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Blurb (from Goodreads):
In Awakening, the first installment in the Dark Rituals series, a former healer turns to the Death Arts to seek revenge.
Seventeen-year-old Colina was born a healer. But after a horrific event forces her to leave her clan, she becomes desperate to learn the dark magic of the death dealers, mages who draw their power from the spirits of the dead. Colina was taught to fear and hate death dealers, but becoming one of them is the only way for her to get the revenge she seeks—and the only way for her to survive.
Colina asks a young death dealer named Luke to help her, but he’s reluctant to train her in the Death Arts. Little does she know convincing him to teach her will be the easiest part of her journey. To become a death dealer, Colina will need to undergo three dark rituals, each more terrifying than the last. At the same time, she’ll have to deal with her growing feelings for her mentor. Too bad the first ritual involves him strangling her to death.
As Colina undergoes the trials, she discovers an untapped darkness within herself. If she survives the horrific rituals and gains dark power, what will she become?
Catrina Burgess’ Dark Rituals series originally appeared on Wattpad with over three million reads. Awakening is the first book of four and was named Wattpad’s Best Suspense Story of 2014.
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
“Whatever it takes,” I vowed.
This was an okay story, but the pace was a bit slow.
Colina started off as an understandable character; she’d lost her family, she was grieving, and she wanted revenge, but then by the end of the book she’d turned into a bit of a lunatic! She went from trying to avenge her parents deaths to doing some very bad things, and coming up with some very bad plans.
The storyline in this was about Colina wanting to become a death dealer so that she could avenge her families murders, and then turned into a hunt for a death dealer who had been kidnapped.. Colina seemed to get worse as her powers increased though, and she realy did do some questionable stuff.
There was a little bit of romance, but unfortunately, it did not end well!
The ending to this had a surprise death, which I really didn’t see coming! Colina’s plans following this were not good though! I’m worried that she really has gone off the deep end now.
6 out of 10