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 unlocks her latent powers. But Bran has a secret that can ruin their growing relationship, and the truth she discovers may destroy everything she believes in unless she finds the right balance between love and sacrifice.
Release Date: August 22, 2010
Age Group: Young Adult
Publisher: Pill Hill Press
Source: Review copy from author
I wasn't sure what to expect from Awakened. When I accepted it as a review request, I couldn't help but think of how I felt about PC Cast's Awakened earlier this year (read my review here). Add to that my prejudice against angel books (formed after I read Hush, Hush) and the fact that the summary and cover didn't draw me in and I was prepared to be underwhelmed.
So you can imagine my surprise when I started Awakened and really enjoyed it. I quickly identified with Lil and fell for Bran right along with her. I enjoy reading about heroines discovering hidden powers, and Walters did a great job with Lil's character development in that respect. The world-building was complex, and at times a little hard for me to follow---bear in mind that I am a new mom with a bad case of 'mommy brain.' But, once I got all the characters and background information straight, I really enjoyed this book.
My one complaint is that the book felt a little long. I don't really know what could have been done differently to shorten it, but it seemed to drag a little in the middle.
I would recommend Awakened to fans of angel books and all fans of paranormal YA. It was very well done and I started book two in the series eager to know what happens next.