Lil is about to find out that her grandfather has been keeping a few things from her. Important things. Change-your-life kinds of things. It-would-have-been-nice-to-know-this-sooner kinds of things.
Brought up by only her nomadic grandfather, Lil believes that he is an amateur (but good) illusionist whose wanderlust stems from gypsy heritage. Never staying in the same place for long, she is used to being separate from those things deemed to be a normal part of growing up: best friends, hanging out, dances, boys. This all changes when they move to Cache Valley, Utah. That’s when she hears a voice. Drawn outside, she meets a boy. Bran, a boy so cute, she almost forgets to be wary when he starts telling her about who she really is. Almost.
Confronting her grandfather about what he hasn’t told her, Grampa tells her about their real heritage; a history of being part of the Guardians, a group of Nephilim who are charged to keep the human world free from demons. He is the head of the Circle of Twelve, the governing body of the Guardians. Oh, and he’s over 200 years old. Angry with her grandfather for lying by omission, she unwittingly starts an electrical storm in the trailer park where they live. Astounded, Grampa realizes that Lil has more powers than most. It is time for her to work with the other Guardian trainees so they can help her learn how to control her burgeoning abilities.
Bran, who is half Hermonite (demon), half Guardian, wants to join the Guardians in their quest to bring down Coronis, a former member of the Circle of Twelve. She is the most powerful demon and she wants to rule. Everything. Lil just wants to know the truth about what happened to her mother and grandmother and who her father is – and why she is more powerful than any of the other Guardian trainees…and Guardians. She loves Bran, too, and intends to help him in his quest to return his brother to the Guardian side, save his sister from becoming a demon and to bring down Coronis. You know, typical teenage stuff.
Awakened was an average good read. With only a few typos, the most confusing being “As the glow from the kris dagger dinner…” I assume that was supposed to be dimmed, not dinner. I just was not blown away (or even mildly surprised) by the direction of the story. It was a predictable tale with the typical young adult formula set-up. Girl meets beautiful boy, boy is cocky, girl doesn’t like boy, boy persists, girl falls, action portion of plot ensues. It is the perfect TeenChickLit read for summer. With telepathy, telekinesis and teleporting, of course. But seriously, who in 2010 was still doing the Cha-Cha Slide?
3.5 of 5 Stars (Based on Ink and Page’s Rating System)
Genres: Young Adult Fantasy Paranormal Romance
Ages: 12 and up
You might want to know: Nothing of note
Awakened by Ednah Walters was published November 8, 2010 by Pill Hill Press. A free copy of this book was given to Ink and Page in return for an honest review.