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Review: Awakening by Brianna West (Promiscus Guardians, #1)

“Izzy is on the fast track to nowhere. Being ordinary really blew sometimes. That’s until she meets Lucas–a man that’s unlike anyone she’s ever met. Mostly because he isn’t actually a man. He is a supernatural creature that proclaims to police the Light and Dark in order to protect humans.

And Izzy–well–she isn’t the human she thought she was. She is actually a supernatural being as well. And now Lucas is going to do everything in his power to find out what she is and protect her from the Dark lurking around the corner.

Awakening follows Izzy as she navigates this new world of demons, vampires, angels, and many other supernatural creatures. Recruited by the Promiscus Guardians and partnering with the most brooding and devilishly handsome man she’s every met, Lucas, Izzy is suddenly knee-deep up crap creek. Discover the secret behind her power and why it’s such a commodity in her Awakening.”

What I thought:

This book (as well as several others by West) has been on my tbr list for the longest time! I’m so gald I finally decided to read it, because it was awesome <3

I immediately liked Izzy. I like my heroines with a bit of sass and a hell of a lot of attitude and relatability, and Izzy had all of that and more! She has a great sense of humour (see my chosen quotes) and a fabulous attitude. I loved the energy with which she tackled everything. Her humour and sharp wit are in every paragraph, and made every situation, no matter how dark, a delight to read. We share a lot of opinions, friends (see Izzy on tofu below).

I was prepared to fight to the end despite knowing it wouldn’t do me any good – I was clearly outmatched in strength and skill – but I was a woman capable of limitless, hopeless optimism, so I wouldn’t go down without a fight. I might do little more than roughen up his brand name clothing, but goddammit, I would do it in earnest!

Izzy wasn’t the only highlight. The plot was fast paced with no unnecessary information, and thanks to this it was a quick read. I was always excited to see what would happen next, and the occassional plot twists kept me on my toes.

I usually don’t struggle too much to put books down and get on with other things (I’m actually quite disciplined… *awkward cough*), but Awakening made this diffucult. I read every chance I had, and was dying to come back to it when I wasn’t.

I didn’t blame Lucas for what he was, but that didn’t mean I had to like what he ate. It was like being friends with a vegan. Sure we were friends, but don’t think I’m about to be okay with your tofu-eating ways. I’m a carnivore, and your tofu is freaking me out. Put that thing away.

The next book (once I’ve checked it’s not on my kindle already) is definitely going to be included in my next book haul. If you’re looking for an easy, action-filled read with lots of romance, sexy guys, and plenty of supernatural variety, then this is definitely for you!


Have you read Awakening, or do you need more convincing? Get some cookies, drop me a comment and let’s get this book club going!

I don’t review books professionally. These reviews are mainly a small summary and my opinion on books I’ve loved, they are not intended to be anything more. All ‘reviews’ include a picture, title and name of author linking to the book’s Goodreads listing, the blurb from the back of the book and my non-professional verdict.

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