“Awaken” – Book Review

By: G.R. Thomas

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

The Blurb:

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?

(From Amazon)

The Review:

When a copy of Awaken came my way, I reluctantly agreed to review it. I’m not ordinarily drawn to animated covers, but, hey, it’s a young adult angel book. Boy was I surprised!

Awaken had me from the first page. The book begins with a fairly ordinary twenty-year-old nursing student, Sophia. She’s bright, responsible, and has a great support system. She does, however, have some oddities that hint to who she really is, i.e. hair colour and her seemingly spiritual healing capabilities. But things aren’t always what they seem. It isn’t long before the reader is thrown into an unseen spiritual world full of angels and mystical creatures as Sophia learns her true identity.

Thomas’ writing is eloquent with vivid detail, tossing the reader into a spiritual realm full of wonder and colour. The fantasy world she has built is complex and would likely confuse younger readers, but older teens and adults will drink it in. Thomas truly has a talent of emerging the reader into her very vivid imagination!


4.5 wings 4.5 Wings!

About the Author:


Growing up in the burbs of Melbourne, Australia, in the 1970’s, I had little in the way of technology to entertain me. I loved horses and books. When not riding my pinto pony I devoured fantasy books. I loved Enid Blyton with all the fairies and make believe. Over time, those fairies became darker as I delved into richer, more adult and scary fantasy and paranormal literature. These books mirrored a vivid dreamscape that comes almost nightly to me. Stories swirl about whilst I sleep, both delighting and frightening me. After a wonderful career as an I.C.U nurse and having an amazing family, I finally put pen to paper and began pulling out some of these stories. History and fantasy are what I love to read now, and especially when intertwined together. Anything that takes my mind away from the daily grind is fair game. I am a great fan of diverse and immensely talented authors, some of these being, Ken Follett, Phillipa Gregory, Tolkien, Julie Kagawa, Cassandra Clare, Amy Plum, Rochelle Maya Callen and the very talented Aussie author Matthew Riley. The list could really just go on forever.
Awaken is my debut novel, the first in a three book series.

(From Amazon)

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