Wednesday, December 16, 2015

"A Lost Legacy: Awakening" by C.E. Dimond




 

A Lost Legacy: Awakening by C.E. Dimond
Release Date: 07/09/15
204 pages

Summary from Goodreads: 

Finn Adams thought she knew what her life had in store for her; a mundane existence of day to day life. After meeting Eamon her whole world is flipped upside down. When her mother goes missing, Finn soon discovers that she is a witch and she is being hunted for her power. 

Ripped from the only life she's ever known, Finn is transported across the country to Broadhaven, Maine to discover the secrets she never knew about herself, her heritage, and the tremendous power she's kept hidden for so long.

Her loyalties are tested when she learns of her true parentage and discovers she is part of a prophecy, destined to awaken an ancient power that has been lost for centuries . As she struggles to learn from her mother's past, she is faced with the ultimate struggle of good and evil, family or friends. She must learn who she can trust and find the power within herself to stop the prophecy from coming true.



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About the Author:


I am an Irish-Canadian Young Adult author who was born in Winnipeg, Canada (yes, it really does exist). I love my city and love even more that it's become Hollywood's running joke (Don't believe me? Just check out Youtube).

I have always been a writer, from poems in my Grade 6 diary (Ode to Hobbits), to short stories in the back of my math's book. I have always loved to create stories and find myself constantly creating new characters.

I am a dedicated Fangirl of many proportions and I have a knack for getting expressions all wrong and saying incredibly stupid, but often hilarious things (My graduation gift from my friends was a book of my own quotes).

I am a proud alumna of St. Mary’s Academy, an all-girls Catholic prep school and I studied Theatre and Film at the University of Winnipeg. Currently, I am still hanging out in Winnipeg.

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Finn Adams thought she knew what her life had in store for her; a mundane existence of day to day life. The arrival of a stranger in town turns her world upside down. When her mother goes missing, Finn soon discovers that she is a witch and she is being hunted for her power. 

Ripped from the only life she's ever known, Finn is transported across the country to Broadhaven, Maine to discover the secrets she never knew about herself, her heritage, and the tremendous power that's been kept from her for so long. 

Her loyalties are tested when she learns of her true parentage and discovers she is part of a prophecy, destined to awaken an ancient power that has been lost for centuries. As she struggles to learn from her mother's past, she is faced with the ultimate struggle of good and evil, family or friends, she must learn who she can trust and find the power within herself to stop the prophecy from coming true. 

3.5 ‘Finn’ Stars 

Finn has turned sixteen and strange things have started to happen. Time moves faster or stands still. She dreams of familiar yet not people. A strange boy named Eamon shows up. Finn’s mother goes missing and they are both on the run. I always like Irish folk/myths and legends. 

I really enjoyed the back story of the five Kingdoms in Ireland that once were and the five families from the royal bloodline that had magic. 

Finn doesn’t know who and what she is and she learns to harness her powers. She is stronger than the sons of the other for families because she comes from two magical bloodlines and everyone wants to use her but no one wants to trust her because of her father Cormac. 

So if you hadn’t guessed already then this is Young Adult not usually for me but I liked some of the twists and turns and to be honest Finn doesn’t really use her brain otherwise she could have figured some things out for herself. Now there was a point where I nearly gave up and this is because Finn and Eamon were so childish with one another. I mean come on you are teenagers not in Kindergarten.

It is really important to mention that this book has a cliffhanger that it is not a standalone and how many books will be in the series. 

Book given by author in exchange for a honest review.






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Awakening Playlist

1) Icarus – Bastille 
2) Sail Away - Stray Dogg
3) Our Song - Matchbox Twenty
4) Kings and Queens - Thirty Seconds to Mars
5) Somewhere Out There - Our Lady Peace
6) Never Say Never - The Fray
7) My Songs Know What You Did In the Dark - Fall Out Boy
8) Love Runs Out – OneRepublic
9) Longest Night - Howie Day
10) Closer To The Edge - Thirty Seconds to Mars
11) If You Could See Me Now - The Script
12) Get Home – Bastille
13) How To Save a Life - The Fray
14) Bad Blood – Bastille
15) Heartless - The Fray Cover





Character Profiles.




Name: Finn Adams
Age: 16
Height: 5’ 7’’
Hair: Blonde
Eyes: Blue
From: Port Moyle, California
Born: Broadhaven, Maine
Character status: Main character 
Dream Casting (Above): Gabriella Wilde

General overview:  Finn Adams is a Junior at Greyfell Academy in Port Moyle, CA. She’s just an average girl and an okay student who has a tendency to trip over her own lanky limbs. She’s perfectly fine being unnoticed though. When challenged, she has an attitude that is borderline frightening which the new kid in school, Eamon, finds out a little too quickly. When her affinity for Witchcraft is revealed Finn takes a shining to learning her powers, but she doesn’t like all the strings that come attached.

Interests: Finn’s interests are mostly related to movies and books, and trying to stay afloat in High school. She has a keen mind for history and foreign languages which ends up suiting her well in Awakening. 

Important related characters: Her Mom; Catherine Adams. Her Best friend; Tyler Adler. New Kid; Eamon Abbot (O’Neill). Her Biological Father; Cormac McLoughlin. The Coven; Neely O’Brien, Declan Cavanaugh, Caine O’Connor, Eamon O’Neill. 

Mood towards witchcraft:  So far she’s not the biggest fan. It is because of her inherent power that all the trouble has started in her life. If she had to choose between having her power and having her normal life back? She would probably choose her normal life. 

Mood towards Eamon: Mixed. She had this general frustration with him that keeps her on guard and she cannot bring herself to fully trust him. He has his own moments where she thinks maybe they’re making progress in their friendship, but just as quickly he turns cold. 

Changes: Throughout the book Finn not only discovers a new life but a new name as well. Finn Adams finds out she’s really Fionnuala McLoughlin and not so average after all. Her relationship with Eamon has its’ ups and downs from indifference, to friends, to enemies and back again. She goes from the lanky girl who trips over her own limbs to a well-trained fighter who knows how to use her body to her advantage.


















Name: Eamon O’Neill (Abbot)
Age: 17
Height: 6’ 0’’
Hair: Raven
Eyes: Green
From: Broadhaven, Maine


Character status: Supporting Character                     
Dream Casting (Above ): Brant Daugherty 

General overview:  Eamon O’Neill is the third youngest Coven member. He is sent to observe and protect Finn before everything goes awry and he ends up having to get her out of Port Moyle. He is stubborn and does not accept blame so easily. His behavior is entirely dependent on his mood, he is sarcastic, blunt and sometimes just plain rude. He takes his mission very seriously but isn’t entirely pleased with his assignment.

Interests:  Eamon is a Coven soldier so he typically does what he’s told, when he’s told to do it. His vices however mostly include reading, the occasional video game and longs walks by the water, really.  He likes to dance, just not usually in public.

Important related characters: His Father; Patrick O’Neill. His Mother; Miriam O’Neill (deceased) His Best Friend; Neely O’Brien. 

Mood towards his mission: Confusion. He doesn’t really understand why he was chosen. Out of all the coven members, he thinks he is the least qualified because he’s not the greatest with people. His only asset is the fact that he is always prepared for the worst case scenario.

Mood towards Finn: Frustration. That probably sums up his feelings as a whole. Not only is she obnoxiously stubborn and reckless, she’s also powerful. He is torn between whether or not to embrace her, or to fear her like his father has warned him he should. 

Changes: Eamon’s changes are never definite. His mood can switch at the drop of a hat and ruin practically any moment. Even when he tries his hardest to be genuine he tends to muck it up just as quickly. His character develops as he allows himself to vary from what he’s been told and allows himself to form his own judgments.


Quotes

“There is someone out there, watching us screw up and waiting for the day we come face to face and explain ourselves.” – Declan Cavanaugh (Awakening)
“Considering the past few weeks, I have to say book reality is looking better and better.”  Eamon O’Neill (Awakening)
“Remember that even the darkest of minds can be overcome with compassion.” – Miriam O’Neill (Awakening)
“Fine, but not because I don’t have friends, but because you’re clearly desperate for some.” – Finn Adams (Awakening)