Thursday, 1 August 2019
Blood Awakens by Jessaca Willis - Book Review!
I recently had the pleasure of being included in another fantastic blog tour organised by Frasers Fun House for this stunning, fantasy debut by Jessaca Willis. I'm a sucker for a good, gritty, fantasy novel and this one did not dissapoint. Read on to see what I thought.
Jessaca is a fantasy writer, with an inclination toward the paranormal, dystopian, dark, and horror sub genres.
Jessaca studied social work for both her undergrad and graduate degrees and incorporates themes from her education (i.e. systems of oppression, family dynamics, mental health) into her writing. She is a self-proclaimed nerd who loves cosplay, video games, and comics. She lives in Portland, Oregon with her partner and their human- and fur-babies. She is an amateur trapeze artist (though currently, she’s on hiatus after having a baby).
People called Sean a blood guide, though he never fully understood why. As far as he knew, he could hear heartbeats and heal people. It wasn’t until he walked in on his brother’s brutal murder that he learned of the darker nature of his power: blood speaks to him, and he to it. With a simple song, he can command it to do whatever he wants, and in that moment, he showed his brother’s murderers no mercy. Now Sean must fight to keep his inner demons in check and his path to redemption begins with the establishment of sanctuary for people like him, people with powers, the Awakened.
Graciela is one of many who did not Awaken, but she’s watched as her brother’s power as an empath—the ability to sense other’s emotions—has brought him to the brink of death. Together, they set across Central America in search of a cure, or at the very least, safety. What they find is a sanctuary called Hope, the same one Sean governs.
But they soon discover that even from within the compounds of the sanctuary, no one is safe. Not when there are people in the world with unimaginable power and insatiable bloodlust.
Genre: Post-Apocalyptic Fantasy
Word/page count: 392 pages
I love a good Vampire story, if you follow me across Social Meedia then you'll know I recently released my first Vampire novel. I adore Vampire myhtology. This debut novel by Jessaca is utterly fantastic. It draws you in right from the start. It's a realpahe turner.
It's a post apocalyptic fanatsy revolving around those who have Awakened and those who are Unawakened. It's gripping. It's also Book 1 in a new trilogy called 'The Awakening Quartet'. The story follows four characters, Sean who is an Awakened blood guide, Santiego an Awakened Empath, Graceilea who is Unawakened and Mara who is Awakened and a friend of Seans.
Jessaca has managed to create an urban world all of her own, full of suspense and meaningful characters. If you're a lover of Fantasy then this one is for you.
I'm eagerly awaiting Book 2.
Be sure to check out the other stops on this Blog Tour to see what the other bloggers thought of Blood Awakens.