Awakening: Rise as the Fall Unfolds
Carissa Andrews
Publication date: November 12th 2019
Genres: Science Fiction, Thriller, Urban Fantasy

The final five angels have been located and averting the apocalypse means somehow recreating the birth of Christ.

Morgan never expected total annihilation would come down to the actions of five misfit angels. But as each one’s hidden angelic power unfolds, so does the sinister truth… the entire Jesus storyline has been wiped from the collective consciousness, leaving a tear in the fabric of reality.

The final five need to figure out how their gifts are meant to fit together in order to set things right. However, coming to terms with the responsibility resting on their shoulders doesn’t come easy. To make matters worse, the demons have found them and unless they get on the same page quickly, the darkness will consume them all. But how can they make things right when the thing that’s missing happened more than 2000 years ago?

One thing’s for sure. If they fail, existence ceases.

If you love books like Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett’s American Gods or Good Omens, Joe Hill’s Nos4A2, or Stephen King’s (Richard Bachman) Blaze, then you’ll love Awakening!

My Thoughts

Awakening: RatFU is not your usual science fiction or urban fantasy novel and it did take me some time to get into it. However, the characters were each unique and interesting, the plot was compelling, and the initiating incident was dramatic. I read on because I wanted to know more about the world-building and the characters and I found myself in an entertaining quasi-Christian story that drew loosely on some of the broader mythos while giving its own spin.

If I had any criticisms of Awakening, they would be (1) there were so many characters – for a character-driven story – that many seemed under-used and never had much of a story arc themselves; (2) the story arc of Braham, the character who’s arc began the novel and, it was hinted, had a deep story in the past, never truly felt completed; (3) while there was a definite ‘race-against-the-clock’ direction to Awakening, for the most part there appeared to be little threat and the major challenges to success were the biases of the characters.

Despite this, I still found the story compelling. Even when I’d worked out the goal several chapters before the main characters the drive to know how they would succeed was strong enough to entice me forward. If you enjoy mind-bending, alternate reality urban fantasy with a dose of the angelic thrown in, why not give Awakening: Rise as the Fall Unfolds by Carissa Andrews a read?

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Author Bio:

Carissa Andrews is a freelance writer, award-winning graphic designer, indie author coach, and internationally bestselling author from Crosslake Minnesota. She is the President of the Lakes Area Writers Alliance, a 501c3 nonprofit for writers in central Minnesota, as well as the owner of Author Revolution, LLC – an organization geared toward helping new authors navigate the waters of indie publishing. For 2020, Carissa has her sights set on becoming a NYT or USA Today Bestselling Author with her upcoming series, The Windhaven Witches. You can learn more about Carissa, her services, and her upcoming novels by visiting her websites:,, or

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