Awakened

Vampire Awakenings, Book 1
Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
Series: Vampire Awakenings, Book 1
Length: 10 hrs and 28 mins
Categories: Romance, Paranormal
4 out of 5 stars (691 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Traumatized by her past and struggling to move on from it, Sera has spent the past three years of college hiding herself from the world and content to stay that way. A chance encounter with Liam shatters her sheltered world, leaving her stunned and shaken by the strange feelings and emotions he arouses in her, feelings she never thought she would experience and that frighten her in their intensity.

Harboring a dark and deadly secret of his own, Liam knows that he should stay away from Sera, that he will only bring her more hurt, but he is irresistibly drawn to her and unable to deny himself the pleasure that only she can bring to him. But when their pasts collide with their present, and Liam's true nature is revealed, will their love for each other be enough, or will they be torn apart forever?

©2012 Brenda K. Davies (P)2015 Podium Publishing

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More Romance than Vampires

This book sounded more exciting than it turned out to be. I'm one that really likes romance unless there's an intense suspenseful plot behind it. The book was decent just not my preference.

Serendipity or Sara is a college student who happens to meet Liam. He was far too controlling and alpha for my taste. The story is really about the two of them meeting and falling in love. There was dangerous situations sliced in but the suspense didn't keep me awake.

For listeners who adore a true love paranormal romance than this is the story.

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Off the Charts Great Paranormal Love Story First Book

This is the first story in a series that never gets tiring...I always wait for the next story as they all draw me in and I preorder and anxiously wait for the next one.
Serendipity (Sera) is in college, quiet unassuming and sweet. She is surprised when she sees and meets Liam, a bit of a womanizer, and is attracted and drawn to him right away. So begins a story of surprises, twists, alpha males, crazy ex’s , vampires friendship, desire, eternal love, battles and protection. It all flows perfectly.
This is a book ai listen to r dry few months, and never get tired of it
Do yourself a favor and try it...if you feel the way zi do you will begin a ride you’ll want to repeat and continue.,

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WASN'T A BOOK I WOULD READ AGAIN

I desperately tried to like this book. Even my favorite narrator couldn't make this book enjoyable. The author tried to make the characters enjoyable but instead all of them were either annoying or extremely superficial. I don’t remember being that naive and gullible in college. The main heroine is extremely passive. She lets everyone, including her so called best friend, push her around and make decisions for her. She doesn't have an independent bone in her frail body. And if I was to hear the statement, “she look at them with her haughty expression” one more time during this story, I think I would have screamed. The hero was sad. I felt no depth from him at all. Even the side characters couldn't make me like this book.

This book has a lot of similarities with the Twilight Series. A lonely girl falls in love with gorgeous hot guy. Gorgeous hot is irresistible drawn to lonely girl. A gorgeous guy turns out to be a vampire and lonely girl doesn't care even if it means her life might be in danger. The only difference is that this book contains more detailed (and I do mean detailed) smex scenes. I wasn’t engaged while reading this book at all. Usually I can finish an audible book within a day; this book took me about two weeks.

I love Tavia Gilbert, as I have stated she is my favorite narrator but not even her brilliance at making a story come to life could save this book from being the bore that it was.

IMO, this book is a no for me.

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Surprise! This was a good story.

Now, this book really surprised me. I thought it was going to be just as the rest of the Vampire books. But, it was good. This could be due to Tavia Gilbert. She is really good. But, I think it was a combination of Ms. Gilbert and Brenda K Davies. Great job. Oh, just get the book and you will see.

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Great page turner!

This story was entertaining from beginning to end. The narrator was also incredible and had a voice that was light and easy to follow.

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excellent

amazing narration, full of drama, action and lots of love. the story is well written and the plot is excellent

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Awesome to read and even better to listen to

I'd already read the book myself and I loved it. The book was even more amazing to listen too. I especially loved the sneak peak into the next book in the series 😄

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My first audio book did not disappoint!!

I downloaded this book to listen to it in my car during rush hour traffic on mornings and evenings. I very soon found myself addicted to it. The narrator is amazing and does an excellent job at telling the story. I will look for her again in other books. I loved the story line as I am particularly partial to vampires. I did find however that the heroine Sarah was a bit too weak at times and one or two parts of the plot dragged. However I still thoroughly enjoyed the story overall and I have already downloaded Book 2 of this series. I am very pleased with the Audible app and I think this has now become a must-have item for terrible traffic woes.

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Different than other vampire books...

But not very interesting. I listened to the whole book which was a challenge. I found that I did not care much for the main character, her decisions to stay were frustrating. I love the reader, and I only downloaded this book since Tavia Gilbert was the audible reader. The book is not detailed with rich descriptions, the main antagonist arrives with little description of why she was there, what she wanted. The only interesting fact about the main character was her name. The whole book seemed choppy, and unpolished.

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I liked!

If you can over look the twilight similarities it is a great book. Kind of easy to tell what's going to happen next, but still, i liked it,

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  • Spiritualgoddess
  • 02-22-17

not bad

took a while to get into it.. bit childish.. end reminded me of Twilight. overall not bad. will buy book two

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  • Suzette
  • 12-20-16

enjoyable

Absolutely loved it. The narrator is a brilliant asset to bringing the story to life.

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  • Beccy
  • 11-01-15

Whiny teenagers

Would you try another book written by Brenda K. Davies or narrated by Tavia Gilbert?

No, not my cup of tea. Boring and didn't grip me.

Has Awakened put you off other books in this genre?

No

Which scene did you most enjoy?

Can't even remember.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Awakened?

All of it.

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  • Natalie
  • 10-09-15

Love vampires but not a fan of this..... Like twilight but more sex I guess

Well I must say I got this thinking I would like it as I've listened to other vampire books with this notator, but I was let down. I'm not sure what I disliked the most I guess it was the story and the characters they all seem "whiney".

I the characters are all American college age and well act it not sure what I expected but I tried to give this book the full chance of listening to it all but was still left unhappy so thank goodness I was able to get my credit back with the audible guarantee.

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  • Jay_Bee
  • 07-13-20

It’s okay

Fine to pass the time but a little boring and a bit too syrupy. The main characters are cookie cutter copies of Edward and Bella - a shy, sweet, beautiful girl enthrals an impossibly handsome vampire with a self-loathing complex and they have an inexplicable attraction to each other that defies all reason. All the will they/won’t they is predictable and dull. No real plot twists and very little world building. The best thing about hidden species like vampires is to learn their secrets and how they work and revel in their abilities and these guys just seem like humans that don’t age, have a lot of sex and little else. No info about their physiology- they seem to have heartbeats but why, how do their bodies work, why can they reproduce, I know this is a chick lit paranormal romance but I also like things to be explained and make sense.
Also, the dominating male and the rather stupid wilting female that gets herself into scrapes because she is wilful and unthinking trope is getting old. I’d like to see a strong sexy female lead that kicks ass and saves the day and isn’t crushed by her possessive, controlling mate who is borderline abusive at times. The relationships in these types of books never seem equal, the guys has all the power and calls the shots and the girl is petulant and impulsive.
Love scenes are pretty good and Tavia Gilbert is the best thing about this book.
All in all it’s engaging enough and I’m considering the next book.

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  • Christine
  • 08-23-19

ok for a teen vamp book I guess, not Adult read

I think this is more of a teen vamp book, than a book aimed at an adult audience
most of the story was taken up with Buffy the Vampire Slayer story line.
jealous ex friends, frat parties, friends go and stay in a remote cabin during a snow storm
Bit too infantile for me.
the obligatory sex scenes very 16 year old in nature, wouldnt even qualify as vanilla tbh.
I'm going to try returning this book, I actually fell asleep to it.

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  • Cliente Amazon
  • 08-30-18

the first

this is the first book of one if the most beautiful series i have ever red ! so ggod

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  • N. Mahoney
  • 10-30-17

Brilliant

This first book in the Vampire Awakenings series sets the pace, adventure and paranormal romance of things to come.

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  • Nikki
  • 06-08-17

not for me

this book isn't for me. The story is rushed and nonsensical. the plot lines aren't very well thought out so it feels like it's jumping from one thing to another without any thought, example... why would Jacob show up after so long when there's been no mention of him ever having been looking for her or even caring?! and from what I listened to (gave up around chapter 15) the vampire mythology is rubbish in the book.
I like this narrator, which is the only reason it got 2 stars overall, she did the best she could with what she had.

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  • Sarah
  • 10-29-15

Would recomend you read it

Would you listen to Awakened again? Why?

It has a good vampire romance in it that doesn't feel like it is rushed and manages to continue the story without it feeling sectioned.

What other book might you compare Awakened to, and why?

It is slightly like Twilight but these days its hard to find something that doesn't relate to it, but it is good vampire story that also has a slight touch of the Vampire Diaries books in regard to the vampires in the books

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  • Kim
  • 07-22-16

Awakened audiobook review

I found the AUTIO BOOK most enjoyable and I'm looking forward to the next part of the story