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The Awakening of Ren Crown

(Ren Crown #1)

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  701 ratings  ·  116 reviews
In a world where layers of magic create worlds on top of our own, a girl desperately hunts an elixir for death. Through the hallowed halls—and criminal underworld—of the magic world's most elite institution, time and glittering evil stalk her steps.

Animated creations, enchanted gadgets, and marvelous machines vie with the students themselves: mischievous engineers, diaboli
Paperback, 461 pages
Published July 9th 2012 by Excelsine Press (first published July 1st 2012)
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10/29/17 --- 4th reread review - still love this book with my entire heart although a few of my opinions regarding my review have changed (and i've made minor edits of this previous review to reflect that). for full clarification, see my review for book 4 (the unleashing of ren crown). 10/10 still and i absolutely positively adore ren.

2/1/17 --- holy SHIT. wow.

this book quickly jumped to the top of my favorite books, only behind my ultimate favorites. i have never enjoyed reading a protagonist m
Ornella (Nyx)
3/10/17 - Loveeeeeeee

6/6/14 - 3rd re-read and STILL excellent :) Now to reread book 2!

24/8/12 - Even though the start is a wee bit slow, it was totally worth it. I hadn't read a book that meshed that book's plot line with the over all plot line of the series so well since Harry Potter.

The real selling point for me was the incredible world building. It was all so painstakingly thought out, every little piece connected with each other to form one hell of a world. The way the magic works, how the
Jan 08, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Alisa by: Ornella (Nyx)
This took me so long to finish. I had other things going on at once so it was really hard to get into this book because there's a million different things going on in this book as well.

I really liked the world building. The magic layers Zoelle created was a really neat idea. If you slack on reading the details anywhere in this book, you get lost so easily. Probably why it took me a while to finish.

The story behind everything was... awesome. I loved the whole idea of these twins losing each other
Dec 06, 2016 rated it liked it
Reread 3/11/18

The world-building and characters are still fun but forgot how long this book is lol.

3.5~3.75 stars

Appreciation for the existence of Constantine Leandred.

Dec 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
im in love with ren and she is definitely bi idc if its canon or not SHE IS THE BICON WE DESERVE
Aug 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Awakening of Ren Crown is a rich, deep and engaging novel. The story deals with the struggle many of us face, of not being able to let go of those we love when they are gone. It also addresses the issues of finding out who we truly are and what we are capable of. Although this novel is directed towards the youth fantasy audience it is written in a captivating and intelligent style that can suit all ages of fans of fantasy and magic.

As you journey with Ren , Florence Crown, through her adven
3.5 stars

There's a lot to like about this book, but the #1 was the characters and friendships. We all know that found families is one of the best tropes and this did it well. My biggest problem with this was the resurrection plot - I've always hated that type of plotline. Anyway really looking forward to seeing what the crew get up to in the next book.
Oct 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018-reads
3.75 stars
The story and premise is really cool and I somewhat enjoyed learning about it, but it is very slow for my tastes. Ren was alone in the story for so long and it just took its toll on me sometimes. I really did enjoy the characters though and I love the found family! The characters are what I really want to read about it in the next books. Lastly, this book receives 3.75 stars because it made me cry! i was so sad for Ren and Christian!

Eve Messenger
Imagination: 10/10. Friendships: 10/10. World-building: 9/10. Pacing: 2/10. With better editing, this could have been a five-star book.
Apr 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bonkers, but really fun worldbuilding. Like the magicians, but better *with less sexual assault
Jun 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
**Re-read review**

I'm the kind of reader who doesn't really do rereads a lot because there's a tiny little annoying voice in my head saying, "but what about this other book you had to read?". However, for the final installment of this amazing series, I decided that the tiny voice inside my head had to shush and I NEEDED to reread all 4 books so that I had everything fresh in my mind before diving into the gorgeousness that is going to be the 5th and final book The Destiny of Ren Crown (view spoi
Jul 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is one of those books that knocks you out with the sheer scope of the imagination. It's just...the magic is fucking cool. The world in this book is...god, like so carefully drawn but also...seen through the eyes of a protagonist who knows next to nothing so we discover things along with her in a haphazard manner. This makes for a really fun, intense ride, with whacky stuff happening to Ren on every page. I hesitated to give this 5 stars because it took me weeks to get through, but ...more
Taylor of Elfhame ❦
Nov 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
I love magic and these characters so much; a great reread.

November 27 2017

I actually loved this for a first novel. There's so much potential for a world and a story like this and I'm really excited to get through the rest of this series. Ren Crown might just end up being one of my favorite MC's, but she's got a long way to go with her magic and so much to learn about the world she's found herself in and it's rules before she becomes truly great. Still, I very much enjoyed this cast of character
ira ✨
Aug 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
i loved loved LOVED it. we've got several amazing, well-built friendships/relationships, we have multilayered characters with complex emotions and impossible goals who have to make hard decisions and no matter how many times they evaluate the risk, something always turns out to be wrong (despite their good intentions) and it's just SO fascinating. you have magic, girls supporting girls, platonic f/m friendships, important lessons - either veiled or shown/said directly on page, character developm ...more
Jul 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
I'm so glad I decided to read and finish this book. I was so lost during the beginning and almost wanted to stop reading this book but good thing I decided to read further.

Things weren't explained and the things that happened during the beginning of the book left me confused and there were things I didn't really get but what can I do.

Other than that, after I got past my frustrations it got pretty interesting. The plot was unique and I didn't get bored even once. I especially loved Constantine an
I had this book lined up on my Nook for awhile, but it did languish, based on the cover. I thought it would be another book featuring a girl, who would be, as they often are in YA, slightly disappointing, lackluster, while everyone around them seems entranced just the same.

Though she is a bit mono-focused, she isn't one of those annoying people who perfectly adapts to new skills and abilities and suddenly knows karate and three languages effortlessly. She's confused, lost and heartbroken, and ha
Rating: 3.5 Stars

The Story:
From what I understand, the story is about a girl who recently lost her brother by magic they did not know about. From there, she is sent to therapists and such, and surrounding herself by her most talented skill: art. She draws and paints, losing herself in her drawing with her art teacher who appears to be her friend. But, he is not what he seems. Soon, she is drawn into this world she has no idea about, trapping a boy in one of her paintings and hearing her brother'

Absolutely entrancing. It's captured my attention and drew me in and I was completely helpless. WOW. JUST WOW. I love it!

As for the book;

It starts fast, then slows down, goes faster, then slows down again.
Sometimes I was confused and there's so much going on even when everything moves slow.


Overall it is acquire a touching book. Everything Ren- the heroin- does is for her brother- Christian, never stopping to think of the c
Dec 16, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Mitch by: Ornella (Nyx)
Totally see the psychedelic Harry Potter. Or maybe an artsy Inkspell?
Jun 24, 2017 rated it liked it
Slow af but the characters make the book. Shall continue series later. Needs shorter chapters each with mini mini mini sub plot. Besides that good shit
Oct 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
okay so i probably shouldn't have started reading this book with the intention of only meeting Constantine and Ren because i just clearly gave the book 5 freaking stars and i've admittedly dropped this book so many times with so many reasons. and i know i shouldn't have dropped this book because 1) someone died already in the first part of the book!!! like who the hell does that?!?? not just someone, but someone who is really close to Ren's heart. so how could you not get hooked with that?!?? 2) ...more
Aug 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Flowers bloomed beneath him, spreading everywhere. The winning moment of the game. The feel of a perfect second extended forever.
He smiled. A glorious, lovely smile.

This book was amazing and I loved it so very much. I kept getting a Harry Potter vibe which was awesome. The love that Ren has for her brother made me so emo and I adore her friendships with Will, Olivia, Constantine, and Neph. Will was absolutely adorable. Ren's punishments and community service hours were so amusing and I enjoy
Alexandra G.
Dec 08, 2018 marked it as could-not-finish
I love slow-burn romances. When the author takes time to build something lasting and beautiful.
But a slow-burn love triangle that spans five freaking books?!

My (Lostinfantasybooks)
Apr 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
4 Stars for Ren Crown

Full review later
Dec 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Katie by: Eri
3.5 but I'm rounding up for the friends we made along the way
Dec 03, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: meh, young-adult, magic
Rich plot, poor execution.
Dec 28, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Deniz by: Ornella (Nyx)
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult
BotW 4.1.13

i am not sure how to rate it-- its around 3.5stars.
there are so many good aspects about this- but also big drawbacks.

Review: (finally! I know I know...)

This book split me right into two- because there were many aspects I really liked about it and many I really didn't. Which makes rating it really had.
Its 3.5 Stars--- because it is better than good but not quite that great either.

My biggest issue is definitely the length… it's incredibly looooong. Usually that doesn't pu
**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs:**

The Awakening of Ren Crown is the first book in the young adult fantasy & magic series, Ren Crown, by Anne Zoelle. It was very fun and very magical. I really enjoyed this book. And instead of doing a traditional review, I am going to give you reasons you should read this book, and this series.

I love a magical boarding school setting. The Awakening of Ren Crown takes place at Excelsince University, and it is every bit
Jun 25, 2017 rated it liked it
Ren Crown knew her place: beside her extroverted and popular twin brother, Christian. Until the night he dies violently, leaving her alone with questions no one hears, let alone answers. Then another inexplicable assault, followed by powers she never expected to exist and a world where raising the dead isn't just a thought experiment but something that's actually possible. Now Ren has a new goal: getting her brother back. No matter what.

This is a bit jerky, although some of that is definitely be
Jul 28, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was surprisingly excellent!

This was PACKED with magic and humour. I mean a school for magical students and everything magical and enchanted? Really this is just my type of book.

What I loved:
Magic, every page I read was full of magic and interesting magical beings and devices. (Magical guard rock and flying gophers *sighs*)
The dialogue.
The characters were all wonderful and I craved more of them.
The concept was original!

What I didn't like:
The book was very long and unnecessarily so.
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