Antebellum Awakening by Katie Cross

December 8th, 2014 Kimberly Review 59 Comments

8th Dec
Antebellum Awakening by Katie Cross
Antebellum Awakening
by Katie Cross
Series: The Network Series #2
Genres: Fantasy
Source: Author
Purchase: Amazon
Rating: One StarOne StarOne StarOne Star

Never underestimate the power of a volatile witch. Still reeling in the wake of her mother’s death, sixteen-year-old Bianca Monroe is forced to move to Chatham Castle. Not even the sudden appearance of ancient dragons in haunted Letum Wood nor her two best friends can distract her from the strength of her deep, dark rage. Her grief puts her magical powers into chaos, endangering any witch around her. She has six months left to destroy the curse that will kill her and fulfill her contract with the most cunning enemy of all: her former teacher Miss Mabel.  Bianca must make a choice: learn to control her restless powers, or let the powers control her. Antebellum Awakening is the second book in the thrilling new fantasy collection The Network Series. It’s a haunting tale about tragedy, loss, and the power of moving on.

Antebellum Awakening is the second novel in Katie Cross’s Network Series. I am really enjoying this young adult paranormal fantasy filled with witches, dragons and one determined protagonist. Katie Cross continues to flesh out the world and its characters. I quickly became caught up in the events unfolding in Chatham Castle from danger to political maneuvering.

Our protagonist sixteen year old Bianca Monroe is a cursed, powerful and inexperienced witch. She is mourning the loss of her mother and trying to come to terms with the twisted predicament she finds herself in.  Bianca and her father, along with her closest classmates are tucked within the safety of Chatham Castle, nestled on the edge of Letum Wood. Bianca’s grief has her magic building, and when frightened or angered she is unable to contain it. With only six months left before the curse will engage she has no time to think of romance or balls.

In Antebellum Awakening, we see Bianca grow as a character. First she must learn to control and hone her powers if she has any hope of confronting and destroying her enemy. She is a strong character, and these tasks are not easy, but she is smart, determined, and inquisitive. One of the things I admire most about her is her unselfish attitude, most sixteen year olds would be caught up in the curse, but Bianca’s first thought are protecting those around her. Bianca is far from perfect, and there are moments when she truly is just a sixteen-year-old girl who misses her mother. I liked how realistic she is portrayed.

The High Priestess has a young Guardian train her in sword fighting in an effort to burn off her excess magic and prepare her for battle. I enjoyed the time these too spent together, and while Bianca took notice of how handsome he was, she was far too concerned with her quest. It is nice to have a young adult series free of insta-love, triangles and angst but I am secretly hoping that their relationship continues to flourish in book three. Her friends are well developed. I can close my eyes and see them spring to life. Camille is more concerned with a certain young guardian and loathes her schoolwork. Leda is always in the library studying and you just know there is much more to this young woman. Our villain Miss Mabel is deliciously evil. She is the type you love to hate.

The tale unfolds slowly in Antebellum Awakening, and picks up speed in the final quarter of the novel as the danger escalates and Bianca approaches her seventeenth birthday. Time travel, spells, clues, and allies kept me engrossed. I loved the dragon aspect and other side threads. If I had, my way those threads would have been furthered developed. The ending was satisfying and left me eager for the next installment.

About Katie Cross

Katie’s world revolves around her husband (who is a major hottie), her Vizsla’s, and the mountains. She prefers hiking boots instead of heels when she need to feel powerful, and on a bad day, she loves a weightlifting workout. Actually, she love it on a good day. She doesn’t eat bread because her thyroid doesn’t like it, although there are days she misses it. Especially ciabatta. Sweet potatoes are kind of her thing. Cookies too. She write because she never stopped.

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Kimberly is a coffee loving book addict who reads and listens to fictional stories in all genres. She's a self-professed Whovian, as well as a Supernatural, and Sherlock Holmes junkie, She enjoys sharing books, tips, recipes and hosting the Sunday Post. The coffee is always on and she is ready to chat...Twitter | Facebook | Instagram

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59 Responses to “Antebellum Awakening by Katie Cross”

    • kimbacaffeinate

      These are different and I have been enjoying them immensely

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Thanks Shelia, this has been a fun, suspenseful and interesting series

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I enjoy witches too and hope you decide to try these Madiha.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I was the same way years ago Betty, but my husband bought me an Amanda Quick book called Second Sight and I discovered I liked it 🙂

    • kimbacaffeinate

      If your looking for a good one in YA, this is it Nick 🙂

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Love the covers, Jenny made them. She did the audio too. Ooo maybe you could try the first on audio 🙂

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Enjoy them Melissa 🙂 I love the blending of fantasy and paranormal

  1. Lupdilup

    Oh boy! Here we go, I have to check if I have this already on my wish list on Amazon, I can’t recall just by the name of the series. Witches can be cool, I haven’t done many with a witch as the main character, but Kelley Armstrong does them really good.
    I have to go check and see what’s up with this series about audio 🙂

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Right. She is so talented. Her audio cover rocks for book one

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I love dragons and so hope they play a role in the next book.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Different author Brandee. This series was a surprise find thanks to a fellow blogger. I mistakenly thought it was Kady Cross as well. So glad I tried book one:)