Review: Death's Awakening by Sarra Cannon

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Synopsis:

For sixteen-year-old Parrish Sorrows, life is about to become a nightmare.

This is the night she’ll wake up to her mother’s convulsions. The night she’ll lose contact with her father and sister in New York. The night 911 will stop answering the phone.

This is the night a mysterious supernatural virus begins its deadly rampage across the globe, killing billions in a matter of days. And just when things can’t get worse, the dead begin to rise.

Parrish must embark on a perilous journey to find what’s left of her family. Along the way, she’ll team up with the gorgeous boy next door she’s always been drawn to, the snobby ex-bff she’s hated for years, a genius computer nerd, and a young boy who never says a word but is somehow a kindred spirit.

Review:

Recently, I read The Trouble With Goodbye, Sarra Cannon’s debut new adult novel. When I learned that she wo922777_593070934071129_2115761656_nuld also be releasing Death’s Awakening, a young adult paranormal thriller, I was beyond excited and couldn’t wait to read it.

This novel chronicles the lives of three teenaged neighbors: Parrish (one B-A chick who easily became one of my favorite characters), Noah (the adorable boy next door who has a heart wrenching past), and popular cheerleader Karmen (who’s character I cannot wait to see develop further). We also meet Crash, a young man who is beyond prepared for the apocalypse and a young boy who is out on his own in a big city. Sarra Cannon has created a cast of very diverse characters whose secrets and desires are revealed over the course of the novel.

Death’s Awakening changes perspective quite often throughout the book. When I first began reading, this was slightly confusing as I was so drawn in by the prologue that when it switched to a different perspective it threw me for a loop. As more connections were made and as we learned why other characters were connected to this story I found the multiple perspectives to give a complete and cohesive view of the terrors that were going on in the story.

While reading this novel, I was constantly surprised. There were so many twists and turns that I wasn’t even remotely expecting. This book has everything that a young adult (or adult) paranormal thriller fan can want: a terrifying virus that has the whole world suffering, romance, mysterious witches, great characters, and so much more (I don’t want to give too much away). The pacing of the whole story was great with plot twists and character/plot development. I was on the edge of my seat the whole time and finished this book wanting to know when the next one will be out

Sarra Cannon has once again made me a huge fan of her writing. She is an extremely talented writer and she is self-published which is a feat in and of itself. After reading two of her novels, I highly recommend Death’s Awakening (or any of her other books).

Death’s Awakening was a wild ride and I look forward to reading the rest of the Eternal Sorrows Series as it’s released.
4.5/5 stars

Read my review for The Trouble With Goodbye by Sarra Cannon here!

Review: The Trouble With Goodbye by Sarra Cannon

Synopsis:

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One night can change everything…

Two years ago, Leigh Anne Davis shocked everyone in tiny Fairhope, Georgia when she broke up with her wealthy boyfriend to attend an Ivy League university a thousand miles away. At school, she finds a happiness and independence she’s never known.

Until one terrifying night takes it all away from her.

With no place else to go, Leigh Anne heads home to reclaim her old life. A life she worked so hard to escape. On the outside, she seems like the same girl everyone has always known. But deep inside, she’s hiding a terrible secret.

Review:

The Trouble With Goodbye was heartfelt and heart-wrenching. Overall, I feel that this novel was a story that needed to be told because it is a story that so many women of all ages can read and relate to. The main character, Leigh Ann has been raped and coerced into keeping it quiet by her parents and the administration at the college she attends. After a second student comes forward, saying that the same man sexually assaulted her as well, Leigh Ann decides to get away from Boston for the Summer and to back to her childhood home where she realizes exactly how much her experiences have changed her.

I found Leigh Ann to be a very brave character, especially because her parents expect her to stay quiet about her experiences and basically forget they ever happened. But the memory of what happened that night torments her (and understandably so). Over the course of the novel, Leigh Ann struggles with the amount of control her parents have over her life and the amount of influence they have on her choices. I feel that many women who read this novel will see themselves in Leigh Ann and will understand her struggles and celebrate her victories.

I also loved the male “love interest” character Knox. He had had a troubled past and can understand Leigh Anne in a way that no one else can. While he seems like the “bad boy” around town, he is simply misunderstood. I liked how their relationship developed and while they may have been attracted to one another at first, they didn’t immediately jump into a relationship and it didn’t feel like your cliché “love at first sight.”

While this is a hard and difficult topic to both write and read about, I feel like the author has done so in a sensitive manner. Even though the main character has been through a terrible thing, the book isn’t dark and depressing, but gives a message of hope for both the main character and for people who may have had similar experiences.

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