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4.37  ·  Rating details ·  76 ratings  ·  62 reviews
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With a special gift held close to her heart, it was always going to be hard for Sophia Woodville to live an ordinary life.
As a 20 year old nursing grad, she thought she had her future all sorted.
However, destiny was about to intervene.
Her secret was not so secret. The gift she possessed was just a hint of someth
Paperback, 364 pages
Published November 11th 2015 by Amazon Create Space
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Apr 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of Awaken from the author to review. This is the first time an author has sent me their book to review.

I thought Sophia was pretty cool and loved the sound of her rainbow hair. She’s been thrust into a situation she really hasn’t been prepared for at all and instead of crumbling under the weight on her shoulders she decides to try to do her best. She definitely has moments of doubt but doesn’t let them stop her from trying to do good. I was also glad to see that she wasn’t goin
Beverley Lee
Oct 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Awaken is the debut novel from Australian author, G R Thomas. It's a heady mix of history, mythology and biblical references along with the creation of an entirely new fantasy realm for us to dwell in. That's a tough call for any author to pull off but Thomas does this beautifully. The main character, Sophia Woodville, is a likeable protagonist, who is thrown into a new life that she never dreamt existed. We see her struggle with her new found status, never losing her sense of morality or love f ...more
R.K. Ryde
Jun 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is not a genre I usually read - in fact, I'd have to say this is my first urban fantasy/dystopian book I've read. And I wasn't disappointed. The author wrote an engaging, descriptive world that I felt drawn into. I was left totally amazed at how she was able to create an entirely new world complete with language and people and be able to blend it so seamlessly with the modern day. Well done GR Thomas!
Sarah J. Halstead
Aug 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely wonderful on all fronts! Unputdownable!
Sep 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
4 out of 5 stars for Awaken by G.R. Thomas
Awaken is the debut novel for writer G.R. Thomas as well as the first in what promises to be an incredibly engaging urban fantasy series.
Sophia Woodville has always known she was different. A nursing student with rainbow hair and the extraordinary ability to heal others, Sophia just wants to live a semi quiet life. The polar opposite from her best friend Jasmine who is a ball of energy! Jasmine and her brother Ben have been there for Sophia for a long t
Meghan Murphy
Sep 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
4 Stars

Awaken by GR Thomas is the first book in the series and is also her debut novel as well. It's the first book I've read from this author and it was so good! The fantasy aspect is so captivating that I couldn't put the book down!

Sophia has been sheltered from the world she lives in by her Nan. Living with only her for the past 20 years, it was easy for Nan to keep it that way. Starting her job as a nurse gives her a great sense of satisfaction with being a healer. One day, it all changes f
Faith Rivens
Dec 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
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I first discovered this book on Sarina Langer’s blog. Her praise assured me that I had to read it! And I am extremely glad that I have!

Sophia Woodhouse is a young nurse with a unique mark on her face and a special talent for healing. But she is an ordinary girl by all other means, working during the day and spending time with friends at night. The normalcy of her life is swiftly ended when a coworker is attacked and Sophia learns that someone is after her and has been watching her for some time.
Ellen Read
Feb 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Awaken is the debut novel of Australian author GR Thomas. I give it 5 stars. I highly recommend this book.

GR Thomas’s writing is concise and filled with energy.

Sophia Woodville is a young a nurse who thinks she has an ordinary life until she is catapulted into an amazing existence she could have never imagined. She is an engaging protagonist and I was immediately drawn in to her story.

I love how GR Thomas entwines biblical and historical links throughout the story, while creating a new mytholo
K.J. Chapman
Feb 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book definitely has a lot of religious and mythical subtext, but Thomas has taken these elements and worked them into a unique, fantasy story of angels, satans, and higher beings. Don't worry if you shy away from books with religious tones, as this is definitely a fantasy. However, Sophia's story really does make you question what is out there.

There is a wealth of interesting characters and beings, and the world building is well researched and woven into the narrative. Sophia is a relatable
Niki Livingston
Apr 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Well, there you have it. This book is AMAZING! Okay, there were a few slow spots here and there, along with a little too much description, but overall this is an excellent piece of work.

I loved Sophia and her rainbow hair. The author did a great job of creating a well-rounded protagonist, who is easy to fall in love with. My absolute favorite character was Jaz, Sophia's best friend. I have a few friends who have mixes of Jaz's personality and they are the best! No fear to tell the world what is
Sara Oxton
Sep 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
Awaken by G.R. Thomas is a four-star read. It starts with a great quote from an even greater writer “Be not afraid of greatness. Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and others have greatness thrust upon them.” William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night. This quote explains the premise of this book.
Awaken is the first book in this series Surrender is the next book.
The main character Sophia Woodvile is a 20-year-old nursing grad, she thinks she leads a pretty ordinary life, apart from her hair, s
Irene Jonker
Sep 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Awaken by GR Thomas is a book I would recommend for anyone who likes adventure and fantasy books. It’s about a girl by the name of Sophia who comes from a family of gifted people who are mostly healers, mystics, seers, etc. She is starting work as a nurse in the ER when something happens and life as she knows it gets turned upside down. As it turns out, pretty much everything that she has been told and grew up believing… were lies and she found out that she was more important than what she origi ...more
Michelle Johnson
Apr 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book told such a magical and tragic story, blending the past with the present in such a way that actually makes you think..., is this real?

The way that Thomas intertwined history with fantasy was a real treat to get caught up in. I was really impressed with the way the biblical elements were executed in this story. From the names to the descriptions, everything was well put together and beautifully written.

Too many times throughout this book, my heart ached for Sophia. Geez, that poor girl
Nadia King
'Awaken' is the debut novel of Australian author, GR Thomas. Her new adult tale encompasses intense, well-paced drama in an imaginative and complex story world. Sophia Woodville, nursing graduate, must accept her destiny and save her people. 'Awaken' combines the essential elements of the new adult genre and intertwines it with world history events, making it an enjoyable and compelling read. This novel will appeal to fans of new adult and fantasy. With its vast array of weapons, villains and fi ...more
Julia Blake
Mar 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I thought I'd had my fill of YA "girl-finds-out-she-has-super-powers" books. I thought wrong. Awaken is a well written and cleverly constructed read, introducing us to Sophia Woodville on the cusp of her 21st birthday when her nicely ordered and normal life is turned upside down. Sophia discovers she is in fact an angel, and not just any old angel, but the chosen one, the angel whose destiny is to lead the colony of angels abandoned on Earth back to their homeland.

Being such a ordinary girl, thi
Allyson Grove
Aug 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Okay, so I really loved Sofia. She is a positive, roll with the punches kind of girl but she also has a core of strength. She is about to become very important in a sruggle that has been brewing since the beginning of humans. She has to rush to help solve the clues before its too late. Okay, I know that's pretty vague but I don't want to spoil it.
The writing just sucked in and the history used made the story captivating. Also, have book 2 ready to go.
Ash Oldfield
Apr 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Awaken is a fast-paced journey that never pulls its punches. It is a really cool take on mythology, as well as biblical themes such as angels and demons. The main character, Sophia, is by no means a weakling and takes some pretty heavy stuff in her stride. I love books with such strong female characters like this! This book will take you on a wild ride and you will not be able to put this book down.
Feb 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
i really enjoyed this book. i found it was a little slow to get into initially as it starts out a few thousand years ago. i understand that the scene we go through was important to the story, but i was really put off by it. once i got to the first chapter, and was introduced to sophia and her life, i felt a lot better about the sort of book it was.

honestly, the biblical aspects really threw me off. i'm not a fan of christian related stuff (idk why, i just find it boring. probably because it's fo
Sarina Langer
Jul 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Since I've joined Twitter and Instagram, I've found some books I would never have come across otherwise - and Awaken is one of my favourite finds! The characters were brilliantly developed, the world was beautifully built, and the story itself was intriguing - but more on that in a moment.

I was a little worried when I started because there are recurring biblical subtones, and I'm as far away from religious as you can get, but as it turned out there's nothing like the rise of a new Satan to catch
Jennifer Lilly
Sep 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
“I always knew I was different. Not weird or quirky, just different.”

Sophia Woodville is a normal young woman on the surface. Her career in nursing allows her to use her gift of healing and the worst thing she has to worry about is trying to get out of nightclubbing with her best friend, Jasmine. But dark forces are after Sophia and events are about to change her life forever. Is she strong enough to survive and fight for everything she loves?

This book is an interesting blend of fantasy and acti
Anna Hirsch
Sep 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Awakened by G.R. Thomas
4 Stars

Sophia Woodville is an ordinary girl who never liked being the centre of attention. She never had a normal childhood. She lived with her Nan and was homeschooled until junior high. She has a birthmark that covers half her face which she covers up whenever she goes out. She has an innate ability to heal so it was a natural choice for her to become a nurse.

Unfortunately for Sophia, she is far from ordinary. Circumstances happen and she finds herself fighting for her
Sep 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
I give Awaken by G.R. Thomas 4 stars

Sophia Woodville is a nursing grad, and she loves her job. She seems drawn to healing people and has a “special gift” for it. Her best friend Jasmine, her polar opposite in every way possible, is also a nursing grad and together they are learning the different areas of the hospital. Sophia is just a typical 20-year old introvert. She has rainbow colored hair, is addicted to coffee, and hates spiders. And then there’s Ben, her other best friend and Jasmine’s br
Kaylin Beach
May 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Such an amazing story! G.R. Thomas takes her readers on an exciting adventure. Her words are so beautifully descriptive that her book devours and consumes you.

Awaken is about a young girl named Sophia, who thinks her life is completely normal. She has her best friends, a possible boyfriend, and a beautiful horse. One day her life completely changes. Nothing and no one are what they seem. Sophia has no idea who she really is and what she is capable of. She soon discovers she is not from this plan
Maia Gomez
Jul 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Powerfully enchanting! I was completely blown away by this enthralling book! From the very first page, I was completely captivated until the very end and found it extremely hard to put down. The writing was just superbly excellent with intricate attention to details. The characters were well thought out with palpable emotions that made me actually feel in touch with them. With a completely unique storyline, Awaken brings an all new take on the classic Angels vs Demons theme. This book has a lit ...more
Sep 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Awaken is about a 20-year-old nursing graduate that has a very unique gift. She knows that gifts run in her family but isn’t sure how they work. Her nan has kept her sheltered for most of her life so she doesn’t come into contact with the “evil” in the world that would use her for their purpose. Sophia thinks she is just a healer because that is what she does. She can’t stand to see someone or anything in pain or distress. While I found that it was a little hard to follow, GR Thomas has written ...more
Becky Wright
Dec 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Awaken by GR Thomas gets a huge 5 Stars. An age-old war has been waging in the shadows for aeons...good & evil, angels & demons. Poor Sophia Woodville is dragged into a world and destiny she's been protected against, all the while, little did she know she is a chosen one, a child of the light, the Earthborn Angel, she holds the destiny of mankind and angelkind in the palm of her hand - only she holds the key to salvation. A story of biblical proportions, that travels the globe, cleverly ...more
Jul 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I couldn't put this book down. It transported me to another realm of existence where fiction and mythology/religion collided in my own backyard. I find myself wanting to visit the places so beautifully written about. To see the world of Sophia. I've not had that feeling since reading Playing Beattie Bow in the 1980s.

By the end of the book, however, I was disappointed. Not with the book. With me. For reading so fast that I now need to wait longer for GR Thomas to write another. This is precisely
Shannon Rieger
Jun 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Grace Thomas is an excellent writer and her story builds on great vocabulary, imagery, intense scenes, in-depth background information, and an excellent ending that had me wanting her next one. Hopefully her release will come sooner rather than later, because the cliffhanger had me needing...more. I love the characters she designed, and it shows in her story, her true care and understanding of her character's personalities and actions. You will definitely see more of this author, so ...more
Emma Zunic
May 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
What a great first novel from Australian author GR Thomas. "Awaken" spans time itself - intertwining biblical tales and medieval history with a modern day world in a thrilling adventure filled with love, lust and humour.
The reader is taken on a whirlwind, worldwide journey - left at a cliff-hanger at the end, cannot wait to read the second book of the series!
Highly recommended for both young adults and adults who are young at heart.
Apr 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Oh, for the love of all things wonderful--this book was an absolute delight. G.R. Thomas does an amazing job creating a multidimensional world. Cleverly crafted, this book is a mix of history, mythology and biblical stories. From Noah's Ark to England's monarchy, there are surprises at every turn. Truly, a one of a kind read. Take a chance on this well thought-out book.
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