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(Patronus #1)

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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 conf
Kindle Edition, 206 pages
Published January 27th 2012 (first published January 20th 2012)
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Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
Awaken is one of those books that quietly sneaks up on you and you have no idea what has happened. I want to give a HUGE thank you to AToMR Blog Tours for touring this book and allowing me to be a part of it. If not for them I would have never heard of this book and that is such a tragedy because this book is a MUST READ for the Paranormal Genre.

In Awaken we meet Lucy Donovan. She is in her senior year of college and is excited to be graduating and moving on in the real world. That is until she
Mandy (I Read Indie) Anderson
Lucy is headed out for a weekend of sun, sand and surf before she graduates college. But not long into the trip a drunk driver ends her life in a horrific car crash. Weird thing is she wakes up. But what she wakes up to is not her old life, but a new one. She is now a Patronus and its now her job to help guard spirits until they are to go to their final destination.

Lucy learns that someone she was very close to will soon need guarding. So with the help of her new family; Cassie, Max, James and
Megan Bowler
May 06, 2016 rated it did not like it
Maybe I'm too old for this book

I generally like fiction meant for young adults. But this book was not one of them. There were a few typos/grammatical errors which were minor, but bugged me. And the writing wasn't the best. Things that bothered me about the book include: There were too many references to name brands and pop culture. The world they lived on wasn't believable to me and neither were the characters. Plus the main character was frustratingly stupid with her choices.

It didn't make sen
Shelly Crane
Aug 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: best-books
Loved this book!

Loved the characters and the world she created. Very unique and different. I was intrigued the entire time and never had a dull moment.

I do hope that Max and Lucy can have some together time in the next book. Especially after that ending! Can't wait for them to explore that. Max's protectiveness was awesome.
Wanda Hartzenberg
Feb 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Book Review of Awaken (The Patronus: Book One) by Sarah M. Ross

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 r...ole and abilities while negotiating this confusing realm will test her limits and push her further than
Mar 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Lucy Donovan is a college student out for a fun weekend with friends to celebrate her graduation right around the corner. A celebration that never came thanks to a drunk driver. She was happy and excited one minute and the next, waking up only to find out she was actually dead and that she had a whole new destiny ahead of her! One more important the she could ever imagine possible!
When Lucy wakes up from her life and into another realm she learns that she has been chosen to be something bigger t
Heather Alexander
Dec 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
When Lucy dies and wakes up to find out she is now a Patronus, destined to protect the souls of the dead from vampires, werewolves and fae, she is a bit apprehensive. She warms up to the idea fairly quickly once she meets Max, with whom she has an instant attraction to, and the feeling seems to be mutual. She trains hard, and is determined, stubborn, hardworking and sometimes rash, but a fantastic female character. This book isn't like anything you have read before, it will make you laugh, cry, ...more
H.K. Savage
May 24, 2012 rated it liked it
This book is hard for me to rate, I'd like to start that way. The premise is great, the author's imagination lovely, and the afterlife of course is fascinating. The first half of the book had me. Lucy is a bit immature but dying and being thrust into another realm can cause even the best of us to devolve but by the time we get into what is to become her first mission I was grimacing in parts. The way the other Patronus (spirit guides to some) take her juvenile tantrums is unbelievable. I won't s ...more
Mar 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Wow...I can honestly say that this debut book by Sarah M. Ross caught me completely by surprise! I was a hesitant buyer and reader...but wanted to give this author a chance to show me a different view of the paranormal genre. The "Patronus" aspect really gave me pause, because all I could think of was Harry Potter knock-off.

Well-this author presented a surprisingly new outlook to paranormal books and hooked me right in! The characters, the various realms between the living and the dead and the
Jennifer Zuna
Feb 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The story in this book was absolutely amazing. There's not a person that doesn't wonder about what happens when we die. This story gives yet another perspective on that question. It mixes up some of our long held beliefs about mythical creatures also. The story of Lucy and what happens when a drunk driver takes her life is one of the best I've read in a long time. I laughed and even cried at several points in the book. I would absolutely recommend this book and I can not wait for the second book ...more
Michelle Leah Olson
Holy cow!
I settled in for this book after setting up an Author Event with Sarah & figured it'd be a normal 'review' book. I didn't expect to give up sleep to finish it, & immediately download books 2 & 2.5 so I could keep going.
Awaken was unique, fast paced, action packed, intriguing & full of heart. I was very pleasantly surprised and can't wait to read more!
-Full review to come
Jen R aka CraftyMom Jen
Mar 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
One of the best books I have read in awhile. I received a ebook copy to review and I couldn't put my nook down. Great characters and the plot was genius. The ending was fantastic...I can't wait for the next book.
Marissa Rogers
Sep 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
What a great story! I love the idea of our souls being transported and having a guide, then to them being protected until a decision is made. Plus add in some supernatural beings and a love story of true soulmates! Can't wait for Avenge!
Apr 21, 2018 rated it it was ok
I was completely sucked in by this book. It's well written and engaging. Unfortunately, the end (which leads into book 2) wasn't my cup of tea. Others may enjoy it though depending on their tastes.
Miranda Wheeler
Jan 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing

Most people picture their death as a sudden nothingness, an arrival at a second Eden, floating through space, haunting the earth, or even roaming King’s Cross Station with Dumbledore like in the final Harry Potter installment.

No one predicts awakening in a hospital room, having been brought back from the dead to increase eligibility to be inducted into an afterlife warrior-training program for soul protectors called the Patronus- all the while entering a complex system of protectors within a th
Oct 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is a great book! Lucy is a girl on her way for a weekend away with her best friend to celebrate their upcoming graduation from college. Her last memory is of being in the car singing and thinking about her life and the next thing she knows she opens her eyes and has no idea where she is or what happened. She looks around and sees a small group of people in the room that she does not recognize. She questions who they are and where she is and they introduce themselves (they are Max, Cassie, A ...more
Mar 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Awaken by Sarah M. Ross is a fast paced book that begins off strong. From there, it only gets better. Lucy Donovan is a head strong female character. She is stubborn and determined to succeed. That is probably my favorite thing about her.

It's hard to determine the most appropriate way to describe this book. One thing I can say is that it is a fresh take on vampires, guardians, ghost, and angels among other paranormal beings. Because the Patronus are unlike any other type of fantastical being tha
YA Novelties
Oct 28, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed
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If there is something about this book that struck out at me the most, it would probably be its similarity to Croak by Gina Damico. Many of the details of the world build in Awaken are either identical or very similar to the hilariously snarky Croak. Although I love Croak with a burning passion and can't dream of a single book about reapers comparing to its gory grim reaper glory, Awaken has its own quirks and charm that made it a fun read.

Awaken begins right off
Oct 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle, blog-tour
In Awaken you’re thrown straight in to things when the main character, Lucy dies on the first page! It’s quite an introduction to the story!

I loved Awaken. For me it was one of those books that I just wanted to keep reading because I was just so engrossed in reading about Lucy and her new (after)-life. There was always something happening, a lot of action, and I just didn’t want to be left hanging to find out what

What I liked is that the author really took her time to set up the story. We got lo
Lynn Worton
Feb 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Lucy Donovan is on her way to celebrate her upcoming graduation from college, when a horrific accident with a drunk driver ends her mortal life.
She wakes up in a strange place to find out that she has a new destiny: to become a Patronus (a guardian of spirits). Trying to adjust to her new environment, Lucy will find herself going up against spirits who don't want her help, vampires wanting to steal the souls she and others are guarding and even a stuck-up British royal.
To further complicate matt
Kimberly Schaaf
Oct 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed-2012
So for a number of reasons, this book just kept on getting pushed back on the list. I had the pleasure of meeting Ms. Ross this past weekend at a local book signing event. She was super nice and signed a book for me. I felt like after such a really cool meeting, I owed it to myself to read this first book in the Patronus series.

Let me start by saying that this book has one of the STRONGEST female characters I have ever seen. Lucy is so determined, so strong, so everything!! I admire how she was
Oct 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
This book was definitely unique. the plot is something i haven't ever heard before. If you think this is going to be centered on angels and heaven you are mistaken. this book is about the patronus, the guides for souls. they make sure everything runs smoothly so that the souls can get to heaven without interference from werewolves, vampires or fae. the main bad guys in this story are the vampires, they collect souls to stay alive.
When our main character, Lucy, wakes up from a car crash she meet
Valerie Mcqueen
Oct 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Lucy was on her last vacation from college life when a drunk driver took all of that away. Lucy awakened as part of the Patronus world. A group of strong souls that have earned the right to go fight for souls and protect them from other things that lurk in the shadows.
Training is grueling to prepare for her assignments. Luckily she has been taken in by some great friends and one super dreamy hunk named Max. Only thing is the closed age gets to Max , the more she feels him pulling away.......and
Paranormal Reads
Jan 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Wow what an absolutely amazing debut book. I totally fell in love with the original plot and remarkable characters. Characters that will have you laughing, cheering them on and crying for them. Yes this is a surprisingly awesome book that made me feel I was right along side these people as they battle supernatural beings, fall in love and have heart wrenching moments. Also look for some amazing side characters to pop in that leave you in shock over who they are. I only had one problem with this ...more
Apr 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
I loved this story!!! This story is about a girl named Lucy, one minute shes singing happily with her friend on a trip to the beach and the next she is waking up in a room with people she has never met. They tell her she died and is one a rare few to be chosen as a patronus, a soul guide. Not believeing them at first but determined not to freak out she humors them and quickly learns they are telling the truth. From there her and a member of her team named Max's story spiral into complete chaos. ...more
Jackie -Sated Faery
Jul 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: other-paranormal
Oh man, this was so good! I actually finished it a few days ago but I had to get started immediately on book 2 so the review has been delayed a bit! Seriously, I would've been screaming and throwing things if I would not have had book 2 (Avenge) ready to go immediately upon finishing this! It was definitely one of those books that drag you into their world completely and you don't even wanna stop reading! The Patroni are very unique and I loved Lucy and her team immediately! And there are so man ...more
L.P. Dover
Jun 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book was awesome!!!! The story line takes a different twist on things than the norm. You've got vampires(which are the bad ones and not the hot sparkly ones) and you've got the Patronus which are the protectors(kind of like the guardian angels without wings). I love how Lucy is strong and tries to get through all of her hard training with the help of her friends in her group. Her relationship with Max has a much deeper meaning that you find out at the end of the book. I can't wait to read t ...more
Jennifer Treviño
Oct 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book! It was not what I expected & that I'm thankful for! Many times along the way I found myself smiling, giggling, & yep I even cried once. Sarah Ross offered a great spin on the normal afterlife ideas that I found refreshing, amusing, & action packed!! And ... even though I'm normally rooting for the vamps I was Team Lucy all the way for this trip! ;•} I'm eager to see what's to come for this awesome Patronus team!!! Avenge will no doubt be equally as great as Awaken! =) ...more
May 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Cannot wait till AVENGE comes out!!
Page45 The Twilight Ref. was funny and Page53 "Asshat" was silly hilarious.
Using Amelia Earhart and Queen Elizabeth was genius. Page124 Triple Shield was awesome.
Page 170 made me cry.
The ending of the book was just so unique. What a twist and imagination!! I can't wait for the next book!!
Why is Marco after her?? Can't wait to find out if there was a set up involved if so who was the leak??
Adam and Eve Amazing!!!
I really loved the book
Amanda Nissen
Apr 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Amanda by: Pixels of Ink
Started reading it and could not put it down. One of the best books I have gotten free from Kindle in a LONG time. I am SOOO sad I have to wait for the next book...that is why I like to read books that have been out a while...I have no patience! lol

The book was interesting, a new take on a lot of standards in the fantasy group and a well done book.

I am HOOKED! Great book.

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Sarah started her obsession with reading at an early age, often sneaking BabySitter Club and Nancy Drew books into math class. She would read any book she could get her hands on. Her love of reading quickly evolved into a love of writing and stories began to pour out of her.

She grew up in Pittsburgh, graduated from The University of Pittsburgh with a degree in English, and taught eighth graders t

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