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The Awakening


Loved it! 😍

A story about finding your true self, finding love and the balance in all things

It has been a long time since I have read a middle grade book that I enjoyed. This book was a pleasant read for me. It was light, cute and made me chuckle a few times. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good coming of age story with magic and the discovery of love.

The story follows Emily. Like any typical 12 year old girl, Emily enjoys hanging with her friends and having fun. Unlike a typical 12 year old, Emily has to deal with aspects of her life that would be trying for anyone of any age. However, her character was strong, relatively calm throughout the entire ordeal.

This book was a little slow in the plot development but not slow in an unforgiving way, more so a necessary one. The relationships between Emily and her friend Ashley was cute and natural and I truly enjoyed reading as their relationship developed. Her relationship with the teachers and other staff was that of mutual respect which you get to learn why this is so throughout the book.

The love interest/s in this book is... complicated and without giving too much away, let's just say I am secretly rooting for a certain someone with blue eyes. Needless to say, there were quite a few revelations in this book that made the story interesting from the beginning through to the end.

Even though I enjoyed this book, there was a point when Emily had to go through something devastating, but her reaction to me seemed lacking and unexplored. I found it hard to believe that a 12 year old, or anyone for that matter, would react in such a way after such an experience. I would have loved if the author had explored this a little more.

The other thing that I wished was clearer was the antagonist of the book. I felt as if enough time was not spent on setting up the antagonist. After figuring out who the intended antagonist was, I was expecting to see more of the conflict between Emily and said antagonist, but there was hardly any conflict right up until the climax.

Irregardless, I think this was a well constructed story with an interesting premise, memorable characters and a lot of potential. I am very interested to see where it goes next.

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I don't remember a time I didn't love reading. So, I suppose it stands to reason why I love writing as well. I prefer curling up with a good book and some pistachio ice-cream to a 'night out on the town'. I enjoy meeting new people but I'm not much of a talker; an affable introvert.

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I’m an author, business owner, widow, and mother of two teenagers. view profile

Published on June 30, 2020

80000 words

Contains mild explicit content ⚠️

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

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