SOME PEOPLE AREN’T DESTINED TO BE ORDINARY.
Book 1 of the A’vean Chronicles
Awaken by GR Thomas
A great synopsis and a stunning cover had me drooling over Awaken by GR Thomas. Unfortunately, the reality was a bit more stark. There’s a good story there and solid characters, but the delivery leaves a lot to be desired. I think this might be Thomas’ first book and the nerves show.
There needed to be a better balance of show and tell. Unlike the faults I find with other books that simply tell, tell, tell, Thomas shows. She shows almost too much. Every minute detail is written about and shown. Whereas another story might make better use of the time to write a paragraph explaining how the protagonist spent a month training, Thomas instead actually chooses to stay with the protagonist that entire month showing the training every day (just an example). The stretch between action and inaction is too drawn out.
As I said though, the story is solid, as are the characters. The idea of an earth born angel sent to be the salvation of the watchers and nephilim is a good one. As is the backstory that starts the book off. Nik’ael is a great character and his angst should have propelled the story forward. Sophia’s innocence and desire to help/do good should have provided the conflict. Yet, the times I felt the push and pull was far and few between.
I’m sure plenty of people love this book and you might as well. Perhaps I’m simply being picky, and that could definitely be it. However, Awaken by GR Thomas simply did not engross me as it should have. The excessive day to day to day to day exposition of things that could have been summed up more succinctly brought me out of the struggle and conflict, leaving me wanting more.
About the Author
I grew up in Melbourne, Australia in the 1970’s when entertainment came in the form of sport or a good book. I chose both. An avid love affair with my pinto horse ensued as well as a healthy diet of any book I could get my hands on. English and history were always my favourite subjects so logically I studied to become a Critical Care Nurse! Books, particularly historical fantasy, have remained my number one go to for a healthy retreat from the craziness of the real world. After having a beautiful family and bringing a wonderful nursing career to a close, I finally took the time to write down one of the many stories that have been swirling around in my dreams for years. My dreamscape is rich with fantasy that both inspires and frightens me at the same time. I am pulling out those threads and spinning them into the type of stories I love to read. I’m finally letting out all my angels and demons.