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The Awakening

(Alliance Vampires #5)

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  971 ratings  ·  57 reviews
Returning home to Salem, Massachusetts, to perform at a weeklong music festival, Megan O'Casey and her husband Finn come face-to-face with terror when an ominous force possesses them both, forcing them to participate in an ancient ritual and fulfill their dark destiny. ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 495 pages
Published October 1st 2003 by Zebra Books
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Rod Horncastle
Maybe 2.5 stars.

I got this audiobook from the library because it said Salem and Music. Witches and Rock n Roll. I'm good. However, 14.5 hours of this was 4 hours too long. Seriously, do some editing Woman. (another annoying quirk: I don't know if the authors name is Heather Graham or Shannon Drake. But I guess if you're writing about Vampires and Witches then Drake is a cooler last name. Nah, don't care.)

So a couple (who performs as a cover band in local bars with backing tracks) from New Orlea
Melissa Levine
Jul 19, 2013 rated it did not like it
I just jumped right into this series. I hadn't realized that this wasn't a ‘first’ until after I already started reading it. Needless to say, I'm not sure how the other books in this series were, but this one was very bland. It dragged on and on, and there wasn't really much action. For example, it’s like Finn and Megan are walking, talking, fighting, dreaming, and that's basically it. I couldn't wait for this story to end. It took me a while to get through. I'm sure the author could have shorte ...more
Nov 07, 2015 rated it did not like it
This was an incredibly bad book. Bland, boring, poorly written, full of typos, and comma's in weird places. I don't think I've read a book before where the two main characters who are supposed to be so madly in love have so little chemistry. The dialogue is stunted and there is surprisingly a complete lack of suspense or build up to anything. I read another of her books "Haunted", written under a psuedonym, and I guess she must really like writing supernatural romance, however she is not that go ...more
Feb 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes paranormal romance
Recommended to Mareena by: Walmart
For my #8 challenge (Spooky Story), I read The Awakening by Shannon Drake. In an attempt to save their failing marriage, New Orleans musicians Megan Merrill and Finn Douglas have come to Megan's hometown - Salem, Massachusetts to play a weeklong series of concerts, culminating on All Hallow's Eve. From the moment they arrive in Salem, however, Finn begins to change; loving and attentive one moment, cold and ruthless the next. The locals - even Megan's own relatives - regard him with distrust bor ...more
Mar 15, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Great book! The descriptions of Salem and everything that goes on brings a vivid picture of place and events. You can feel the confusion, the fear, that the characters feel. Again, at first, you don't really know the connection, but about halfway through, it comes together, and the action and climax of the story keeps you glued and turning the pages. I thought both characters, Finn and Megan, were strong despite their confusion and denial, and the love they have for each other is so fierce, some ...more
Tabatha Shipley
Jun 08, 2018 rated it liked it
This story takes place in Salem, Massachusetts, a place I am familiar and enraptured with. The story also happens to take place the week of Halloween which is a pretty major holiday around those parts.

I enjoyed the two main characters and the mystery surrounding them. Alas, it was a bit predictable and the ending was anticlimactic for my tastes. In my humble opinion if you spend 400 pages on the week prior to an event, feel free to spend more than 50 on the major event. But, I digress.

It was a g
Belinda in Alabama
Really Enjoyable and Spooky

Great descriptions of New England area. Spooky people and places. I enjoyed this story and the way things kept turning around so that you didn't know who was good or who was bad. Wicca is a subject I know nothing about. This story explained a little about it. I hope you read this story for fun and a little shiver. Happy Reading.
Allison Novasel
Dec 22, 2016 rated it liked it
This one starts slow - and is very hard to follow. But towards the middle, the characters we know and love from the first four books show up and it was easy to like the rest. Again - mindless entertainment but so fun and easy to enjoy!!
Rowan Creech
Dec 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very good with some very surprising twists at the end of the story. The tension between the married couple throughout the book gets a little tedious and one of the main characters is always getting into it with someone, that got a little old too, but other than that it was a very good story.
May 22, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed the story but this drag a bit thru it.
Maria Elena
Fun book. I did not know it was part of a series. I will read the rest.
Jackie Welch
Dec 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Such a great book
Feb 18, 2020 rated it it was ok
I love Heather Graham’s books but this one not so much. It dragged
Heather Lane
May 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I Enjoy the two main characters in the mystery around them and the fact it took place in Salem it was very fast paced kept me intrigued
Nov 09, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Didn't bored with where the plot "wasn't" going anytime soon. ...more
Sep 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Great suspense story set in present day Salem MA the week prior to Halloween. When Finn & Megan, husband & wife musicians who reside in New Orleans, are offered a large amount of money to perform for the week leading up to Halloween in Salem MA, they can't believe their luck. Little did they know, this was part of a plan that had been set in motion a long time ago. As their week in Salem progresses, they both begin having nightmares that seem all too real, and Finn's personality begins to change ...more
Sep 12, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016-read
I really have mixed feelings about this book. I've read some of Graham's books and liked them alot. This one seemed to drag on and on, like 200 pages too long. The very end was good but there's so much that could have been left out that repeated over and over.
The couple, Finn and Megan Douglas, go to Salem, MA to perform a music concert during the week leading up to Halloween, the High Holy Day of Wiccans. They are also working to repair a recent separation they've had in their marriage. During
May 06, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2016
I tried to like this book, I really did. I do enjoy the other books by this author that I've read. They're usually nice, quick, pulpy reads that I can get through with little to no effort and sometimes, that's just what you want. This one though... The author covered some themes that hit a very personal note with me which is usually good or bad depending, because it helps me connect with the setting and the characters and what have you. This time, it was not a good situation but not because it w ...more
Jan 06, 2008 rated it liked it
This would probably have been more pleasing if I had read more in this series, however I haven't so I'm not sure if this is a typical read in this series or just a book that features some of the characters from the series.

It does have Vampires and Werewolves in the story but that's actually not very important to the plot. They felt like they could have been replaced by ordinary people and not really changed the story much. So I was left with a vague wondering why they were necessary in this stor
An Odd1
Jan 30, 2011 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: vampire
* "The Awakening" of an evil demon, via angelic Megan and devilish husband Finn, is set over Halloween in Salem, Massachusetts. Much like "Dead by Dusk", also by Shannon Drake, the couple are estranged, but come together for work, here music, helpful friends and relatives are indistinguishable from villains until the final pages [and spoiler - are rescued by vampires from other Drake books]. I like the twisting whodunit aspect, but not the bruising sex to confuse us whether our hero has been con ...more
Feb 24, 2011 rated it did not like it
Library Journal says " will be waiting for this one." I imagine that prior to being cut, it said "ONLY fans will be waiting for this one." As the culmination in a series of paranormal romances mainly centered on vampires, this one certainly did disappoint.
The two main characters are already married at the start of the novel, which is odd for a romance, but that doesn't mean they bicker any less or trust each other any more. And theirs is the love that is supposed to conquer all, including
Mar 01, 2008 rated it really liked it
This was my first Shannon Drake book and I did enjoy it but I found it really slow to start with. The first half of the book just dragged and I found myself wanting to hurry through to the good stuff that I just KNEW would be around the corner. There seemed to be alot of repetition of info that was interesting the first time but wasn't necessary the fourth or fifth time it was mentioned (this was mostly the stuff about Wiccans and history of Salem etc.) Once the Alliance turned up it started to ...more
Oct 01, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: vampires
I was a little surprised that this is considered book 5 in the Vampire series, because really this was a story about witches. There are a few vampires towards the end of the book, but the story could have been told with out their involvement. I thought the story started out a little slow, but then gained momentum. Towards the end, I really wanted to keep reading to find out what would happen next. I liked learning some of the historical information about Salem. I was able to predict who the evil ...more
Jul 18, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016, listened
1.5 stars. Probably the worst book I've read by Graham/Drake.

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Carole R'ensom
Sep 11, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Its a bit too good to be true in this real world of how someone can die for another despite been processed by demon (there may have such a person in real life but not yet known to me personally).

But since this is a fiction book and its a romance suspense, I let myself enjoy the plots and the danger that's facing both Finn and Megan. And to see how each of them been help by the Vampire King who had not much help in this noval because his ability been 'hijacked' :)

Ending is abit of precitable that
Oct 31, 2007 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: NO ONE!
Shelves: vampire-romance
A paranormal romance book. "Supposed" to be part of Shannon Drake's vampire series, but isn't really, just a VERY quick re-appearance by some of her other characters at the very end of the book. Guy and girl were already MARRIED!! Where is the fun in that? I had to STRUGGLE to get through this book, and I'm a HUGE Shannon Drake/paranormal/vampire book fan. If I could have given this book ½ a star, I would have. ...more
Laura Ruetz
Nov 05, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First of all, this book is part of the Alliance Vampire series and so I was expecting to see Lucien and the rest appear much earlier on in the book. I was more than 3/4 of the way through the book before they even made an appearance. However, it didn't matter too much because the story was engrossing and really built a foundation for the story to be built upon by the slower intro. Another solid hit for Heather Graham, even if the Alliance was only a minor part of the story. ...more
Apr 26, 2011 rated it liked it
It wasn't until the last hundred pages that I finally started asking "I wonder what will happen?" The book is a little slow to begin and the random tenuous connection of the protagonists to certain characters who help resolve the plot (can you tell I'm trying to be vague?) at the end comes out of nowhere but overall a good easy read. ...more
Sep 19, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: vampires, romance
In this one I did not like the main characters, Megan and Finn, as much as I thought I would. The story did not draw me in like the others. I was really disappointed with this book because I was looking so forward to the suspense and writing of Drake's previous ones that just did not make it through in this one. ...more
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Heather Graham Pozzessere
aka Heather Graham, Shannon Drake

Heather Graham was born on March 15, 1953 and grew up in Dade County, Florida, and attended the University of South Florida at Tampa, majoring in theater arts and touring Europe and parts of Asia and Africa as part of her studies. After college, she acted in dinner theaters, modeled, waitressed, and tended bar. She married Hershey Dennis Po

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