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Beauty Awakened

(Angels of the Dark #2)

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  11,647 ratings  ·  782 reviews
His name is Koldo. He is scarred, powerful, his control legendary-and he lives only for vengeance, determined to punish the angel who viciously removed his wings. But if he yields to the forces of hatred, he will be kicked from the heavens, eternally damned.

She is his last hope. Nicola Lane was born with a defective heart, yet this fragile human shows surprising strength
Mass Market Paperback, 447 pages
Published February 26th 2013 by HQN Books
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Banana I've read the lords of the underworld... I must say because the main character Zacharel in this book appeared in so many of the lords of the…moreI've read the lords of the underworld... I must say because the main character Zacharel in this book appeared in so many of the lords of the underworld books I feel that I liked this series BETTER than the lords of the underworld. You get a really good idea of how ruthless and cold he is so it makes this first book apthst much sweeter.... Can't say much more without giving it away! :D (less)

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Jen Davis
Feb 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book was almost great. It pains me to say that, because the parts of it that were good were very, very good. But the two issues I had with it really took away from my overall enjoyment.

This second installment in Gena Showalter's Angels of the Dark series features Koldo, and though I wasn't that excited to learn he was getting his own book, he ended up a really good tortured hero. He was raised by a mother who hated him and cut of his wings. Then he was abandoned to be tortured and kept by
Final rating: 5/5 stars

“Even the smallest light can grow until there’s no darkness left.”

※ update: I did some editing of the review on 17/10/14.

This series is captivating. It will bind you and won't let you go until you read them all. More world-building, plot twists, actions and sexual tension + another virgin hero. For me it was absolutely better than the first one. It made me laugh a lot, but as well cry because of certain character's decision in the end. Still, the story about Nicola
Georgia ♥
5 Beauty-And-the-Eye-of-the-Beholder Stars

“Even the smallest light can grow until there’s no darkness left.”


A wingless angel.


A girl tormented by demons.


Is there redemption, for a soul ravaged by hate? Salvation, for a heart ripped apart by fear? And what happens, when you have invited the demons to your own destruction?


Koldo a half Angel/half Nefa soldier in the angelic army, has known only pain and suffering his whole life. Hated and abused by both his Angel mother and his Nefa father,
Oct 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: angels, fantasy

“You speak what you believe, and you believe you’re doomed. If there’s one thing I’ve learned throughout the years, it’s that what you believe is the impetus for your entire life.”

Koldo is a an angel who lost his wings in a very brutal way.

You've lost what you didnt deserve.
As a kid he was violated by both his mother and his father.I never understood why his mother was so callous towards him until the last chapter . On the other hand I never expected a Nefas like his father to show any
Feb 28, 2013 rated it it was ok

What to say? I feel very conflicted about my review. It feels wrong to be writing this but.... WTH! I was hoping Last Kiss Goodnight was an exception, but I guess not. It felt like Sunday church school. I've deleted this sentence like 10 times because I just don't know how to continue without being harsh, but I think GS might be at a point where she is going to be acquiring a completely different kind of reader and saying
Neyra ♦
Okay... So, first, the rating...

If we're looking at it from a reviewers perspective alone, this book is a solid 2 stars.

For someone who's an avid Showalter fan and has only found disappointment in her Alien Huntress books… *points to self* … this book is a one star book.

Beauty Awakened is the highly anticipated sequel to Showalter's Angels of the Dark series, where we meet angelic warriors on the edge of destruction. Koldo is part of the Army of Disgrace and he's bent on getting revenge on the
Mar 06, 2013 rated it did not like it
First time book review due to how disappointed I am in this author's new direction. Bought this book based on her older books and I deeply regret it. The storyline was overtaken by her relentless, preachy message of faith healing. Found it to be very obnoxious and atypical of her previous books. Guess she's recently found Jesus and while I'm happy for her newfound religious beliefs, I don't care to be hammered over the head with them. The book read more as a YA Christian novel, not what I was ...more
Jun 16, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy, romance

I was so disappointed with this one. So,so,so much. I just can not believe that Gena Showalter wrote something like this.
Nothing special with main characters.
Nothing special with love part, action part or any other part.
I wanted so much to read this because Koldo sounded like one cool guy with tragic past.
But what i did not like most was all that part about how everything will be okay if you think it is okay. Good things will happen if you think that they will. Nothing bad can happen
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His name is Koldo.He is scarred,powerful,his control legendary and he lives only for vengeance against the angel who viciously revoved his wings.But if he yields to the forces of hatred he will be eternally damned.


Koldo lost his wings when he was younger, and we finally get a chance to learn how he lost his wings and why.He had a very tough childhood because of his parents and it really broke my heart when I learned about his relationship with his parents.
He just wanted his parents to be proud
Jo ★The Book Sloth★
Spoilers will probably follow...

3,5 stars

Once again I find myself in a dilemma! I don't know whether I liked the book or not. There were some black spots but the end sort of made up for most of them in my opinion but not all.

What I mean is...

The heroine of the book was -her words not mine, but sadly true- unexciting. Nicola is a 23 year old girl who is afraid to live. I totally understand that the condition of her heart made it impossible for her to have excitment in her life safely but honestly
Jul 12, 2013 rated it really liked it

I love everything Gena Showalter writes. I forgot how I literally cannot put a Gena book down. She is the queen of paranormal romance. This book did not disappoint. It wasn’t my favorite, although she has written so many books, that not all of them can be my favorite. I don’t think I’ve ever not enjoyed something she has written.

This book was definitely different than her usual. It was a little more serious at the beginning. Gena has a wit in her characters and
3.5/5 stars

“Even the smallest light can grow until there’s no darkness left.”

This was really fun! It's been quite a while since I read the first one and I forgot how much I enjoyed it. Angels are by far my favourite paranormal creature to read about, so this series is basically everything I could possible want in a paranormal romance. Since I love angels so much, I was always so drawn into the descriptions of wings or them flying. I could vividly picture all of the characters and how they
Apr 28, 2013 rated it it was ok
If you are a fan of previous GS paranormal books, you probably want to skip this one. Or be ready to be disappointed.
When trying to explain my disappointment to a friend I made this comparison:Is like going to your favorite bakery to buy your favorite chocolate cake. Nothing in the bakery is different. The tag doesn't say that the recipe has been changed, but as soon as you open the package you realize it looks different. The first bite tells you the recipe has been changed to worse (like using
3-3.5 stars

While I liked this one ok, I will say that 'Beauty Awakened' is NOT one of Gena Showalter's better creations - and I'm kinda feeling rather ambivalent about it.

Generally, I really enjoy Ms. Showalter's stories - they're (usually) fun and sexy and guaranteed entertainment. But the last couple of releases haven't been as... spicy, shall we say, as her usual fare.

Now I enjoy some steam in my books, and when I expect it and don't get it, it can be a tad disappointing... unless a great
Jun 11, 2013 rated it did not like it
I liked the premise, as well as the message. Here is where I was so crestfallen: the love scenes. I didn't know if this was a showalter book written for ya, or for ADULTS! I read her books because I love her love scenes being HOT HOT HOT! This book was NOT NOT NOT! If I could say something to the author, I would say this, "you set these expectations of your readers, and you are the one who labels your books adult, when you write a book as being part of an adult series, but you write it for ...more
Lindsay Avalon
Mar 21, 2013 rated it it was ok
2.5/5 Blue Duckies


This is the second book of her Angels of the Dark series and, as with all of her books, it's standalone. The story was pretty interesting and I have to admit to being quite intrigued by Koldo after reading Wicked Nights. We get more of a look into the world of angels and I really liked the idea of an angel as wounded as Koldo by his horrible parents. I wanted to love this book, truly. Parts of it were really interesting, there was some great humor in areas and some
Carla-Book Monster Reviews
Feb 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
INCREDIBLE! I <3 Koldo!!

BEAUTY AWAKENED, the 2nd installment of Gena Showalter's Angels of the Dark series is finally here and it was so worth the wait!

The book starts off with a young Koldo at the age of 7 years old. This was by far the most heartbreaking chapter I have ever read. A little boy starved for his mother's attention and love and getting nothing but hatred and abuse in return. No matter what he did to please her, she hated him and punished him more. We finally learn what happened
Sep 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: urban-fantasy
Rating: 5 out of 5.

A beautiful story about an angel with no wings and a girl with a frail heart. This is a story about finding love in a world full of hurt.

The setting for the Angels of the Dark is commendable. A setting of angels, demons and a bit of inclusion of her Lords of Underworld series, Gena Showalter threads a rich fantasy setting.

The characters are very well written and they have depth. In other words, they are not shallow, they don't follow the same path that other heroes and
Jul 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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Lover of Romance
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Beauty Awakened is book two in the "Angels of the Dark" series and I am in love with this story. Gena Showalter is a queen in writing such riveting paranormal romance novels, and Beauty Awakened is no different. There was something so much more tangible about this book that just gravitated towards this reader. I deeply loved the development of this series so far and for those who are solid fans of the "Lords of the Underworld" series than
Mar 21, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
I’d never read any of Gena Showalter’s books before trying Beauty Awakened, but I’d gotten the idea they were fun reads. Unfortunately, I did not have fun with Beauty Awakened — in fact, it made me angry — and I abandoned the book partway through.

The setup is that Koldo, a physically and emotionally scarred dark-angel type, and Nicola, a self-sacrificing young woman with a heart condition and a dying twin sister, meet and eventually fall in love. But Showalter made Koldo so insufferable that I
☽ Rhiannon ✭ Mistwalker ☾
Well, now I am worried. If Gena is going to be using the AotD series to preach her religion, I'm not going to read the series. I just hope that LotU doesn't go this route! If Gena keep going for the Christian-inspired romance, I'm done.

This book was just way too prosthelytizy. I mean, given the steaminess of her other books, it feels weird that there are like two sex scenes that come at the end of the book and only after the couple is married. And they're super super vague! No actual
Mar 10, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: pnr-scifi
Hmmm. This was better than Last Kiss Goodnight, but it still had some patchy spots with the plot and characterisations. There were no great highs, even though Koldo was a tortured hero (usually a no brainer for me). The heroine really was insipid. The religious overtones that were overwhelming in Last Kiss Goodnight were toned down a bit here; but were still present and noticeable, which leads me to believe this is the direction Gena Showalter is heading in with her writing. That is OK, if that ...more
Oct 03, 2012 rated it it was ok
This book was totally untypical Showalter. I'm sorry, but you can't go from writing super awesome smexy books to trying to lead people to Jesus. I felt as though Nicola got accepted into a religious cult at the end. It was just way too much with the religious undertones in this book. I've read several authors who have done this. For gods sake, look at Anne Rice and the dramatic shift in her writing. And look at Catherine Anderson. That woman used to write some damn good books, now it's all going ...more
Francesca the Fierce (Under the Covers Book Blog)
4.5 stars

Gena Showalter is back and with another hit. BEAUTY AWAKENED grabbed me from the very first pages when it tells the tale of a little boy starved for his mother’s affection. A love that he never got. And the suffering that came after.

Koldo is a tough warrior in Zacharel’s Army. But I think I would do better at introducing him by giving you some visual stimulation because this is pretty much what I thought of…(minus the hair because Koldo is bald)

If that doesn’t get you jumping up and
Seena Seena
Jul 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
A new way my tantrum throwing son does to get his way is hold his breath so he gets what he wants! I wonder if that shall work if I did that so I can have this book now. And all the remaining books for that matter! For the people's who do know me, know I hate effing waiting! I am the most un patience person you shall ever meet. And I now have to endure this wait! FML
4.5 stars

Koldo!!!! <3

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This was way better than I thought it would be. What a beautiful triumphant story! I could not put this down for the life of me. Koldo stole my heart and quite easily I must say. <3 Very complex tormented character who had a difficult life as a child. Because of his abusive childhood he always thought he was undeserving of anything good or kind but always ached to want those who were supposed to love him to love him in return.

When you have this for a mother....
Ronda  Tutt
Mar 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Awesome Read!

Koldo’s story is the perfect tortured soul to get his happy ever after ending. Between the torturous past Koldo went through between the evil acts from his own mother Cornelia (a sent one) and father Nox (Nefas demon) it is no wonder he was lusting after revenge.

I thought Nicola Lane was the perfect mate for Koldo because of the important lessons learned from both of their circumstances. Yes Nicola was sick as was her sister who eventually does die but the lesson of Nicola situation
Jul 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
Axel:“YOU’RE ACTING like a child,”

Koldo:“That’s funny, coming from you,”

Axel:“You threw alcohol at a puny human male.”

Koldo:“He’s lucky to still be alive. I could have thrown daggers.”

Axel:“Wait. Did you think I was complaining? I was actually cheering.”

Wow!Wow!Wow! 4,5 Stars

Another amazing book by Gena Showalter .It's been such a long time since I found out about this book and I finally got to read it...

Koldo has been betrayed by the very people who created him.Firstly,his mother cut his
Jessie Potts
Feb 19, 2013 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars

What it's about: This is Gena's second book in her new series, called Angels of the Dark. Each Sent One (like an angel but not) is a part of the Army of Despair. They are close to "falling" and losing their place in the light. In this book it's about Koldo, the angry warrior who gave up his hair to help a fellow Sent One. He also keeps his horrible mother locked up in a cage (long story, but I have to say she deserves it). It's also about the demons who want to drag them down.

Why you
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Gena Showalter is the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of over seventy books, including the acclaimed Lords of the Underworld series, the Gods of War series, the White Rabbit Chronicles, and the Forest of Good and Evil series. She writes sizzling paranormal romance, heartwarming contemporary romance, and unputdownable young adult novels, and lives in Oklahoma City with her family ...more

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“But I gotta say, I am so proud right now.” Axel flattened his hand over his heart. “You borrowed my patented move, proving I’m made of more than awesome. I’m awesalicious. Is that a word? It’s probably a girl word, but who cares! Seriously. Do you see a tear in my eye? Because I’m pretty sure I feel one.” 20 likes
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