Dreaming Awake

Dreaming Awake

by Gwen Hayes


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ISBN-13: 9780451235541
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/03/2012
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 739,272
Product dimensions: 5.58(w) x 8.52(h) x 0.74(d)
Age Range: 12 Years

About the Author

Gwen Hayes lives in the Pacific Northwest with her real life hero and a pack of wild beasts (two of whom she gave birth to). She is a reader, writer, and lover of pop culture (which, other than yogurt, is the only culture she gets).

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Dreaming Awake 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 32 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was so amazing the words i have for the book are undescribeable. The book had all of the twist and turns and romance in all of the right spots and i loved the other perspectives from donny and amelia and of course haden. I wished some things didnt happen but only bercasue i loved all of the characters besides hadens mom but the author knows what she is doing and i trust that if she makes another one it will be even more fantastic than this but i dont know if that is even possible because this book was better than most books i have read even twilight but there are alot of books better than twilight and this is definetly one of them. I hope everyone enjoys the book as much as i did.
nocturnewytche on LibraryThing 5 months ago
I was a bit hesitant to read this book as often sequels are far worse than the original novels. Too many sequels or 'middle' stories in a series of novels reach that point of being dull and boring and border on making one wonder why we bother to read them. Boy, this book defeats all those worries within minutes!!! By page 14 I was captivated and remembering just why I loved Falling Under so much!!! I was worried the sequel would spend too much time undoing everything the first book created (and there were moments where it began to happen) but in the end, it took the original and it's own story to another level! The descriptions Gwen Hayes gives of Under and of the feelings/emotions/settings of the characters are just breath taking! She manages to capture the beauty of love, the fear of loss and evil, and the enchanting horror of the Under in just the amount of description and words needed. Under is so vivid in my mind and I can picture it with ease- something not easily done in books these days. The plot and storyline are nothing too original- guessable even- but it still managed to surprise me! I don't think I can say enough about how great these books are. Of all the YA series out there, I think this one is flying under the radar and needs LOTS more attention! Haden and Theia are worthy characters with lots of depth and development. I never once found them to be average or plain characters and I 'felt' their emotions. The supporting cast is also worthy of mention and perhaps my favorite cast of characters in a novel by far. Donny, Ame, Varnie, and Gabe all play important roles in the story and are intergral rather than filler. The creepy world of Under that Hayes creates and describes comes alive with ease and any fan of paranormal/fantasy stories (YA or not) needs to read these. They're THAT good. I truly hope there is another story to be told at the end of this one and by the way it ends (much like Falling Under) it could go either way.
Bookswithbite on LibraryThing 5 months ago
I just want to scream out to the world how much I loved this book! There is so much more to the story now that it just fills me with great joy! So the book picks up where the first book left off and the reader is off to Under. The plot line is so much more intense as more secrets, betrayals unfold before the reader. It didn't take long for me to fall into the plot of this book. I loved the way everything is strained in the book that it keeps the reader entice to read more.The love interest is strained. I love it when the love between characters becomes strained cause it gives a much greater affect when they finally fall into each other arms. I think I scream for delight when Haden put his foot down. I loved that their love has conquered so much already!! Ms. Hayes created amazing characters with an dynamic plot giving the reader one amazing ride!What I also enjoyed about this book are the great surprises! There were a few plot twist that left my mouth hanging. I LOVE it when an author can take me by surprise! Some were good others where bad but in the end, Ms. Hayes crossed all her t's and dotted her i's well. Nothing is confusing and if anything Dreaming Awake leave you begging for more!So GO and pick up this book! It's will give you biog smile on your face! With great writing and an enticing plot, Dreaming Awake is an fantastic read!
pollywannabook on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Review courtesy of All Things Urban FantasyThis has not been a good year for sequels. Some of my least favorite reads this year were follow ups to books I loved. For various reasons, the magic had been snuffed out, and I unfortunately have to add DREAMING AWAKE to that list. DREAMING AWAKE is all the more disappointing when compared to the dark and delightful FALLING UNDER. There were only two chapters in this entire book that I liked, two of the three chapters not written from the protagonist¿s POV. Not a good sign.The three words that kept coming to mind while reading this book are what I like to refer to as my holy trinity of bad read qualities: boring, cliché, and predictable. Nothing happened for the first two hundred pages. Theia worried about everything it was possible to fret about. Her sassy friends quipped and offered platitudes to her at every opportunity. Haden smoldered and leered on every page, attempting to wield his supposedly lethal sexuality until all the characters (and the reader) were choking on it. He was a far cry from the dark and dangerous character in the previous book. He was possessive and jealous and if Theia had been a more interesting character, I might have said he didn¿t deserve her.Even beyond Theia and Haden¿s flat romance, the actual plot involving Haden¿s demon queen mother Mara showing up and slinking around town wreaking havoc doesn¿t start until the last third of the book. The two interesting chapters I mentioned occur even later. Theia¿s BFFs Donny and Amelia each have to face the dangers of their own hearts and their chapters are both well written and moving (especially Amelia¿s), but the same can¿t be said for the rest of the book. As much as I loved FALLING UNDER, since I liked only two chapters out of the couple dozen in DREAMING AWAKE, I can¿t recommend this.Sexual Content:Kissing. References to sex.
DarkFaerieTales on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Review Courtesy of Dark Faerie TalesQuick & Dirty: A well written dark young adult paranormal. An interesting world of nightmares that that will keep you reading to find out what will happen next.Opening Sentence: Danger doesn¿t always greet with bared fangs.The Review:Dreaming Awake begins one week after Theia returns from Under. Theia is trying to readjust to life like it was before she lived in the world of nightmares. She loves Haden and her friends but she just wants to go back to Under. Something about the place just felt right to her. She was comfortable there. Her best friends Donny and Amelia are just glad to have her back. Theia and her dad¿s relationship is even more strained than before she disappeared. She begins to dress differently and hang out with the ¿sneetches¿ (the jock crowd).Haden is a Prince in the world of Under. His mother is the Queen of Nightmares. Haden is in love with Theia but he doesn¿t want to condemn her to a fate of living in a demon realm. Haden visits with Theia often in her dreams in the beginning before Theia begins visiting on her own. Theia is changing and Haden seems oblivious to it. Students at school begin to get sick and only in the way that someone has to be feeding off of their energy. Theia thinks it is Haden. Haden thinks it is Theia. Then Mara shows up in town. Mara will stop at nothing to return Theia back to Under. A series of unfortunate events begin pile up into an all-out war in Under, a fight for peoples¿ lives.Theia has definitely grown since Falling Under. She is not the shy, sheltered girl she used to be. She has seen the evil that brings nightmares and that shapes her to come out of her shell but she still lacks one thing, communication. She won¿t tell anyone her problems, not even Haden. At one point Haden tells her something she should have seen coming, something that she should have figured out after being at school day one but she doesn¿t believe him at first. I kind of wanted to thump her on the side of the head for not catching that sooner.Even though most of the story is told from Theia¿s point of view, she really isn¿t my favorite character in this series. This doesn¿t mean I didn¿t like her at all. I just really loved the supporting characters. Theia¿s friends are really loyal to her even though there are times she leaves them out of the loop and even acts a little bitchy to them. I probably shouldn¿t have but I also invested in Donny and Amelia¿s relationships too with Gabe and Varnie. Unfortunately because of this I really wanted to throw this book against a wall (but since I was surrounded by expensive equipment at the time I decided that wasn¿t a good idea, I didn¿t want to break anything). I think my favorite parts of the whole book were the scenes told by Amelia and Donny.Since so little of the book it told from Haden¿s point of view he does seem to come off a bit shady at times with his intentions towards Theia. I can¿t go into too much of it because it will ruin some things important to the story. I will say that even though Haden is a demon he really is a good guy. He wasn¿t quite so hot/cold like he was in Falling Under (there are still a few times in the middle when he gets a little hot tempered). He now knows what he wants and he would rather die than let Under taint Theia.The world of Under is very imaginative, filled with walking skeletons, sewn together maids, strange flowers with faces, a castle whose rooms move around. Although most of everything you see in Under is from the first book but Theia¿s dreams expand to the land surrounding the castle. The pacing is a little intense because there is a lot of stuff going on and it does keep you hooked to find out what will happen next.I would recommend reading Falling Under before reading Dreaming Awake. The events in Under are not really recapped so Theia¿s time in Under wasn¿t revealed. In another scene, a ¿flashback¿ per se or new memory that plays out from Falling Under is portrayed different
MaryinHB on LibraryThing 5 months ago
MY THOUGHTSLOVED IT*** possible slight spoilers***Theia is miraculously recalled from Under by her besties, Ame, Donny, Gabe and Miss Varney. Varney is a psychic and plays a larger roll in this installment. He helps bring her back tthrough the efforts of Ame's newly discovered spell casting talents. Back in Serendipity Falls, Theia tries to resume her teen life, but finds her remote father even more distracted and she finds that the deal she made with Haden's mother may have even deeper repercussions than she thought possible. While the blood following through her now includes a bit from Mara (Haden's nightmare of a mother), it also includes a bit of her power. This leads to some interesting plot twists later in the story. Welcome to my Nightmare should have been the title of this book since all of Theia's friends are now involved in her life for better or worse and they are all exposed to Haden's mother just by being her friend. Theia finds herself with a need to feed on souls like Haden and doesn't realize she is doing it until Haden discovers her unwittingly drawing upon others. Some of her classmates are suffering from some weird illness that Theia believes Haden has something to do with, while the fact that Mara has come calling on her father makes the situation even more dire. It is a severe test of time to see if Theia and her friends can help the others at school while they are all pulled Under to face their fears.I think I actually liked this one better than the first one which surprised me a great deal since I really loved the first one. It was so nice to see Theia really come into her own after her mousiness in the Falling Under. There was less of a romance and a lot more action, some of it a little horrifying. There is a lot more Ame and Donny in this one which helps quicken the pace and add more comical elements. I really don't think I can wait for the next installlment since this one left me hanging a bit. There are some sexual situations, alcohol use and some horrifying moments, so it is best suited to teens.
Algonquins More than 1 year ago
This book was such a disappointment. I absolutely LOVED Falling Under. It was such an amazing book with unique characters, an eerie otherworld, and a much appreciated twist of an ending in the young adult paranormal romance genre. I could not put that book down. So naturally when I heard about Dreaming Awake I could not have been more excited! And then I started reading and I just... it was so terrible. Everything I loved about Falling Under was absent in the sequel. It was like reading about different characters completely. If you are like me and loved Falling Under I wouldn't recommend this book at all. Even though I hate loose ends when it comes to series I would much rather just leave Falling Under to itself than lump it together with this book.
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cassie071189 More than 1 year ago
I had to know what happened after falling under with Theia and Haden and I was disappointed with this book. All of yhe characters were back and the same as the last book, but Theia wasn't as intuitive. She missed signs that she pointed out to the reader a rediculous amount of times. Also, what I loved about the first book was the dark romantic and magical Under that Theia and Haden shared. There was none if that in this book. The author seemed to rush the dramatic plot through rather than allow us time to be enchanted.
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A flash of color. Blood spattered. A cry of "Help!" A cresent moon drenched in blood. A vivid image of his sister, Cresentmoon. A scream that seems to never end. He runs, only to taste blood as he sinks down and down and down.
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This long a waited follow up to Falling Under is amazing. Gwen Hayes always delivers. The story line draws you along and the characters are real in their reactions. Some heart break and plenty of action and just the right amount of romance.
JLynnMc More than 1 year ago
Wow! It was so good to be back in Haden & Theia’s world! (Even if part of it is the Underworld) I really missed them & all their loyal & eccentric friends! Things have gotten even stranger & more dangerous for them now that they have both returned to Serendipity Falls. They may have gotten out but they won’t get away so easy. Some of their greatest fears are now chasing them down. Plus Theia is finally getting a better understanding of why it’s so hard for Haden to control his darker side because now she is suffering through the same problem. I spent a lot of time wondering how on earth (or in hell) they could manage to get through all of this! There were several shocking discoveries & some heartbreaking moments but it all added up to a fascinating sequel!
poohbearTX More than 1 year ago
No!!!!! Don't leave me hanging! MORE
shuyler121 More than 1 year ago
amazing!!!!!!!!!!!hayes over did herself.this book was intense,there HAS to e a third one!!!!!!
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housewife76 More than 1 year ago
Falling Under was the first book in the series. Dreaming Awake, was to me,just as wonderful. This book is full of suprises.I read it in 1 day. I can't wait. Gwen Hayes makes some very believeable characters who are honest, vulnerable, loveable, and humanlike meaning they make mistakes.I am soooo excited for the sequel. Hurray!!!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Falling Under was one of the best books I read last year. It was a haunting, lyrical story that stayed with me for long after I'd read the last page. Needless to say, I was extremely excited for the release of Dreaming Awake-- until I began reading it & that excitement quickly turned to disappointment. None of the magic I found while reading Falling Under was evident in this book. I actually wondered at times if it was somehow written by someone other than the author of Falling Under, it was that different.
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