Caleb McEllis has been haunted by the same nightmare for as many years as he can remember; he's swallowed by darkness and unable to escape. It was the perfect metaphor for the small, conservative town where he grew up. Once he graduated from high school, he vowed to never return, hoping to escape the teasing he experienced since childhood.
On his way to work one night, however, his nightmare becomes reality and something in the darkness comes for him, causing him to careen off the freeway and flip his car. During the ensuing chaos, a stranger pulls Caleb from the wreckage moments before lighting it on fire. As the night continues, Caleb discovers that this stranger knows more about him than he should, perhaps even more than Caleb knows about himself. Caleb is forced to trust the stranger or run the risk of being killed by whatever attacked him on the road. He soon learns that the things he thought he knew about himself are based on lies he's been told since childhood and as they unravel he is forced to confront the truth about what he really is. In order to survive, Caleb must let go of his past and embrace his true nature.
Awakened is a young adult paranormal fiction novel, infused with humor and a little bit of male on male romance. With a twist on the traditional shape-shifter genre, it will leave you wanting more! Awakened is the first in the series.
Now that they have awakened, Caleb and Gabriel have the unenviable task of bringing their packs together and figuring out how to be co-alphas. Even with the support of some of their closest allies, there is no way for them to know how the rest of the pack will react their new leadership. While trying to balance being a new alpha and becoming one of the youngest Awakened in history, Caleb’s dreams take him on an unusual journey into his past.
Before they have a chance to settle into their new roles, a murder on the Council draws the young alphas further into the world of the Awakened than either of them thought possible. As they try to help figure out what happened to the Council member, Caleb and Gabriel become the targets of the attacks. Until they figure out who is behind them, they are forced to remain with the Council and risk their lives to save the others. In order to discover the truth, Caleb and Gabriel are pushed to their physical and emotional limits, and must learn what it takes to lead in a world based on staying hidden. Unfortunately, the cost of those lessons may be more than either of them was prepared to pay.
Challenged is the second half of the Awakened series; a young adult paranormal fantasy series which combines humor, horror and same-sex love. It’s the shifter book other shifter books wish they could be, and it will make you want to live in the world of the Awakened, even if only for a moment.
Such a great world! Need more! I love that the gay lead protagonist has no issues with being gay... But is still a little lost at being Awakened. The characters are fun, likable and believable.
Awakened held my attention from page one. Really enjoy the dialogue - each character had their own voice. Excellent first outing Mr. Creech!
I didn't think I was gonna like it as much as I did when I found out it had werewolf dynamics in it, but the characters, along with the pace of the story, made me read it from beginning to end.