Awakening: Bloodline Book One
by Tiera Rice
Publication date: October 12th 2016
Genres: Fantasy, New Adult, Paranormal
Antanasia knows better than anyone that being royal comes with lots of expectations. Born into war as a Vampyre Witch, she has to battle the ultimate enemy: her own blood. When she has a terrifying Vision, Antanasia fights harder than ever to prevent it from coming to pass. Will she succeed? Or does she die trying?
Nadia is an average teenager celebrating her nineteenth birthday. But her day turns upside down when she starts developing unusual abilities that make her question everything she knew. Searching for answers to her predicament, she finds herself trusting Nicolae, a stranger with a familiar presence. Why does she feel so drawn to him? Will Nadia find answers to the questions about her past and take on her new role willingly? Or will she choose to remain in the dark and deny her destiny?
Tiera Rice was raised in Rockland County, New York and is a realtor in Rockland, Westchester, and Orange Counties. She earned her degree in criminal justice from
Temple University, is the founder of Laughter and Lemonade: a project that focuses on motivational posters for those experiencing a chronic illness, and co-founder of #26forTiera: a foundation that provides financial resources to single parents battling life-threatening illnesses.
A creator of poems and short-stories for many years, Tiera challenged herself by
leaping into the world of novels. Having recently survived a battle with cancer, Tiera
decided to use her writing to entertain and motivate her readers. When not writing or
selling houses, Tiera can be found spending time with her friends and family, especially her young daughter, fish, and kitty cat. Her other interests include singing, drawing, and dancing.
Quick Reasons: exciting, unique adventure; love the dual-perspectives/time shifts; Nadia had some unfortunate immature reactions that made it hard to connect with her for me; realistic, mostly-believable characters and relationships; just a few weird plot-holes
Huge thanks to Tiera Rice, Eula Rae Printing & Publishing, and Xpresso Book Tours for providing me with a free digital copy of this title in exchange for an honest review! This in no way altered my read of or opinions on this book.
This was a fun, entertaining read–and that cover is GORGEOUS! I love how the cover reflects the dual perspectives/time jumps we have happening within these pages–even the color differences, while maintaining the same tone, lend a sense of personality to the book. Covers like this one are the reason I breathe, penguins–there’s so much detail to digest and ponder over!
I was just a tiny bit disappointed in the world-building of this book. I feel like a LOT of things happen in quite a short period of time, and that left me feeling a little dizzy in the end. There were a lot of questions I found myself asking that were never really answered for me. I feel like we spent so much time focused on our main duo and their personal feelings, and not enough learning about the worlds surrounding them both. I felt, at times, that the author mentioned certain aspects of the world…but never really gave them time to develop or be explored. For instance…why is it only AFTER the ceremony that Antanasia can feed upon animals? What about the world or their biology makes this happen? The ending of this read was also a bit vague and confusing–I found myself unsure of what had just happened, and confused about what to think.
The characters, for the most part, were believable and intriguing…though Nadia had several unfortunate “immature” moments that made it hard for me, personally, to connect with her as a character. By this, I mean she had a tendency to overreact and overdramatize. In another character, this might have worked…but for Nadia, who seems overall pretty clear-headed and well-grounded, it was a bit of a shock. It also felt as if these moments might have been part of a ploy to keep the plot moving forward, though I might be wrong about that.
Still, this was an entertaining read with plenty of snark and sass to go around! I’m curious about the world and these characters, and will be waiting for book two to see if any of my answers/curiosities are cleared up. The characters are fairly believable, the read was quick and full of action, and I can’t wait to see what the next installment promises for us readers! I’d recommend this to lovers of: all things vampire, dual-perspectives/time jumps, and snarky characters. Pull your hood down and take a sip, penguins; let the battle begin!