her. It seems being around Gregor has unleashed her abilities. Kat quickly finds herself in a world with monsters and those that fight to keep them in their place. It seems that these monsters are also causing the strange quakes felt in the Live Realm. Kat is going to have to go through a lot of training to get her abilities ready to fight with. I really enjoyed this story. You have a typical teen that just wants to be typical, not to see the creatures that no one else does. Although she is reluctant to go on this adventure, she is willing to fight to keep those she cares for safe. I love Gregor. He is tough, quick to temper, and yet has a sweet spot for Kat. This is a beautifully developed world with lots of characters. They are introduced at a pace that does not leave you make notes to figure out who is who. I loved the story, there is lots of action, and an ending that will leave you wanting book two to see what happens next. I really enjoyed this book and recommend it to any that like Fantasy YA. You will not be disappointed. I received Awoke from iRead Book Tours for free. This has in no way influenced my opinion of this book.
BookwormforKids More than 1 year ago
Packed with action and after-life intrigue, there's something unexpected at the turn of every page . Eighteen-year-old Katya's biggest fear is being deemed as 'weird', although her life appears to be pretty normal—high school, boyfriend, up-coming graduation and a little popular-girl-with-an-attitude problem thrown in. Nothing special. If it weren't for the sudden visions, that is. When a night out for her friend's birthday ends in an alley with a monster attack, Katya's visions are the least of her troubles. This story takes a whole new twist on the battle between heaven and hell, and throws an exciting heroine into the mix. Katya is not a push-over. She has her self-doubt issues like every teenage girl, but she's got friends who have her back and a mouth work to make any target of her vengeance cringe in fear. This book does have bad language, and it does a great job of reflecting a normal, average teen, who likes to hang out every now and then. The decisions, concerns, dialogue and attitudes fit the age group well and flow naturally. Monsters, special powers and dangerous battles make this into an action-packed, paranormal read. The stakes and tension remain high through-out the book, and danger always hangs in the air. But there's also intrigue and all sorts of hidden agendas—some of which hint at many things still to come. It's a classic battle of good versus evil, where it's clear that the sides are going to grow foggier as the tale goes on. In other words, lots of twists and turns, and delightful evil plans. There are a few stumbles in the first chapters as the information about the complex world filters in, leaving a little confusion, but as the story gets under way, the action and plot take over and the read is hard to put down. The end again almost lost me as it suddenly sped up to pack everything in, but it pulls through into a high stakes climax with a fairly wrapped up closing. The loose ends don't frustrate but guarantee and interesting book to come. And there's romance. This one hits more of a New Adult level, not so much because of the content but because of the characters. The hero is in his mid-twenties (otherwise, several hundred years old) and the attitudes come off much more mature from his side. The romance is a mixture of building friendship, but then with sudden closeness built in, making it not as smooth as it could have been but still, a joy to read and watch. Summed up, this is a fun, action packed read. It's easy to get emotionally involved with Katya, fear for the world around her and sit back and enjoy one tense scene after the other. Friends of heaven vs. hell battles (with a different twist) who love a little romance and paranormal fun are sure to enjoy reading this one. I received a complimentary copy and enjoyed reading the adventure so much that I wanted to leave my honest thoughts.
lifeasleels More than 1 year ago
Fantasy, supernatural, and a hot Scottish man!? Rawr! I will admit, I felt the story started a little slow, but the moment Katya opened up to Gregor – I was sucked in and couldn’t let go. I had to read and I could not put the book down. (No joke, I read more than half the book in one sitting!) There was suspense and mystery and did I mention a hot Scottish man? I felt the ‘young adult’ feel of the book, but I am not certain it is a book I would let my soon to be 12 year old read as there was language, but is something I would maybe hold on to and let her read in a few years. I think it is something she would enjoy. I am not one who is usually upset when a book ends, but I definitely was upset that this book had to end. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and can’t wait to read more!
lifeasleels More than 1 year ago
Fantasy, supernatural, and a hot Scottish man!? Rawr! I will admit, I felt the story started a little slow, but the moment Katya opened up to Gregor – I was sucked in and couldn’t let go. I had to read and I could not put the book down. (No joke, I read more than half the book in one sitting!) There was suspense and mystery and did I mention a hot Scottish man? I felt the ‘young adult’ feel of the book, but I am not certain it is a book I would let my soon to be 12 year old read as there was language, but is something I would maybe hold on to and let her read in a few years. I think it is something she would enjoy. I am not one who is usually upset when a book ends, but I definitely was upset that this book had to end. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and can’t wait to read more!
ReadingBifrost More than 1 year ago
This is a perfect book for anyone who enjoyed the manga/anime Bleach! Katya is not a normal teenager. She can see things that cross between worlds that normal people cannot see. She’s headstrong- if not a bit stubborn- and loyal to family and friends. During the duration of the book she not only struggles with learning to use her new found powers to save the world, but she struggles internally with rediscovering herself and her part within world of Kyrio. Gregor is a hot Scottish death-god. He has a temper (of a Scott) and can be quick to anger, but also has a very teasing sense of humor. He seems slightly different from the other Kyrio which is probably why he and Katya click so easily. The book is full of interesting secondary characters that bring the story to life, and killer enemies that stay hidden in the shadows and keep the reader guessing just who is on which side. The Quad is a group of four Kyrio charged to guard Katya and end up being a highlight of the story. But there are also some characters, such as Katya’s boyfriend, that seem to be written in just an agenda to work in Katya and Gregor’s relationship. A requirement for being a Kyrio seems to be extraordinary good looks- as each guy described is undoubtably hot. I would have liked to have seen a few more normal-ish looking Kyrio as apposed to the super-mega-foxy-hot (not that I didn’t enjoy all the super-mega-foxy-hot!). The plot was easy to follow and has a nice flow. There’s no space where the book became too dull or draggy, and despite all the newness of the world there isn’t any information dumps. Well done. The action is well thought-out even though I think it could be a bit more descriptive, especially when Kyrio and Want powers are being used. The ending left plenty of room open for the next installment with a clear view of some of the struggles they will be facing. Will I be picking it up? Yes! My hopes/expectations for the next book? A broader view of the Kyrios’ world and their distinctive powers, seeing a Want come into being, more of The Quad, and of course a bit more romance from Katya and Gregor!
ReadersFavorite2 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Divine Zape for Readers' Favorite Awoke: The Want Series by K.T. Conte is a great paranormal treat for young adult readers, a story that explores a teenage girl’s journey to accepting her exceptional gifts and following a very unique path. For a long time, Katya has pretended that she is normal, that she is like everyone else, but deep inside there is a turmoil of emotions, an unfolding world that she tries futilely to suppress. Yes, because she is gifted with incredible abilities, and she can see creatures and things veiled from the eyes of ordinary people, and can harness waves of life energy. When a member of an international spirit military group called the Kyrios enters her life, everything changes as she finds herself in the middle of a monumental battle that has raged for ages, involving undead spirits and wardens charged with keeping them in their place. She has to make the choice to embrace her path or retreat to the semblance of a life she’s created. There is a lot to enjoy in K.T. Conte’s novel and readers will enjoy the way the conflict is developed. It was interesting imagining what it feels like to be the protagonist as I read the story and I couldn’t help but accept the lesson that our gifts are our curses. Imagine the internal conflict of having great powers and not being able to accept those powers. The pace is fast and the writing captivating. Katya's world is overwhelming and readers will follow her with bated breath, caught up in the whirlwind of action taking place in an invisible world that affects ours in many ways. Awoke: The Want Series is well-plotted, set in an interesting and vividly written setting, and featuring compelling characters readers will love to follow. It was an engaging read for me.
ReadersFavorite1 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Caitlyn Lynch for Readers' Favorite So the absolute first thing I am going to yell about this YA fantasy book is that not only does it have a black female protagonist - who looks cool on the cover, too - but it is actually written by a black female author. Katya's pretty, popular... and different. She desperately wants to be normal, but the things she sees won't go away. When she unwittingly crosses the path of a Kyrios, one of the guardians of Death, her powers begin to grow exponentially and she has no choice but to learn control, or endanger everyone around her. There is a large cast of characters in Awoke, and a lot of world-building, but everything was introduced quite gradually. There was no sense of info dumping and no stage at which I was left thinking ‘wait, who’s that again?’ Instead, K.T. Conte introduces characters one or two at a time, skilfully giving everyone their own distinct personalities and quirks. This is a fascinating story with lots of twists and turns, including a couple I saw coming and a couple I really didn't. I read it straight through in one session. It's just that interesting. While the language feels a little junior high at times, maybe it's just that I don't read a lot of YA novels. Katya is, after all, 18 and she does act like a teenager, regularly compromised by her own feelings and lack of worldly experience. In short, Awoke is a great start to a new series by an author I hadn't encountered before, and I'll be eagerly looking out for more of K.T. Conte's work.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Arya Fomonyuy for Readers' Favorite Told in an absorbing first person narrative voice, Awoke is a gripping entry in the Want Series by K.T. Conte, a great read for young adult fans of the paranormal. As the story begins, readers are introduced to Katya, a young girl preparing for a night out of dancing and fun, but she feels uncomfortable with herself, pretending that she is normal, like everyone else, and that is the façade she’d like to create. But then she has to warn herself, talking herself into believing that she’s normal: “Katya, you will not mess this up tonight. You will be a normal— no, you are a normal person tonight. There is nothing weird about you.” But Katya is different from every other girl in Boston. She has the ability to see creatures that aren’t of this world and the power to manipulate waves of life energy, and these gifts make her a target for powerful forces. The decision to help Gregor, a member of an international military team called the Kyrios, puts her life in grave danger, plunging her into a world where dead spirits are in constant warfare with wardens that keep them in the underworld. In the most conflicting of situations, Katya must make the choice to follow her calling or to return to the “normal” life she pretends to have. As I said above, this story is told in an irresistible voice, from the first person point of view, and the reader is pulled in from the very beginning. I loved the way Katya develops through the story, from a girl who is unsure of what she wants, refusing to admit the truth about herself to someone who takes responsibility and begins to put her gifts to use. The writing is beautiful and K.T. Conte creates a striking balance between her descriptive narrative and the fascinating dialogues, keeping the reader well-entertained. Awoke is a fast-paced, exciting read.