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Unusual Awakening

(Rylee Everley #1)

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  93 ratings  ·  45 reviews
With tears and a tight hug, Rylee Everley’s dad left for Afghanistan with the Army Reserve. Since his deployment, her mom has been distant, her sisters are constantly fighting, and Rylee, at only thirteen years old, has to be the glue to keep them together. While her mother stays locked in her room, Rylee has been forced into the role of parent.

Now, two years later, a fre
Paperback, 204 pages
Published November 21st 2013 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
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Nov 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
That awkward, quiet girl that seems to keep to herself...that would be Rylee Everley. Rylee appears to be the "caretaker" of her family. Always trying to please everyone before tending to her own wants/needs. With a father in the military, twin sisters that rely on her for guidance, a mother that struggles with her "duties", and friends who just don't quite "get her", Rylee has many conflicts to overcome.

Rylee begins to develop her independence and identify who she is and what she wants out of l
A. Powers
Mar 12, 2016 rated it it was ok
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Jul 08, 2015 rated it did not like it
Recommended to Derek by: The Harbringer of my Misery



Now, before I begin, you are probably wondering why I just said what the "core subject" of book was? ...Let's begin the review!

I suppose with any published book nowadays, we start with the trailer (click here to view). It basically describes the life of a young teen girl dealing with the troubles of a military dad heading overseas and the stress t
Amanda Lanclos
Dec 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Rylee Everley is your typical 12 year old girl, except for one thing... She's had to step up. Her father is gone off to fight for our country and she is home with 2 twin sisters and a mother who leaves them emotionally when things happen and the father goes missing.

The story really starts taking place when Rylee is 15 and in high school and she realizes her father may never come back. The story has tons and tons of other characters in it which make it that much better. What I wouldn't give to h
Bonnie Rediske-
Apr 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I purchased this book recently and was surprised at what I found. This synopsis does not do the book justice in preparing the reader for what they are going to get. Reading this synopsis I truly did not expect for there to be a supernatural element to this book. I was also not expecting the main character to start out as a 13 year old girl. What is great is that we get to see her mature and age during this segment of the series. We watch Rylee go through all those emotions that a 13-15 year old ...more
Natasha Coburn
Nov 23, 2014 rated it it was ok
Why did I finish reading this book? What was the point of this book? It abruptly ended answering zero questions..... Definitely did not like!
Gwynneth Ott
Not a cliffhanger, just unfinished

It was a slow start. It didn't start to tell a story until well past 50%. If you like listening to young girls who are supposed to be teenagers whine, go ahead and read on. But if you want to know an end to a tale, don't bother. This has no ending.
Shawna Dziedziak
Twist in the middle

I don't read often and when a book keeps me wondering and staying up late, it deserves five stars. I thought I knew a secret about Rylee's father, but it was a totally different outcome. I look forward to book two.
Clarissa Boggs
Feb 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
An interesting read, I'm looking forward to reading more into this story.
Jan 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review, no compensation on my part was received.

This is absolutely a 4.5 star for me…however, I do not give 5 stars lightly at all!

Rylee is a typical preteen when her world is shattered by a war she doesn't understand and the deployment of her father, her best friend and her anchor, to Afghanistan. She takes it upon herself to become the caretaker of the family after seeing her mother shut down. After 2 years pass and her f
Jan 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I have to admit I have never read a young adult romance before. I was very intrigued when I saw the title of this book. Rylee Everley’s is the oldest of three sisters, and it is up to help and take care of her younger twin sisters because their dad has been deployed to Afghanistan with the Army Reserve. Lauren, Rylee’s mother does have her up and down days missing her husband, but she is a good mother. Rylee has this uncanny ability to hear her father’s voice, and it all starts when she has a r ...more
Jun 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
Still smarting from the fact that her father was sent overseas, Rylee Everley has promised herself that she'll make the most of the situation. Granted, she's not exactly sure how she'll do that when she has so much lying on her shoulders. Her mother is always sad, and her sisters are forever a handful. Not to mention that she also has to juggle school and her friend, Brock, in the process.

Determined to do the best she can, Rylee soon comes to the realization that not everything is as it seems. H
Nov 05, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
This book is more of a 3.5 than a 3. It was clearly a first work by this author. Word usage, dialogue and verb tense usage was somewhat clunky, but not overly distracting.

The story line was interesting and the situation with the husband/father figure in the military in the Middle East and how those left behind were dealing with the loss was very real. I have never gone through something like that, but reading those parts of the book made it much easier for me to imagine it.

*Slight spoiler* I a
Deli Stryker
Mar 15, 2016 rated it did not like it
What was the point?! The book dragged on about how sad and mopey the main character was that her dad had gone off to Afghanistan. It's not until she FALLS INTO A BUS that it starts to get somewhat interesting, and even then it sounded like the author didn't know where her own story was going. Mysterious stuff started happening, and oh, is that the main character's dad's voice? NO! It's the voice of a teenage girl, who's speaking directly to the main character's head because the main character is ...more
Tammy Hall
Jan 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Unusual Awakening seemed to have struck a cord in me that demanded that I pay attention and read it not knowing exactly why this particular book needed to be read by me but I followed my instinct and began to read. Ten pages in and tears were flowing as the family says their goodbyes to their father/husband.Wow the emotion was raw and real I truly felt as if I were saying the goodbye. As I continued into the story life seemed to be normal for the Everley's or so I thought I then started to pick ...more
Dec 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
Synopsis: With tears and a tight hug, Rylee Everley’s dad left for Afghanistan with the Army Reserve. Since his deployment, her mom has been distant, her sisters are constantly fighting, and Rylee, at only thirteen years old, has to be the glue to keep them together. While her mother stays locked in her room, Rylee has been forced into the role of parent.

Now, two years later, a freak accident involving a bus at school promises to restore some normality to her family. In spite of not knowing how
Nov 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
After finishing this book I am left excited, wondering, and a bit nervous! Rylee Everly is basically a 15 year old thrown into the responsibilities of an adult. When her dad leaves for a military mission, he puts Rylee in charge at home. Considering her mom shuts herself out of all parental duties, Rylee has to pretty much raise her two younger sisters herself. Luckily she has her crazy best friend Lyla at her side. Let's not forget the Parkers(family friends) and their son Brock. I like that he ...more
AnnMarie Stone
Jan 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: YA - In age and in heart
Recommended to AnnMarie by: S.M. Knowles
Unusual Awakenings is a great book for YA audiences. I believe that most teenage girls will be able to relate to Rylee on some level, especially those that have experience with a parent in the military (or any other job that they would be gone a lot).

The story starts off as a typical teenage girl, dealing with the absence of her deployed father and emotionally absent mother. The reader will never expect what is coming for Rylee near the middle/climax of the story! I believe that readers will be
Feb 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed reading Unusual Awakening, it was normal in the most part of a typical teen girl and her struggles with life when her mother shuts herself away thinking her father has died in Afghanistan. There is a boy that Rylee swears she isn't interested in but she gets odd feeling when he is near and doesn't know what it means. She has a great bunch of friends. There is just one person that is odd, and she just so happens to like the Brock too. This does not both Rylee as she isn't allowed ...more
I received this book as part of a blog tour in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my review

I did not enjoy this book as much as the second book in the series. The plot progression was relatively slow and there seemed to be no depth to the plot. I did really enjoy the characters and the strong emotions that were portrayed (my heart cried so many times.

I believe that if more editing was done that this could be an amazing book. The last 10% of the book were amazing and if th
Terri Sullivan
Jan 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
*I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review*

The main character, Rylee Everley, is your typical teenage girl. Not quite ready to like boys but when a certain boy comes near, she gets that weird feeling in her stomach. That teenage boy is Brock Parker. The Everleys and the Parkers are very good friends.

Rylee's dad is in the Reserves and gets called up to go to Afghanistan. Her mother withdraws and she is primarily taking care of her younger twin sisters. A new
Kj Partridge
Feb 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
When Rylee’s dad left for Afghanistan nothing was the same any more. Nothing seemed to be going right, but when Rylee had an accident her family seemed to find a center ground and were happier, even though her dad was still gone. While struggling with her feelings for Brock, she pushed him away, and when she discovered another cared for him she started to regret it. All this time strange things were happening and Rylee was hearing voices. What can be happening? Is she losing her mind, or is som ...more
Lisa F
Dec 05, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: r2r, magic
a good storyline with lots of potential, I enjoyed the characters and I think adysin is a great bad guy I just hope that it becomes more than just a young girls crush being the reason for why she's evil.
I liked Brock and felt quiet sorry for him with rylee as you can tell he's smittened with her.
I enjoyed rylee she's a great female character, when her dad left for war she stepped up and became "mum" as her mum was selfish and stayed in her room crying all the time. rylee looked after the twins
Jacqueline Noir
Nov 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
Unusual Awakening by S.M. Knowles, is a great book for anyone who has ever been a true teenager. Knowles really understands what Rylee, a typical teenage girl, goes through when she likes Brock, the boy she has known her entire life. Knowles adds a mix of family turmoil with Rylee's father, who is off on deployment and high school crushes. The best part of the story is the twist that you aren't expecting and you wonder if Rylee can get through it with the help of her best friend Lyla. Throughout ...more
Rebecca Larsen
Dec 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
5 Stars

Well developed characters and a plot with a lot of twists, this is one book that will keep you enthralled and on your toes.

A quiet girl who keeps mostly to herself, and is the caretaker for her sisters after their dad deploys with the military. After an accident at school, where Rylee trips and hits a moving bus, she starts hearing voices. At first she thinks it is her father, but later the voice changes to that of a female.

Struggling to care for her family, Rylee tries to hide that she
May 26, 2014 rated it liked it
I received a free ecopy of this book for an honest review.

Unusual Awakening is a young adult novel about Rylee, a teen who has a lot to deal with in her life. Her dad is in Afghanistan and she not only has to deal with that but she has to help take care of her younger twin sisters. On top of everything else, she has some unexplainable things happening to her and her friend, Brock.

S.M. Knowles tells a good story and the writing is easy to follow. Although the book kept my interest throughout, I k
Nov 17, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found this book to be intriguing. It does keep your attention and keep you guessing. I personally found a few things here and there that did annoy me personally, but they may not annoy another reader. Rylee is a likable character, though sometimes I wanted to smack her, and you do want to root for her to overcome this mentality of thinking that she can't have a boyfriend and that she only has room for her absent father in her heart until he comes home. If I was her friend, I probably would sh ...more
Trista Priest
Jun 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I initially purchased this series because I loved the covers. In this case the inside absolutely matched the outside. This is a fantastic start to what is sure to be a great YA paranormal series. Riley is a teenage girl who has been asked to step up and help her mother around the house and with her younger twin sites during her father's deployment. During his extended deployment, Riley begins to experience weird things such as seeing lights, hearing voices, and having nightmares. On top of tryin ...more
Maria Suarez
Jul 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
I received this book from the author and from Paranormal Romance and Authors That Rock. I have to say that I really like this book for many reasons. . Rylee is a very strong young girl and even though she would much rather have a normal teenager life and enjoy high school, she carries a big weigh on her shoulders by taking her little sisters and helping her mom while her dad is deployed. ... While dealing with all of that strange things start happening to Rylee like hearing voices and having sca ...more
Philomena Callan Cheekypee
May 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
What a really good young adult read this turned out to be. I certainly didn't expect it to turn out the way it did.

Rylee is a young girl. She's a typical teenage girl. When her dad is sent to Afganistan she steps in and takes care of her younger sisters. The book takes a turn about half way through which was certainly an unexpected surprise. Loved reading about the other characters in the story as well.

Great coming of age read. Loved the storyline especially the twist. The ending makes me want
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