Friday, June 1, 2012

Review: Awakened

Awakened by Ednah Walters

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

GoodReads Synopsis: Most teens turn sixteen and get the license to drive, but Lil Falcon gets the license to kill demons. Orphaned as a child and raised by an eccentric grandfather, Lil is concerned with surviving high school and is unaware that she's a Guardian-a being with super powers charged with killing demons and protecting humanity. When she meets Bran, a mysterious boy with amazing abilities, his psi energy unlocks her latent powers. But Bran has a secret that can ruin their growing relationship, and the truth she discovers may destroy everything she believes in unless she finds the right balance between love and sacrifice.

My Thoughts: Interesting take on mythology with some elemental magic and a little angel thrown in to weave a very intricate plot. GoodReads calls this book a prequel…I saw the guy with wings on the front and knew it was for me.

Since this book’s purpose was to tell the reader the backstory…it did what it set out to do. We learned about Lil who didn’t come into her powers until around her 16th birthday. Her Grandfather, and only family member, didn’t tell her the truth about her ancestry because it was possible she may not have any powers. But Lil did and is seemingly more powerful than her peers and possibly her Grandfather. Lil did not take the powers and the responsibilities that accompany them very well at first. But with most main characters, she rethought her initial convictions and accepted her responsibilities.

This was also a story of redemption. Bran, couldn’t help the circumstances of his birth or his parents and is trying to make up for his past mistakes. I appreciated that the older council members were able to put Brans misdeeds aside and allow him to prove himself.

Looking like a good old-fashioned story of good vs. evil. I look forward to reading the rest of this series and will definitely be rooting for the good guys.

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