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Dreaming Awake (Falling Under #2)

3.97  ·  Rating Details  ·  4,564 Ratings  ·  331 Reviews
Haden Black changed Theia Alderson's life when he appeared in her dreams. And to save Haden, Theia sacrificed everything, but the dangerous bargain she made could have lasting repercussions. Now Theia is susceptible to the same deadly hungers that Haden has long struggled with-and their return to Serendipity Falls could test their control. And someone from Haden's past is ...more
Kindle Edition, 336 pages
Published January 3rd 2012 by NAL
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Will post full review soon :)
Jan 09, 2012 Isamlq rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It’s too bad that the main thing I did like in the first book was virtually absent in this one. What one thing? Those nightmare snippets of sisters sewn together, of burning men and the like, well… little of those were in this one.

I’d come into this knowing what I disliked in Theia and Haden, so there were no big surprises from their department. The last one ended with things upside down. Instead of love having conquered all, making someone better than they were, they’d been placed on equal foo
Mar 30, 2012 Kaitlynne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I love the fantasy world Gwen Hayes created: dark, terrifying, haunting, chilling, twisted, creepy and lovely at the same time.
Apr 28, 2011 RainaMarie marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Haden! *sigh*
Nina ♥
Aug 14, 2012 Nina ♥ marked it as on-hold  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who like the Iron Fey series.
Just got the book, woo-hoo! I miss Varnie. :') And Donny!
I couldn't help but sneak a little peek, either. Can you blame me?

“What are you going to do?” Donny wondered.
“Sit here and look pretty,” Varnie answered.
Ame gave him the You’re joking, right? stare. “Varnie’s job is to help keep me centered. He’s a strong psychic, but he’s not really into practicing witchcraft.”
“Or demon summoning, for that matter, but nobody ever listens to me about that,” he interjected.
“The last one worked just fine,” A
Kim Smiley
This book was ok, not great but readable. My initial problem was that I read the first book in the series so long ago it was really hard to remember how it had left off, even after reading my rating/summary.

This book had a lot going on in it, but it really didn't get good until about half way through. Theia now had demon blood in her and she's trying to figure things out with herself and Haden. Her friends Donny and Amelia are still around, as well as Varnie and Gabe.

Basically, Theia doesn't kno
Beautiful book. Didn't care much for the first half (too slow and 'bumpy'), but the second half more than made up for it. Would have liked for a few things to be tied up e.g. Mara, but nonetheless, I loved how the book finished off, especially the last paragraph ;)
I'm done, I'm so done.

The story, the concept and the writing shows certain degree of promise, but I'm aloof to all of the characters and the painfully stupid romance between a 170 years old dude and a teenage girl.
Mary (BookHounds)

*** possible slight spoilers***

Theia is miraculously recalled from Under by her besties, Ame, Donny, Gabe and Miss Varney. Varney is a psychic and plays a larger roll in this installment. He helps bring her back tthrough the efforts of Ame's newly discovered spell casting talents. Back in Serendipity Falls, Theia tries to resume her teen life, but finds her remote father even more distracted and she finds that the deal she made with Haden's mother may have even deeper repercus
Mhe. MHE. Just a big fail. For several reasons. 1 stars for mentioning Renesmee, another star for Theia to notice that she's stupid and do the Edward. (This is another letter to my future self, something a few bloggers and I started because we were marathoning HIMYM and thinking, "Hey, we need things like that??" And yeah, I regret everything. ;))

* * *

Dear Patricia,

you have started this book in January, but then noticed that you just couldn't keep reading it. Then in February you've picked it up
Jeanna-Has Probably Read It!
It was good not great but still a good book. I liked it. I like Hayden the best. Just can't say that I was thrilled. But it was still a good read.
Jul 17, 2012 Doreen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jan 10, 2012 Glass rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First, I have to say that Dreaming Awake is much better than Falling Under. I'm a big fan of dark, scary, twisted tales and this book is most definitely one of those. It would be a good anime. I kept imagining Haden as Kaname Kuran from Vampire Knight.
Katelyn Strickland
YES YES YES! I can't freaking wait for this book to come out!!! :)
Feb 21, 2016 Suneha marked it as did-not-finish  ·  review of another edition
DNF at 40 pages

I read Falling Under a really long time ago and I barely remember it. I was planning on re-reading that book before starting this one but then I thought "Life's too short and there are waaaay too many books to waste my time re-reading old ones."

So I just dove into this book without remembering most of the things that had happened in the previous book. I did expect some difficulty at first. I mean, I thought I would have trouble remembering the side characters and things like that
Kristi-The Book Faery

Dreaming Awake by Gwen Hayes was absolutely fantastic, I was waiting for this sequel to Falling Under and when I was allowed to view the ARC I was beside myself with joy! Gwen Hayes has a true talent for grabbing the reader and taking them on a marvelous ride of ‘mythological’ proportions.

I don’t want to re-hash the book but discuss more of the changes that occur since the first book, Falling Under. First thing: THEIA! She has really grown into a strong self-reliant heroine, her
Jan 08, 2012 ♥Rachel♥ rated it really liked it
*Don't read this if you haven't read Falling Under. It would spoil some plot lines.*

This picks up right after Falling Under. Haden has rescued Theia from Under. They're home trying to go back to a somewhat normal life. This is a little hard now that Theia has Mara demon blood mixed in with her own. She now possess' demon qualities and cravings that she's finding hard to fight. Also, both Haden and Theia know that just because they escaped Under doesn't mean that Mara has forgotten them. They kno
Sep 21, 2012 Jennavier rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow, this sequel really took me by storm! In the first book Theia meets Hayden, prince of Under. Since that's the land of nightmares, her life gets interesting fast. She's inexplicably drawn to him both in dreams and in reality. Despite early missteps they manage to fall in love. (Please don't tell me you think that's a spoiler or I may smack you). In the process both of them have changed, for the better and for the worse.
Now they're dealing with those for the worse parts and they are a doozy. T
Feb 20, 2012 Tamara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This has not been a good year for sequels. Some of my least favorite reads this year were follow ups to books I loved. For various reasons, the magic had been snuffed out, and I unfortunately have to add DREAMING AWAKE to that list. DREAMING AWAKE is all the more disappointing when compared to the dark and delightful FALLING UNDER. There were only two chapters in this entire book that I liked, two of the three chapters not written from the protagonist’s
Jan 09, 2012 Aydrea rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: recommended
OMG so awesome!!!! Seriously this book was crazy, there were so many twists and turns that you never knew what to expect. Mara is one seriously crazy and creepy demon and she definitely took things to the extreme. I was so into this book I stayed up late even though I had to go to work. I am trying not to say too much, but the alternate universe thing was insane and I felt so bad for everybody. The ending was full of action and some heartbreak. Oh gosh I don't know what else I can say other than ...more
Mello ❣ Illium ✮Harry✮ ☀Myrnin☀ Torin Ichimaru
If this is the end of this series, I say that it makes for a good one. I ended up enjoying it more than I had expected, despite how much the character frustrated me in the first half of the book. I guess it was a lot like how they acted in the first book. The second half was much better. It seems to be the end of the series. I hope so. It ended on a good spot, even if it leaves some questions. I didn't feel like those questions had to be answered in some sort of absolute. It's an HEA (or as much ...more
Jun 12, 2012 Liviania rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Last year, I knew nothing about FALLING UNDER when I read it. I'd never heard of Gwen Hayes. I hadn't requested it for review; it just showed up on my porch one day. But I loved it. I enjoyed heroine Theia Anderson's proactivity, the strong female friendships, and the swoony romance.

When DREAMING AWAKE, like FALLING UNDER, showed up randomly on my porch one day, I was surprised. I didn't think FALLING UNDER needed a sequel. Theia and Haden had saved each other. End of story. But as I read, DREAM
Mar 27, 2012 Teresa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed it! It was strangely addicting and enthralling. For a first novel that disappointed me, I really liked the sequel. Dreaming Awake was, hands down, better than its previous, Falling Under. I wasn't very much impressed with Falling Under, because I felt it was the same story so common in YA fiction. Nothing I haven't seen before. I didn't like Theia or Haden in the first book, but I loved Amelia, Gabe, Varnie, and Donny (especially Donny!!). They were enough to make me have some s ...more
Petra Sýkorová
Páni! Já prostě ani nevím, co na to všechno pořádně říct. Ani nevím, jestli jsem se nějak výrazně na tohle pokračování těšila anebo spíš ne. První díl byl hodně dobrý, ale skončil tak všelijak, že klidně nemusel mít pokračování, přitom mohl. Chápete, co tím blábolením vůbec myslím?

Theia se dostala ze světa nočních můr a teď by se měla opět zapojit do života, jaký vedla dříve. Jenže to dost dobře není možné, protože nic nemůže být takové, jaké bývalo. Haden i Theia moc dobře ví, že je Mara nenech
L.B. Silva
"it was ok"
Exactamente. Gran error fue de mi parte leerlo, y por parte de Hayes crearlo. Falling Under era un libro perfecto, con una vuelta de tuerca increíble, perfecto, personajes divertidos, y un final de los que me gustan (que no dicen nada de más). Pero llega Dreaming Awake con mucho que desear. De por si no hay conflicto mas que el 'hambre' de Theia, su relación, el no-podemos-hacerlo-jamas y muchas cosas que dejan que desear. Una Mara poco mala, aunque me sorprendió cuando hizo su aparic
Dec 04, 2011 Susan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Dreaming Awake is a powerfully written, emotionally gripping story that hooks you and keeps you there as the rest of the story unfolds. It's beautifully written, almost lyrical in a sense, and the imagery is quite powerful and heartwrenching. This is the second installment in this gripping trilogy, filled with romance, betrayal, friendship, and heartache. The pace picks up a great deal and there is quite a bit of action, the character's are amazingly written and utilized in the best possible w
Princess Bookie
Dec 31, 2011 Princess Bookie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read2011
My Thoughts: We are back with the crew from Falling Under. Theia and her friends, her really strict father, and of course Haden. Lovely, demonic, charming Haden.

In this book, Theia is trying to be normal again and deal with her non-humanly urges. She craves something she can never get. She knows she must be strong and overcome it. Theia is also trying to figure out how to be with Haden and have an uncomplicated relationship. This does not go over too well, since she has to be careful with him an
Nov 16, 2011 Jessica rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I don't think I have ever said this before (I could be wrong but don't think so) but I totally loved this book more than the first one! I really enjoyed Falling Under but this one was amazing!

Theia has been recalled by her friends and is back in her world. All of Theia's friends are back and are helping her keep her demon side in check while also trying to fight Mara, the Mare Demon. Haden is back as well and while Theia and Haden's relationship is heating up, he is keeping a secret from Theia.
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Gwen Hayes (that’s me) lives in the Pacific Northwest with her real life hero and a pack of wild beasts (two of whom she gave birth to).

She is a reader, writer, and lover of pop culture (which, other than yogurt, is the only culture she gets).

Gwen is represented by Jessica Sinsheimer of the Sarah Jane Freymann Agency and her first Young Adult Paranormal novel, FALLING UNDER, will be released by
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