The Patronus, #1

I thought this story had an interesting concept that could have been better developed. I felt like the story was too rushed. I wanted more insight into why Lucy was chosen for the job. Escorting new souls to their final destination and protecting them from the vampires seems like a worthy calling, and I was ready to buy into it, but then I found myself more intrigued by the evil vampires. I wanted to know more about them and what was driving their insatiable need. There is an interesting cast of characters, most of whom are mysterious and baggage-ridden. I am looking forward to finding out more about them as the series unfolds. This is the first book in the series so I expect to find out more about the Patronus society and their foes, the cunning, evil vampires in future installments. This book ends with a cliff-hanger so be prepared to find lots of loose ends.

Lucy’s mortal life comes to an abrupt end and she awakens to find herself in an intense group whose purpose is to guide and protect new souls. For some reason, Lucy has been drafted into her new role as a Patronus. Basically thrust into an important position, Lucy struggles with her mixed feelings, including grief for her short mortal life and the sadness of never seeing her family again. Then, the unthinkable occurs.

Book Blurb for Awaken

Lucy Donovan was supposed to have a weekend of fun in the sun, celebrating her upcoming graduation from college. In a split second, everything changed. A drunk driver ended Lucy's mortal life.

Lucy opens her eyes to a world she never imagined possible and a new destiny: as a Patronus, a guardian of spirits. Adjusting to her new role and abilities while negotiating this confusing realm will test her limits and push her further than she ever dreamed she would go. From wayward spirits who don't want her help to soul stealing vampires, and even a stuck-up British royal, Lucy must brave them all to save one spirit she can't bear to lose.

Further complicating her confusing life is an inexplicable yet growing connection she feels to a member of her team, Max, whose mysterious behavior leaves her both confused and intrigued.

Waking up dead was just the beginning of her problems. Lucy's death is about to become the greatest adventure of her life.

Recommended for readers 15+.

Night Owl Reviews Feb, 2013 3.50