Dreaming Awake

Dreaming Awake
By Gwen Hayes
To be Published on January 3, 2012
Published by NAL Trade

Summary taken from Goodreads:

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…

Dreaming Awake is the sequel to Falling Under. We are left off at the end of Falling Under where Theia has taken Haden's place in Under.  Mara has cursed Theia with demon blood- and this seems to have negative repercussions.  As Theia is summoned back to Serendipity Falls by her friends (through a demon summoning), things are not as she left them.

I am still not completely sure how I feel about this book.  On one hand, it is an incredibly well written book- I really couldn't put it down.  On the other hand, this book was depressing!  It seemed like the characters never got a break- they truly were in a living nightmare!  There was not a great deal of romance in this book; it was much more of an action book than paranormal romance.  This book really focused more on Theia than Theia's relationship with Haden.

I will give one warning about this book- it had many more horror elements than I anticipated.  I am admittedly a bit of a pansy when it comes to books (over active imagination), but this book (especially the second half) read more like a gothic horror book than paranormal romance.  I enjoyed this book, but I am not sure if I will continue with the series for that reason.  I am positive there will be a third book- there are many unanswered questions and the book stops mid-scene.

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