Today we have a guest blogger with us, Indie author Christy Dorrity. I hope you enjoy getting to know more about her debut novel Awakening (The Geis #1). I promise that you won’t be disappointed! You’ll find my review below.
A little magic has always run in sixteen-year-old McKayla McCleery’s family—at least that’s what she’s been told. McKayla’s eccentric Aunt Avril travels the world as a psychic for the FBI, and her mother can make amazing delicacies out of the most basic of ingredients. But McKayla doesn’t think for a second that the magic is real—it’s just good storytelling. Besides, McKayla doesn’t need magic. She recently moved to beautiful Star Valley, Wyoming, and already she has a best friend, a solo in her upcoming ballet recital—and the gorgeous guy in her physics class keeps looking her way.
When an unexpected fascination with Irish dance leads McKayla to seek instruction from the mute, crippled janitor at her high school, she learns that her family is not the only one with unexplained abilities.
After Aunt Avril comes to Star Valley in pursuit of a supernatural killer, people begin disappearing, and the lives of those McKayla holds most dear are threatened.
When the janitor reveals that an ancient curse, known as a geis, has awakened deadly powers that defy explanation, McKayla is forced to come to terms with what is real and what is fantasy.
A thrilling debut novel based in Celtic mythology, Awakening is a gripping young adult fantasy rife with magic, romance, and mystery.
I was given an ARC copy of the novel from the author in exchange for an honest review.
I was really excited to read Awakening. I have not read many fantasy novels of late that incorporate Celtic lore anymore and to add some Irish dancing to that made me so happy. It’s definitely a unique blend.
Right out of the gate I was hooked. I immediately latched on to McKayla’s character. Who doesn’t remember liking that cute guy in high school? Or working so hard at something whether it was dance, debate, drama, etc. and wanting to be good at it. I related to the characters easily and found myself getting caught up in their lives.
The writing was clean and tight. I loved the action. I loved the dancing. The way Dorrity describes Irish dancing makes it come alive on the pages. I could hear the music playing as I read and see the dancers doing the steps. I might not have known what each dance meant or what the steps looked like, but I did see Riverdance and Lord of the Dance.
I felt like I was transported to a magical world. I loved the backstory of the geis between Rourke and the sea witch. Brilliant. Everything about this book was great. My favorite character was Aunt Avril. She was amazing and I cannot wait to see what she’s up to in the other realm.
If you like Celtic mythology, fantasy, and historical books you’ll love Awakening. The ending was so perfect. I wish it was coming out tomorrow so I could just finish the series.
5 stars: (I COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN. I had to keep going until I was finished. When I finished I felt very emotional. The characters felt like my best friends. It was so real I felt like I was a character in the novel. I will directly purchase this book in some format.)
Praise for Awakening
“AWAKENING is a wonder and a delight. Christy Dorrity is a talent to watch.”
~David Farland, New York Times bestselling author of Nightingale
“I thoroughly enjoyed AWAKENING, a captivating and unique debut novel that creatively integrates Irish dance.”
~ CHRIS NAISH, Riverdance member and Creative Director of Fusion Fighters Irish dancers.
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