Dreaming Awake is the sequel to Gwen Hayes’ Paranormal Romance Falling Under. I’ve read Falling Under last year after falling in love with its captivating cover and then I read the synopsis and it piqued my interest. I kept falling in love with it when I read the story. I liked that kind of feeling where you thought you had everything figured out but then the story changes itself and shock you to the core. That’s the feeling Falling Under gave me when I read it albeit the fact that I’m not really a huge fan of “insta-love”.
After I read Falling Under, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on the sequel because the cliffhanger of the first book was really something. I was extremely excited! I recently finished Dreaming Awake and I fell a bit disappointed on this one.
Dreaming Awake by Gwen Hayes
Series: Falling Under #2
Publication date: January 3rd 2012
Source: ARC from publisher
Pages: 322 (Paperback)
She fell for him in a nighttime world. But the time for dreaming is past—and the here-and-now can be just as fragile their love…
When Theia Alderson first encountered a mysterious, handsome boy in her dreams, she never imagined how finding Haden Black—and falling in love—could change her life. To save Haden, Theia sacrificed everything. And the dangerous bargain she made could have lasting repercussions.
Now Theia has returned to Serendipity Falls, and she finds herself struggling with the same deadly hungers that have tortured Haden. When students at their high school fall prey to a mysterious illness, Theia can’t help but wonder if Haden’s control is slipping—and how much longer she’ll have a grip on her own.
And still the nightmare realm of Under won’t let them go. Someone from Haden’s past is determined to destroy Theia from the inside out, starting with those closest to her, forcing Theia to choose between family and friends and a love that may have been doomed from the start…
When it comes to sequels, especially in Paranormal Romance, I would grip my chair and pray that there would be no Break Ups or moments where “I will push you away and you will insist on getting back with me” kind of thing. I will warn you, there are moments like this in Dreaming Awake (I bet some of you had already guessed that). Honestly, because of that, I decided to put down this book which really sucked because I genuinely enjoyed the first book.
I started reading it again sometime this month and glad I was able to get through with it. I am quite hesitant because I find many things in this sequel that didn’t really appeal to me. First of all, the break up between Theia and Haden and then that scene in Under where they lived their worst fears. I just find that part really prickly especially for Gabe, I mean, I know he’s a sneetch but really? Thank God, that scene between him and Donny (where they talk about their relationship) managed to won me over. On the first book, I was really excited for Ame and Varnie to get together because I really think they’re cute. In fact, I was a lot more excited for them than Theia and Haden. Until that scene… I mean, why?? Varnie and Ame finally had the chance and then POOF! I really hope some miracle happen on the third book because I don’t know what I’ll be looking forward to if no miracle happen—concerning Varnie.
So, what’s my favorite part of the story? Definitely Gwen Hayes’s writing. She’s positively a talented writer. Every detail of her world building is utterly amazing. I could see myself in Under along with those handmaidens with sewn lips (eww) and that pulsing wall (gross). Hayes’ way of delivering her story in a realistic manner swept me off my feet. Thumbs up to that! And also, I may find Theia and Haden, in some parts, irritating on this book but I have to admit that the progression of their relationship on this sequel is pretty convincing and genuine.
Bottomline, I enjoyed Dreaming Awake but not as much as I enjoyed Falling Under. I’m giving this 3 out of 5 stars and if you’re a solid fan of Gwen Hayes’ and her Falling Under book, give this book a chance. Who knows, you might enjoy it more than I do.