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Thursday, June 28, 2012

REVIEW: Awakenings by Edward Lazellari

Cal MacDonnell is a happily married New York City cop with a loving family. Seth Raincrest is a washed-up photographer who has alienated even his closest friends. The two have nothing in common—except that they both suffer from retrograde amnesia. It’s as if they just appeared out of thin air thirteen years ago, and nothing has been able to restore their memories. Now their forgotten past has caught up to them with a vengeance.
Cal's and Seth’s lives are turned upside down as they are stalked by otherworldly beings who know about the men's past lives. But these creatures aren't here to help; they're intent on killing anyone who gets in their way. In the balance hangs the life of a child who might someday restore a broken empire to peace and prosperity. With no clue why they're being hunted, Cal and Seth must accept the aid of a strange and beautiful woman who has promised to unlock their secrets. The two must stay alive long enough to protect their loved ones, recover their true selves—and save two worlds from tyranny and destruction.
Awakenings launches a captivating fantasy saga by an amazing and talented new storyteller.

Book: Awakenings by Edward Lazellari
Release Date: August 30, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Genre:Urban Fantasy
Series: Awakenings, #1
Obtained: In exchange for an honest review
Rating:PhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucket (3 Zombies)

I think that my biggest issue with Awakenings was that the mixture of traditional fantasy and urban fantasy was often quite jarring and only threw me out of the story rather than drawing me further in, which I can only assume was the goal.

The main characters, Cal and Seth, were very fundamentally different people, and while I preferred Cal to Seth at the beginning, over the course of the book, my opinion did a complete 180. Cal got increasingly boring and stuck up and Seth got more responsible and respectable.

I think that hardcore fantasy readers will love Awakenings and eagerly await the sequels, but those who prefer a more urban fantasy tone will be surprise at how traditional this book is despite the more urban setting for the majority of the book.