After a failed attempt at killing her father, Lilly begs Torren to turn her into a vampire, though as he has no memories of the process, neither of them expect it to be the painful and time consuming process that it really is. Torren is left heartbroken by Lilly's pain, and all he wants is for her to love him for him and not just for the respite from the pain that he brings. But things aren't as simple as getting through the change. Rumours say that there is a vampire out to kill any vampires with a heightened sense of touch, and that would include new borns like Lilly.
I enjoyed the first book in this series and really wanted to read the second, and I enjoyed this one just as much, though I wasn't quite expecting the story to go the way that it did. Though I must admit that the events in Awakening 2 have definitely set up for something dramatic in the third one (which I'm excited to read!) Though there are some links to the first book I think that Awakening 2 could be read as a standalone, though why you'd want to just read one of these books rather than them all is beyond me!
In the previous book there was much more of a focus on Lilly's back story and how she finds out about Torren/vampires, whereas in this book I felt that there was a lot more background on Torren himself, or at least on what Torren remembers of himself, though there is some gaps that I really want filling in as to his past and Vittoria (like...who is Vittoria????)
There was also the introduction of some other vampire characters which gave a wider perspective on the lore behind Grey's vampires, which is actually different from any of the other lore that I have read before. In Grey's universe vampire's have a heightened sense on turning, and after their new born phase that sense stays more heightened than all the others.
It also took longer for a vampire to turn properly and get used to their body than in other books and lore that I have read, however what I found really interesting was the take on blood that the vampires seem to have. In general new born vampires of any kind are blood thirsty for a while first, whereas Grey's vampires feel this for a matter of minutes. This also ties in with Torren's dislike of killing, which again is an interesting concept for vampire lore.
I'm really interested to see how this series concludes, and have very much enjoyed the journey so far!
A newly made vampire requires a certain amount of time to get used to her new body and heightened senses. But Torren's worried that if Lilly doesn't hurry up, she'll be dead before she ever gets the chance to adjust to life as a vampire.
Word among vampires is that someone's hunting their kind, and it's not a quick death if you're caught. This killer likes to torture the victims first, and all signs indicate that he or she is circling ever-closer to Torren and Lilly.
Torren needs Lilly to stop fighting him and start trusting him. Maybe he shouldn't have deceived her...
Jeanie Grey is a feminist reader and writer of romance and erotica. Her short stories have been published on deadlyeverafter.com and thedarkerhalf.com. For more about her work and her views on writing romance and erotica, please visit her website at http://jeaniegrey.blogspot.comYou can also connect with her on Twitter (@jeaniegrey), Facebook and by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
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