Wicked Awakening by Sarah Piper
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
What the heck is going on?
The following ratings are out of 5:
World building: 🌏🌍🌎🌏
Character development: 😠😚😁☺️🥰
Narration Type: Dual Narration
The heroine: Westlyn – she comes from a family of mages and her father and stepmother basically sold her via an arranged marriage to a demon. She was rescued by 4 gargoyles which nobody knows about and is now trying to help them remove the dark fae/demon curse that turns them into statues during the day. She found out she has fae in her blood and she is still being hidden from the demon and his mage family, while trying to find out what they really needed her for.
The Heroes: Jude, Augustine, Rook, Draegan (a.k.a. The men of shadow and stone) – They are gargoyles during the day and at night they use glamour to appear as human. They run a criminal underworld and are trying to find a way to remove their curse for themselves and all other gargoyles that are trapped in stone. Jude is the psycho, he saw Westlyn first and stalked her. Augustine is the nice guy, he is handsome and ruthless. Rook is a bit of a geek, very intelligent and he gets all the information they need through spying or hacking. Drae is the boss, he is in charge and he fights dirty to get what he wants.
The Story: Westlyn tells the guys about an incident in her past where she was bullied and abused. This lights a fire of fury under the guys and brings them closer together with Westlyn. It also leads them to find some more about why the Forsythe’s may have wanted her to marry and be bonded to their son who was possessed by a demon. The guys also continue to look for a way to break their curse.
This book was brutal in parts, very dark in parts and super steamy as well. Jude is obviously very psychotic and loves to torture, but he can also be sweet to Westlyn and obviously loves her and he can be quite dirty as well. So far, he is my favorite character, but I do love how each of the guys is so different yet they are brothers in every way that counts. So much happens in this book and everything that happens just seems to bring up more questions about what is going on. I can’t wait to find out more.
This book was told in multiple points of view via dual narration, and was narrated by Vanessa Edwin, Shane East, Aaron Shedlock, and Aiden Snow. All of them do a terrific job. Vanessa Edwin has a pleasing and youthful feminine voice and is great at portraying emotion through her voice. Shane East has a British accent and is fantastic. Aaron Shedlock has a great voice which fits Augustine well and Aiden Snow has a deep, sexy voice and is one of my favorite narrators.
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