The Dark Awakening

A Paranormal Vampire Series (The Chosen Coven Book 1)

Young Adult - Paranormal
372 Pages
Reviewed on 05/23/2020
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Author Biography

D.L Blade grew up in southern California where she studied at The California Healing Arts College for massage therapy, then working as a Massage Practitioner for thirteen years. She now lives in Colorado, where she worked in the real estate business for a time, before deciding to focus on family and writing.

She has always loved writing, concentrating on poetry rather than prose when she was younger. That changed however, when she had a dream one night that inspired her debut novel, 'The Dark Awakening.'

In D.L. Blade's spare time, she enjoys a wide variety of hobbies, including reading, attending rock concerts, playing pool, wine tasting, and exploring new vegan restaurants in Denver.

In the future, she hopes to continue to write exciting novels that will captivate her readers and bring them into the world that she created using her imagination.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Susan Sewell for Readers' Favorite

In the seventeenth century, a young witch becomes a martyr to save her coven from a horrible fate and is reincarnated in the twenty-first century to complete the mission she was created for in the sensational paranormal novel, Dark Awakening (The Chosen Coven Book 1) by D. L. Blade. On what should have been one of the happiest and most important nights of her life, seventeen-year-old Mercy is assaulted and nearly killed by her mother. While Mercy is still recovering from the wounds, she feels someone stalking her. Shortly before her eighteenth birthday, her feelings are proven right. A stranger confronts Mercy and reveals the enigma of her birth and the secret her mother had been hiding. Mercy is the significant member of an immortal coven and is on the verge of her Awakening. However, because of an ancient prophecy, her blood is highly coveted by vampires, which is why she forfeited her life before. Will Mercy fall prey to the dreaded fate the vampires have been planning for her for centuries? Can she elude the vampire clan and fulfill her destiny?

Dark Awakening by D. L. Blade is the first book in a thrilling new vampire series. It is a breathtaking story that kept me glued to my tablet once I started reading the prologue. Similar to but far better than Stephenie Meyer's Twilight series, it is an exhilarating story with fascinating characters and an exciting storyline. Depicting an age-old conflict of powerful witches and shape-shifting werewolves fighting against the vampires, I thought the concept of an angel and a demon spawning the first vampire and then creating a group of warriors to destroy his progeny both intriguing and original. Cleverly written, the plot unfolds at a steady pace, generating apprehension and suspense that continues building until the story comes to its unexpected and shocking conclusion. It is an electrifying young adult novel filled with action and bloody scenes that will delight everyone who is a fan of paranormal novels starring preternatural beings and witches. Outstandingly written.

Rylanne Burdette

When Mercy finds out some secrets about her family, her life changes forever. Months earlier, Mercy almost died at her mother's hands, and since then, Mercy has been scared. She is always looking over her shoulder and is certain that someone has been watching her. When Mercy gets into a car accident, certain things start falling into place, and she learns several secrets that have kept her in the dark for almost eighteen years of her life. As she accepts her new reality, she is determined to find out the truth about who she really is. Mercy turns into a fighter, and nobody is going to get in her way. The Dark Awakening by D.L. Blade is a fast-paced paranormal story that was such an interesting read.

I personally really enjoyed The Dark Awakening! The story was very plot-driven and full of action, keeping me in suspense during every chapter. Mercy was a very intense protagonist, and I loved watching her personality change from shy and scared to determined and persevering. She turned into such a strong fighter, and her character development was awesome overall. I am definitely interested in reading the second and third books in this trilogy and hope to pick them up soon. D.L. Blade did a lovely job crafting this paranormal world full of witches, vampires, and werewolves. I would definitely recommend this book to people who love fantasy or paranormal books and want to get their hands on a book that is a bit different.