Title- Unusual Awakening
By- S.M. Knowles
Publication Date- December 1, 2013
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 their father is, her mother is happy and her sisters don’t seem to fight as much as they used to. Rylee herself is seeing more of her friends and is even trying to sort out her own feelings about Brock Parker. However, something dark threatens to disrupt that normality for personal gain, and that darkness is willing to break every rule to get what it wants.
My Review: 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 up on little weird happenings something made this book different. As each character was introduced immediately I could picture them vividly and had to giggle despite myself to Rylee's disposition on boys. Still I knew there was much more to this book that wasn't being seen just yet. Then as if events took hold of them selves there became a whole new spin that started events in motion that would change everything for Rylee and everyone around her. There was a certain magic to Unusual Awakening now that made my head spin wondering where this was coming from and I had to dive deeper into the story to find out more. It was as if it were my mission to figure out the mystery and be the character at the end that figures all of it out. I could not put it down and devoured the entire story and was left with a feeling of more there had to be more as you see this story is not yet been completely told and the magic that I felt in the beginning was a thousand times stronger. All I can tell you is that Rylee's story is far from over and I hope to learn the rest of it soon. S.M.Knowles certainly has my attention and did a wonderful job of inviting the reader in to the story taking on an active role. What an awesome beginning to what I hope is a complete magical mystery of a series.
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About the Author-
S.M. Knowles was born in Elmira, New York where she was swept away in a whirlwind to the Land of Oz—Independence, Kansas. Her parents were relocating for working opportunities and decided that this would be the perfect place to start new roots. Little did she know that this place would contribute to the inspiration for the first book she wrote in her Rylee Everley Series.
While growing up, S.M. would travel the roads around her house while imagining she was somewhere else. Her imagination would take her everywhere, making the long hot summer days seem shorter throughout her fantasies.
At the age of twelve, she decided to write her first book. Filled mostly with dialog, she filled up one-hundred pages, front and back. After taking the book downstairs to show her mom, and persuading her to buy her more paper, she excitedly ran back to her room. As she barreled through the door, S.M. tripped over items left on her floor, and her papers came raining down in her room. Discouraged, she stood there in tears, picking up her papers and throwing them in the trash. Her work had no organization, no numbers on her pages, just a child fulfilling a joy that she would put down and not pick up again.
When she became older, she joined the military for something different. In that time, she was able to explore many places and even met her husband in Iraq. After coming home, she started her family in Arizona and went back to school, earning a Master’s degree in Adult Education and Training.
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