The Awakening

Fiction - Supernatural
523 Pages
Reviewed on 03/28/2021
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Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite

The Awakening by Udey Adoga is a supernatural/suspense novel that will have you sitting on the edge of your seat and hanging on for dear life. The story follows the life and trials of Emily and Desmond, two people from completely different worlds, but fate has other plans for them. Emily has one goal: to become a teacher. However, the moment she got even slightly close to her goal, things changed for the worse. Attacked by dark forces, Desmond comes to her rescue like an angel. There is a whole lot of secrets that Emily has no idea about, but Desmond explains everything. Demons and monsters are descending to destroy everything in their path. Desmond protects Emily to the best of his ability, but he has issues that he keeps hidden. But not for long, especially if he wants to keep Emily safe and destroy the demons before they destroy everything he loves.

Perfect for readers of writers such as Cassandra Clare, Richelle Mead, and J. R. Ward, The Awakening by Udey Adoga delivers on the promise of great suspense and incredible mystery. This action-packed story does not have a single dull moment; you can feel a thrill run through your bones in each scene and enjoy it. The narrative is brilliant, it transports you to Emily’s and Desmond’s lives so that you can experience it firsthand. While the descriptions are brilliant, the imagery sells this story to me. It comes to life and made it easier for me to connect with the protagonists. The thrill is real and constant, you can feel it like an essential character in the story. Desmond’s backstory and his constant struggle to do better, get a hold of his ability and keep his past in the past are handled perfectly. The ending is perfect and lays the foundation for a sequel. I cannot wait for more!

Divine Zape

The Awakening by Udey Adoga begins with a prologue that speaks of the primordial time of darkness, a period before humanity when a sorcerer sacrificed his life to save humanity, four thousand years ago. The darkness of that time is about to happen, and Emily Crane, an ordinary girl who only wants to complete her education and become a teacher, has no idea about it. While celebrating her twenty-second birthday with friends, they are attacked by dark forces. There is a supernatural war between demons and demon hunters. Emily is saved by Desmond, a man with a not-so-good past. In a world filled with monsters and demons, Desmond must face his past and re-awaken his magic if he hopes to save Emily and stop hell from engulfing Earth.

This is a good read for those who enjoy the supernatural genre. It is written in the present tense and that makes the action even more immediate, scenes playing in the reader’s mind as though they were watching a movie. The story starts slowly, with a long introduction of the protagonist and her friends. Then war breaks out without warning, with Emily watching her friends and people around her being attacked by monsters. The characters are well-developed, and apart from Emily and Desmond, Aurora will be one of the most-followed characters in this story. The imagery is strong in this narrative, starting from the black smoke forcing itself into everyone’s mouths in a rapid way and Emily’s friend attacking her after being possessed. Udey Adoga has a great sense of plot and character, and the world-building is richly done. The Awakening is well-paced, and the relationship between Emily and Desmond cleverly developed. While there is awkward phrasing in some parts, this will make for a great read.

K.C. Finn

The Awakening is a work of fiction in the supernatural genre. It is aimed at a mature reading audience and was penned by author Udey Adoga. The book follows an ordinary girl named Emily Crane who is working hard to achieve her goal of becoming a teacher. On the night of her twenty-second birthday, Emily is suddenly thrust into the world of demons and demon hunters when she is saved by an occult mercenary named Desmond. As the two fight to escape the dangerous world in which they are trapped, Desmond must confront his past, both in order to get his power back to protect Emily and to get them back to the safety of the real world.

Author Udey Adoga has delivered a deeply engaging supernatural story set within the science fiction and fantasy sub-genre. One of the most enjoyable things about this novel was how well developed and interesting all of the characters were, especially Emily, Desmond, and Aurora, which I felt added depth and emotion to the story because of the connection I felt with them. Adoga is a master at crafting a well-thought-out and well-paced plot that balances the supernatural elements perfectly alongside grounded emotional resonance. The plot never slows, which kept me engaged and involved with the characters, setting, and story from start to finish. What results is a fresh take on the supernatural genre that is packed full of action, and an interesting and diverse cast of characters. Overall, I would not hesitate to recommend The Awakening to fans of both science fiction and supernatural stories, and those looking for a read that will have them excited to see what comes next.

Vincent Dublado

The Awakening by Udey Adoga is a fine and genuinely provocative young adult supernatural novel that gives you that Twilight vibe, but you realize there is more to it once you have read it. One of the best ways to begin a novel about the supernatural is to provide a background about how magic came to meld with the metaphysical world. In this case, it has something to do with a sacrificial sorcerer, and how it will all come back to haunt humanity. Now that the supernatural history has been taken care of, the story then focuses on the present life of Emily Crane, a young woman whose ambition is to become a teacher. Evil forces come to gatecrash her twenty-second birthday, and she is fortunate to be saved by Desmond Bishop, an enigmatic young man with a link to the occult. Emily becomes involved with him, and Desmond knows that she is not supposed to. With his dark past, putting Emily in danger is something that he cannot allow to happen.

The Awakening is a relentless supernatural thriller with the right primal elements thrown in to make the storyline thread unique enough to keep your reading interest. Udey Adoga’s quick pacing gives you that raw sensation as it establishes a sense of urgency in its spine-tingling moments. Adoga’s plotting strategy is a marvel. Sure, demon and monster attacks are commonplace in the supernatural genre, but such occurrence happens through the bleary eyes of Emily, and once the existence of otherworldly forces becomes known, it becomes a story that centers on the theme of survival and love. A mere mortal like Emily is vulnerable, and Desmond’s resolve to keep her alive is what gives this supernatural story its human proportions. The Awakening is tightly woven and consistently gripping. You have to give it a try to see for yourself the uniqueness that it offers.

Romuald Dzemo

The Awakening by Udey Adoga is a great story with strong characters and a phenomenal conflict pitting demons against humans. The narrative follows an ordinary girl called Emily Crane whose only interest is to complete her education and become a teacher. On her twenty-second birthday, she unwittingly finds herself at the center of the war between demons and demon hunters. While she struggles to understand what is happening around her, Desmond, a man with a dark past and links to the occult, saves Emily. As demons spill over and the danger grows stronger, Desmond must face his past and rekindle the fire of his magic if he hopes to save Emily and defeat the elements of hell.

Udey Adoga’s novel melds elements of epic and urban fantasies to create an exciting adventure for readers. The beginning of the story caught my attention, with the allusion to the primordial conflict and the sorcerer who sacrifices himself for peace. I was intrigued by the image of a sorcerer sacrificing himself and wanted to know more about him. The author creates characters that are relatable; they are real, and it is easy to understand the emotions of Emily as the world around her is thrust into chaos. The story is well-plotted and the author has a strong sense of setting, creating locales that readers can easily visualize. The Awakening is an imaginative story that explores the war between good and evil and a character’s quest for redemption. This urban fantasy tale is fast-paced and filled with pulsating action.

Foluso Falaye

Twenty-two-year-old Emily Crane, who grew up in a religious home, was never quite religious and never believed anything supernatural, like angels and demons, were real. However, she not only is confronted by demons but finds out that she has magic, which makes her a target for power-hungry beings. Desmond is at a point in his life where he regrets the reckless actions he took in the past and is on the brink of retiring from being a monster and demon hunter. When fate brings Desmond and Emily together, Desmond makes a deal to get Emily to safety in exchange for being left alone by her. The Awakening by Udey Adoga portrays two gifted characters as they navigate through a world of monsters and spiritual beings.

I just loved the characters and their sense of humor, their strong opinions and personalities, and their tumultuous relationship with each other. I laughed hard when Emily calls Desmond a jerk and says this about him, "All he basically said was I'm the man, and we will survive and escape because I'm the man." In fact, The Awakening is filled with interesting remarks and opinions, making the book addictive and hard to put down. Prepare for a hair-raising, action-packed experience as the characters fight monsters and each other with elements like fire and water and even martial arts. The scenes played like a movie in my head because the vivid descriptions make them so easy to picture. Different themes are smoothly merged together to create an elaborate and fully packed plot: adventure, dark fantasy, regret, ego, self-analysis, empathy, love, rivalry, and more. Udey Adoga's The Awakening is definitely a force to reckon with in the supernatural genre!

udey adoga

As the author of this book, I can recommend it to anyone who is a fan of the urban fantasy genre. When writing it I chose to focus on character development and plot from the start to finish. In the end, what I came up with was good.

Outside of this, I will say that growing up I didn't read or watch a lot of things regarding the fantasy genre. What I did was I combined what little I did know about the genre with something I did know a lot about which was the old school kong fu movies of the 70's and 80's. This is why I chose to lean so heavily in the themes of honor, duty, and revenge. And because of that, I feel that I set up characters in such a unique way