Review: Hunger Awakened by Dee Carney

Hunger Awakened (Hunger #2)

  • By Dee Carney
  • Editions: ebook
  • Published: March 4th 2013 by Carina Press
  • Genre: Adult Paranormal / Romamce
  • Source: NetGalley
  • There’s something inside of him, some dormant part that’s been awakened. And now it wants to be set free…

    Something’s wrong with Sebastian Kent. Already considered an outsider in the vampire community as a half-vampire, half-something else, he’ll do everything in his power to hide his weakness. But when sickness strikes, he has no choice but to turn to a human for help—a woman whose touch provides his only relief.
    Alice Bowman is hiding her own illness, one that has left her homeless. When she comes to Bast’s aid, she doesn’t expect to be thrust into the world of vampires. But he offers her refuge and a job researching his family history in the hope of finding a clue to his mysterious affliction. She can’t resist his offer of protection—and the chance to spend more time with the man who arouses her every desire.
    But as Bast and Alice’s hunger for each other grows, so does the power of Bast’s unexplained half. And soon his unknown past and her uncertain future threaten to keep them apart forever…
    ~ Goodreads

  • Bomy’s Flutter: romantic PNR and cool world building

  • I don’t know about you guys, but I just get the urge to read some vampire romance now and then. I think it’s the pleasure/pain nature of the romance, I mean you just know there’ll be biting involved which is, you know, hot 😀 So I jumped at the chance to read this ‘little’ darling here. It’s ‘little’ because it’s a good length novel, like 90k words or something. And I loved every one of them.
    I must mention I didn’t read the other titles in this series. And I didn’t find a name for it, so I called it Hunger just because all the titles so far contain the ‘Hunger’ word, so, you know. The main thing is if you like on of them there’s more where that came from. See them here on Dee Carney’s page.

    To begin with, I loved the world of the read. We’re dealing with vampires of the regular blood-drinking, smex-needing kind (yum!), some werewolf appearances, and, brace yourselves: dragons make a guest appearance as well. I love diversity and seeing more paranormal mixed in is always fun. The whole Council concept was fun, especially the way Sebastian and Alice dealt with it. No, not giving details to spoil your read.

    Sebastian (yes, I like full names and especially this one, so no Bast going on for me, lol) was a cool vampire. Old enough, tough enough, hungry enough for something. Luckily he found his something. He was charismatic, funny, strong where it was needed and yet vulnerable. I really liked that, the fact that he was balanced and felt. He was very real, in a if-vampires-existed kind of way.
    Alice was awesome too, she had a tough background and a tough present when she met Sebastian. She was very considerate, thoughtful and loyal, I really liked that about her. She was also vulnerable but she actually came off as stronger then Sebastian in places, they completed each other.
    Their chemistry was very hot from the beginning, the whole hunger thing going on from the get go. But the relationship wasn’t instalove, it developed as the story progressed and it was sweet, in fact. Their one on one was hot but not graphic.
    I liked them as a pair and individually, but I wasn’t super crazy about them. Probably because they weren’t as tortured as I might have liked, lol. Keep in mind though that I’m the evil reader type, I love them as tortured and twisted as can be.

    Outside of the romance arc there was paranormal intrigue, mystery revolving around Sebastian, tensions in the Council, inner conflict – a lot of yummy, to make a long story short. It wasn’t agitated action but I loved the pace of events and how things got resolved. This is my kind of read, where the action outside of the romance isn’t too over the top. I like my focus on the romance as much as possible and this novel gave me that.

    The narrative was a third person from his and her POV, pretty regular for romance. It was cool to see things from both perspectives and it gave me insight into things that the other character in the couple didn’t know so it increased the tension.

    The cover and blurb are a good pair, they made it clear to me what I should expect and the novel delivered. Always love it when that happens. This is certain compulsive buy material.

    All in all, I say this is a good read and I say give Hunger Awakened and the other ones in the series a try. I wanna read Hunger Aroused now because I got a glimpse of the Corin / Jasmine couple so I’m all curious now xD


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