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Thursday, June 2, 2011

Awakened by Ednah Walters

Title: Awakened
Author: Ednah Walters
Age Group: Teens
# of Pages: 272
My Rating: 4/5

Unfortunately for Lil, turning sixteen does not mean she will get an awesome Sweet 16 bash. Rather, she develops powers she never knew she would even get. Not to mention that her grandpa, the only person she lives with, has a secret beyond her imaginations. With these new powers, she must be able to fight off demons that are causing havoc on Earth.

Enter Bran, a mysterious guy who begs for her and her grandpa's help to break his family free from the clutches of an evil demoness. But, can it be done?

I actually had to re-read this novel before I could do a review. The reason was that I tried to read it during the school year but it was not going through my head. I read bits and parts of the book, but had a hard time digesting it all. So when my first year of university ended, I decided to retry Awakened one more time because the author put so much effort into delivering the ARC to me that I at least should read the entire novel with a clear mind.

I was pleasantly surprised the second time around. It was much more fluid than I originally thought and had a good set to plots going. In the beginning I was a bit iffy at the fact that Lil trusted Bran very soon after they have first met. Maybe I am just a realist but knowing that someone who can be potentially dangerous, no matter how innocent they may seem, its something I wouldn't trust easily. Especially the fact that Lil is very new to this introduction of a another world and powers she didn't know exist, that makes it much harder to trust.

That aside, reading through the novel I knew that it was going to appeal to many YA readers. It has the adventure, the romance, and the supernatural. There were a few things that seems a bit cliche so I wasn't a big fan of that.

I would definitely recommend this novel to fans of The Demon's Lexicon and Hush, Hush. Anyone who is into angels and demons, pick this one up!

Review copy provided by Ednah Walters.
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1 comment:

Maria said...

Sounds good! Wonderful review I've been seeing this one around the blogging world for awhile now, first review I read about it though, can't wait to try it.