Title: Arcane Awakenings Books One and Two (Arcane Awakenings Novella Series Book 1)
Author: Shelley Russell Nolan
Genre: Young Adult/ Paranormal/Fantasy
A hidden past. An uncertain future.
In Angel Fire, all Andie wants is acceptance, a task made difficult thanks to the nightmare that’s plagued her for the past fifteen years. Then she learns it’s a terrifying memory of the night she lost her identical twin. When Angel’s spirit calls to her, begging to be saved, Andie is determined to discover what really happened the night her sister died.
The story continues in Wild Lightning, when Celeste wakes in a mental institution with no memory of who she is or why she can shoot lightning from her fingertips. Spurred on by a vision of Angel, Celeste escapes and searches for answers as her captors close in.
Andie and Celeste must battle ruthless adversaries as they seek to uncover the truth, but will this lead to a future more dangerous that what they’ve left behind?
Arcane Awakening is two stories filled with mistrust, family bonds (good and downright awful), love interests and powerful psychic abilities. The book is divided into two novellas, Angel Fire and Wild Lightning. Both are fairly short and very fast paced.
Angel Fire starts off with a girl named Andie who has some trust issues with her adoptive parents, her biological Aunt and Uncle, Joyce and Bill, and for good reason. For the last fifteen years that have had her heavily medicated for claims of her being ill. Andie knew she wasn’t mentally ill, but what she didn’t expect is that she had been lied to her entire life…and her brother, Daniel, the one person she thought was truly on her side had his secrets too. But even he wasn’t aware of how deep the lies really were.
It’s here in the middle of everything crashing down around Andie that Nick comes into the picture. Nick is a work friend of Daniel’s. He seems like a very understanding and accepting person even after everything that goes down he never questions it or is shocked by it.
Once the truth comes out, the trio set out to make things right and they wind up at the Wood Estate. Where dark secrets lie behind the electrified fence. Dr. Wood the founder of the estate is hell bent on getting her good name back and torturing test subjects to prove or disprove her theory of psychic abilities. And her and her orderlies are standing in the way what Andie and Daniel want. Their long lost sister.
By the end of book one, they are neck deep in a dangerous battle. Also, by the end of the book Andie and Nick have quickly progressed into a relationship. The time frame of the novel is very short, a few days if even. The relationship moved faster than I liked, but given the length of the entire novella itself I can see why it progressed the way it did.
Book Two, Wild Lightning brings the ‘four’ of them into an even deeper problem. Now it’s not just keeping the ‘two girls’ safe, but a third. A third that escaped the same night that Andie did. Celeste, another patient at the Wood Estate that had been tortured to the point of being catatonic and plagued with amnesia.
What gets even wilder is that she may not know who she is, but she can produce lightning out of her fingers. With the police on their tails, all roads lead back to the Wood Estate to not only find answers, but proof to put the crazy doctor behind bars.
Once again another relationship is quickly developed between Celeste and Daniel. The characters in both books are well defined and each have their own personalities. The plot was entertaining and kept my interest throughout. There were plenty of twists and turns and holy crap moments with a semi cliffhanger ending.