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Review: Awakened by Ednah Walters

October 18, 2010

Orphaned as a child and raised by an eccentric grandfather, Lil is concerned with surviving high school and is unaware she’s a Guardian—a being with super powers charged with killing demons and protecting humanity. But when she meets Bran, a mysterious boy with amazing abilities, his psi energy unlocks her latent powers. 

But Bran has a secret that can destroy their growing relationship. He’s part demon. But in her heart, Lil knows Bran is not evil. So when her grandfather is kidnapped by a powerful nature-bender and Bran is the only one who knows where he’s being kept, Lil convinces the other Guardians to trust him, not knowing her grandfather is just the bait. And the truth that she discovers in the demonic enclave may just destroy everything she believes in, unless she makes the right choice—love and sacrifice. (synopsis taken from GoodReads)

Awakened by Ednah Walters came to my attention thanks to GoodReads and a few early reviews, which were all positive. Ms. Walters was kind enough to send me a copy of the book to review and I’m so happy to have been able to do so because Awakened is an exciting, fast-paced story that left me wanting more! I cannot wait for book two!

Ednah Walters’ writing is clear and fluid. Her descriptions are wonderfully written and convey a clear image/idea. I really liked the way she described the characters and the fight scene in the end. One thing I especially loved was that Lil described mundane activities, liking washing dishes and doing her homework. These actions don’t slow down the story and I think they add a sense of realism to the story. Ms. Walters has also created a believable and carefully structured world that offers a fresh and exciting setting. Sometimes the dialogue reads awkwardly, but not enough that it hinders the story. Also, there are spelling mistakes and missing words here and there, but I hold this to a problem with formatting/printing.

Lil is a refreshing character. She is vulnerable, but not in a bad way, and her vulnerability balances nicely with her strength. As Bran and her Grampa often say, she’s stubborn and always looking to satisfy her curiosity. She’s a likeable character and I’m glad the story is told through her perspective.

The romance in the book is strong and although Lil and Bran’s feelings for each other may develop quickly, they’re honest and believable enough to make it all work. I loved their scenes together and I can’t wait to see where their relationship takes them as the series goes on.

As I mentioned earlier, the world/setting in which the story takes place is exciting and new. The paranormal genre is huge right now and although werewolves, vampires, and angels are everywhere in books, those found in Awakened are presented in a new light with new backgrounds.

Overall, I really enjoyed Awakened! With likeable characters, even pacing, and great writing, I couldn’t stop reading once I started! I can’t wait for book two in the series and if you would like to learn more about Awakened and Ednah Walters, please visit the following links:

Official Website
Blog
Twitter

(cover image taken from Barnes and Noble’s website)


I received my copy of Awakened from Ms. Walters in exchange for an honest review.

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1 Comment

  • Reply anjohnston October 18, 2010 at 3:04 pm

    Thanks for the review. Like you, I’ve been seeing this book crop up everywhere with really positive reviews. I’m most interested in how paranormal creatures are presented in a new light in this one.

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