The Awakening

The Awakening

by Dorine White


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780692296073
Publisher: Skyrocket Press
Publication date: 11/17/2014
Pages: 308
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.69(d)

About the Author

My name is Dorine White. I graduated from Brigham Young University with a BA in Humanities. I am a member of the SCBWI, ANWA, LDS Storymakers and the PNWA. I write middle grade and YA fantasy.

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The Awakening 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was asked to write this for an honest review. I've always like young adult fantasy books, whether it was The Percy Jackson series or Fablehaven. So this was a pretty good story and it had a well written plot. I like the story line and the characters and the magical creatures, and I liked that Kyler was a young boy. I usually like when they're older, but it kind of showed that even the youngest are capable of great things.
JBronder More than 1 year ago
Kyler Birkwood has spent the last five years living with his Aunt Martha while his parents travel the world. But one day he sees a gryphon and meets a talking wolf. His Aunt is afraid that this means that Mordrake is back and sends Kyler to the Conservatory of Magic to keep him safe. There Kyler learns about magic and his own abilities. He also faces the regular trials of schools; friends, bullies, and trying to fit in. He will have to convince everyone up to the king that Mordrake is back although no one believes him. This is a great story full of magic, adventure, and friends. I really liked how Kyler as a typical kid. He whined, he complained, and he didn’t always do what he was told. But it was a great way to watch him grow and made him more believable. I really like Henry and Darcy. Smart loyal Henry was there to help out. Darcy is a strong willed princess that refuses to follow the norm and finds herself in trouble because of it. The only down side I found to the story is everything wrapped up quick and nicely at the end. As a standalone book it was very good. I do hope that it will be a series because I do see lots of potential. This story will appeal to younger teens to adults that like young adult stories. I loved this story and recommend everyone get a copy. Now I want to check out other books by Dorine White. I received The Awakening for free from eBooks for Review in exchange for an honest review.
TKSayers More than 1 year ago
Reminiscent of Harry Potter (except for Harry not discovering he's a wizard for an extra four years), this book opens with 15-year-old Kyler discovering not only that magic exists, but that it's part of his family's heritage. Raised by his aunt while his parents traveled the world, Kyler had no idea that magic even existed before he's abruptly dropped off at a school for kids with magical abilities (and also noble children). Dorine White's characters are great – the hero, Kyler, is a likeable teenage boy (but not an over-the-top "good kid" – he sulks, he complains, he doesn't always make the right choices) while his friend Darcy is smart, strong female character who doesn't let the fact that she's a princess stop her from being a fierce warrior. This is a great read for those who enjoy YA fantasy (like me and my teenage sons) – there's magic, friendship, fantastic creatures like shapeshifters and Orcs, and a really scary villain, Mordrake. White's worldbuilding is spot-on, and I would really like to attend the Conservatory of Magic with its magical transport between areas and the very personalized dormitory rooms!
dsubsits More than 1 year ago
The Awakening by Dorine White Fifteen-year-old Kyler Birkwood discovers that he comes from a family of Mages, and dangerous mythical creatures do exist.  He must learn to use his magic while convincing the high court they are in peril.  Kyler is a fantastic hero.  He takes what he learns in stride and does not give up.  He is smart and open minded.  He makes commendable friends whom he values and respects.  It is easy to like him and his friends. I especially appreciated Kylers, classmate, Darcy.  I love that she didn’t act like a stuck-up princess (literally), and that she did not let being a girl hold her back.  She is strong-willed and clever.  I like that she is determined and will help defend her family and friends. White did a great job in developing Mordrake.  He is an interesting and powerful villain.  I valued discovering his background as the kids researched his existence.   I thoroughly enjoyed this novel.  The plot was adventurous and exciting.  Many clever things happen that keep the reader engaged.  The descriptions are well done and imaginative.  Dorine White created an inspirational world that was believable. The Awakening reminded of the Septimus Heap Series by Angie Sage. It also had some qualities similar to The Hobbit and Harry Potter.  It is a fun read for any age and would make a terrific movie.
Karlie_Lucas More than 1 year ago
I can definitely say, with complete honesty, that this is one of the most fun books that I have reviewed yet. Dorine has masterfully woven a tale that is similar in tone to Harry Potter, The Ranger's Apprentice, and The Heroes of Olympus series. While being similar in style and tone, Dorine has definitely made this her own, create a world where magic and fantastical collide in such a way as to feel fresh and new. Not only are her characters well developed, but are easy to relate to from any view of life. Her villain is both terrifying and amazing. And the friendships and bonds formed between her characters is nothing less than amazing. As I read this book, I was easily immersed into the world Dorine has created. Her attention to detail is wonderful, without being overpowering. To be completely honest, I hope this develops into a series (if that isn't already the plan), because I really want to keep up with Kyler and his many adventures. I highly recommend this book to all who love tales of magic, heroes, and overcoming life's trials. A must read for all teens and adults alike.