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Blog Tour Review: Awakenings by Hally Willmott

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Welcome to my stop on the Awakenings blog tour hosted by YA Bound. Click HERE to see the full blog tour schedule!

Awakenings (Elemental series #1)
    by Hally Willmott

Publication Date: May 2013
Publisher: Limitless Publishing
Genre: Paranormal
Age Group: Young Adult
Source: e-ARC provided by YABound in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Page Count: 359 pages
Order Links: Amazon | B&N
My Rating: 3/5 stars

When sixteen-year old Jacey Adison’s parents tell her they must move again, she has never questioned their life style. Until now. When Jacey was two, her parents fled the protection of their birthplace, the mystical dimension of Nemele. Leaving was the only solution her parents believed might allow them to keep their family together and alive.

The Adisons have been running from a sect of iniquitous beings from Nemele who covet Jacey. Her parents have repressed their adversaries’ relentless tracking efforts by not utilizing their own mystical powers. They have chosen to conceal themselves within the only realm they knew they’d be able to survive. They are living under their self-imposed powerless sanctions on Earth, which constitutes the nineteenth nation of Nemele.

Her parents have never revealed their true identities to Jacey, consequently keeping her true lineage and unique birthright from her. Jacey’s family has pretended to be non-magical humans as a ploy to prevent an ancient omnipotent entity from killing more innocent beings in its relentless quest to possess Jacey.

Born as an anomaly, Jacey possesses rare abilities that both virtuous and corrupt entities seek to use as their own. Should either side prevail, Jacey may be the saviour or downfall of every world within Nemele’s domains. Blindly thrust into life and death situations, Jacey learns of her true powers within her dreaming and conscious states.


My Review:

Being the first book in a series, Hally does a lot of world building and really immerses us readers into Jacey's world. It is quite a bit of information to take in, especially towards the end as everything begins to be revealed. The pace is a bit on the slower side, as Willmott slowly brings us into the mystical aspect of the novel. I think she did a great job of setting us up for the next installment of the Elementals series. I love it when books give us just enough, but then leave us wanting more (without adding in a huge cliffhanger!)

Jacey is our main character, who at 16, has had some very strange dreams. Dreams that have caused her and her family to have to move on multiple occasions. Jacey, however, is unaware of these reasons. She can't help but feel that her family is keeping things from her.

Jacey was a pretty likeable protagonist, and I found myself really empathizing for her, as she is constantly kept in the dark for her own protection. I can imagine how frustrated she must feel that her brother, her parents, her aunt, and even her best friend always seem to know things she doesn't.

Hudson, her older brother, is very protective of her and while that would irritate me, it was actually very sweet. The two depend and lean on each other in times of need and I think it was important to set their relationship up that way.

Jen, Jacey's best friend, is loyal and while she is harboring a few secrets, she cares for Jacey and once the truth is revealed, she hates that she had to lie to her friend, even if it was for protection. She is able to accompany Jacey and Hudson to their new home in Nemele, after they are forced to move yet again to live their aunt.

Jacey and her brother Hudson's world is rocked to the core as they experience a horrific tragedy. This event causes a spiral of new events that will change their lives completely. They must depend on each other and will once again have to uproot their lives and begin anew. However, thanks to their aunt and close friend, Jen, they will not be alone. As Jacey continues to experience these strange dreams, she also begins to pick up on bits and pieces of conversation between the others that she doesn't understand and she sees things that she can't explain. Not to mention, a boy with clear blue eyes is also making an appearance in her dreams. A boy who makes her feel safe- and she is inexplicably drawn to.

Vincent, we later learn his name is, is able to communicate with Jacey through her dreams. He is her safe haven, if you will, and is able to calm her when she is afraid. This is a bit of insta-love, which I am not usually a fan of, but they do have an actual connection that we learn about towards the end, so it's not completely out of nowhere. When the two finally meet in person, he is kind and patient, and genuinely wants to help make Jacey's transition to a new place as easy as possible.

We are introduced to a few more key characters toward the end, that I'm sure we will see more of in the next novel.

Overall, this is a book that begins quite normally and then progresses into a mystical, magical read that takes us to new dimensions and introduces us to a world we never knew existed.

*I received an e-copy of this book from YA Bound and the author in return for an honest review*

About the Author:

Author for Limitless Publishing. Wife, mother and Police Officer:)


-Signed paperback copy and $10 amazon gift card (US only)
-ebook and $10 amazon gift card (INT)

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  1. Thank you soooo much for your review! I appreciate your support:)

    1. :D Of course! I can't wait to find out what happens next! And see some more of Vincent and Jacey!


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