Urban Fantasy / Paranormal / Dystopian
Date Published: January 26, 2016
In order to restore peace after the Dawn of Dae, the United States has declared martial law. Enforcing the militant regime won’t be easy, and a new policing force of dae and their bonded humans has been mustered to keep the populace under tight control.
Alexa wants nothing to do with the government, its army, or the special forces meant to keep rebellion at bay, but she has a choice: do what Kenneth Smith wants or die a quick death. As one of the unawakened, she has no chance of infiltrating the police on her own. Forced to partner with Kenneth’s dae, who dislikes her almost as much as she dislikes it, her life hinges on how well she convinces others she’s a big, bad monster just like them instead of an ordinary human woman.
Working for the police is no easier than dealing with Kenneth’s work. During the day, she’s a part of the law, but at night, she’s a tool of crime and war. It’s only a matter of time before she’s caught–or fails her mission and is killed by her drug-dealing boss.
If she wants to live a free life, she’ll need to take care of Kenneth once and for all. Since he won’t listen to reason and let her go, she’s determined to buy her freedom with his death.
Unfortunately, Kenneth isn’t the only problem in her life, and unless she does something about Rob, she’ll lose the independence she fought so hard for. Worse, unless she’s careful, he’ll make her like it…
The government is trying to maintain peace or order after Dawn of Dae. There is martial law and strange new laws. Alexa is now on a mission to buy her freedom from Kenneth. To do so she partners with Kenneth’s dae, who hates her just as much as she hates it, to join the police force. Things are just going to keep getting complicated trying to live as a cop during the day and for a criminal at night. With the help of Rob and Colby she might just make it through.
This is a crazy story but a great one. You learn more about the Dae and this story starts to make sense, in a crazy sort of way. I loved Alexa, she is a woman on a mission and will do everything she can to kill Kenneth and get her freedom from him. I really liked how Rob and her have become closer. Their banter helps make them even more of a great couple in my mind.
I am really starting to love this series. It’s odd and out there but it really starts growing on you. It is definitely original and one of my favorite series. I can’t wait to see what happens next. I hope there is another book.
To purchase Unawakened make sure to check out Amazon and Goodreads.
Don’t forget to check out the first book in the series – Dawn of Dae.
The Dawn of Dae (Dae Portals – 1) by Trillian Anderson
(Excerpt from Goodreads) The chance to attend college is just what Alexa Daegberht needs to break out the mold of her caste. If she can become a Bach, she can escape the poverty she’s endured ever since her parents died when she was five. Only through education can she rise above her birth caste–and she knows it.
All of her plans fall to dust when she opens a portal within her refrigerator, turning her macaroni and cheese casserole into a sentient being. By dawn the next day, the mysterious dae have come to Earth to stay. Hundreds of thousands of people vanish into thin air, and as the days pass, the total of the missing number in the millions. Some say it’s the rapture of the Christian faith.
Alexa knows better: their dae ate them, leaving behind nothing more than dust as evidence of their hunger.
As one of the unawakened, she doesn’t have a dae, nor can she manifest any forms of magical powers. She’s lacking the innate knowledge of what the dae are and what they mean for the world. Now more than ever, she is an outsider. Her survival hinges on her ability to adapt to a world she no longer understands.
Unfortunately, one of the dae has taken notice of her, and he’ll stop at nothing to have her. Alexa’s problems pile up as she’s forced to pick her allegiances. Will she submit to the new ways of the world? Will she become some monster’s pawn? Or, against all odds, can she forge her own path and prove normal humans can thrive among those gifted with powers once the domain of fantasies and nightmares?
Alexa’s world is pretty close to ours except there is a caste system. It is not really explained but when Alexa’s parents die she is pushed to the lowest caste. A local drug dealer, Kenneth picked her up and uses her to find people and things that he needs. All the while Alexa is trying to improve her caste with an education. But when she returns home one day to find that her macaroni and cheese is alive and a strange man stepping out of her refrigerator she thinks that Kenneth slipped her something. The day just keeps getting stranger.
The Dae have come into Alexa’s world. The Dae are all fantasy creatures that you can think of and plenty more. They either merge with humans, protect them, or eat them. Now Alexa has to try and survive in this new world. She does find a Dae attracted to her for her pain and another that wants to protect her. Of course she is going to be strong willed and not let anyone help her. But that is not a choice that she can make in this new world.
Alexa feels like a real person, she is down and out and trying her hardest to improve her place in life. The Dae are strange, creative, and insane. There are so many different creatures and you can’t just them by how they look. Yes, I admit that Colby was a kick in the shorts and quickly became my favorite character.
I did find it a little challenging to figure out what was going on since the caste system wasn’t really explained. I also was surprised that it was not that surprising when the Dae started appearing and the mass amount of people that disappear. You would think humans would be a little more surprise, upset, something?
Over all I really liked this book. It did take a little to get into the story, but once I did I couldn’t wait to see what happened to Alexa. Make sure to check what happens in Unawakened.
To purchase Dawn of Dae make sure to check out Amazon and Goodreads.
I received both The Dawn of Dae and Unawakened for free from Reading Addiction Virtual Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.
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