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Dark Child (the Awakening): The Omnibus Edition

(Dark Child #1)

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  231 ratings  ·  66 reviews
Perfect for fans of The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare, this intriguing urban fantasy follows the story of Kat Chanter, who discovers that the world she knows is controlled by ancient creatures who feed on blood. And she might just be one of them ...

Lately things have been getting weird for pathology technician Kat Chanter. She's been craving raw meat, and ha
Kindle Edition, Omnibus Edition, 432 pages
Published June 1st 2013 by Momentum
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Yzabel Ginsberg
(I got a copy of this book through NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.)

In the beginning, I found the story interesting... Then I lost interest pretty quickly, and struggled to finish it.

The premise was what drew me to it; while the whole vampire/shapeshifter thing is nothing new in urban fantasy, the mythology behind those here was pleasant to discover, though a bit heavy sometimes in terms of information dumping. I also liked Kat at first, as she took matters in hands, analysed her own
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Dark Child was originally released in serial form which is what stopped me reading it from the start as I was worried that if I actually found myself enjoying it that I wouldn't want to wait to read the next installment.

I was right to be hesitant...

When I was asked by Momentum if I would be interested in reviewing Dark Child, and it being a book that
Wai Chim
Jun 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A fantastic read full of deep twists and turns and lovely emotional hooks. I read the 5 episodes in the serialised approach and was totally hooked. I can't wait to rediscover the story as one fluid work - and to read about what comes NEXT!
Amber at Fall Into Books
Dark Child: The Omnibus Edition is a collection of the four small installments that make up this series. While the concept is unique and intriguing, and the pacing is pretty spot on, this novel lacks in character and relationship development. Also, the writing is lackluster at best, and the plot is scattered and illogical at times. I didn't have the highest hopes for this book, but I thought it would be better than it was.

The character development was non-existent, as was the relationship growt
Many thanks to Pan Macmillan/Momentum for the galley copy (via NetGalley). Quotes are from an advanced review copy and are subject to change before publication.

A pathologist named Kat Chanter discovers something unusual about her blood. She also has been experiencing abnormally rapid healing, cravings for raw meat, and odd dreams of a caged woman. Little does she know that she is part of something greater and that her destiny plays a key role in an impending battle between supernatural beings.

May 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
I'm waiting for more !!


Oh my... I want to know what's going to happen next between Alek and Kat!
Please tell me they're gonna figure things out and fix it.
Leaving us like that is cruel. CRUEL. (There isn't a cliffhanger but still!)


I still can't believe how badly they ended their "relationship" ( it felt like a punch in the gut ) even if they weren't really involved. But when you forgot about Alek's (lonnnng) past with the female gender and concentrate about how they are when they're together, yo
Emma Adams
Dark Child (omnibus edition) contains the first five instalments of this serialised novel, and I’d like to thank Netgalley and Pan Macmillan for giving me an e-copy to review.

Kat is a pathology technician, bored by her unchallenging position – but her life takes a strange turn when she discovers something odd about her blood when running a test on it. She’s always been a bit ‘different’ – a quick healer, able to run at impossible speeds, and has startlingly vivid dreams. At her best friend’s ins
Jun 15, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I received this book as a free trial on the basis of reviewing it after I read it. Dark Child is a supernatural novel about a young woman named Kat and her foray into a world of secret organisations and beasties. I enjoyed reading this book, and while not a completely new take on the vampire/werewolf/shapeshifter genre, I liked that it didn't dwell too much on trying to explain exactly what they were and how they survived on a daily basis. At the start of the book I really liked Kat and was fair ...more
Annemarien Faraminan
I enjoyed this book very much …. But! I do have a few improvement complains.
Let me start by what I thought was great: I love how the story had a fresh view that has not been seen too often and moved at a fast pace. I also love how she tied the existent supernatural world with Kat current world. I also enjoy how even though it was not extremely in your face all the time, but it did have a romance story line. (I love that it did not go more in-depth since it was not the right time in her life for
Jul 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I obtained a copy of this via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.Actually that is not difficult to write as I thoroughly enjoyed this paranormal tale! The central character knows nothing about her father and her heritage which leads her to become the centre of a mystery involving one group trying to capture her whilst others try to protect her. If you like stories involving vampires, shape shifters, magic and lots more, you'll love this well written tale! Highly recommended - hope I get ...more
Sep 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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Nay Denise
Sep 23, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Received a review copy via NetGalley.

Where do I begin with this book. I'm giving this a 3.5 star rating because I couldn't truly give it a 4 but it wasn't too bad for me to give it a 3. This is a book that I could say I liked reading because it had a silently different take on vampires and hybrids. The writing was pretty smooth and easy to follow. However, I did find that this dragged in certain parts for me. The first few chapters killed me because of how slow it got, but things did eventually
Jul 23, 2014 rated it liked it
Since I started the sequel to this book before realising my mistake, I began The Awakening with a rough idea of what happens. But this book didn't turn to be like what I'd imagined. Kat is more a passive character than I'd hoped and the plotting is weaker than expected.

We meet Kat as she notices she's becoming hungry more often and feels weaker than usual. She doesn't really think there's anything wrong with her: after all, she's never been sick before and has no reason to suspect she's in anyth
Jul 10, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Overall I enjoyed this book and I like to read the next one.
The world building was pretty good; I got the sense that this world had more depth than we were seeing and had existed for thousands of years, which is always better than the writer clearly making things up as they go along.
Over all it's about a 24-year-old pathology technician Kat thinks she’s maybe anemic when she faints at work, but when she looks more closely at a sample of her own blood, she realizes that there’s something more tha
Jul 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Overall I enjoyed this book and I like to read the next one. The world building was pretty good; I got the sense that this world had more depth than we were seeing and had existed for thousands of years, which is always better than the writer clearly making things up as they go along. Over all it's about a 24-year-old pathology technician Kat thinks she’s maybe anemic when she faints at work, but when she looks more closely at a sample of her own blood, she realizes that there’s something more t ...more
Bobo :)
I'm not exactly sure how I feel about this book. I didn't love it, but I didn't exactly hate it either. There where definitely parts I found annoying especially at the beginning which is why I took so long to read this.

We start off with Kat testing her own blood after having a few bouts of nausea and a fainting spell. After her 'discovery' of a rare type of blood Kat is then offered what seems like a too good to be true job offer in New York. Kat is soon thrust into a world of creatures only c
Jun 13, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: vampires
The premise of this book was very interesting, but when I started reading I found it took a long time to get going. Once it did get going a bit more, I did get into it, but not really into it. It didn't have that addictive, page-turner, must-reach-the-end-now feeling to it. It felt a bit cliched if I'm honest, a bit too similar to lots of other paranormal books out there. There are a couple of nice touches, such as the different types of beings and their various talents, but the whole 'big healt ...more
May 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, 2013
I received this book from NetGalley to give an honest review.

I am giving this book 4 1/2 stars. Though it was really good, I had some questions.

Kat is a normal person she goes to work but yet she feels something is wrong. She is having crazy dreams that she doesn't understand and to top it all off she is starting to crave raw meat! Yes raw meat!!! So she wants to find out what is happening to her, well she does realize something is different about her but she doesn't know what. Soon after she
Kayla D

Dark Child is about a pathology technician named Kat who starts doing weird stuff like eating raw meat and healing much too quickly. At first, I liked Kat’s character as she came across as independent and intelligent. I mean, a pathologist? How smarty-pants can you get? But then 50 pages pass by and she doesn’t do anything substantial except be very confused and disoriented. That’s when Kat became dull. The ple
**Copy provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review**

Whilst Dark Child did deliver a unique concept as promised, the rest of the novel fell flat on it's face.

For the most part, the story flowed pretty well, however there were certain points, either where it all positively crawled, or the jarring transition from some chapters to another. It was such a struggle to get through this book that I have been stopping and starting for months. This novel would have worked better in it's original
Prerna Kashyap
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** I received a copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review **

This is the first book I've read in which there are blood sucking creatures who are NOT vampires, which I might add provides a very refreshing change. Adina West created a whole new world of the Tab`erin- or as us mere mortals call a majority of them- Shape Shifters. The rest of this supernatural race, excluding the shifters are blessed with sup
May 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I will admit to stalling after adding this to my "to-read" shelf. The title and cover didn't really jump out at me, so it kept getting shifted down on the list. After tearing through a bunch of other books, I re-read the description of this one and figured "why not?" This book really sucked me in! I had a little trouble keeping all the characters straight, but other than that, it had a little bit of everything I like, and little tha
Jun 22, 2015 rated it liked it
"But all Kat took from their talk was the memory of the unshed tears in her mother's eyes. She knew with a child's certainty her mother was upset because of her, and she resolved at that moment not to be special or different- not to stand out in any way."

Kat Chanders is a nineteen year old pathology technician. When she faints at work one day, she has some bloodwork done on herself and discovers that there's something unusual with her blood.

Her boss takes her unlabeled vials of blood, and send
Katherine Paschal
Pathologist Kat Chanter is never sick, which makes it strange when she passes out at work. She runs a secret analysis on her blood, only to be interrupted by her boss who finds the sample to be amazing. He sends the odd blood sample off to a larger center, believing that it is a random unknown sample. This starts the chain of events where strange things start happening to Kat, from a physic's prediction, vivid dreams, to her strange cravings for raw meat. Kat is about to undergo large changes in ...more
Jun 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
This was a rather strange book to read, but I liked it. As I wrote in the note, it was previously published in a serial form (I think four or five pieces) and it’s clear that this is why the tempo is slightly different from what you’d expect in a traditionally published story – here, the “episodes” are still somehow visible in the flow.

The story starts off really slowly, which could be a bother if I didn’t like the heroine, for example, but I did. About halfway through, however, the pace picks u
Bailey Riddle
Jul 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this book via NetGalley to review. All opinions below are completely mine.

The first thing that I noticed about this book is that it is actually five "episodes: stitched together to make one book. While reading, I was always on the lookout to see if I could tell where each episode ended, and I never once found such a place. The writing flowed well and kept me very interested in the characters' stories.

Perhaps one of the things that bothered me the most about this book was ho
May 29, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, netgalley
Things are weird for Kat; she's been having strange cravings, a fainting spell, and a blood test that showed seriously abnormal goings-on. When she moves to New York for a new job, she discovers that she's part (or half-part) of a society she never knew existed, and her entire future depends on which way her biology jumps.

I generally enjoyed this book overall, though I did have a few minor nit-picks and at least one big one. The worldbuilding was pretty good; I got the sense that this world had
Jun 22, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2013
For reasons not clear to even me, I quite enjoyed Dark Child. It is a typical paranormal tale of a young woman who discovers that she is not who she thought she was and who realizes that there is a whole world out there she has been blind to. Kat, with the very unoriginal name, decides to test her blood on a whim. She has not been feeling a hundred percent and since she works at a blood testing lab, she figures why not. Only, she is unprepared for the events this little decision of hers catalyze ...more
Erin Laidley
May 25, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley
The premise of Dark Child was appealing, though its execution left much to be desired. It started off very slowly and couldn't keep my attention - to the point where it took me two weeks to finally finish reading it. I wasn't invested in any of the characters and there was virtually no character growth; Kat was far too passive and willing to accept whatever she was told, the love interests (because of course there had to be a love triangle) were subject to the typical hero and bad boy archetypes ...more
Mrs. Kenyon
Jun 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013-books
Kat Chanter is from a small town. She knows she wants more from her life, but isn’t sure when or how it will take place. Control of her destiny is lost when she decides to test her own blood after a fainting spell. She learns that her blood cells are not normal. To make matters worse, her supervisor takes an interest in the sample and reports it to the main research facility. She is offered a promotion and moves to New York City. She finds the perfect apartment and begins her job. She has many q ...more
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