The Awakening (Vampire Huntress Legend #2)
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The Awakening (Vampire Huntress Legend #2)

3.94 of 5 stars 3.94  ·  rating details  ·  2,539 ratings  ·  113 reviews
There is a vampire war brewing in the underworld and at the center of it all is Damali Richards, spoken word artist and Vampire Huntress. But she is not just any Vampire Huntress, she is the millenium Neteru. A woman so potentially powerful that the vampire world is about to invoke a bloody battle that threatens to spill over onto her streets in order to posses her. It's j...more
Paperback, 264 pages
Published January 21st 2004 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published January 1st 2003)
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Nov 09, 2007 Jerrie added it
So, the saga continues. What left me hanging in the 1st book, turned out to make the 2nd book better than the 1st. Of course, you are still left hanging, because you know there is a 3rd book.
The Damali-Carlos union is definitley not over. Poor Carlos. You really do want this guy to be the good guy and maybe he will, master-vamp, or not.
But what about the detective? The epilogue sure makes you think he may be a vamp, too. Hmmmm.........
The book is good and I'll definitley move on to the next on...more
Kenya Wright
I enjoyed this... I would say this gets more of a 3.7 stars.

Why not 5 stars:

--- The rap and spoken word irked me.... and I love rap and spoken word!! But just a little of it... not pages of it... a few significant lyrics is all I needed.

--- The long ass explanations! Wow! Some of the explanatory dialogue went on for pages and pages and pages... I started skipping.

Other than that this was an absolute improvement from the first book.
There was NO Excessive high-fiving or Dap
There was conflict and...more
You have to give this series a chance..yes there is some hip hop language but this saga of books takes you on a journey. It brings in elements of good and evil, heaven and hell, God and the devil.. There are characters such as cain & abel, adam & eve and so on... Give this series a chance before you just say forget the end it will be worth it..check out all 12 or 13 novels!!!!
Please make this into a movie, right now. The plot is AMAZING and the characters jump off of the pages and into your mind. It took me two days to read this and I already picked up the third book in the series. Can't wait to get started!!
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Angels Weep For Goodreads)
I found this one a little darker and edgier, but still too much talking. I am just about ready to give up on this series, but recently someone talked me into giving the next books a try.
I was really hesitant to read the first book in the series ("Minion") and found it to be really slow and uninteresting in the beginning but it picked up in the end. This book did not have the same problem. I was hooked from the start. I like how Banks provided a little bit of a reminder of what happened in the first book (not that I needed it). But even that had me hooked.

In "The Awakening", Banks continues to build on the world that she has created, and it is very complex. Which is good and b...more
This second book in the Vampire Huntress Legend Series starts moments after the first book, Minion, ended. I’m including a spoiler line below because if you haven’t yet read the first book in the series, my summary below will include many spoilers from that book for you.

*********Spoilers Below - Read book One in the series before continuing*********

The first book ended with Carlos’s transformation into a vampire. He learned from Nuit that the vampires had been supporting his illegal dealings for...more
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This book turned me into a emotional wreck and I actually loved it.
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I'm giving this a 3. I didn't hate it but I didn't love it.

The one thing that really threw me off was how they talked. I felt that it was forced sometimes and that with the whole "hip pop/ganster" kind of talk (or whatever you want to call it) just didn't do anything for me. It was annoying at times. It felt like Banks was trying too hard to make them sound like they were from the hood. Also the whole over 20 or so pages of them just sitting at the weapon room table talking was a bit boring. I...more
Jenny GB
I'm glad I tried the second book in the series after being disappointed by the first. It reminds me a bit of my experience with Stephen King's The Dark Tower series. I didn't enjoy the first, but by the second I was hooked. I'm not sure if this series will turn out to be as epic since The Dark Tower is one of my favorites, but I found The Awakening much more likeable than the first book of the series. The dialect speech is toned down in most cases and it didn't grate on my nerves like it did in...more
I found this, the second book of the Vampire Huntress series, slightly better than Minion , the first. However, some of the same things that bothered me about that book came to surface in this one too.

I'm glad I hung onto Minion because The Awakening picked up right where that left off, and I had to reread certain portions of that first book to reacquaint myself with some of the things that went down already. I don't think the author did a very good job of allowing this book to stand on it's own...more
I've decided, after reading Octavia Butler's "Fledgling", that I should definitely read more fantasy by POC writers. There's no use complaining about white writers and their version of fantasy if that's all I read, you know? So I remembered this series of books from a friend who has pretty much all of them and decided to try them out...well, to the people who took out the two copies of the first novel, let me just say I hate you for not getting them in on time. So I gave up my hopes and grabbed...more
THE AWAKENING is a decent sequel to MINION however after reading it I thought that if the two books had been combined, it would have been one great book instead of a very good introduction and an "ok" sequel. This book picks right up where MINION left off and spends a lot of time on Carlos' journey and gives readers a small window into Marlene's journey to becoming a Guardian. I do still feel a bit of disconnect to the Damali character - I still feel like I should root for her because she is on...more
I read this book directly after reading the previous book, Minion, as the last book left off halfway during the story & this book finishes the storyline.

The night of Damali's awakening is swiftly approaching, yet she's still relatively unaware of everything that's going on. Carlos has been making several deals in an attempt to not only save Damali's virtue, but also his own life (such as it is). Meanwhile, her team is still shaken by the idea of a new race of vamps unlike any they've ever m...more
Bethany C
I almost never stop reading a book before it's done, but I really couldn't keep on with this one- I finally put it down at page 145. I read the first book in the series over 2 years ago, and I guess I liked it enough to keep in mind to pick up the next one someday. Consequently, part of the reason I couldn't get into this is that I had almost no idea what was going on. I barely remembered just a couple of characters, even the main one, and I really didn't care about any of them. I gave this an e...more
I don't know what to think of this series so far. I am not too fond of L.A. Banks' style of writing. I feel like she takes too long to describe things and it makes the story move slower. Also, she provides no background in her story, so at points I had to think back to the previous book and try to remember what was happening.

I find that I am not very interested in the characters on the sidelines. I only really care about Carlos and D, and their relationship. I think it is just the author's style...more
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Pg 1 - 300 The story continues and a battle commences with the master vampire Nuit,Carlos and "D"/ team. "D" performs at a concert where after it all kicks off. Carlos has to take "D" to Nuit to enable his plans to go ahead to take over the world with day walkers. They both kill Nuit and "D" escapes with her team and brothers but Carlos is left behind thought DEAD. However this story doesn't unfold on other areas covered in the Minion. (IE the vampire council and the priesthood offers). I guess...more
Jaé Monét
This was much better than the first one. I'm extremely happy about that and I'm hoping that it just keeps getting better.
Antoinette the Book Junkie
Taking control of her destiny and the reality of life is what Damali Richards has to do to make a difference in the world that she finds herself having to do a serious battle to protect. Along the way she finds that love can be a battle all on its own. She has a lot on her young shoulders and will make the best of it. She has her family to help her along the way. Carlos makes difficult choices and must accept what is to what could be. I am very interested in reading the rest of the series.

S.A. Parham
Damali is pushed to the background quite a bit in this novel, with most of the interesting scenes featuring Carlos' POV instead as he struggles to protect Damali from the various groups interested in her, as well as to save himself from the dark path he chose for his life. I found the Carlos struggles much more interesting than the Damali sequences, especially when it focused more on the Guardians doing big info dumps in slang speak about Damali's evolution as a vampire slayer. 4 stars for the C...more
I attempted to read. Did not like the plot. Cursing waaayyyyy over the top.
took me forever to get through this - and i dont feel like i even finished the book. is the entireseries about carlos and damali? too much effort to find out if he redeems himself. not a fan of this universe.
Dopo Minion, che non mi era piaciuto molto, ho voluto dare un'altra possibilità a questa saga, dato che la storia, in fondo, non è male. Ma ho fatto di nuovo una fatica incredibile per finire questo libro, fatto soprattutto di dialoghi lunghi e ripetitivi e, a mio parere, neppure ben riusciti (ma bisognerebbe confrontare la traduzione col testo originale..). Le uniche parti davvero interessanti sono quelle che hanno Carlos come protagonista. Forse, un giorno, andrò avanti spinta dalla curiosità...more
hooooooooly awesomeness this book has everything. action packed battle scenes. a badass female lead with some kick ass friends. bad boy with a super soft side. in my opinion the language issues of the first book are least in the narrative the dialogue and lyrics are still slang but its much more realistic tham the first book. the epic battle at the end left me wanting more so i had to immediately start the next one! cant wait to see what happens with carlos and damali!!!!
Darcy Stewart
This book isn't very good. I didn't finish the book. It was that bad. The book looked good but it isn't. It has too many bad words used in the wrong way. There is a bad word on almost every page and more. The book has some action, but most the time vampires are arguing with each other. I've been hoping this book would get better but it doesn't.I wouldn't recommend this book to anybody to read. It is a complete waste of time. Spend time on a better book than this.
Like the first book, I read this one as part of a bookring on Bookcrossing...

I liked this one better than the first, but still -- I think the story line is AMAZING, but I am just not hanging with the style of writing. And the action sequences? so not me. So, I tend to skip over them..

I am going to ask to be taken off the rings for the future books. Reading these is too much of a chore for me and I have way too many other books that need reading.
M.J. Friday

Picking right up where Minion left off, Damali(now a full Neteru) and her Guardian team are battling the forces of Hell,the evil vampire Fallon Nuit and trying to see if Carlos is friend or can feel the love between Damali & Carlos start to bloom, but sohould she tusrt him? This book really got my attention , more that Minion, it had more action and suspense and this is the book that really drew me into the series.Loved it.
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A pseudonym used by Leslie Esdaile Banks, she also wrote under the names:
Leslie E. Banks
Leslie Esdaile
Leslie Esdaile Banks
Leslie Banks
Alexis Grant

L.A. Banks, a native Philadelphian, was a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Wharton undergraduate program. With many awards to her credit, Banks also held a masters of fine arts degree in film and media arts from Temple University. She lived in...more
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Minion (Vampire Huntress Legend, #1) The Hunted (Vampire Huntress Legend, #3) The Bitten (Vampire Huntress Legend, #4) Bad Blood (Crimson Moon, #1) The Forbidden (Vampire Huntress Legend, #5)

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