Wednesday, November 13, 2013

The Awakener by Amanda Strong Blog Tour & Review



Title:  The Awakener
Series: The Watchers of Men
Author:  Amanda Strong
Published:  October 2013 by Clean Teen Publishing
Word Count:  approx. 98,500
Genre: YA Mature Paranormal Romance
Content Warning:  Some violence and clean romance
Recommended Age:  14+
Synopsis:
Seeing Micah for the first time in years, fifteen year old Eden wants nothing more than to run and hide, but instead in a moment of sheer embarrassment, she throws her arms around his neck; unaware she just changed her childhood friend forever.

With eyes’ opened to the realm of angels and demons, Micah discovers he has become the Seer, called to save the world from an impending fire.  Shy and awkward, Eden stumbles through high school clueless her guardian angel shadows her every move, keeping her safe while she unknowingly “awakens” others to their spiritual gifts.  Micah will need those Eden touched to complete his mission which began long ago in the ancient City of Enoch and its secret underground temple.

With angels and demons fighting around them, both Eden and Micah must find their own personal courage and faith in order to know what to do for the battle that awaits them, one they must triumph or risk losing everyone they love.

Review:
I have to applaud the author for taking this approach to angels/demons. The book of Enoch is not widely excepted and is almost seen as taboo in some peoples beliefs. I am sure writing this story she had to do alot of research by reading the Book of Enoch.I tried reading just the beginning of The Book of Enoch and I couldn't wrap my head around it. I have trouble wrapping my head around Genesis 6:4 and The Book of Enoch expands on that verse.
It is a fresh new way of looking at "the end times" apocalypse. The way she incorporates God and scripture into the story is commendable. It isn't overpowering but subtle and leaves you thinking of God from a different point of view;as "Captain"of Angel Armies. I loved seeing the spiritual gifts come alive in the characters. The only problem I has was where is says love in the Bible verse she quoted she substitutes it with the word charity. Now it is possible that there is a version of the Bible that says it that way but I didn't find it,however there are too many versions for me to research all of them.

About the Author:
Born in Dekalb, Illinois, Amanda Strong has called Utah, Arizona, Hawaii, Virginia and now New Mexico home. Amanda has been spinning tales since she was a child. Her family still remembers finding young Amanda with her bright pink glasses, hiding in random corners of the house while scribbling away in one of her many spiral-bound notebooks. You could say that some things never change since Amanda is still writing today. Amanda began her writing career when she uploaded The Awakener, her first full-length novel, on Wattpad where it received over 430,000 reads in four weeks. She was blown away and humbled by the reader support and feedback she received. Because of The Awakener’s success as a non-published book, she was asked to talk on 1400 KSTAR about her story.
In September 2013 Amanda Strong signed with Clean Teen Publishing for publication of The Awakener, which is scheduled to release in late October of this year. The Awakener is the first book in an all-new young adult paranormal romance series called: The Watchers of Men.
When Amanda isn’t writing, you can find her chasing her three rambunctious children around the house and spending time with her wonderful and supportive husband. On some occasions you can still find Amanda with her not-so-pink glasses, hiding in a corner reading her favorite young adult fantasy novels or working out only to blow her diet by eating ice cream.






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