Friday, January 17, 2014

Dead Awakenings Review Blog Tour

Dead Awakenings 
by Rebekah R. Ganiere
Being dead can be a great way to find yourself…

Struggling to pay her bills in New York, theater student Evaine Michaels sees an opportunity to make money by taking part in an unsanctioned clinical trial for a new drug. But things don’t go as planned. She wakes up in a derelict hospital, chained to a bed with no memory of who she is or how she got there. Then a band of pale-skinned men, led by the gorgeous Luca, bursts in and rescues her. Evaine is instantly attracted to Luca, but he’s so hell-bent on stopping the experiments, he has no time for the feelings she’s awakening within him.

Safely back at Haven House, Evaine is introduced to The Family and learns that the drug trials have made her a Deader, a reanimated Undead. Evaine and Luca find themselves getting close, until Evaine remembers not only who she is, but that she’s engaged. And her fiancé, Tristan, is probably still looking for her. Torn between her first love and her new heart’s desire, Evaine has some hard choices to make. 

But when a rogue faction of Deaders, called Feeders, attempt to kidnap her, Luca suspects Evaine might be the key to the experiments, and everyone must band together to keep Evaine off the cutting table…


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My Review:
5 Stars
Dead Awakenings...Warm Bodies has nothing on you! January 15, 2014
Ganiere gives a whole new meaning to the word undead. It's rare that I would choose a "zombie" book after seeing so many not-so-great movies involving them. Normally their characters are boring & lack what I crave, especially those whose main characters are zombies. However this book WOWed me in several instances! The lil' scientist in me was on overdrive as I attempted to piece it all together. Ganiere has major skillz when in it comes to hiding her secrets, choosing only to allow us teensy snippets at her leisure. This information leads us to our own conclusions only to divulge a bit more of those elusive pieces to the puzzle causing every scenario imagined to be wrong. LOLz The outcome happened to be a great one yanking us into the unknown ending with a jolt of AhMazing!! Oh, and let's not forget the killer cliffhanger!
For those of you who have yet to delve into the undead fan club I will tell you I have never been much of an undead zombie type fan...Killing them yes, but actually getting to know & enjoy the undead zombie characters themselves no, not even in the movies. If you enjoy a great paranormal story full of mystery, suspense, action, chemistry (in more ways than one), & depth this book will please you while leaving you begging for more.
Dead Awakenings...Warm Bodies has nothing on you!


~ Top 10 Ways to Off Someone ~
When I kill people off, I don't like to do it from far away if it is a villain. I think there is something so satisfying about killing off a person you really loathe in an up close and personal way. If it is a character that's minor, I tend to be less creative. So I'm going to start with number ten and work up to the number one way. 

10. Car crash or Plane crash. I use these for back story only. A car wreck isn’t a great way to kill off parents, but I find it to be a decent way to kill people off, without having to give too much detail as to what happened. They are also a great way to cover up a murder.

9. You have no idea. Haha! Literally, extras that need to go, just go. Most often in a large battle, when the POV character is not watching.

8. Gun shot. I know that this is probably popular for a lot of authors, but since I write mostly Urban Fantasy or Paranormal Romance, my characters have a lot of different killing styles and a gun is low on the list. Especially since they rarely carry a gun.

7. Poison. Poison is slow and painful. It is a torturous way to die and in my opinion, used by cowards.

6. Zombie attack. I am not sure this needs much more explanation. People, food. Zombies need food. End of story.

5. Werewolf Mauling.  These are fun to write, but messy to think about. The use of one's mouth to bite and tear someone to pieces. Not something I think I could do, but it comes pretty naturally to animals.

4. Vampire bite. Oh man these can be sexy! But they can also be totally deadly. There are so many different types of vampire bites. The bite of love that connects two beings. The drinking strike of a vampire who needs to feed. The uncontrollable thirst that gets out of control and causes a vampire to drain their victim dry. And finally, the throat ripper. A messy gluttonous strike that is meant only to kill.

3. Arrow shot. The draw of a bow string from far off, removing a person from their actions and making it easier to kill. To use a bow requires, precision, skill, concentration and strength. My archers are amazing men and women who pride themselves on their abilities and are unafraid to use them.

2. Stabbing or sword fight. Stabbing is right up there with my number one. It is up close and personal. It is painful, brutal and takes a lot of strength. It can also take a long time for a person to die, depending where they are stabbed. So, stabbing is a pretty brutal thing for someone to do.

1. Fight to the death. This is my favorite. The dual between two people. Usually two Alpha males who hate each other enough to kill with their bare hands. Whether it be two men fighting over the same woman, or a villain trying to get a hero out of the way. There is nothing better than hand to hand combat. It's close, it's personal, and it feels really good to let out all that pent up aggression.  Or so I'm told J

Thanx so much for having me, this was a lot of fun!

~ Rebekah R. Ganiere ~
Rebekah's love for stories began as a child with Shel Silverstein. She began writing her own poetry and short stories in junior high and high school and then went on to study theater in college. Ultimately she ended up going back to writing so she could stay at home with her kids. Rebekah is a member of Romance Writers of America as well as member of the board for her Fantasy, Futuristic, & Paranormal and local Los Angeles Chapters. She is also a member of the Orange County, and Young Adult RWA Chapters.

When she isn't spending time telling the stories of the characters constantly chattering inside her head, you can find her hanging out with her husband, four children and menagerie of pets. A dog, a rabbit, 2 bearded dragons, 1 Russian Tortoise and 2 Leopard Tortoises. The escaped snake has yet to be located.

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  1. Thanx for having me Jennifer! I had lots of fun figuring out 10 ways to kill people! Thanx a bunch for the review and for the interview! Have a wonderful weekend!

    1. You are so very welcome! I always enjoy finding an awesome new book to read! THANK YOU! <3 It was fun reading your top 10 too! ;*)