Awakening Blog Tour: Book Review + Giveaway

 **I received a complimentary copy of this book for consideration. All thoughts are my own. 



About the Book

 


Book:  Awakening

Author: Beckie Lindsey

Genre: YA fiction

Release date: September 2020

 

Every girl has a secret she hopes the light will never find—but the demons already have.

As four high school girls are faced with life-altering decisions, their new-found faith will be tested. Although warrior angels are assigned to guard and assist the unlikely friends, they must rely on their faith to withstand the evil Duke Astaroth and the beast’s demonic horde.

Now that their spiritual eyes are open to daily battles between unseen forces of good and evil, lives are at stake.

  • Lifelong friends Krystal and Bryce are finally an official couple. But can their love survive the greatest trial they’ve ever faced?
  • Since Mackenzie’s mentally ill mother was hospitalized, she secretly worries that her deepest nightmare may come true.
  • While best friends Tammi and Sadie continue healing from their abusive pasts, each wrestles with temptations that threaten to undermine their recovery.

Can beauty arise from the ashes of despair and loss? 

Will the girls embrace who and whose they truly are?

 

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About the Author


 

Beckie Lindsey is an award-winning author of the Beauties from Ashes series, poet, blogger, and the editor of Southern California Christian Voice, a division of One Christian Voice, a national news syndicating agency. She is a major coffeeholic and enjoys a good book with a cat on her lap. She also loves to hike and hang out with family and friends. Beckie and her husband, Scott have three adult children, two adorable cats, and live in California.

 

More from Beckie

 

 

 

Why I write YA and the BFA series

 

I believe a teenager still exists inside each of us.

 

We hear a familiar tune from our “glory days” and are instantly tapping our toes. Mentally, we’re back in high school —poofy bangs, scrunchie, neon off-the-shoulder sweatshirt — and all. Oh, wait. That’s me back in the ‘80s!

 

Ah, yes. There is something wonderfully awful about those coming-of-age years.

 

From the first kiss to the first breakup, there are memories we cherish and some we don’t care to ever revisit. Being a teen can be exciting, confusing, painful, joyous, or even all of those things at once!

 

No matter how different your teenage experience was from mine, one thing is true for us all: these years have an enormous impact on who we become as adults. We can all sympathize with the plight of puberty and the longing for independence and acceptance. Yeah, there’s still a teenager in all of us!

 

These are the reasons I write YA.

 

My hope is to use the power of storytelling to move past barriers and open hearts to accept how much God loves and desires a personal relationship with us.

 

At every age, we all need the grace and love of Jesus.

 

In the Beauties from Ashes (BFA) series, I write about relatable characters with difficult issues and traumatic pasts to enlighten readers about the unseen spiritual battle referred to in Scripture. Each character has a secret that has left them vulnerable to the battle in an invisible realm where demonic creatures fight to keep them chained to their pasts and angels of light work to free them.

 

The characters and their issues are complex, just like real life. In fact, some of the topics are often considered too taboo to talk about openly. But what is left in the dark, festers and grows. It is only in the light that we can be free. In the BFA series, readers experience the character’s quest for truth, love, grace, and freedom while hopefully finding the same for themselves.

My Thoughts

Awakening is the fourth book in the Beauties From Ashes series by Beckie Lindsey. While it could perhaps be enjoyed as a standalone, I must admit that for me--- having not read any of the previous books, I felt like I had a hard time connecting to the characters and getting into the story in this one. Now to be fair, this also isn't my typical type of read--- angels, demons, spiritual warfare and so on--- so that could have been a factor as well, but I think the larger factor was not having the history of these characters. As such, I would certainly suggest starting from the beginning to get the most out of it. 

All that said, I think this is an important read tackling the topics of spiritual warfare that we really do heard far too little about. The characters are those that I think teenagers could really relate to and as such could benefit from reading. Though again not my typical type of read, it was evident that the author is a talented storyteller. I have no doubts that those who DO enjoy this type of story will certainly enjoy this one a lot more than I personally did. 

If you're looking for a unique Christian read for your teen, this might be one worth checking out. 

Blog Stops

Rebecca Tews, March 20

Nancy E Wood, March 21

Blogging With Carol, March 21

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, March 22

Texas Book-aholic, March 23

Inklings and notions, March 24

Remebrancy, March 25

For Him and My Family, March 26

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, March 27

deb’s Book Review, March 28

Locks, Hooks and Books, March 29

Library Lady’s Kid Lit, March 30

Stories By Gina, March 31 (Author Interview)

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, March 31

A Modern Day Fairy Tale, April 1

Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama, April 2

Giveaway



To celebrate her tour, Beckie is giving away the grand prize of a $25 Amazon gift card!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

https://promosimple.com/ps/1098a/awakening-celebration-tour-giveaway

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