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The Cheap Reader

The Cheap Reader is Alison. She works in a library and dreams of one day becoming a Youth Services Librarian. She loves reading and has a soft spot in her heart for YA and MG fiction.

Awakening Dreams (Grace Awakening, #1)

Awakening Dreams (Grace Awakening, #1) - Shawn L. Bird When first approached about this book, I was nervous. When anything is described as similar to Twilight, I have to fight the urge to vomit. The author assured me it wasn’t really a paranormal romance. I decided to trust her because my love of Percy Jackson took over.Yeah, definitely not like Twilight. I like Grace. I LOVED that she realized that having a guy pine after you, chase you, and claim to love you after just meeting is creepy. THANK YOU, we finally have an intelligent, normal female for once. For the first bit of the story, she continues to act like how you should when a guy you don’t know kind of stalks you. We need more female protagonists like this.The story was engaging. I actually sat down intending to only read a chapter one night and ended up neglecting the other book I was supposed to be reading because I was involved with this story. I finished the whole book in less than a day. That’s how engrossed I was with the story.Yes, there is romance in the book but it’s done in the right way. It’s not “I just met you and *swoon* now I’m totally in love with you”. It’s the “get to know the person, date for a while, and THEN fall in love”. Some of the romance stuff was cheesy but that kind of goes with any book with romance in it. Not to mention it is a YA book so YA books with romance are most definitely cheesy.The Greek mythology of the story is a bit murky. I do know a bit of Greek mythology so I saw some things come into place. I’m still a bit in the dark about some of it but this is the first book in a series so I’m sure other things will fall into place as the story continues. I appreciated the fact that the author used some lesser well known mythology figures in the story. There’s even a glossary at the back of the book!Rating 4/5Pick this up if you want a fun YA book especially if you’re into mythology.*Received from author in exchange for an honest review