Awakened (Book One of the Guardian Legacy) (Paperback)
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Short Description for Awakened (Book One of the Guardian Legacy) 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 u...
- Published: 22 August 2010
- Format: Paperback 272 pages
- ISBN 13: 9781617060380 ISBN 10: 1617060380
- Sales rank: 243,353
Reviews for Awakened (Book One of the Guardian Legacy)
One of the best Nephilim books out there
Awakened is an imaginative novel with a unique and finely thought-out Nephilim mythology. I never imagined that the mythology could be twisted and molded this way, encompassing other supernatural mythologies in one book. It never failed to surprise me and keep me entertained. The epic story with notable characters was something that I enjoyed from beginning to end.
Lil was a tall red-head gypsy girl who moved with her grandfather to the Valley. Life was already complicated with their constant moving. But what Lil did not know was that life was going to be more complicated, not to mention power-ridden. Throughout Awakened, Lil found the answers and the reasons to her questions and her doubts about herself and her family, little by little. She was a very strong heroine who stood up for who she was and for the people she loved. I admired how she faced problems even though at times she doubted herself.
After unleashing her powers, she then had to train with four other Trainess - Remy, Sykes, Kim and Izzy who were gifted with different powers. They were a team. But just like any team, they had conflicts within their team - a little battle of supremacy between the granddaughters of the Cardinals. She was introduced to the other Cardinal Guardians including her grandfather, the Cardinal Psi Guardian. And lastly, she was connected with Bran Llyr, a nineteen-year-old guy who appeared in the beginning of the novel and developed a soft spot for Lil. The closeness between them was what I would describe as a mystery-enhanced attraction because Lil was drawn to Bran because of this quality. She craved answers. But something in the middle of the story pulled them closer together (I refuse to say what it is.) Unlike Lil, the other Trainees did not trust Bran. When he disappeared for a number of days, followed by the disappearance of Lil's grandfather and another Cardinal Guardian, Lil knew that something was wrong. She knew that she needed to do something, no matter how dangerous it was.
Walters introduced different faces of the Nephilim race, taking something so typical and molding it into her own version. Her writing was great, peppered with commentaries from Lil, lingering on the details and yet quickly moving the story forward. The lifestyle of the Guardians and of the Trainees was interesting and kickass. Although they were not human, it was a little funny to know that there were power struggles and hierarchy issues in their lives. Some things never change.
Awakened is addictive, action-packed and full of twists and turns. One of the most original Nephilim stories out there. I recommend this to fans of demons and Nephilims, and fans of action-packed paranormal romance stories. by Precious
A must read
Awakened has everything someone could ask for in a book. Suspense, action, heart-pounding/nail biting moments, hot guardians and a kick-*** female lead character.
Awakened is about a girl named Lil Falcon. Lil is an orphaned child living with her grandfather, raised in a homeschooled setting she gets nervous when she finds out she's going to an actual high school; worried about fitting in. Lil lives the life of a gypsy and walks to the beat of her own drum, little does she know she's a guardian. A special being with extraordinary abilities, and the duty of killing demons and protecting the humans...Both things Lil does NOT want to accept, the last thing she wants is to be even more of an outsider but the powers that run within her veins are not something she can just turn away from especially when it means protecting the ones she loves.
When a strange and mysterious boy name Bran literally pops into her life asking for her grandfather's help, Lil becomes entranced by his personality and gorgeous face and body. As their relationship grows, Lil soon finds out that Bran hides a large and dangerous secret...He's half demon; half of the very things that Lil is suppose to hunt down and destroy, but deep down she knows that he is good. As her fellow guardians in training attempt to convince her to stay away from Bran; warning her of how dangerous he is, her grandfather gets kidnapped and the only way to find him is with Bran's help. Lil convinces her friends that Bran is one of the good guys, explaining to them that he is the only chance they have of finding the nature-bender that took her grandfather, and Bran's abilities and knowledge are the best chance they have of surviving a suicidal rescue mission.
Lil and the guardians realize that her grandfather's kidnapping was all just a trick to bring Lil closer to the enemy and when the truth of who she really is comes into focus, everything she's ever known; her life, her family, and herself, get ripped out from under her.
Lil's special abilities; powers that no guardian has ever possessed, become evident throughout the story and the origin of her powers will leave you shocked. Awakened is full of twists and turns, drama, and the unexpected. Every page left me wanting more. Bran is an amazing bad boy, that could make any girl's heart melt. His story is exceptional, and his true nature speaks for itself. Lil is a powerful main character that makes you want to stand up and cheer! by Melissa Silva
Celebrating her Sweet 16 brought more changes to Lil's life than she ever could have fathomed. Suddenly she is hearing voices, and can cause wild storms just by getting a little emotional. She soon discovers she is a Guardian, and the one boy she can't stop thinking about just might be her enemy.
This is a great book! The action was practically non-stop. The world it took place in was very intriguing. Guardians are teleporting all over the world to stop demons from inciting chaos. Most natural disasters can be blamed on demons with control over the elements. Then there is the whole throwing energy ball business. So cool!
The characters were fun and engaging. Lil was just the right mix of sweet and sassy. I loved how easily she handled all the changes in her life, and the secrets that kept on emerging. She wasn't afraid to stand up for herself, and wasn't about to forget who she really was while adapting to her new life as a Guardian. She's a strong female protag, which I always find impressive. Bran is definitely at heartthrob status. I loved the chemistry between those two, and the eventual reveal of why they feel what they feel (insert dreamy sigh here). Nothing like forbidden love to really stir things up. A strong start to what I feel will be a fantastic series.
Found yourself effected by the Angel mania sweeping Young Adult literature? Enjoy a tale of Good vs. Evil? If so, I highly recommend adding Awakened to your must read list. by Christie
A tapestry of sweet complexity
How would I describe Awakened: A tapestry of sweet complexity.
Ednah Walters did not waste any time jumping into the plot and introducing us to two of the main characters Lil and Bran in chapter one. What is Lil and what will come of her? Is Bran who he is raised to be?
I am not going to attempt to resummarizing the plot because I'm still on cloud nine. Wouldn't want to have a *whoops* spoiler moment.
The storyline is a tapestry of rich inheritance, intriguing back story and optimistic future. Of course many readers of the genre know that I use the term optimistic loosely. The ending of Awakened leaves room for more action and plot/character growth which means that there will be more adversaries popping out of the wood works and more trials to overcome. However, young love is in the air and you know what they say about love. But let's rewind a moment and get to the goodie before the ending.
What makes Awakened click?
Characters: You've got the good, the bad, the in between and the humans. There is a balance which supports the idea that those who are written to be special- is special. For instance, if everyone has superpowers then it's not really super just plain jane powers, right? Lil's character is complex. One day normal teen, next day the cream of the crop. She struggles with the truth of her existence, a new life, adolescent hormones all the while battling adversaries in the flesh.
Bran is on a mission and seeks Lil for help. He is looking for a way to save his family and pleads Lil for the help of the only good guys geared and ready to fight powerful battles. The Guardians.
Relationships: Across the board the relationships forged and refined is quite the journey and sweet to the core. One in particular is my fondest. Lil and her grampa is a team. Their relationship is one to admire and toast Ednah for. Grampa fits the bill perfectly. His love for Lil is shown through his trust, loyalty, willingness and honesty.
Moving onto the Romance, I could have grouped it with Relationships but I am a romance freak so it gets its own paragraph. Four words for you:
"Love At First Psi"
What does it mean? It's my own play off the Love At First Sight saying because as soon as I realized the budding romance and the mystical way these beings connect. Xenithians and Hermonites can do things that no human can. They can tap into energies and do things like communicate and connect. *nudge*nudge*nudge* Do you see where I can going with this? The romance is taken on a deeper level and felt from within. I am a sucker for Alrunes, what can I say!? hehehe, you have to read Awakened to know what Alrune is?
Thankful, Ednah has included a Glossary for readers to reference. I read an ARC so I am not to sure if it made it to the final mass distribution but I do appreciate the inclusion. Note that the information can be found on Ednah's website.
All in all, Awakened is appropriate for teens with all the makings for adult readership appeal. I am seeing Awakened referred to as YA Fantasy but I can see it easily adapting into YA PNR. I am officially adding this title among my favorite 2010 YA reads. And I will be counting down for Book 2: Betrayl to arrive. Now when will that be? by Chasityunder review
Excellent Storyline & Crazy Demons!
The book is set in the Utah valley. Now, although nobody knows this about me, I have family in several parts of the valley there so I'm pretty familiar with its layout. Plus, visiting the place at least twice a year for most of my life didn't hurt (My mom is a native....what can a girl do?). So to me, it was exciting to see a story unfold in a place that sits so close to me. You should see me when I read books that have to do with Arizona... It's like I've won the lottery.
Anyway, our main character is Lil. Now, I'm not really going to give you plot details and such because the synopsis does it's own job of that. What I will tell you however is that Lil is a 16 year old who just wants to fit in. I suppose that is the story with most 16 year olds. She also happens to have some pretty sweet powers and belongs to a super secret world of Guardians here to protect us from the evil demons that want our souls.
The very beginning of the book is motivationally delicious - it grabbed my attention fabulously. Immediately we (the readers) are introduced to Bran, the seriously sexy male love icon. It took me quite some time to try and figure out his character, but I still don't think I did. I would have liked to have seen some more Bran, definitely more development of his character. He didn't seem to really fit in the world that Lil had carved for herself. He was just kind of there, like he was forced into the story. I think that some of the smaller characters were a bit more developed than he was. I felt like Lil would have been better placed with Sykes rather than Bran.
Lucky for me, there were several other characters to love. I had an all out crush on one of the guy guardian trainees - Sykes. He was adorable in the I'm-hot-and-sexy-and-I-know-it-so-I'm-going-to-flirt-with-you kind of way. I really liked his sense of humor and his wit. Plus, there was Izzy who seemed like she could kick ass but was still nice and kind. Kim, the other female guardian trainee, was kinda evil, but I understood her. I could totally get why she was the way she was....maybe that says something about me (food for thought).
The demon part of the book was a bit tricky and I didn't quite get how the whole thing worked with them until the end. I did think the concept of how they functioned and their purpose for being in existence was pretty cool. I loved the explanation Walters gave for the nature problems on Earth and the demons hands in all that. Excellent!
Still, I do think the general storyline was fun and interesting. Plus, there were quite a few fight scenes which I adored and girl fights always add to the drama in a book.
Walters' debut novel of Guardians, Nephilium, demons, souls, swords and crazy teenage hormones makes for an interesting and entertaining read. by Jen_the_Bibliophile
Something for Everyone
My thoughts...I LOVED this book. Ednah Walters has created an exciting world of Angels and Demons complete with magic and romance.
Awakened is book one in The Guardian Legacy series. It grabbed my interest from the very first chapter and kept me intrigued until the end. It offers a great blend of action, romance, great fight scenes, and fantasy. While some of the settings were complex, Walters did a brilliant job of transporting the reader to her world. The book played out like a movie, one that I would watch again.
The characters in the story are part of a team of Guardians who protect the world from evil. They all have unique abilities and strengths which make them interesting in their own ways. There are also some secondary characters that will satisfy fans of the paranormal including blood suckers and shifters. The heroine, Lili is a unique character that I immediately liked. She is very selfless and devoted to those she loves. Bran, the lovely boy on the cover, was another character I really enjoyed reading. I look forward to learning more about all of the characters.
I would definitely recommmend Awakened to readers of all ages and genders. This is a love story, but it is balanced with lots of intense action. Book two, Betrayed, is already on my wish list. by Eleanor Nicewonger
A definite must read!!!
Wow, Ednah is just an amazing author. I was so sucked into this story from start to finish. Her descriptions make you feel like you're right there in the story. So many great and interesting characters with such a huge diversity of traits. It was not hard to fall in love with the two main characters as there story unravels. Add in some wickedly cool villans, a bunch of new friends that are willing to do anything for you and you have one of the best novels of the year. A definite MUST read! Will be patiently awaiting the next novel in the series. by Angela Evans
Awakened by Ednah Walters * Arc - A Ya novel like no other **
** spoiler alert ** Mind dazzling !!
First thoughts the cover looks fantastic!!
Definetly drew me in.
When you initially read about Angels and Demons you invisage a plot, but I can guarantee this book is not like any other. There are varities of books in this genre out there but Awakened was definelty one of a kind. It will Awaken something new In what you would never expect. The characters and story line I found instant connection with, the descriptions unforgettable, and all the personalities unique. The concept of the book was alone memorable. Different from any other novel I have read. Once I began to read I could not stop.
Chapter one was a great start to the series, flowed well and gave you the basics you needed to start. The terminology-glossary in the front of the book most helpful if you found one of the terms in the book you was unsure of, you could just turn to this page, very detailed and I think a great idea.
Once Lil turned 16 her life changed, having lived a sheltered life with her grandfather in the circus she comes across a charming, sexy, headstrong and assertive, yet-secertive young man.He entered her life, and things began to change.His assertivness came across quiet cocky, but once you read the book it will all make sense, very straight to the point what he says - goes ! . Lil is a very emotional 16 year old her life has gone from being what she thought it was to something completely different,a different world from the world she thought she lived in . She has lots of love to give, yet very set on her morals and her ways. She finds herself making choices she would never have thought she would ever have to make and sometimes it made you wander if they were right, but it all worked out in the end. This is where Ednah Walters kept us in suspense, I found myself in certain parts wandering where she was going and then surprised at new additions throughout the book. Lil did things Despite the consquences her loyalty and love came first no matter what the outcome.
Awakened kept me intrigued the entire book, suspense drawing me in, page by page, Bran and Lils life and the life of the guardians is not yet completed there is so much more to come. The book ended, and I didnt find myself hanging off a cliff in suspense or thinking it halted mid story, Ednah left room for more and room for speculation. Any reader will find themselves wandering whats next !! I was happy with the way in which Ednah Walters ended it. I will be adding this book to my shelf to be re-read in the future and I must say I eagerly await the next book in ** The Guardian Legacy Series!!! ** Will good over rule evil in book 2 ??
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