by G. R. Thomas
“SOME PEOPLE AREN’T DESTINED TO BE ORDINARY.
With a special gift held close to her heart, it was always going to be hard for Sophia Woodville to live an ordinary life.
As a 20 year old nursing grad, she thought she had her future all sorted.
However, destiny was about to intervene.
Her secret was not so secret. The gift she possessed was just a hint of something far beyond her wildest imagination.
Sophia will be pulled, kicking and screaming, into an unseen, ancient world that challenges all that she thought to be true of herself, her family and the origins of humanity.
Original sin, forbidden love and her life in constant danger.
Will Sophia survive this dark twist of fate?
Will the devil be her saviour?
Will an Angel be her downfall?”
Since I’ve joined Twitter and Instagram, I’ve found some books I would never have come across otherwise – and Awaken is one of my favourite finds! The characters were brilliantly developed, the world was beautifully built, and the story itself was intriguing – but more on that in a moment.
I was a little worried when I started because there are recurring biblical subtones, and I’m as far away from religious as you can get, but as it turned out there’s nothing like the rise of a new Satan to catch my interest! Who knew? 😀
Don’t mistake this for a religious read, though – it’s really not. This is by every means an urban fantasy novel, and chances are I’d have put it down again very quickly if it was as religious as I feared. The religious subtones are just that – subtones, there to give the story more depth. Instead I found it hard to stop reading, and was engrossed in Sophia’s story very quickly.
There are so many things I enjoyed about this novel, but the characters in Awaken are easily my highlight. They are believable and likeable, even the baddies. One of the bad guys, Nik’ael, is one of my favourite characters in the story, along with Koi, who reminds me of my sensei, and Brennan, who I adore for his everything.
The character development was excellent, too. Sophia had a lot to get used to – whether she liked the changes to her life or not, and they were huge changes! – and I think she deserves a gold star for being so patient. If I were in her shoes I’d have snapped much sooner.
The writing style is oddly comforting in a strange, familiar way, and the speech feels very natural. All of those put together made this a smooth read for me. I felt in very good hands the whole way through, and the plot twist at the end came as a big surprise to me. I felt for the characters – even for one of the antagonists, Nik’ael – and wanted them to be save.
The whole story has a lot of depth to it. The world is well planned, the characters developed extremely well, and I’m really looking forward to seeing how Sophia is going to get out of her current situation in the sequel, Surrender.
Some of the paragraphs were too long for my liking, and personally I think the cover lets it down, but neither of those spoiled my enjoyment in any way. Awaken is a really exciting debut full of promise, and I can’t recommend it enough. If you’re looking for an exciting new urban fantasy read, then Awaken is your book!
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