Sunday, February 13, 2011

The Awakening by L. L. Foster

Gabrielle can see demons in a way that other people can't, she sees their real form. She can see the unnatural kind of evil that hangs around them. Trained by a priest in killing these creatures, Gaby's life is spent looking over her shoulder and trying not to stand out lest she is caught. But when Detective Luther Cross starts investigating her connection to a body the cops found, Gaby ends up with a whole new set of problems, one of which is that she finds herself attracted to him.

I really liked that the author took a more realistic approach to what it would be like to have the kind of job Gaby has. It isn't shown as glamorous, and Gaby is continually having to worry about hiding what she does. I also found it very interesting that she is shown as religious and believing that her ability to find and kill demons is a gift from God. Most authors try hard to get rid of religion in genre fiction, but the simple fact is that religion is a huge factor in our society. It was nice to see an author write a book that isn't preachy, but acknowledges religion as being a part of a lot of people's lives, including the main character.

The writing wasn't bad, but was rather flat and simple. There were also some spots I felt were rather melodramatic, and could have been toned down a bit with better word choice.
4 Stars

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