The Gemini Trilogy: The Awakening
T. J. Lajeunesse
Reviewed by Olivera Baumgartner-Jackson for Reader Views (5/11)
Dawn Price’s life is complicated enough as it is. She is a teenager, just shy of her eighteenth birthday, and that is usually quite a tricky period in one’s life. Dawn is planning her birthday celebration with her best friends, Matt and Pam, and living a more or less typical life of a teenager, albeit without the usual drama surrounding boys and dating. With six older brothers, she is simply not that interested in boys, and there have been some traumatic incidents in her past that made her even less inclined to date.
While her mother and stepfather are away on their second honeymoon, Dawn and her youngest brother Mark are left home alone. Strange things begin to happen. Waking up one morning, Dawn finds her hair all done up, in a style she could not have accomplished on her own, as well as some strange clothes on the floor of her room. Who got into their house at night and how? Then the events escalate. Dawn begins to hear a voice, whispering to her. Is it coming from her iPod or is it simply in her head? A new substitute teacher sweeps her off her feet. He is utterly gorgeous, yet not really what he seems to be at a first glance. He begins to enlighten Dawn about the things that are happening to her, which involve him as well as his brother Victor. And so a really strange and epic journey begins, one where the proverbial forces of light and dark will clash against each other over and over again.
While I usually enjoy fantasy books a lot, I found “The Gemini Trilogy: The Awakening” difficult to really “get into.” Partially it was the premise of the story itself, which I do not want to discuss in greater detail to not give away too much of the plot, partially the fact that so many elements of it echoed several other fantasy series that are currently quite popular, and they did it in more than just a passing way, and partially the characters themselves – I simply could not warm up to them. Most of all, it was the writing style, the faulty grammar and the lack of proper punctuation that made reading this book quite a challenge for me. While I applaud the author greatly for overcoming the challenge of her dyslexia, mentioned on the back cover, I wish she would have sought the professional advice of an editor to help her with such issues. There is no doubt in my mind that Ms. Lajeunesse has the imagination needed to write more books, and I hope she’ll correct those matters in the future installments of her promised trilogy.