After reading the first chapter of The Awakening I didn’t have high hopes for this series. Our protagonist seemed like your typical, vapid but popular girl and all I could think was that there had better be some serious character development. There were some intriguing plot hooks right away which left me with questions I wanted to know the answer too though, so it wasn’t just stubbornness which kept me reading. Initially the writing wasn’t especially impressive, relying too heavily on metaphors and similes to set the mood – something I think I was probably guilty of when writing fiction for Power of the Pen contests in eighth grade.
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