Book Review ~ Awaken (The Soulkeepers #2) by Lori Adams

Awaken: The Soulkeepers - Lori Adams
First off, I want to thank Random House Publishing and NetGalley for providing me the opportunity to review this awesome book!
Second, take a look at that cover!  I absolutely LOVE the cover!  It is so beautiful and practically begs you to open the book and continue the Soulkeeper journey!
Now, on to my thoughts.
Sophia survived the 'kiss of death' from Damon and is eagerly waiting to begin her Awakening so that she can become Spirit Walker, helping lost souls cross over.  This is something that she really wants to do, but Michael puts a damper on things and tells Sophia that he does not want her to continue, declaring that it is far too dangerous.  Sophia is having none of that nonsense and continues with her training with her awesome and funny spiritual trainer, Rama.  She really is determined to become a Spirit Walker and she's not going to let anyone stand in her way to accomplish her goal.  There was one point in the story where she was having a difficult time keeping up with her school work and her training, so she and Bailey come up with an idea to help in the matter.  Not a good idea.  Not. At. All!  Nothing good will come from this action and I believed at the time that it would bite her in the butt later on, and if I'm right, it did.  Of course with the cliffhanger ending, I guess we won't know until the next book.  But despite all of that, Sophia's character has really shown some growth since book one.
Michael has been selected as a candidate for the Halos, so he is spending most of his time in the story training for the trials.  The trials are tough and grueling, but Michael really shows he can kick some major butt.   I am really frustrated with his character because he really changed, becoming controlling and possessive toward Sophia.  I realized he is under a lot of pressure competing in the trials, but really that is no excuse to be angry and bossy toward Sophia.  I am just torn right now about this sudden change.  I really do believe he still loves Sophia, but his actions just suck.
And then there's Damon.  After his failure in the first book, he has been subjected to horrible punishments and has endured a lot of pain in Hell's version of jail.  Still determined to reclaim the soul of his lost love, he, along with Vaughn, escape from the depths of hell so that he can bring Sophia back with him to live forever in Hell.  He only has limited time to accomplish this and he is doing everything in his power to draw Sophia to him.  I really do like Damon and at this point I hope that he succeeds, but, and that is a big but, he needs to find a way to stay in a non-hell like environment so Sophia does not have to endure his hellish home.  And let's be honest, Sophia and Michael can't ever be a couple unless they find a loophole or something, so I think Damon is perfect for her.  I know, I'm crazy, but Damon is so sexy and so sweet when he wants to be. Can you tell I'm Team Damon?
Lori Adams has done the impossible - perfected perfection.  I thought that Forbidden was amazing, but Awaken is so much better.  More action, more romance and well, just more everything I love in a paranormal romance.  Everything about the story flowed so smoothly and so effortlessly.  From page one I was sucked into this amazing story of angels and demons and forbidden love, and before I knew it, I was at the end.  The cliffhanger at the end (and yes, it is a HUGE cliffhanger) left me begging for the next book immediately!  I will be eagerly and not so patiently waiting for its release.
If you are looking for an amazing and unique paranormal romance that never has a dull moment, has an intense love-triangle, fabulous characters and a captivating, action-filled plot, then look no further than this highly addictive series.