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The Lightning Conjurer: The Awakening
Three years ago, Aspen (as she calls herself) awoke alone in an empty cabin in the forest, not knowing her name, where she came from, or where she was. Since then, shes been forced to live entirely off the grid, without gas, internet, or electricity.<br /><br />But this week has been stranger than ever, as Aspen finds herself dealing with tornadoes that appear out of nowhere, fireplaces ...more
Kindle Edition, 408 pages
Published February 2019
(first published September 12th 2018)
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<b>5 lightning hot stars!!<br><br>Addictive, spellbinding, electrifying! The Lightning Conjurer is an exhilarating adventure from cover to cover!</b><br><br>You know those rare books that, once you open and start reading you simply cannot set down until you've turned the very last page?! This book is one of them! <br><br><i>Three years ago, Aspen (as she calls herself) awoke alone in an empty cabin in the forest, not knowing her name, where she came from, or where she was. Since then, shes been forced to live entirely off the grid,</i> ...more
Holy Smokes on a cracker! This is one heck of a ride and I couldnt put it down. It has so many twists and twists throughout the story. It pulls you in and glues you to your seat. Aspen is an excellent female lead, she is intelligent, kind, warm, with a side of feisty. She is down to earth but not letting anyone push her around. Aiden is a superb male lead where he is supportive and caring. He adds a beautiful element to the story. <br /><br />Our other support characters like Evelyn makes the story have those ...more
The Lightning Conjurer: The Awakening was an amazing read, absolutely great debut from this author. It's written from the perspective of Aspen, an early to mid-twenties woman with no memory of who she is. <br /><br />I sincerely enjoyed that this 'finding out who you are' novel was written from an older perspective, I would call this New Adult (versus young or just plain adult) as it is a sense of discovery with more mature undertones and higher stakes. I don't want to spoil too much of anything because honestly ...more
The Lightning Conjurer The Awakening is the contemporary fantasy story that Ive been longing for. Meet Aspen, a twenty-something-year-old woman living off the grid without any knowledge of who or what she is. The book is a real page turner and I could hardly put it down. The magical realism in the story transforms the Colorado landscape into a mesmerizing backdrop for Aspens journey of self-discovery. Furthermore, I appreciate how the author creates a magical world that still exists within logical ...more
<strong>interesting world, characters are flat or types</strong><br /><br />The story was most interesting at its beginning with Aspens missing memories and relationships with her next door neighbor and boss. Then the evil overlord organization showed up, the plot got rather formulaic, the characters felt very superficial and unreal, while the main characters started to do things that were just too dumb for words. Given the instalove, the superpowers and the idiocy, my interest in the story dropped right off and I had to push ...more
Admittedly, I (too) rarely find myself reading a truly considerable number of pages in a book in a single sitting. Also, I tend to lean towards the classics rather than new publications. This book by Ms. Rener was an exception to the latter - and turned out to be an exception to the former as well.<br /><br />Perfectly balancing description and action, the story was enticing from the get-go. (And the last 70-odd pages had me forget all about the world around me.) The author excels at summoning the desired atmosphere ...more
I initially rated this first book as 4 stars, but then I read the rest of the series and better understood the set up. The 2nd and 3rd books explode after #1, and the plot becomes more powerful and suspenseful. This is a powerhouse of a contemporary fantasy series. I'd recommend to anyone, save for fans of Cassandra Clare, perhaps. Also, for the two reviews skewering this for "insta-love", read the rest of the series and you'll see that that simply isn't the case. There is nuance and complexity ...more
This book paved the way to what seems to be an epic series. Love Aspen, and I have always loved the idea of Elementalists. The beginning was a little slow burning for me (which is NOT a negative in my book AT ALL) but you need everything, no information given goes wasted. I have a feeling there will be some interesting twists and reveals in book 2, diving in now!
I finally got around to reading this and finished it today - it was amazing! <br />I love the way Rachel wrote Aspen's personality. And I love the way Aspen carries herself. <br />You feel like you're in the book with her as she figures out who she really is. <br />Favorite character? Aspen - that's a given - but Evelyn for sure is my favorite.
This was a genuinely remarkable book. I thoroughly enjoyed its unique take on magical realism (the "science" behind the magic was riveting!), and I also appreciated the suspenseful and romantic elements as well. I could not put this book down; every single chapter was a cliff-hanger that made me insatiable for the next scene. Cannot recommend enough, VERY excited for book 2 in March!!
Rachel Rener graduated from the University of Colorado after focusing on Psychology and Neuroscience. She lived overseas in both Japan and Turkey teaching English, then returned back to Colorado after missing her friends and the gorgeous skies there.<br /><br />When she's not engrossed in writing, Rachel enjoys painting, reading, photography, traveling, and, most recently, getting clay everywhere except centered ...more