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Seeing Micah for the first time in years, fifteen year old Eden wants nothing more than to run and hide, but instead in a moment of sheer embarrassment, she throws her arms around his neck; unaware she just changed her childhood friend forever.With eyes’ opened to the realm of angels and demons, Micah discovers he has become the Seer, called to save the world from an impenSeeing Micah for the first time in years, fifteen year old Eden wants nothing more than to run and hide, but instead in a moment of sheer embarrassment, she throws her arms around his neck; unaware she just changed her childhood friend forever.With eyes’ opened to the realm of angels and demons, Micah discovers he has become the Seer, called to save the world from an impending fire. Shy and awkward, Eden stumbles through high school clueless her guardian angel shadows her every move, keeping her safe while she unknowingly “awakens” others to their spiritual gifts. Micah will need those Eden touched to complete his mission which began long ago in the ancient City of Enoch and its secret underground temple. With angels and demons fighting around them, both Eden and Micah must find their own personal courage and faith in order to know what to do for the battle that awaits them, one they must triumph or risk losing everyone they love....

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ISBN : 9781940534244
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Number of Pages : 317 Pages
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The Awakener Reviews

  • booknerd_dork
    2018-11-27 18:31

    *I received copy of this book by the Author for honest review.*'The Awakener' is the first book of Author Amanda Strong I've read but it won't be last. I loved it. The whole book was a roller coaster. I didn't wanted it to end, always checked if it is going to end. I thought after their fight with the demons, it will conclude after one or two chapter but it didn't, it would have been huge cliffhanger. Got to know everybody's special talent and their mission.The title 'The Awakener'; I know and understand it completely now. Before reading the book I thought what it would mean. It's cool Eden being an Awakener and awakening the inner self or talents of people, which at first was embarrassing for her: hugging people without her consent and being clueless. Which along with her dawned on me simultaneously the doing of her Guardian.All the characters where different, but my favorite was Trent, he was the source of humor, he made me laugh out loud. The most when he found out his Guardian appearance or gender, lol, I couldn't help but laugh, given the situation and the danger.Micah and Eden being the main characters, but didn't felt left out about others. Not everything was revealed much about them but they are also finding about themselves. Will get to know in next book in the series and I'm looking forward for it.The thrill about their adventures engulfed me and the description was vivid, it was like I was watching a movie. I'm craving to know more. It's a must read.

  • Leah Alvord
    2018-11-26 19:21

    Summary:When Eden returns to the town of her childhood, she's looking forward to very few things. One of those things, however, is seeing Micah again. However, when she spots him on her first day of school, she can't bring herself to face him. That is, until her body acts of its own accord and she throws her arms around him in a moment of utter embarrassment. Neither of them realized just how much one hug could mean to the future of everything.With the reality of angels, demons, and destruction revealed to him, Micah fully accepts his responsibilities as the Seer--called by the Captain to save the world from a fiery purge. Meanwhile, Eden cluelessly traverses High School, awakening the gifts of others as she goes. Which is more than a source of ire for the demons sent to destroy her. With her guardian angel on duty, however, she has the luxury of feeling safe … for the most part.With the demons growing bolder and crossing the barriers between the worlds, Micah needs all of those Eden has awakened, and the Awakener herself. In ways they both know go beyond their duty. To rebuild the City of Enoch, no price is too high. And self-sacrifice is not off the table.Initial Thoughts:I avoid angels and demons books like the plague. Why? Because I love angels--grew up watching Christopher Walken in The Prophecy--so I'm a little obstinate when faced with such creatures. And, let's face it, when you're passionate about anything, you're always wary about books that portray them.Well, I wasn't too disappointed with the portrayal of angels in this book. Probably because the author had done some research on the hierarchies and integrated the angels in a way that was acceptable.Now if only the rest of the book had been as agreeable.Plot & Setting:The setting here wasn't too detailed, but it was believable. It was easy to imagine and it wasn't bogged down with a lot of details, which I appreciated.As far as the plot, this isn't anything you have to use brain power on. It's very simplistic, unfolds at a decent pace, and sticks to the main conflict for the most part. (Though the main conflict here isn't what you'd hoped it would be… There are some HS drama type of moments, but they're used more often than not to showcase the changes someone has made due to being Awakened, so I can't fault it for that.) There is a fairly early reveal about the stakes, the main players, and the mission which Micah is responsible for completing. For the reader, it makes it very easy to follow along and know everything.To discuss the actual mission: the world is going to be burnt to cinders this time, instead of drowned. Fair enough. Can't say we haven't earned that form of retribution. Only, we need a few cities to survive this during this round of purging. A fact Micah is significantly aware of, and working to complete.As a plot, it's compelling. The premise of the story is intriguing and I was expecting a lot of tension. On that count, it failed. While the story is filled with Micah/Eden tensions, it fails to deliver on Micah/Eden vs. demons tension. Despite this constantly circulating in Micah's head, it fails to deliver the compulsion the reader needs to want to keep going with him. In fact, the only character that does push the significance of these events onto the reader is a secondary character, Trent.To give it in the simplest terms: it was a lackluster production.Writing Style:Simple. It's really all I can say. The faith of the author is apparent, which I completely understand. Despite the stance many people take on angels, this one feels pretty much authentic with angelic history within Christianity, while giving off its own modern vibes. This, of course, means that this book is very clean. Not "never have to dust it on your shelf" clean, but no use of swear words were permitted in the making of this novel. The writing also follows a no-mystery-here type of style, which means this book would be most suitable for young teenagers around the ages thirteen or fourteen. I'm not sure older, more mature individuals would have the patience that this book requires. (I know I didn't.)Characters:Oi vey. Actually, for the most part, I liked everyone. Or, liked some, others were barely on the page long enough to form an opinion about, and others were downright unbearable. So let's go in order, shall we? Let's just say, from most liked to most hated. This ought to be fun… (Warning: Possible Rant on the Horizon!)Trent was the most likable. He had a very direct personality without any side-stepping going on. What Trent thought about, you knew. Whether it be his definition of a hot guardian angel or just what he thinks of his cousin's visions. I liked Trent the most because he was as close as we got to a teenage boy. His focus was on all of the things he liked, and he couldn't care about anything else. Which, when you got past the fact that he was one horny little bugger (though this book only mentions kissing and not what he would get into given the right amount of time), he was actually very intelligent as far as history and languages. And none could ever doubt the loyalty this boy has to his cousin. Ever.Micah's determination was the most defining factor of his characterization. And it was admirable. As soon as he discovers his role, his mind is locked in on his mission. He knows what he has to do, and what he has to give up in order to do it. The fact that he is so willing to give up his own desires in order to get the job done is what makes him a believable and respectable character. Though his pining over Eden did grate the nerves quite a bit…Damon is also an incredibly loyal person and I enjoyed when his character was brought to the fore. Like a cross between Micah and Trent, he has this fierceness in him that is very endearing. Much like Micah, he's determined to see through his part of the mission, and protect everyone as well as he possibly can. I actually really liked Damon, but he didn't get enough page time to get to know him, which was a crying shame.Willow was an interesting character in the fact that she started off as this bitchy, petty, stereotypical Mean Girl … and performed a complete one-eighty. When she was Awakened, Willow became the greatest female character in the book. She was confident, intelligent, empathic, instinctive, kind, and generous. Which was refreshing as far as this book was concerned. And it's really her bold, energetic personality that gives the group some life.Now we're going to get to know some less fleshed-out characters as we get into the mere mediocre cast…Caitlyn was quiet, but powerful. Her gift is the most unassuming, just like she is. Quiet, but with a voice that speaks of wisdom and sincerity. Too bad she got only a few pages to nail down her personality, but she would be worth getting to know.In my opinion, Andrew existed merely for the drama he could cause. The romantic element was his main purpose, hands down. That he was there as a buffer between Eden and Micah is what created the central conflict. (Note: I labeled this as a Paranormal Romance for a reason. The romance was the conflict.) Which, of course, in fulfilling his role, Andrew had to be perfect. And that's all we got. Was this hot, nice guy who has a penchant for healing people who happens to love Eden. That's it. Nothing else. He pretty much was just a stand-in to make kissy faces and awkward times with Eden.And now we unveil my hit list (or cut list, because it would have helped the book in the end just as much as if I murdered these characters. Warning: Rant Mode Engaged.)Jessie was irritating as all hell. This is a girl who's never even heard of the Bechdel test, let alone could pass it. Her only thoughts all pertained to the male anatomy. And heaven forbid she talk about something other than a boy. And while she served as a decent female friend who was supportive, she failed in doing anything worthwhile. At all. Honestly, her character could have been cut from the start and no one would have noticed or cared.Then there's Eden. Yes, if I could, I would cut Eden out of the entire story. Because she contributes nothing at all. I mean that. As the Awakener, all she does is hug people. The rest of the time she serves as nothing more than a romantic stand-in. It's like it was required for Micah to be in love with someone, and Eden got the role. All she does is serve as a Damsel In Distress the entire book. She can't save herself and she makes stupid decisions that threaten her safety and the safety of others. Not to mention she is a shallow, judgmental bitch. Oh, and I have quotes for this…At only 15% we get this little thought process concerning Damon from Eden's outlook:'She knew he belonged to the skater crowd and assumed he did drugs because of the dark bags under his eyes.'I'm not even kidding. This is a literal quote from the book. I … I don't even know how to handle that amount of utter stupidity. Does she even know what drugs do to a human body? Or the type of effects a being would suffer due to certain types of drugs. Clearly not. Oh, and bags under the eyes? That could be a sign of sleeping an average of four hours and reading an average of 8 a day. I would know, since that's how I spent all of my HS years. You, Eden, are a judgmental bitch.Of course, that's not the end of her degrading thoughts about Damon. Of all the people in this whole book, he's the one she consistently looks down upon and I just want to slap her because he is clearly more intelligent than she is and far more useful. Eden = liability. Damon = superhero. But here's another quote for you to enjoy from the mind of a moron:'But I doubt he's ever had a girlfriend as gorgeous as she is.'Backstory: she's discussing how Damon finds Willow a little intimidating. She thinks the reason he's wary around her is because Willow is hot. Yes, Eden is that dumb.Not that she would know it, but looks are not everything. Even to guys. (I have enough brothers to know this one is a fact.) Rather, perhaps Damon is intimidated by Willow because, I don't know … she's intimidating. Damon is a quiet, loner kind of individual as we've seen him. So someone as bold, energetic, and confident as Willow is outside of his comfort zone. And when she doesn't respect personal boundaries, it can be unnerving. So, really, I doubt her looks had anything to do with this. Her personality had all those bases covered and Damon has every right to be a little suspicious of her. She's creepy.If only my issues with Eden ended with her being a standard Mary-Sue. Really, I've read enough of them to just brush it off. And I even had some hope for her after she realized she can't walk alone at night in case demons are out to get her. There are a lot of YA females (can't even call them heroines) that don't have that much common sense. Yet again, there are degrees of common sense that Eden just does not possess.For one, not realizing that Gabriel, her guardian angel, was the Gabriel. As in: the Archangel. You know … a Holy.You know, even Bella Swan sought an internet connection when Jacob Black dropped the vampire bomb. Six months of literally talking aloud to her guardian angel and fearing demons, and does this girl once touch a laptop? Yes, actually. But only to email Micah about the demon encounter and her date with Andrew. This girl was such a waste of pages. Hands down.Of course, my biggest issue with Eden is her insecurity.Note to authors: Insecurity is NOT endearing. It's not even relatable.I've been to public school. I've encountered several different levels of insecure teenagers. Never in my life have I met someone so utterly self-conscious that s/he is reduced to the point of pathetic. In YA fiction, however, they abound with so much frequency I could puke. Eden, of course, falls right in line with her trope siblings--if she isn't crowned their idiot queen.Now, I understand why authors try to do this whole insecure teenager bit. Because a lot of teenagers actually are scared, frightened, shy creatures with anxiety issues. Too many, in fact. But with role models like these, how can we expect them to be any better? Any stronger, mentally?I don't want to read about weak children. Male or female. I want to read about strong, smart, endearing young men and women. People teenagers can look up to and admire.Let me tell you a little story here: when I was in MS and HS, I read nothing but fantasy. I raised myself on fantasy. On wild adventures full of magic, dragons, wizards, brothers, warriors, and love. I grew up reading about adults. Not children. The only books even considered "YA" that I read in those years were Harry Potter and Eragon. (And I've never finished that last series because it was clearly juvenile.)You know what I learned from those fantasy books? I learned about honor; about keeping your word and the value of making and keeping promises. (Now, I don't make promises; for the simply reason that I don't know if I can keep them.) I learned not to lie; if only because the truth can be far more entertaining. From those books, I grew my pride and my self-confidence. My friends are chosen with care, because I abide by the old adage 'fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me'. I'm not a fool, and I won't be played for one. In a fantasy novel, that shit gets you killed.Why am I telling you this? Because I raised myself with books. I didn't learn a damn bit of that from any real person in my life. Not my parents, grandparents, family friends, or relatives. I raised myself on books.Now, what kind of person would I have been if I didn't read about people who have the confidence and courage to pursue their goals and ambitions? What if I had chosen to read YA and had only Mary-Sues who lacked self-confidence, strong opinions, and strength of mind to do what needs to be done for themselves? I am relieved to say: I don't know.What I am not relieved to say is: what other people out there are raising themselves to the standards of these types of females in YA books?So here ends my PSA for Authors: Stop Making Insecure Female LeadsGirls don't actually relate to them, and they could be setting a far worse example than you can imagine.Overall Opinion:The premise was spectacular: a girl awakening abilities in others so they can save the world from a fiery purge. The execution was a flop. Instead of revolving around the mission, this book got caught in the murky romance and all of the drama it entailed. Though some of the characters were great, the female lead absolutely ruined this book. When one of your narrators is that bad, there is no saving a story like this.Personally, I don't recommend this to anyone. But that's for you to judge. I'm done.

  • Jocelyn Sanchez
    2018-11-23 18:22

    I just love stories that draw the reader in. You know those books that keep you up late until the early morning? Those books that make you feel anxious and excited to read, even if you have things to do that day? Well, this book is one of those books. It’s, to put it simply, amazing! I had a hard time putting it down because the story was so interesting, unique, and captivating! The author, Amanda Strong, is a talented and fantastic writer. She definitely knows how to draw readers in with her captivating and well written writing. Fifteen year old Eden was just your average, everyday girl. She thought she was normal. She, literally, stumbled through life, awkward and shy. That is, until the day she saw her lifelong best friend Micah again. In a moment of total awkwardness, she throws her arms around his neck and embraces Micah into a hug. But, what suddenly made her hug him? Micah, like Eden, was just an ordinary boy before Eden came back into his life. But when she hugged him that day, his life was changed forever. Now seeing visions of demons and angels, Micah knows his life will never be the same. He soon realizes that Eden is the reason that his life has changed and that Eden, unknowingly, ‘awakens’ others to their spiritual powers when she hugs a person. He is the Seer, called to save the world from an impending fire. He is one of the Captain’s (God’s) chosen ones. He, along with Eden, will have to gather up all the people she has ‘awakened’ to complete his mission which began long ago in the ancient City of Enoch and its secret underground temple. I’m so happy that I was given this amazing opportunity to read this book. This book is definitely one my favorite books I have read this year. It was fun to read, entertaining, interesting, and unique. I love when I can say that a book is unique because that means that the author has created a book that is not only different, but interesting and new. I loved all the small things I learned reading this book. I loved reading about the Captain and all about Enoch. I also enjoyed reading about all the main, and even the minor characters. I found that each character, no matter how small or large their role, were relatable in some way. I loved Gabriel; he is just amazing I tell you!! I also really liked Eden and Micah. They were so unique and relatable. You wanted to read about all the characters, get to know them, and some of them, you wanted to be like. I highly recommend this book to everyone because it’s amazing!! Some of my favorite parts: “No matter what happens from here on out, you’ll always be my best friend,”Gabriel laughed. “I love your ramblings, Eden. Ramble away.” She halted and stared at him. “Really? I don’t bore you to death?” “You’re refreshing to guard.” “Refreshing? That might be a stretch, Gabriel.” “Sometimes we’re asked to do things that seem beyond our own abilities. And they are. We have to rely on the Captain, and then anything is possible.”“I swear I’ll ask why we can’t sit and have tea together at the next guardian council if we survive this, but you’re not making it easy on me.”Taken back by his apology, she sputtered, “No, it’s not that at all. I’m the one that’s sorry. I’ve treated you like my own personal diary for the past year. I’m so embarrassed.” Gabriel’s shoulders relaxed. “Oh that. Don’t worry, Eden. I wouldn’t have had it any other way.” “Really?” He grinned. “Guarding you has been some of my most enjoyable and entertaining years. You shouldn’t be ashamed of who you are.”

  • Taylor Fenner
    2018-11-27 20:41

    First of all, the author misspells Jane AUSTEN's name toward the beginning of the book (while Micah and Trent are in Rome.) FYI, its not spelled like the city in Texas. As a fellow author and book lover I find that offense unforgivable. Second, overall I thought the book was okay. It would have been much better without all the religious garbage. And referring to God as "the Captain"? Will he be joining us for shuffleboard on the leto deck later??? I'm glad this book was free because if I had had to pay for it I would have been very disappointed.

  • Becky
    2018-12-13 20:28

    This is a FABULOUS book! I honestly had a tough time putting it down to do everyday things like eat & sleep...feed my family! This is a clean paranormal story with a little bit of teen romance in it. I have teenagers, and I'm not afraid to let them read it! I can't wait for the next book in this series! (honestly, I have to force myself to ONLY check the internet once a week!) A definitely recommend this book!

  • Michelle
    2018-11-19 00:19

    The Awakener is one of the books I totally admired and loved. Everything about it is magical and captivating, to the point you will lose yourself into the pages. I love how the Scriptures fit into the story line and I totally enjoyed reading about Enoch's secret temple. The roles of the Angels and Gifts also impressed me and I must credit the author for weaving different ideas into one great story line. I can't wait to read more! Definitely waiting for book II :D

  • Rachel
    2018-12-06 18:35

    Very interesting, exciting, thought provoking story! Original storyline, I couldn't put it down! Interesting side note:the author is in my ward :)

  • Amanda Kieckbusch-Brown
    2018-12-02 00:38

    Angel’s and demon’s… my kind of story. I love paranormal, even one’s with teen romance. And trust me, this was a clean teen paranormal writing filled with love, friendship, hatred, joy, and new beginnings. Moving back to her old town, Eden was afraid to see one person. The one person she grew up next door with. The one person she was connected at the hip with. The one person she called her best friend. Without giving a lot away, the synopsis gives a fair share of what the book is about. But 7 people, all going to the same school are “awakened” by Edens touch. They are all granted special gifts, used to help Micah complete a mission. As you read, people fall in love, they fall out of love, and fall in love again. But there is a special reason for this. While reading, I was struck with so many emotions. Some good, some bad. Love, hate, jealousy, shock, guilt, happiness, and fear are some just to name a few. I loved what happened between Eden and Micah, hated the whole Andrew thing (I literally wanted to throw my tablet after reading a “vision” that Micah had.) Jealousy due to that “vision”, shock at the whole story because I thought this book was going to be about Eden, and in a way it was, but then again it wasn’t. Guilt because of what Micah had to do to get through everything and complete part of his mission. Happy to know the ending of the book, and that someone else was granted a gift and everything turned out for the better, and fear that Micah wasn’t going to make it. Everything happens for a reason. It took me a little while to actually get into the book, I was a little lost on the information, but I am not one to sit down and read a bible, or what happened long ago before the great flood. BUT, once I started reading more into the story, everything made total sense to me, and I was more eager to read on and see what happened. Not only for the characters, but to learn about something I wouldn’t normally do on my own. I was excited to learn things in this book, and with the way it ended, I can’t wait for the next book. Amanda did an amazing job with this story, and I can’t wait to read more from this author!

  • Denise Van plew
    2018-12-17 22:11

    It has been awhile since I have deviated from heavy romance books of any kind so this was quite not the norm for me. There are not alot of teen books that grab my attention out there since I am a older person not saying though there are not some really good ones out there. The storyline on this one caught my attention so opened it up I did. Right away in a high school hallway with a girl named Eden who is trying to get it together for her first day in a school that has already started their school year. Then she spots Micah who was her childhood best friend when they lived here before. He he trying to avoid him then something funny happens she ends up hugging him instead. That is how this innocenntly begins but much to my delight it is not so innocent after all because the journey has just begin. Poor Micah strange things begin to happen to him with him seeing things and a strange lady. Also he won't be the only one in this novel to have all this fun. Others will join him on a strange journey that only they must first encounter Eden who by just her hug they too get to be special. Many others are introduced in this novel that are vital to the story and it was great reading being with these two every step of the way meeeting the others in the group and learning what the part in all of it they will play. Also each has their own guardian and wow some of these are kick butt do not mess with them just right for the job as they too kept me captivatied finding out who had whom and how it all worked. This story line is also quite refreshing very different than most. This captivates you right from the beginning taking you along on their journey one that is quite enchanting with lots of excitement to keep you on your toes. Not able to predict what could happen next is a plus also since I can do that from time to time with some stories. The twists and turns also left me twisted and satisfied. Oh to my very surprise this turned out to be one awesome wonderful book to read. Any age group as I am can attest to that would enjoy this for sure. Received a copy for a honest review.

  • CrazyBookworm99
    2018-11-29 00:40

    *I was given a copy by the author in exchange for an honest review*WOW!! We are once again whisked into the world of Rosa as she tries to get to, protect, fight for and find peace with her family. But there is tension growing within all of the wounded, they need to fight for those they have lost and for those they can't stand to lose.Book 3 continues just as we left the characters in book 2. It is once again full of losses and love. Another epic dystopian that really explores how far you would be willing to go to save and protect your family. I was captivated by the story Lauren had continued and once again, I am at the point where I can't wait for more. :) Happy reading everyone xThis book alternates in following Eden and Micah. Eden as she unknowingly awakens the spiritual gifts in the people around her. Micah as he ventures to Rome in what becomes a time where he learns his role as the seer in a war between demons and angels. I really enjoyed the historic and religious aspects which I was not expecting. Amanda has written a captivating storyline that really makes you think about their relationships with the angels and their own guardians. I especially loved the relationship between Eden and her guardian who we get to meet quite a lot. I found myself to really enjoy reading them moments. The interesting thing is that this theory of a guardian steering you in the right direction and protecting you is really realistic. The powers developed by the characters are really cool and contribute well to the overall fight. However, I did find myself struggling to differentiate between some of the secondary characters, mainly a few girls. Altogether, though, this is a fresh 'end of the world' apocalypse with many different aspects; romance, friendship, jealousy, super-awesomesauce powers and, or course, a mini cliff-hanger. ;) I can't wait to read the next in the series and recommend this to all of you. Happy reading!!! :)

  • Tanya
    2018-12-13 18:22

    Awesome! The whole plot of the story is quite intriguing and amazing! Of couse is fictional, but you have some indirect quotes of the bible and history, sensing soon an apocalypse will come; plus a little teenage romance, blooming friendships, jealousy, special gifts or talents (which you may call super powers), battle between two worlds and finally lots of unexpected plot twists, without losing the objective... If you're not completely submerged into the book, you may get lost a little, but all the twists and turns are worth it, trust me and like a lot of writers with future sequels she let us with a little suspense at the ending, a mini cliff hanger. I personally really loved the way the author mixed all of this in a novel and the balanced she created between them (religious and history). I would definetly read it again and can't wait for the sequels! *Plus, I've had the pleasure to read it before it was publish in her first version on wattpad; besides talking with Amanda (not personally) and even interviewing her as a writer for a college project and all this even before she became famous, so I'm a little proud about that and have to remark that she's a sweetheart, with a beautiful personality and great gift for writing... Be sure to check out her other unpuclished works in Wattpad; one of my other favourites is Hidden Monster! ;) Good readings ppl!

  • Jessica Surgett
    2018-11-24 21:30

    *I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*I wasn't immediately taken with this book to be honest. I felt it was a little too... coincidental in the beginning- things working out too easily and whatnot. BUT- I was tricked, lol. It turns out the author did this on purpose and I was judging too harshly, too quickly. I don't want to give anything away, but Amanda Strong knew exactly what she was doing and everything happened for a reason. I love the whole premise of this book. I think it's very original and by the end... obviously more complicated than I first thought! You should be aware going in that this book is pretty heavy on religion. Which didn't bother me one bit. In fact, I have a pretty decent knowledge of the bible already which I think made me even more interested in where the story was going. Eden and Micah are wonderful characters and I enjoyed the dual perspectives. I think Amanda did a great job of making them convincing teenagers. In the beginning of the book I found myself rolling my eyes in frustration at them, but only because they are kids and make mistakes. By the end, they are already maturing and I thought that process was well done. I definitely want to see what happens and will be reading the next book! 4 stars

  • Candy
    2018-11-21 18:15

    I have to applaud the author for taking this approach to angels/demons. The book of Enoch is not widely excepted and is almost seen as taboo in some peoples beliefs. I am sure writing this story she had to do alot of research by reading the Book of Enoch.I tried reading just the beginning of The Book of Enoch and I couldn't wrap my head around it. I have trouble wrapping my head around Genesis 6:4 and The Book of Enoch expands on that verse.It is a fresh new way of looking at "the end times" apocalypse. The way she incorporates God and scripture into the story is commendable. It isn't overpowering but subtle and leaves you thinking of God from a different point of view;as "Captain"of Angel Armies. I loved seeing the spiritual gifts come alive in the characters. The only problem I has was where is says love in the Bible verse she quoted she substitutes it with the word charity. Now it is possible that there is a version of the Bible that says it that way but I didn't find it,however there are too many versions for me to research all of them.

  • Michelle
    2018-11-24 23:34

    4.5 StarsI don't know how Amanda does it... she puts so much info into her books - where does she come up with this stuff? You can tell she puts tremendous effort into every book she writes. It is such a joy to read her work, not just because they are entertaining and well written, but also because you can feel the care and attention she has devoted to each story. Amanda Strong is truly a gifted writer! This story flows nicely - however, by keeping one of the main characters in the dark on all the plans, she also leaves the reader in the dark. It was hard to follow at times but the ending clears up everything. Imaginative, intriguing and more than a little intense at times. Kind of a scary predicament for a bunch of teens. I loved seeing the teens' progressions, how they adapted and changed to embrace what they had to do. I can't wait to read the rest of the series!I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest opinion.

  • Sara
    2018-11-21 23:40

    The Awakener by Amanda Strong was a book I really enjoyed. From what I understand, this is the first book in a series. If so, I know I want to read the others that follow this one to find out how the story continues, as I found the concept interesting. The basic premise is that Eden, a teenager, has been given a gift, and she uses her ability to "awaken" the spiritual gifts, which vary from person to person, in others.What I really liked about this book was the supernatural elements of demons vs. angels and the use of the Book of Enoch as a base of what Eden and the other characters discover and experience over the course of the story. The book flowed easily, and I really liked the concept of guardian angels. As a whole, I liked all of characters that made up the core group in this first book. One of the things that did take me out of the story every now and then were some grammatical errors that I picked up on, but that was a secondary concern.

  • Holly
    2018-11-22 22:17

    This book was amazing! I've never been one for religious based/sugar coated stories, but this one is not like that... it's different. This is a book about regular teenaged kids who are thrust into a world of angels, demons, prophets, miracles, and apocalyptic destruction. It's exciting, it's terrifying, it's enlightening, and it's enthralling. I love how Amanda Strong weaves a powerful story that brings to light the mysteries of Bible and stories about the end of the world. I can't wait to read the next book! This is definitely a series I will follow through to the end.

  • Stephanie C
    2018-11-30 21:30

    * I received a copy in exchange for an honest review* I was completely blown away by this book. It's the first book of this kind that i have ever read and i was definitely impressed. The sorry behind it is just amazing. I loved how Amanda took the the gifts of the Spirit and gave them life. Absolutely amazing. Its a must read. You wool not regret it. You'll be hooked from beginning to the end. I hope Eden is your favorite character as well. :D

  • Mantha
    2018-12-14 23:22

    I first read this on Wattpad before she had to remove it because it was being published and finally bought a copy from Amazon this month.A great story with clearly a lot of research done by the author to make it as authentic as possible and this adds to the enjoyment. The chapters are quite short (very short in some cases) which I don't think was absolutely necessary but it doesn't detract from the story-telling.I look forward to the second book of the series.

  • Dimpu
    2018-12-07 18:34

    I read this book way before it got published and I have been a fan of Amanda ever since. I love the characters. And Micah, damn he's just awesome! And Eden and Micah are really cute together. And Gabriel!! He's just so swoon worthy! Yeah, he's an archangel but boy, is he hot! And I loved the storyline. It was different and I loved it! Can't wait for more!

  • Megan
    2018-12-06 20:21

    One of my favorite mission companions wrote this book!!! I'm so excited for her to be published. She's amazing. Oh & of course so is her book =) Can't wait for the rest of the series to come out. I haven't read any demon/angel books before but this one had a really unique story line.

  • Maria
    2018-11-29 02:22

    This is one of the best books I have ever read! I love Amanda Strong's writing and how she portrays her amazing stories with great detail and action. Guaranteed a never-put-down book right from chapter 1!Hope everyone gets the chance to read this awesome novel!-chica_2016

  • Amie Huffman
    2018-12-17 00:34

    I loved the story. I couldn't put. it down. Even with the teen romance it was a chilling story. I don't know how those kids didn't need counseling. Where did you come up with this idea? I liked it.

  • Nikki J
    2018-11-30 22:30

    The Awakener was a great read, and a fitting title as it kept me awake a lot longer than I should have been, I couldn't put it down!! A great plot with interesting characters..I definitely wouldn't have wanted to be in their shoes. I would definitely recommend this book!!!

  • Heather Langston
    2018-11-28 02:20

    Review to come :)

  • Alyssa Holbrook
    2018-11-24 02:41

    This book isn't just a fun read; it's an inspirational read! Amanda is really talented! I'm very proud of her :)

  • Nikki
    2018-11-27 21:14

    This is great for teens: clean, fun, adventurous. I felt the ending was strong than the beginning and was glad I kept going. Excited to see more from Amanda!

  • Michele Skinner
    2018-11-18 18:32

    This book was amazing. At first I didn't think I was going to like it, but once the story got going, I got into it. Can't wait until the next book!

  • Judy
    2018-11-27 00:14

    What is this -- a teen angst novel?

  • Caitlin
    2018-12-05 22:40

    I read it on wattpad a couple of years ago. I loved it and I couldn't put it down. It was thought provoking and I can't wait to read it again :D

  • Rayleigh Wendel
    2018-11-21 23:24

    Excellent!!It was a very intriguing read, both entertaining and informational! I loved the twist it put on old bible stories.