Awakened by Ednah Walters
– paranormal/fantasy, YA –
reviewed by Tara SG
received for review via Star Book Tours
Book Order (Guardian Legacy)
- Awakened * * *
- Betrayed (unknown release date)
Author’s Website : www.ednahwalters.com
This book in 6 words:
mythology saved missing connection and predictability
Why did I read this? And am I glad I did?
I came across this on the tour site and it sounded like something I would enjoy. I will say that this had much higher reviews on GoodReads than what I’m giving it. And I’ve read two OUTSTANDING YA novels this month and may be more critical than normal. Overall, it wasn’t a complete waste of time, but I didn’t love it. I’ve been whining a little about the overabundance of angel/demon books lately and was hesitant going into this one, however, I really enjoyed the mythology. It is the saving grace of this novel. I just felt like we were rushed into too much and weren’t given time to connect to the characters fully. I also felt like a lot was predictable.
I’m really torn on whether I’ll read the next book or not. Knowning the unfinished mysteries of this one, it could be good. I guess we’ll see what my TBR pile looks like at the time.
Most teens turn sixteen and get the license to drive, but Lil Falcon get the license to kill demons.
Orphaned as a child and raised by an eccentric grandfather, Lil is concerned with navigating her new high school and is unaware she’s a descendant of the Nephilim, a race of beings with super powers tasked with protecting humanity from the demons who threaten it. But when she meets Bran, his psi energy unlocks her latent abilities and opens her eyes to what she is, a Guardian.
But Bran has a secret and befriending him sends Lil down a dangerous path that will either destroy her or make her stronger.
– from author’s website
Holy crap the summary on GoodReads has insane spoilers! Read at your own risk!
Most teens turn sixteen and get the license to drive, Lil Falcon gets the license to kill demons, but no one told her she is not supposed to fall in love with one.
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.
– via GoodReads.com
I did love the mythology. I liked the different kinds of guardians and what makes Lil special. A lot of the family mysteries and stuff with Bran was a tad predictable for my taste. The fighting/action was well-written. And the pacing was pretty well done although the end felt a little rushed.
My biggest issue with the book was the writing style. It just didn’t work for me. I’ve seen a least one review that mentioned that they liked the mention of mundane things like washing dishes, however, I felt like the details dragged down the story and I couldn’t ever “get into” the book (which I don’t normally have a problem with). There were also a few too many grammatical errors or phrases that didn’t flow well. Of course, this is a debut novel and a lot of this could be improved in the next book.
I liked Lil (wasn’t I just complaining about names being spoilers… are we not supposed to know who Lilith was?). She was stubborn, smart, loyal, and loving. She reacted appropriately to learning who/what she really was at first and once she accepted it, she seemed to really want to do her part. Her blind love for Bran was realistic for a teen to a point. I thought it was a little too easy (wow did I really admit that I want a relationship to have more of a challenge?).
Bran wasn’t terrible. But the big surprise that might make her not like him comes out in the first few chapters (or the GoodReads summary if you read that lol)… it should have been dragged out more. Like I said above, I thought their relationship was too easy. I thought it was sweet and I was guilty of some swooning, but a lot more could have been done with this aspect of the story.
The side characters were OK. I didn’t like the humans. They seemed too cliche or bland for me to tell them apart. I also hated the way she did physical descriptions. The fellow Guardians grew on me, but I still can’t figure out some of their personalities because they seemed to change drastically near the end.
This was a fairly quick read, so if you like paranormal YA with angels/demons, then don’t pass this up because I didn’t love it. Like I said above, other people have really loved this.