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Blood Awakening (Blood Burden 0.5)

3.63  ·  Rating Details ·  451 Ratings  ·  75 Reviews
Nicole, a small town Alabama girl, and her best friend Kat take a weekend trip to Panama City, Florida. Kat looking to have a good time and Nicole hoping to escape the pain of losing her mother for a little while. Little did Nicole know, the escape would awaken a ancient power that is hidden in her blood. A power that evil wants for its own and will do whatever it takes to ...more
Published July 7th 2011 by Wenona Hulsey (first published January 7th 2011)
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Giovanni Gelati
Jul 22, 2011 Giovanni Gelati rated it it was amazing
YA paranormal fans out there? This is an author you need to have on your radar regardless of what genre you read. I have been fortunate working for Trestle Press to come across some really good reads from Werner Lind, Laurie Bowler, and B.R. Stateham to name a few. Wenona Hulsey has an amazing narrative and a knockout punch of a character here in” Blood Awakening “ the digital short story prequel to her upcoming full length release “The Burden of Blood” . The full length work should be released ...more
Joey Butcher
Aug 05, 2011 Joey Butcher rated it really liked it
Blood Awakening is a short story that works as a prelude for Wenona Hulsey’s upcoming novel Burden of Blood. The silly banter between Nichole and Kat is hilarious, their friendship is one that you can admire and relate to. There is so much foreshadowing! Between the stranger in the dark, Nicole’s dream and the intriguing ending, the story does a fantastic job of building as you go. Did we mention the love interest? For a small vacation crush, the relationship was done tactfully and not pushed to ...more
Jan 28, 2013 Stephanie rated it it was amazing
This was a short story that left me longing for more. I love Nicole and Kat. They are a few ladies that you'd love to hang out and hit the beach with. This short story has alot packed into the pages. With a road trip, a set up for a love story, and a stranger lurking in the shadows, all makes for a good tale. After reading this one, I downloaded and read the next two two in the series as well. This is a great series!
Stephanie Nelson
Aug 14, 2011 Stephanie Nelson rated it it was amazing
Although this was a short story, it didn't feel like it. There's so much going on that i was pulled into the story. Wenona Hulsey did a wonderful job and i'm very much looking forward to reading Burden of Blood, her novel that goes along with this short.
Dec 28, 2012 Darlene rated it really liked it
Nicole Keenan is best friends with Kat. The girls are getting away from Alabama for a weekend of fun in Panama City, Florida. On their first night, they meet Nick Read and his friend, Matt, at a beach bar. Nicole becomes filled with a sense of fear, and her eyes scan the room to find what is causing her to feel this way. She sees a man sitting at a table in a dimly-lit corner. That night, Nicole has a dream about a castle. She sees a woman on a balcony who warns her telepathically that, "They ar ...more
Rae Sontheyon
Warning This is A Prequel or Novelette Not A Whole Book

So big heads up this is not a book it's a short novella prequel for the Blood Awakening Series. When I first downloaded this short story a couple years ago it was just listed as a book, so reading it now and getting through the story only to find it end so abruptly was a downer.

The story is about Nicole Keenan and her crazy weekend in Panama City, Florida with her BFF, Kat. Nicole just wants to get away and let loose. Drinks, rest and party
Aug 09, 2011 Melinda rated it really liked it
Nicole, a small town Alabama girl, and her best friend Kat take a weekend trip to Panama City, Florida. Kat looking to have a good time and Nicole hoping to escape the pain of losing her mother for a little while. Little did Nicole know, the escape would awaken a ancient power that is hidden in her blood. A power that evil wants for its own and will do whatever it takes to have it.

Great short story! Flowed beautifully with no rushed feeling, which is unusual for short stories. Its a gr
Feb 09, 2012 Ronda rated it really liked it
Blood Awakening is a prequel to Burden of Blood and it gives us an insight to Nicole and her best friend Kat... The short break that these girls take is the first steps to Nicoles hidden secret (even hidden from her!) that she does not want to know.

Usually, short stories and prequels are rarely a good find, this book, however, was really well worth the read and it has given me the incentive to look further into Wenona Hulsey's books.

This was just enough to whet my appetite, but it wasn't enough to make me want to pre-order book 1. Other than that it was decent, but it felt like the author took one of her deleted chapters, and passed it onto her readers for 99 cents... Fortunately, I was able to get it for free via Kindle...(LOL!)...

Anyhoo, I'm giving this one 2.5 stars...
Jul 20, 2011 Emme rated it really liked it
I'm looking forward to the further adventures of Nicole! This short was light-hearted but had some ominous elements, as well-- that's the combination I like in my paranormal romance stories. I'm wondering, though, how this short story fits into the larger one that is coming out in the novel Burden of Blood. Guess I'll have to wait and see!
Jan 24, 2013 Squeak rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Squeak by: Darlene
This was a very quick read, but I am ready for more. What a great beginning!
Faye {Daydreaming_Star}
Apr 03, 2012 Faye {Daydreaming_Star} rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
** this review was also posted on my blog, here **

This is a lovely short novella that is a great backstory for Burden of Blood. It follows the story of a weekend trip spent in Panama city between two lifelong friends. It is full of fun and silliness and really builds up the relationship between the two girls and I feel that having this there really helped to make their characters real within the first novel of the Burden Blood series. It is a nice way to get to grips with Wenona Hulsey’s writin
Jun 20, 2012 Sandy rated it liked it
BLOOD AWAKENING (The Blood Burden series novella) by Wenona Hulsey

BLOOD AWAKENING is the 0.5 novellette in Wenona Hulsey’s Blood Burden series. Introducing Nicole Keenan and her new found abilities to hear ‘evil’ thoughts and dreams of warnings and what’s to come.

Nicole and her BFF Kat were heading to Florida for a few days of fun and relaxation. Kicking back, drinking, dancing and shopping were the only things on the agenda, but finding a sexy, good looking man by the name of Nick Read was an a
Sep 09, 2012 Chasity rated it it was amazing

I really enjoyed this short story. From the very first page this story had me. It was very intriguing. I like how it is spread out in a series, so that you really have to read the next one to find out more. Some series out there today are pointless and the books don’t flow together. This series flows and I think the way it is written makes it more enticing. ‘Blood Awakening’ is a very unique read and I really loved it. I was captivated by what was happening and yet I am still waiting to see what
Aug 11, 2013 Laura rated it it was ok
Shelves: paranormal
Nicole and Kat, two girls from a small town in Alabama, decide to go to Florida for a well-deserved vacation. However, after a couple of drinks with some guys they met on the beach, Nicole wakes up in a hospital and starts hearing strange voices in her head.

What I look for in a short story (whether it is a prequel, an in-between story, or a stand-alone) is a complete arc. This read more like a prologue. I suppose it is intended to be a teaser for the rest of the series. The pace moved well, and
Phaedra Seabolt
Jan 19, 2014 Phaedra Seabolt rated it really liked it
This is a quick read that leaves a lot of unanswered questions, but there are several books in the series so just plan on having them all ready to be read in order. I would say that this story is just the beginning of one large story divided up onto really small increments. You meet two main female characters, Nicole and Kat. It appears the story is going to be mostly about Nicole. She is dealing with having lost her mom to cancer when they decide to go to Florida for the weekend. While there th ...more
Jun 12, 2014 Cindy rated it it was amazing
Loving these characters and where the book is heading

I think I'm hooked on this series already.
Love the young ladies Nicole and Kat. These girls are young but NOT stupid the way some authors portray female heroines in their books.
Nicole and Kat are just your average everyday 20 somethings from a small town. They are wanting a fun filled girls weekend. But end up with much more than fun.
Nicole meets Nick and they have a spark from the beginning. Only the mysterious man lurking in the shadows has
Kay Glass
Jun 25, 2012 Kay Glass rated it really liked it
I had the pleasure of reading this short story today, and I loved the detail. I found the beginning a bit hard to get into- I didn't care much for how shallow the best friend was, but once the girls arrived at their destination I became hooked. The friend turned attentive (i.e. not minding leaving the hot guys when her friend didn't feel well) and the pace of the story picked up. The love interest was well-developed, not rushed. She doesn't tumble headfirst into bed like some flaky characters do ...more
Aug 28, 2013 Lisa rated it it was ok
Well, I love a good vampire tale as much as the next girl. And I absolutely was tickled that this story was set in Panama City Beach, an area I know and love, as much of my family lives there. I have fond memories of visiting my grandmother and spending time on the beaches there.

Nick struck me as the very full of himself playboy. Why do women always go for the guys that will seem like total jerks? Money is definitely not everything, ladies, believe me.

Something about this story just really bot
Feb 20, 2013 Books rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed-2013
This novella is the perfect introduction to the Nicole Kennan series. In twenty pages I got to know Nicole really well as her ability to read minds was awakened. I still have loads of questions about Nicole’s newfound talent and the dark, mysterious man with the burning eyes, but I’m sure it will be answered in Burden of Blood, which I’m looking forward to reading. I’m also curious to know what’s in store for her and Nick. They make a fantastic couple. I’m super impressed with the author’s writi ...more
May 01, 2013 Maria rated it really liked it
A very nice short read and a promising prequel to a series! Although, I can’t write a lengthy review for a such short story, I needed to write at least a few sentences because I wanted to tell you that it was a very well-written and interesting story that gives us a glimpse from the author’s writing style.

Two girls, Nicole and Kat, want to have a weekend of fun in the big city and at the end one of them finds herself in a very weird situation. I haven’t read the first book from this series yet,
Juana "Darkness" Duran
Nicole is on vacation with her friend. They are going to Panama City, Florida. But what turns out to be a relaxing get away turns into a nightmare. Nicole meets Nick as the friends call the guys that they meet "eye candy". Getting drinks is the least of Nicole's problems. A mysterious man comes to stock her all the way to the beach. After the encounter the mysterious man whispers in her mind "your awakened now I will come back for you" or something like that. And he disapears before anyone can s ...more
Buffy Kennedy
Mar 25, 2016 Buffy Kennedy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"I want more!" This is what Wenona Hulsey leaves you screeching at the end of this one! She manages to include a tight friendship, a budding relationship, intrigue, wonder, and danger all into this tease of a book. I refuse to give away any spoilers, so unfortunately, there isn't much I can divulge given the short length of the book. I will however tell you that this is a great prequel to Burden of Blood and I look forward to seeing what the next book holds. Definitely a story not to be missed!

Doug Brookes
May 04, 2012 Doug Brookes rated it really liked it
This short story serves as a prequel to the author's ongoing Blood Burden series. In that capacity, it was effective. The author got me hooked in a few short pages and I would definitely want to read more both about this character and by this author. Clearly and effectively written, there is great characterization in such a short time span including fun and well written dialogue between the main characters. There is enough information given about the world to make it intriguing and making me wan ...more
Aug 15, 2012 Autumn rated it it was amazing
I won this book in a contest!

This is a short novella perfect for YA to read. And the prequel to Burden of Blood. There was no rush to the story and it flowed greatly together. Nicole and Kat are best friends who are going on a weekend stay in Panama City. While there they meet some guys and have a good time partying.

There is a love romance, friendship, paranormal activities that will get you into the story.

You will definitely want to read this book before you read Burden of Blood so you can get
Oct 27, 2011 Spoiledduchess rated it it was amazing
Blood Awakening by Wenona Hulsey is the short story prequel to Burden of Blood. This is a fun and entertaining short story about 2 best friend and their vacation to Florida. Not only does Nicole meet the smart and handsome Nick, but she discovers she is being watched by a chilling dark stranger. Even in her dreams, she can not get away from this shadowy mystery man. After an unusual encounter Nicole is left with a unique ability. Something has awakened inside of her, but what? I can't wait to re ...more
Jess the Romanceaholic
This was definitely more of a "prologue" than a real "novella", but it does contain not only a nice setup for what sounds like an interesting series, but also has a somewhat complete (albeit very short) stroyline involving Nicole's new powers and a rather scary incident where she saves the day.

I would be very unhappy had I paid for this, but as a free book on Kindle, I wasn't really bothered by the fact that it felt more like a prologue or teaser for the series.

3.5 Stars, and I will definitely
Apr 02, 2013 Ellen rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013-r-c-g
Free read from amazon.
BLOOD AWAKENING is a Nice short story to wet your appetite with, it's approximately 3 short chapters in length, reading time about 15 min. I have to say that as the introduction to Wenona’s Blood Burden series, Blood Awakening is a must read, if only to keep you from wondering about how it all got started.
I enjoyed this appetizer, I went and got Burden of blood to read .
Jul 09, 2012 Alisha rated it liked it
Really short, an introduction to a larger book from what I understand. I still felt as if it could have had a little bit more detail, but maybe it'll make more sense when I read the actual book. Loved all the Panama City references, since that's where I'm from. It's what actually attracted me to reading this short story, since everyone loves to read something set in their hometown. Overall, I guess it did it's job, getting me interested in the larger book.
Dec 29, 2011 Tamara rated it really liked it
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