Book Review & Blog Tour: Blood Awakens by Jessaca Willis (eARC)

Hello everyone! Today is my blog tour stop for Blood Awakesn by Jessaca Willis, which is being hosted by Melanie Fraser at Fraser’s Fun House. Be sure to check out the other awesome bloggers taking part in this tour with me.

Blood Awakens

Author: Jessaca Willis

Publication: 26 June 2019

Genre: Adult Fiction – Urban Fantasy/Paranormal

Pages: 326

Publisher: Independent

People called Sean a blood guide, though he never fully understood why. As far as he knew, he could hear heartbeats and heal people. It wasn’t until he walked in on his brother’s brutal murder that he learned of the darker nature of his power: blood speaks to him, and he to it. With a simple song, he can command it to do whatever he wants, and in that moment, he showed his brother’s murderers no mercy. Now Sean must fight to keep his inner demons in check and his path to redemption begins with the establishment of a sanctuary for people like him, people with powers, the Awakened.

Two years after the Awakening, after the wars that destroyed entire societies and brought about “the end of the world,”Graciela and her brother Santiago are struggling to survive. Graciela is one of many who never Awakened, but she’s watched as her brother’s power as an empath—the ability to sense other’s emotions—has brought him to the brink of death. Together, they set across Central America in search of a cure, or at the very least, safety in a crumbling, dangerous world. What they find is a sanctuary called Hope, the same one Sean governs.

But they soon discover that even from within the compounds of the sanctuary, no one is safe. Not when there are people in the world with unimaginable power and an insatiable bloodlust.

Fans of The Young ElitesYear One, and Shatter Me will devour this diverse post-apocalyptic paranormal fantasy.

A post-apocalyptic urban fantasy filled with a twist on vampirism? Yes please! Blood Awakens is about a war between two races: those who have been Awakened, supernatural beings that possess special abilities that are tied to some variation of blood magic and those who are Unawakened. The Unawakened are the humans that will stop at nothing until they rid the world of these unnatural beings.

The story follows the lives of four individuals who must band together if they are to survive: 1) Sean: the Awakened blood guide meaning that he has the ability to control blood flow. He can either heal or kill by bleeding someone from every orifice. 2) Graciela: an Unawakened who is the sister of 3) Santiago: the Awakened empath and lastly 4) Mara, Awakened and friend of Sean.

The world building that Jessaca builds is absolutely incredible as well as the visual imagery that she creates in each scene. You can literally feel yourself immersed in every single scene. You can hear the heartbeat that agonizes Sean. You can feel the crushing weight of emotions that makes Santiago buckle at his knees.

Overall, if you love a page turning urban fantasy that is full of twists and turns on the path to safety then definitely pick up Blood Awakens. You won’t be disappointed.

Thank you to Melanie and Jessaca for providing an eARC. This did not influence my review. All opinions are my own.

Purchase links: Amazon* | Amazon.com

Jessaca is a fantasy writer, with an inclination toward the paranormal, dystopian, dark, and horror sub genres.

Jessaca studied social work for both her undergrad and graduate degrees and incorporates themes from her education (i.e. systems of oppression, family dynamics, mental health) into her writing. She is a self-proclaimed nerd who loves cosplay, video games, and comics. She lives in Portland, Oregon with her partner and their human- and fur-babies. She is an amateur trapeze artist (though currently, she’s on hiatus after having a baby).

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