Reads & Reels is so happy to host Tiera Rice’s debut novel, Awakening. It is book #1 in her Bloodline series and it’s bloody good! (Pun intended)
I’m a sucker (sorry) for a good vampire book and I tend to be a bit of a snob when it comes to vamp lore. Awakening appeased my purist sensibilities while still being fresh and original.
Awakening: Bloodline Book #1 (Release Date: October 12, 2016)
Antanasia knows better than anyone that being royal comes with lots of expectations. Born into war as a Vampyre Witch, she has to battle the ultimate enemy: her own blood. When she has a terrifying Vision, Antanasia fights harder than ever to prevent it from coming to pass. Will she succeed? Or does she die trying?
Nadia is an average teenager celebrating her nineteenth birthday. But her day turns upside down when she starts developing unusual abilities that make her question everything she knew. Searching for answers to her predicament, she finds herself trusting Nicolae, a stranger with a familiar presence. Why does she feel so drawn to him? Will Nadia find answers to the questions about her past and take on her new role willingly? Or will she choose to remain in the dark and deny her destiny?
Awakening does not read like a debut novel. The writing is rich in history and culture and the plot is enthralling. As I mentioned before, I’m a purist when it comes to vampire mythology and having the story take place in Romania made the story that much more appealing to me. I love how well researched this book was. Adding elements of historical fact and culture adds a much desired sense of realism to the story and for me that is important. It may be fantasy, but it still has to make a certain degree of sense to hold my interest.
Having two concurrent storylines is no easy feat, even for a veteran writer, but Rice pulls it off with ease. Flipping from modern New York to ancient Romania makes for interesting comparisons and I really enjoyed that.
Awakening was a pleasure to read. It was thrilling, suspenseful and the characters were wonderful. It is beautifully written and highly entertaining. I’m really looking forward to reading book #2. I hesitate to compare Rice’s writing style to another Rice, whose epic novels made me first fall in love with vampires, but it does have the same flavour. Give Tiera Rice a few more years to season her craft and you just never know.
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About the Author
Tiera Rice was raised in Rockland County, New York and is a realtor in Rockland, Westchester, and Orange Counties. She earned her degree in criminal justice from Temple University, is the founder of Laughter and Lemonade: a project that focuses on motivational posters for those experiencing a chronic illness, and co-founder of #26forTiera: a foundation that provides financial resources to single parents battling life-threatening illnesses.
A creator of poems and short-stories for many years, Tiera challenged herself by leaping into the world of novels. Having recently survived a battle with cancer, Tiera decided to use her writing to entertain and motivate her readers. When not writing or selling houses, Tiera can be found spending time with her friends and family, especially her young daughter, fish, and kitty cat. Her other interests include singing, drawing, and dancing.