4 stars for Dreaming Awake (Falling Under #2) by Gwen Hayes

Published October 24, 2012 by katheryn13

She fell for him in a nighttime world. But the time for dreaming is past—and the here-and-now can be just as fragile their love…

When Theia Alderson first encountered a mysterious, handsome boy in her dreams, she never imagined how finding Haden Black—and falling in love—could change her life. To save Haden, Theia sacrificed everything. And the dangerous bargain she made could have lasting repercussions.

Now Theia has returned to Serendipity Falls, and she finds herself struggling with the same deadly hungers that have tortured Haden. When students at their high school fall prey to a mysterious illness, Theia can’t help but wonder if Haden’s control is slipping—and how much longer she’ll have a grip on her own.

And still the nightmare realm of Under won’t let them go. Someone from Haden’s past is determined to destroy Theia from the inside out, starting with those closest to her, forcing Theia to choose between family and friends and a love that may have been doomed from the start…

4 Stars

Really pretty good. I liked the first book, and was excited to get this, however I had actually forgotten what had happened previously. But I soon got into the story again and as before, fell in love with Haden all over again *sigh*

So this time Mara is ruling the roost, so to speak. She’s taking over Theia’s life and there’s not much she can do about it. Apart from step up and be strong. And boy, she does. Although there were a few times where her inability to trust her friends and most of all, Haden, that bugged me. She just wouldn’t open up and say what was wrong, all the while letting her feelings build up until it’s too late to fix the problems.

Haden was as lush as ever, although he had some matters of his own to attend to. I loved the tie between the Ame, Donny, Gabe and Theia and Haden, as well as Varnie (I’ll get to him later). This time they were more included and I loved the twist third way into the book where they all got their points of views written. It was nice to see a different perspective for once, even if it was just for a short while.

I felt that the story didn’t really get into the full mix of things until at least half way, which is why I’m rating this book 4stars. The writing, however, was brilliant and enticing and really made me imagine the journey in my head rather than get overwhelmed with big words and heavy description. There were times where i was confused, but then soon everything became clear.
I unfortunately looked up reviews for this book while I was reading it (don’t know why) and someone hadn’t hidden a spoiler (view spoiler)

Overall there really isn’t much else that I disliked about this book. It was one that captured my heart and entertained me, but now I want to know what happens next. I’m hoping there is a third book…. because I don’t feel that Haden and Theia’s story has truly ended yet .ALso… dammit! They need to get it on :P All that chemistry!

What happened to her father was tragic. I wasn’t expecting that, and the story behind Mike and Ame was unexpected too. Mike’s sudden turn of events took me by surprise, but he bugged me anyway. I was kind of hoping…well, that he would die or something. Alas…not such luck.

So if you liked Falling Under, you’ll hopefully like this. It’s got all the same elements that you’ll love, and more. I recommend it to anyone that likes romance, forbidden love and demons. :)

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