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Dreaming Awake [Paperback]

Gwen Hayes

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Jan. 3 2012

Haden Black changed Theia Alderson's life when he appeared in her dreams. And to save Haden, Theia sacrificed everything, but the dangerous bargain she made could have lasting repercussions. Now Theia is susceptible to the same deadly hungers that Haden has long struggled with-and their return to Serendipity Falls could test their control. And someone from Haden's past is determined to destroy Theia from the inside out, starting with those closest to her...

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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: NAL Trade (Jan. 3 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451235541
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451235541
  • Product Dimensions: 20.8 x 13.7 x 2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 277 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #249,843 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Amazon.com: 3.9 out of 5 stars  37 reviews
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Too "ordinary" compared to its predecessor Feb. 1 2012
By H. Grove (errantdreams) - Published on Amazon.com
Gwen Hayes's Falling Under blew me away. The imagery was fantastic. The world was delightfully unique. Unfortunately, this meant Dreaming Awake had a lot to live up to--and it failed to do so.

What seemed like an understandably tempestuous and confused relationship before, now seems over the top in its back-and-forth nature. Theia should have grown at least a bit from the events of the last book, but instead she seems whiny and wishy-washy. Sure, folks do stupid things, especially in the chaos of growing up, but Dreaming Awake takes this too far. She keeps ignoring the obvious, and thus comes across as deliberately obtuse and unobservant. She went from being understandably conflicted to being the sort of heroine one wants to give a good shake to in the hopes of jarring some common sense into her brain. It didn't help that Hayden, who made a fascinating impression last time, is fairly bland through most of this book. In fact, most of the characters seemed to have lost some of their luster.

It seems to me as though Hayes sacrificed the aspects of Falling Under that made it so beautifully unique in order to create a more mainstream, ordinary paranormal YA book in Dreaming Awake. And that's a shame, because we already have plenty of those.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I highly recommend this book for Twilight lovers looking for stories of the same vein. Feb. 7 2012
By Bookaholics Reviewer - Published on Amazon.com
Dreaming Awake by Gwen Hayes
YA Paranormal Romance -Jan. 3rd, 2012
3  stars

Theia Alderson sacrificed everything to save Haden Black from his evil mother, Mara, the Queen of Nightmares. Giving up everything to stay in the realm of Under and controlled by Mara, Theia was summoned back to the real world. However, Mara vows to bring her back and destroy all that Theia loves. Mara blames Theia for turning Haden into a weak, emotional human. Not only that, Theia now has an uncontrollable hunger to feed on human souls. Can Haden and Theia friends save her from Mara? Or for that matter, can they save Serendipity Falls from Mara's wrath?

The second book in the series, Dreaming Awake is as gothic as the first book even though it takes place mainly in the real-world. I like the atmosphere and vibe of the book especially when Theia visits Under in her sleep. Unfortunately, I still cannot warm up to Theia's character. She's still quite needy with Haden, but in an interesting twist, she's the one running hot and cold this time. She's afraid of harming Haden with her new-found powers and tries to break up with him at one point of the book. Haden, on the other hand, doesn't seem to play such a big role in this installment. I felt that the book was mostly about Theia and how she copes with the new situation.

Overall, this is a good read for those who love angsty teenage romance with a dash of the supernatural and goth. I highly recommend this book for Twilight lovers looking for stories of the same vein.

Reviewed by Pauline from the Bookaholics Romance Club
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars My holy trinity of bad read qualities: boring, cliché, and predictable. Jan. 5 2012
By AJ - Published on Amazon.com
This 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.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dangerous & Exciting! Aug. 19 2012
By J. McPherson - Published on Amazon.com
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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!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars YA Paranormal at its best May 30 2012
By Liviania - Published on Amazon.com
Last year, I knew nothing about Falling Under when I read it. I'd never heard of Gwen Hayes. I hadn't requested it for review; it just showed up on my porch one day. But I loved it. I enjoyed heroine Theia Anderson's proactivity, the strong female friendships, and the swoony romance.

When DREAMING AWAKE, like FALLING UNDER, showed up randomly on my porch one day, I was surprised. I didn't think FALLING UNDER needed a sequel. Theia and Haden had saved each other. End of story. But as I read, DREAMING AWAKE convinced me that it did deserve to exist.

Yes, Theia and Haden saved each other. But at what cost? Mara, Queen of Nightmares, is pissed. She was thwarted, yes, but not forever. And she wants revenge. Even without an evil, powerful queen to worry about, Theia has problems. She's no longer completely human. She has new powers and hungers she must learn to control. In addition, Theia and Haden have proved that they will go to great lengths for each other. But they're still young and newly in love. They've got a lot to learn about communication and compromise.

Donny and Amelia, Theia's best friends, continue to be integral to the story. Parts of DREAMING AWAKE are even in their points-of-view. Donny and Amelia are part of what make Gwen Hayes's world so absorbing. The heroine doesn't exist in a vacuum of new boy and new powers. She had a life before Haden that continues on. It raises the stakes, as well. Theia has people to fight for outside of the world of Under.

I don't recommend reading DREAMING AWAKE if you haven't read FALLING UNDER. Too much of the story focuses on the consequences of the previous book. I do recommend reading both, however. This is young adult paranormal romance at its best. (And with the ending of DREAMING AWAKE, I am now hoping for a third book.)

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