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Monday, December 27, 2010

Book Review: Awakened (Guardian Legacy, #1) by Ednah Walters

Awakened (Guardian Legacy, #1) by Ednah Walters
Reading Level: Young Adult
Release Date: Available Now Online
Publisher: Pill Hill Press
Pages: 272
Source: Received from author for honest review

Summary: 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 Review: Awakened, is an exquisite stepping stone into a powerful and finely written series. The concept's refreshing originality has the potential to mesmerize a reader from start to finish. Lil Falcon starts out as a normal, gypsy girl and then with the help of her grandpa and training crew she blossoms into a bad-ass guardian. In this novel, a guardian's duty is to protect humans from the iniquitous demons. So, when half-demon Bran approaches Lil, her crew of Guardians prepare for the worst. Luckily for her sake, Bran's only threat was surrounding her heart. I absolutely adored Bran. His loyalty and unconditional support provided a melodious escape in her turbulent world. During Lil's training period, I start to personify with her eccentric Cardinal Guardian members.

Sykes, a particular individual I found myself gravitating towards was a flirtatious piece of work that continually delivered smart aleck comments. I really hope to see more of Bran and Sykes in the sequel. The two swoon worthy guys were expressed in the utmost detail that I felt closer to them in the end. Of course, the girl power energy by the female characters was just as intriguing. I immensely enjoyed the first installment. If I didn't know any better, this plot deserves to be seen in bookstores. Ednah's creative value and pre-meditated organization equaled an addictive deliverance I couldn't put down. Also, in the beginning of the book, Ednah was kind enough to write a glossary to help readers keep up with all the different names of demons and guardians. I appreciated that part since my confusion was checked at the door (or should I say first few pages?) Finally, great story and characters, now please pass me the sequel! :)

My Rating: (4.5)
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Author's Info:
In her own words, "I grew up reading Nancy Drew and Hardy boys mysteries, hence Stratemeyer influence, before I graduated to Mills & Boons (starting with Janet Daily's Shutter the Sky) and the rest is history. I enjoy good love stories, tingly mysteries and wondrous adventures. When I finished my college and decided to be a stay-at-home mother, I devoured books like they were going out of production, until reading just wasn't enough. So I started to write. I've written picture books, contemporary and romantic suspense, biracial/multicultural books, and finally YA fantasy. Awakened is the first book in The Guardian Legacy series. I'm working on book 2, tentatively named Betrayed. When I'm not writing, I do things with my family, five children or my darling husband of 18 years. I live in a picturesque valley in Utah, the setting for my series."

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~The Book Pixie said...

I, too, really enoyed this book and agree that it is refreshingly original and stands out amongst other paranormal YA books. Can't wait for the sequel! Great review! :D


Elie said...

I'm in the fan club too. This was a great book. I am looking forward to the rest of the series.

Cynthia said...

Now I really want to read this one,it sounds sooo good. Great review! =)

E.J. Stevens said...

I've had this on my wish list and can't wait to read it. Great review!
From the Shadows

Natalie (Mindful Musings) said...

I've got this one in my review pile, and now I've even more excited to read it. So glad you enjoyed it, Eleni! :)

Jessica Secret said...

I've got this one to read as well and I can't wait to read it, I've heard wonderful things about it.

Ednah Walters said...

Thanks for the wonderful review, Eleni. So happy you enjoyed meeting the Guardians and look forward to their next adventure. xoxo

Kristina Barnes♥ said...

I really can't wait to read this one - I've heard nothing but good things about it. :) Thank you for the review. ♥

Vampires and Tofu said...

Yay!!! I just won this one, very excited to dive in now!

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