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Wide Awake (Academy of the Fallen #1)

3.51 of 5 stars 3.51  ·  rating details  ·  637 ratings  ·  70 reviews
Kayla is a 16-year-old girl who was adopted when she was little. She lives a normal life, with great friends, loving adoptive parents, and well... a not-so-great boyfriend. But the reason why she was given up for adoption was far from any usual reason. She was meant to be kept away from the Academy and anything else related to the supernatural beings that could hurt her.

Paperback, 280 pages
Published June 13th 2011 by Rocket Science Productions LLC (first published May 25th 2011)
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I started reading this book about 4 hours ago and believe it or not i just finished it.. in only one day!

The story is simple Kayla is a 16 years old adobted teenager with a normal school life three BFFs Jess,Emily and Ashley who are not really her best friends and a boyfriend called Justin (who is a total jerk if you ask me) But things are going to be a bit tricky since our lovely Kayla started to see a bizzard girl which is happens to be a ghost... And at the same time that Kayla trying to foun...more
Donna {Book Passion for Life}
When I finally did stop crying, he slowly pulled me away, and I’m not even sure what led us to this but he got even closer, his lips had barely touched mine. “I shouldn’t,” he said under his breath. I didn’t care. He made no effort to move… our lips still barely touching; I leaned closer and kissed him.

Before I start this review, I just want to say WOW, isn’t that cover lovely? This is what initially attracted me to the book. I love the cover! And as you all know, a great cover doesn’t make a g...more
Michaela Schoonover

This book frustrated me. A lot. I felt like the whole idea behind it was good. I love books about fallen angels and all that, but the terrible writing in this book kept me from enjoying it like I should have. The language felt stiff and not at all natural and I had to force myself to keep reading instead of stopping out of frustration. I'm interested in what will happen with Kayla and Hunter in the next book, but I don't know if I can handle Lanzarotta's writing for a whole other book. S...more
Decent premise but poor execution. The language was stilted, not conforming to general slang or speech. Very irritating.
Before I begin my review I think it is important to mention that at the time of writing this book has a 4.5 rating on Amazon and 3.61 on Goodreads and most of the reviewers seem to have loved it. Unfortunately, I feel like I was reading a different book.

I tried my hardest to like the main character, Kayla, but for me she came across as a spoilt rich kid. If her being a spoilt rich kid was important to the plot in some way then maybe I could understand, but it wasn’t and all it did was make her u...more
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Wide Awake (Academy of the Fallen Series) by Daniele Lanzarotta is a gripping story that is compellingly magnetic from the first page to the last. I had a difficult time stepping away from this original entrancing story and its great set of unforgettable characters.

The supernatural world that Lanzarotta created was truly immense even though the book is just at 280 pages. Even in such a short book, it contained a lot of details, surprises, adventures, and many emotions that you feel satisfied aft...more
2.5 stars
(Source: Downloaded for free from Amazon.co.uk.)
16-year-old Kayla doesn’t know what’s going on when she suddenly sees a girl that no-one else can see. When someone warns her away from a boy at school she has to decide who to trust though.
Why can Kayla see this girl that no-one else can see? And who should she trust?

This book wasn’t bad, but I had issues with the believability of the plot, confusing plotlines, and plot holes.

Kayla was an okay character, but she did come across as a littl...more
Wide Awake was a wonderful book... I love the way the friendship between Hunter and Kayla builds though the entire book. All the twist and turns as she navigate through all the changes in her life kept me glued to the book. I completed the book in 3 hours... I think it might be a record for me. I could not put it down and could not wait to see what was going to happen on the next page.

I am looking forward to completing the trilogy!

I also wanted to give a shout out to Narrator of the book, Sarah...more

This is the first book I have read by this author and it won’t be my last. I read this book in one sitting. I could not put it down. Kayla is your ordinary 16 year old girl until one day she sees a little crying while on a school field trip and later in her house. She soon realizes that what she is seeing is a ghost. Kayla’s world is turned upside down not only can she see ghosts but demons also. Hunter says he can help Kayla with them but she needs to trust him. Hunter knows about Kayla’s past...more
J.J. Lair
Aug 28, 2014 J.J. Lair rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: my wife
I was surprised how easily I read this book. The dialogue was short and normal sounding. The story was gripping right away. The first 50% of the book had spirits and weird surroundings and we don’t know why Kayla sees these beings. It never came across as horror, but it stayed suspenseful and evolving. Who is Carolyn? Why is she here?
Then we get into Hunter and Kayla’s birth family and the story changes into a goth spirit story. Kayla has to save unborn children before they are used by an evil s...more
Right from the start, i knew i wouldn't get along with Wide Awake.
The main character annoyed me instantly, and she didn't get any better throughout the book.

I found the writing to be quiet robotic. Through most of the book, instead of "You're right" it would be "You are right", Instead of "it's not like that" it would be "It is not like that" (ect.)
While it's not really a big issue, i found it to be annoying.

The story itself was dull, and while the title is "Wide awake", i certainly wasn't.

Crystal Trent Dotson
The first page will pull you in and keep you reading.
Kayla is a teen who sees a teenage girl named Carolyn, which is a ghost. Kayla soon realises that she can see, talk to and command ghosts. Just when she thinks she's losin it, Hunter a dark and mysterious teen at her school steps up and lets her know it will be ok, and he sees them also.
While trying to understand this new activity in her life, her and Hunter are also trying to find out why a demon is after her.

I really enjoyed this book. The...more
Another freebie download that surprised me! A nice easy read that had me going straight onto my kindle app to download the next installment as soon as I had finished it! I like the way that you learn about these 'beings' powers etc as the main character does! def worth a read!
First off, I want to say that I found the Kindle book of this for free in the Kindle store. I never spend a penny on this. Just to be clear.

The story starts off quite alright. Kayla is a typical American teenager; at least, a typical stereotype American teenager. Either way, she is a teen.
She is adopted, something that is made very clear throughout the book. She seems to have the perfect life with perfect parents and perfect friends and a perfect boyfri... Okay, a boyfriend who is an annoying as...more
LovesAllThingsBooks Book Reviews
This book totally rocked my world. The story was packed with action and some romance, a perfect YA read!

Kayla is a 16 year old living happily with her adoptive parents. Soon things get a little crazy when she starts seeing and talking to people that aren't really there. Just when she thinks that she may be losing it, Hunter confirms that she isn't crazy. He helps her to understand and use her abilities to talk to ghosts. Together they work on figuring out why a demon is after her.
Brenda Lochinger
It was a great book. Has the same feel as all of Daniele's other books but with a new twist. Really love the Hunter character and can't wait to see what happens to Kayla.
It was a really good book. It kept me on the edge of my set and I never wanted to put it down. Second book should be good as the first!!!
Short read and slightly different for a series about fallen angels, but i enjoyed it!
* Booksessed * Bec
Really enjoyed it, cant wait to read more about hunter and kayla
I flew through this book within the span of several hours and was surprised at how much I liked it. I like YA but it is not my usual read and so finding something that pulled me in so completely is a testament to how good it is. The characters so well defined that I couldn't help but be drawn to them, even the side characters had a definite feel that gave you insight into them and what could be expected from them. Based on the ages of the characters the dialogue was spot on for they talk to each...more
Pam Steinke
Kayla is 16 and was adopted as a very young child by a loving couple who basically give her everything! She tends to be a little spoiled and a bit snotty! But that changes when suddenly she is seeing this little girl just about everywhere she goes. It takes Kayla a while to realize that the girl is a ghost. When she makes that realization she also discovers there is a “guy” in her math class that is just bugging the heck out of her…only she can see him too…or so it seems. Turns out Hunter, a kid...more
Lalaine *myficbookreviews*
My life had been pretty normal
until that point.

So.. school field trip! Who would have thought
that would mess up my so-called normal life?

OMG. I never thought this novel would be so good. Since there's not so many good angels/Fallen angels stories out there, I was wary to read this but the author did an excellent job keeping me enthralled with the storyline the whole time. Dark, cute, alluring and a quick, nice read.

It's hard to tell you the summary of this book without telling you the whole...more
Merve  Özcan
This story started very beautiful but along the way toward the end, something got wrong and it is not that beautiful anymore.Hunter's saying in the final scene" because i love you" is the most artificial thing i can think of right now.it feels like in this scene there is no place for them to have this feelings. And our main character, She is so inmature she takes one step to Hunter and Then she comes back to other guy. Her character chanced along the way and just because she discovered her powe...more
I've been in a bit of a book rut for some time now ... and I've been mostly reading books that actually require my attention and force me to think. They take a bit more time to finish. So I picked this book up because I needed a bit of a break.
At first, I liked it a lot. It was intriguing, it pulled me in and I wanted to keep on reading. It was easy, it didn't require much thought. It was like watching a movie. But when I got to the middle it started getting worse and worse and in the end, I ha...more
Masquerade Crew


I had high hopes for Wide Awake. The cover art was professional and the book blurb was intriguing. A main character that was adopted and would have some dealings with other worldly beings promised to be fast paced and engrossing. Regrettably, it did not take long for my hopes to be dashed. Several things kept me from enjoying this novel. First, the author’s vocabulary was simplistic (in the opening paragraphs the adjectives used to describe the main character's boyfriend an...more
Wide Awake was pretty vague. The writing or language setting was uncomfortable, i didn't like it, it was irritating. It was also hard to keep on reading and it also seems that the author had rushed it. I love books about Fallen Angels but this book was quite disappointment with the language. When i first saw this book, i was really excited about it. But when i started reading it, it didn't get my attention with Lanzarotta's writing. Her writing were too simple and plain.

The plot is great, i lov...more
Brandi Salazar
This is one of those stories that I had a lot of hopes for, and it just didn't deliver to my expectations. The story started off good, and the characters were well-developed. I hated her boyfriend from the second he pulled her aside at the museum, and I loved Kayla what she jumped to cut him off at the pass. The girl has guts. Only, when she starts being followed by "ghosts," not so much.

The whole story started off with this creepy vibe, and the fact that Kayla is haunted really made me want to...more
Mar 08, 2012 Miriam rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: readers of Graceling by Kristin Cashore
I got drawn into the story right away from the beginning. We get to know Kayla, a young girl who breaks up with her boyfriend in the first chapter of Wide Awake, just because she feels he is going to break up with her anyway. That's the way Kayla handles things: She hurts others before they can hurt them. Indeed even her friends aren't really close to her, which is not surprising as soon you find out, that Jessica and Emily are the worst tattletales ever who would do anything for a great story a...more
I didn't hate this book--I just didn't like it.
First of all, was I really supposed to like Kayla? Because there was nothing about her to like. She was spoiled, shallow, selfish, two-faced, and wasn't aware of how to use her brain.
This book read as very immature. So many exclamation points where there really didn't need to be any.
The characters had no depth. Only Kayla really had any character development, and what she did have was inadequate. A lot of what she did or did not do was without any...more
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Daniele Lanzarotta is the author of YA and NA paranormal/Fantasy novels, including the Imprinted Souls Series, Mermaid's Curse, and Academy of the Fallen.

She enjoys reading and writing young adult novels with just about any sort of paranormal or supernatural bent…vampires… ghosts… She also enjoys watching hockey, playing rock band, guitar hero and spending time with the family.

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Imprinted Souls (Imprinted Souls, #1) Nephilim (Academy of the Fallen, #2) Bloodlust (Imprinted Souls, #2) Divine Ashes (Imprinted Souls, #3) Insatiable (A Mermaid's Curse, #1)

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