Reviewed by: Harli Broge, a Professional Writing major at Taylor University.



Title: Awakened

Author: Morgan L. Busse

Publisher: Gilead Publishing

Publication Date: 2017

Format: Print Book

Length: 243 pages


In this sequel to Tainted, Kat and Stephen are in a race to save Kat’s soul before she loses it forever. The dark magic inside of Kat is growing stronger, and she doesn’t know if she can contain it much longer before it destroys everything she loves. Her only hope is a man named Dr. Latimer, who may hold the cure for her soul, but unfortunately, his last known location is the front lines of a terrible war. Kat begins to wonder if she will find him in time to save her soul before the darkness takes over.

In a tale that blends history and fantasy, readers will find themselves swept along with our heroes as they encounter sky pirates, deadly storms and bounty hunters. Kat is willing to do whatever it takes to stop the monster inside her, but will it be enough?

From the beginning, the book’s premise captures your attention with a strong female lead and an intriguing plot. The book was enjoyable with decent characters, good pacing, and an interesting storyline. However, that does not fully make up for its predictable storyline, cheesy dialogue, typos, and plot holes. The idea itself is an interesting one, but the execution leaves the reader feeling dissatisfied in the end.


Rating (1 to 5)

2.5 stars

Suggested Audience

Awakened is generally directed toward females who are interested in a fantasy that takes place in a historic setting.  Due to some dark twists, use of dark magic, and more mature themes, this book is best advised for teens ages 16 and up.

Christian Impact

While God is present, He is more in the background. He has very little interaction with the characters and felt like a last-minute addition rather than a central part.

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