YA Review – Awakening

About the Book

Book:  Awakening

Author: Beckie Lindsey

Genre: YA fiction

Release date: September 2020

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Every girl has a secret she hopes the light will never find—but the demons already have.

As four high school girls are faced with life-altering decisions, their new-found faith will be tested. Although warrior angels are assigned to guard and assist the unlikely friends, they must rely on their faith to withstand the evil Duke Astaroth and the beast’s demonic horde.

Now that their spiritual eyes are open to daily battles between unseen forces of good and evil, lives are at stake.

  • Lifelong friends Krystal and Bryce are finally an official couple. But can their love survive the greatest trial they’ve ever faced?
  • Since Mackenzie’s mentally ill mother was hospitalized, she secretly worries that her deepest nightmare may come true.
  • While best friends Tammi and Sadie continue healing from their abusive pasts, each wrestles with temptations that threaten to undermine their recovery.

Can beauty arise from the ashes of despair and loss? 

Will the girls embrace who and whose they truly are?

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My Review

Lindsey, Beckie. Awakening. Plymouth, MA: Elk Lake Publishing, 2020.

Awakening is book 4 in Beckie Lindsey’s Beauties from Ashes series. The series reminds me of Frank Peretti for high school girls. The series deals with difficult topics such as teen pregnancy, depression, sexual temptation, suicidal thoughts, death of a parent. I would urge caution for those who have experienced any of these issues and are considering reading the books. 

I would recommend reading the books in order – each title builds on the plot of the previous book. Krystal, Mackenzie, Tammi, and Sadie have worked their way into the hearts of readers throughout this series. They have grown in their relationship to God as the series has progressed. 

A lot of the loose ends of the series are wrapped up in Awakening but I see room in the plot lines for more books. I do not know if Lindsey has more books planned, but I’d definitely like to read more about these characters. 

Awakening does have some triggers and difficult topics in it. If placed in a K-12 Christian school library, I would label it “For High School Only.”

I received a complimentary copy of Awakening. This is my honest review. 

About the Author

Beckie Lindsey is an award-winning author of the Beauties from Ashes series, poet, blogger, and the editor of Southern California Christian Voice, a division of One Christian Voice, a national news syndicating agency. She is a major coffeeholic and enjoys a good book with a cat on her lap. She also loves to hike and hang out with family and friends. Beckie and her husband, Scott have three adult children, two adorable cats, and live in California.

More from Beckie

Why I write YA and the BFA series

I believe a teenager still exists inside each of us.

We hear a familiar tune from our “glory days” and are instantly tapping our toes. Mentally, we’re back in high school —poofy bangs, scrunchie, neon off-the-shoulder sweatshirt — and all. Oh, wait. That’s me back in the ‘80s!

Ah, yes. There is something wonderfully awful about those coming-of-age years.

From the first kiss to the first breakup, there are memories we cherish and some we don’t care to ever revisit. Being a teen can be exciting, confusing, painful, joyous, or even all of those things at once!

No matter how different your teenage experience was from mine, one thing is true for us all: these years have an enormous impact on who we become as adults. We can all sympathize with the plight of puberty and the longing for independence and acceptance. Yeah, there’s still a teenager in all of us!

These are the reasons I write YA.

My hope is to use the power of storytelling to move past barriers and open hearts to accept how much God loves and desires a personal relationship with us.

At every age, we all need the grace and love of Jesus.

In the Beauties from Ashes (BFA) series, I write about relatable characters with difficult issues and traumatic pasts to enlighten readers about the unseen spiritual battle referred to in Scripture. Each character has a secret that has left them vulnerable to the battle in an invisible realm where demonic creatures fight to keep them chained to their pasts and angels of light work to free them.

The characters and their issues are complex, just like real life. In fact, some of the topics are often considered too taboo to talk about openly. But what is left in the dark, festers and grows. It is only in the light that we can be free. In the BFA series, readers experience the character’s quest for truth, love, grace, and freedom while hopefully finding the same for themselves.

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Stories By Gina, March 31 (Author Interview)

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, March 31

A Modern Day Fairy Tale, April 1

Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama, April 2

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To celebrate her tour, Beckie is giving away the grand prize of a $25 Amazon gift card!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

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