Renee Conoulty: The Awakening by Lisa M. Lilly


Tuesday, 19 May 2015

The Awakening by Lisa M. Lilly

"Tara folded and unfolded the pink referral slip. Her fingers made sweat marks on the paper. "I can't be pregnant. I haven't had sex.""

Lisa M. Lilly's heart pounding new novel, "The Awakening," tells the story of one young woman who finds her life at risk over a phenomenon she cannot understand.

Tara Spencer is at a loss. She has recently learned she's pregnant, despite never having had sex. Her fiance breaks up with her, convinced she cheated on him, and even her parents and best friend doubt her story.

But when Cyril Woods, a member of The Brotherhood religious order, claims to believe that Tara is still a virgin, she believes she has finally found understanding.

The Brotherhood sees Tara's child as a possible new messiah-that is, until they learn she is expecting a girl. This revelation convinces them that the child is actually the anti-Christ, and they are determined to prevent Tara from giving birth at any cost.

As the forces aligned against her close in, Tara's only hope for survival is to solve the mystery of her pregnancy. But who is her friend and who is her enemy?

Will Tara find answers before it's too late?

Hey! Here's my review.

I found it fascinating to see how a story of immaculate conception might play out in todays society. There was a lot of research done into different religions, but the book is not preachy. It is an exciting thriller that challenges the patriarchal religions. 

I liked and related to the main character. This is the first book in the series, so it left me with lots of questions and a desire to find out what happens next. 

I listened to the audiobook edition which I received free in exchange for an honest review. The narrator spoke clearly and at a good pace. She performed great characterisations and accents. Jewel didn't pronounce the "g" on the end of any "ing" words, which bugged me a little, but didn't take away from the story. She used her voice well to enhance emotion and build tension and suspense.

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