The Nature of Gods Review

Titles: The Awakening
Author: D.J. Torres
Series: The Nature of Gods #1
Publisher: Creative Locks Publishing
Publication Date: 4 April 2017
Source: Author
Format: E-book
Pages: 575
Rating: 3.5 Stars
Reading Timeline: 06 April 2017









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Goodreads Synopsis:

All-powerful ancient deities are out to destroy the world; nothing that two girls con't handle, right?

When gods and goddesses abruptly overthrow Earth, humans are given two choices - worship or die. Desperate to survive, Olivia and her family devote their days to fulfilling the will of the gods. But the wrath of the gods is insatiable and unpredictable. With her hope crushed, Olivia is resigned to her bleak fate... until she meets Nature.

Immediately, Olivia knows this charismatic girl with color-changing eyes isn't normal. Nature looks like a teenager yet she has the power to control the weather and converse with animals. Nature opens Olivia's eyes to a hidden world that had always existed in harmony with her own. However, know-it-all butterflies and mystical creatures aren't the only secrets revealed as Olivia discovers the dark plan of the gods.

When Nature decides to confront the gods, Olivia is catapulted to the forefront of humanity's battle for survival. Olivia must rely on her courage, strength, and newfound gifts as she faces monster-infested pathways and ever-looming traps. But does she have enough courage or skills to battle brutal gods eager to rule the world and dole out punishment to anyone who defies them?

Nature and the world depend on it.

Book Review:
Pre-reading Thoughts:

The author, D.J. Torres, contacted me a while ago and asked if I would like to review her book for her. I agreed. I love how interesting and unique this book sounds and I cannot wait to see the heroine that Olivia becomes. I hope that this book is good because the author is extremely sweet. Please note that in no way has receiving this book affected my opinion. All thoughts are my own.

Writing Thoughts:

The writing in this book is beautiful and detailed. However, the author tends to lean towards lengthy sentences, filled with adjectives. This made this book quite heavy to read. The writing in this book is simple and made easy to read for viewers who are of the younger half in the YA genre. I liked how the writing was consistent and there wasn't a sudden change in pace or a change in style.

Plot Thoughts:

The plot felt as if it started off slowly. We were made accustomed to the torment that our main character had to face at school. But once we get through a couple of pages, the story seems to speed up quite nicely. The plot carried a steady pace in between the intense moments. The fillers in my opinion tended to lack the umph that the action-like scenes had. But I still enjoyed how this story unfolded. 

Character Thoughts:

All the characters seemed quite comfortable with each other and whilst they sometimes doubted each other, they seemed to come out strong on the other side. Personally, there were moments where the character seemed one dimensional or lacked what I think should be character development. But I enjoyed the ease that these characters brought on. 

Final Thoughts:

Overall, I thought that the story wasn't too bad. I enjoyed reading the book. I do however recommend this for the younger YA target audience as this book carries a fairytale-like likeness to it. Thank you to the author who sent me this book to review. I'm interested to see how this story continues!

About the Author:

I'm a young writer who loves anything fantasy related. My hope is to inspire imaginations and create new fantasy worlds for people who are just like me; those who love to escape into new worlds, embark on adventures, and meet uniquely awesome characters.

Some fun things about me... I'm a huge fan of desserts, soy vanilla lattes, and binge watching T.V. I feel like I never grew out of the middle grade awkward stage of life, but I am still strangely okay with that.

I have one spoiled pup named Gunny. He's perfect.

Speaking of which, I love animals. Giraffes. Rhinos. Dolphins. If I can feed or pet anything, I will be first in line.

My three greatest loves are Jesus, people, and writing.

Yours in Reading,

Melleny

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