The Awakening of Ren Crown

The Awakening of Ren Crown

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by Anne Zoelle
     
 
It took a single moment for her life to change. And she'll do anything to change it back.

Ren Crown is a high school senior searching for her identity when a devastating attack on her twin brother thrusts her into a hidden world of magic. Fighting forces that she is woefully unprepared for, Ren illegally enrolls in a prestigious secret university where

Overview

It took a single moment for her life to change. And she'll do anything to change it back.

Ren Crown is a high school senior searching for her identity when a devastating attack on her twin brother thrusts her into a hidden world of magic. Fighting forces that she is woefully unprepared for, Ren illegally enrolls in a prestigious secret university where magic is plentiful and danger is absolute.

Determined to set her family back to rights, she is blocked at every turn and faced with a new reality of boundless fascination and possibility. Animated creations, enchanted gadgets, and marvelous machines vie with the students themselves: mischievous engineers, diabolical tacticians, battle-hardened warriors, and terrifying roommates.
 
But even amidst an eclectic student body, there is something off about Ren's magic...and the wrong people have started to notice.

Caught in a tightening web, Ren's values stand trial, as does the fate of the world.

The series:
The Ren Crown series is a New Adult and College Fantasy series that deals with art magic, magical science, and technology. The Awakening of Ren Crown is the start of an epic adventure featuring a protagonist who would rather be diligently working in her lab than saving (or ending) the world -- but who will do anything to protect her family and friends.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940014670722
Publisher:
Excelsine Press
Publication date:
07/04/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
100,642
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

Anne Zoelle has loved books about fantasy, magic, math, wit, and imagination since devouring A Wrinkle in Time, Phantom Tollbooth, Alice in Wonderland, and the Chronicles of Narnia as a child.

Split between the midwest and west coast, she writes books for all ages, as well as for furry monsters, sentient libraries, and adventuring aliens.

Anne Zoelle is the pseudonym of a USA Today Bestselling Author. She is currently working on the next book in the Ren Crown series.

Visit her online at: www.annezoelle.com

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The Awakening of Ren Crown 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 64 reviews.
phileDM More than 1 year ago
Don't let the cover fool you, this book was amazing. It may look like ten different books you've seen before, but it was completely original. I was riveted from beginning to end, and there were quite a few pages in between. It was so refreshing to see a character that didn't rely on everyone else to tell them what to do, and had completely believable relationships. None of that love sick girl at first sight mess, and unrealistic dialogue. Instead, Ren was resourceful and intelligent, and basically kick butt. The world Zoelle created was imaginative and unique, and the plot was thick with twists and turns that had you guessing what would happen next. It was worth every penny. I will say there were a handful of cuss words,(something I like to know about a book) but I didn't feel like that detracted majorly from the story. Everything else was clean and refreshing, and I can't wait to recommend this book to more of my friends. I can only hope book two comes out soon!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I picked this book up on a lark. There were no new releases I hadn't read. The cover was a bit played out and I had low expectations. The book was AMAZING. The characters each add their own flavor to the book, and while the build up during Ren's experiments is a bit word, it serves its purpose to get to where the story resolves. I like my heroines to kick butt and take names, ala Danny Valentine, Kate Daniels, etc. Ren Crown reminds of a YA version of this BA chicks. I am greatly looking forward to the follow up to Ren's story.
ReadAllDay More than 1 year ago
I really liked this book, and can't wait to read the rest of the series. This is a great addition to the YA urban fantasy genre. Just the right amount of character building and an interesting new world to explore. Definitely hope there are more of this author in the future. Money well spent.
Didi476 More than 1 year ago
Awesome story! This was a great first book in what looks to be a really good series about a teenage girl and an exciting and intricate world of magic. I loved the heroine and was rooting for her the entire time. I thought the author was very creative in building this new world. It's a great fantasy novel. Highly recommended!
Ornella More than 1 year ago
Even though the start is a wee bit slow, it was totally worth it. I hadn't read a book that meshed that book's plot line with the over all plot line of the series so well since Harry Potter. The real selling point for me was the incredible world building. It was all so painstakingly thought out, every little piece connected with each other to form one hell of a world. The way the magic works, how the Layers are connected, the ripples, and chaos magic. It was all just...wow. I totally want a library like that! Some people might find it confusing at first but as the book progress it all starts making more sense. The characters were all nicely fleshed out, from the MC, Ren to all the secondary characters. Loved all of them, even creepy Verisetti and perv Leandred, and that idiot Marsgrov. And then there is Ren, she so incredibly determined to get her brother back, so many things she did, and finally learning to let go and do what had to be done. She was so single-minded in her pursuit to get her brother back that she skipped very important bits in between, but she learns from her mistakes and accepts her place in this new world. But I think my favorite character was the Guard Rock, I mean who wouldn't want an actual pet rock? outfitted with a pencil sword and everything. xD There was a bit of romance here, and I really loved how it was done. I think this quote sums it up pretty well. "I sighed internally. I really needed to get rid of this crush, but for some reason his dark responses only made it grow. As if firmly planting it in the “never happen” category just made it more appealing to dwell upon. I returned his dark gaze. Crushes rocked because they were fantastical. The real Alexander Dare could bite me." She completely down to earth. Yes the dude saved her life and is beyond hot, but there is no insta-love nor some incredibly fast developing romance. It progresses naturally. I recommend this book to everyone! Especially fans of Harry Potter.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had this book lined up on my Nook for awhile, but it did languish, based on the cover. I thought it would be another book featuring a girl, who would be, as they often are in YA, slightly disappointing, lackluster, while everyone around them seems entranced just the same. Though she is a bit mono-focused, she isn't one of those annoying people who perfectly adapts to new skills and abilities and suddenly knows karate and three languages effortlessly. She's confused, lost and heartbroken, and has to make her own way in the world. The book starts with a lot of drama - electricity, and men in black, where everything is very eerie and sinister. Ren wakes up to the loss of her Brother, and no-one believing her stories. And reoccurring visions of the boy who saved her life. And then magic appears, and things often take a turn for the whimsical. It was hard to integrate these two worlds for me. Like....this is serious and emotional writing, oh look a tricorn appeared out of no-where. And so many magical gophers...many, many gophers. I think anytime you make a school for magic, post Harry Potter publication, you will get comparisons. The difference is that people are sorted out by what kind of skills and abilities their magic has. And there aren't wands, or broomsticks, it's a very different kind of school. Ren hits the ground running, and her only intent is to bring her Brother back, any way possible. She's very resourceful, and this makes the book, very long, so in that way, she's a bit too resourceful. I don't know that the reader actually wants to go over 100 different strategies? There are some memorable characters, I think my favorite might have been Guard Rock. And Ren's character is written to grow, and she does, she makes friends, and as the book goes on she begins to develop a pretty good sense of humor. When the book ends, there are some loose ends, that makes me think a sequel will be in the works. And truly this book was a page-turner for me, I really wanted to know what was going to happen with her Brother, how would it end? Would she be able to bring him back somehow, would she have to give him up? You'll just have to read it, and see.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thank you for such a great read. A hard to put down book, well written, layered and built. The culmination leaves you wanting to start the next book. A real hit.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
On first read the story was slow and boring. However on second read when time was taken to get into the details it became a fascinating story. Each time after more details were noticed that painted a vivid and captivating world. Hopefully there is more to follow as this book only laid the groundwork and left many unanswered questions.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolotuly LOVE this book! Its one of my favorites and its a major page turner! I feel like i have been waiting FOREVER for the second book to come out and i hope it comes out soon! Although the book it long its definitely worth it! I highly recomend this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ren Crown is a very unique character. The flow of the story through her magical education and working out her grief for her brother keeps you reading. With the mix of current characters, the layers and Ren's growing power there are more stories to come. And let's not forget Christian.
blissfullyspeaking More than 1 year ago
It took a little bit to get into because everything is so disjointed, but you are learning the main characters new environment right along with her. Once I got into the story line, it really was a great read. Can't wait til the next book comes out, as I was thoroughly disappointed that there was not another in the series or at least another from this author. I'm adding Anne Zoelle to my "watched" list lol.
melaniewzucker More than 1 year ago
The Awakening of Ren Crown is a rich, deep and engaging novel. The story deals with the struggle many of us face, of not being able to let go of those we love when they are gone. It also addresses the issues of finding out who we truly are and what we are capable of. Although this novel is directed towards the youth fantasy audience it is written in a captivating and intelligent style that can suit all ages of fans of fantasy and magic. As you journey with Ren , Florence Crown, through her adventure of being taken to another layer of our existence you will empathize deeply with her quest. Her goal, to reunite with her twin brother at all costs, tempts her to go to the depth of her own soul. Surrounded by an unlikely team of allies she manages the twists and turns of this desire to find her own soul is stronger than she thought. As the story progress you will see the karmatic connection between Ren’s inner struggles and what she is creating in her outer world. The laws of instant manifestation are at play, although our heroine is unaware of this for some time. Throughout the story many exciting, magical, exotic creatures enter Ren’s life, as well as some interesting and loyal friends. All drawing together in the ultimate conclusion that we create our own outcomes, whether we know it or not. What a great way to reveal this idea to young minds. If parents are concerned about the subject manner, as some Youth fantasy fiction can get quite dark, I personally would say “Rest easy”. Yes there is exploration of dark magic but it does not cross the line of being “evil”. In addition, the relationships in this book stay very age appropriate and healthy. Which I found refreshing since so many popular youth books out right now so very poor examples of relationships, both in friendship and in romance. The author Anne Zoelle appears to use many real life scientific principals such as string theory, quantum physics, particle matter and even the Chinese red string theory. What I love about this story is it is told through the experiences of magic so the reader does not have to understand these principals in order to embrace them. In this way, it can expose the audience to these ideas in a cryptic manner which encourages them to explore more about them on their own. I am not sure if this was intentional or not but these principals are so deeply seated in this story that it would be hard to believe that the Author is not well studied in all of these subjects. Accomplishing exposing readers to such complex ideas in an intriguing and entertaining way would be enough but Anne takes it a step further. She explores human relationships, fitting in – or not, trusting your instincts, embracing your talents and in the end believing that life is magical, if only we allow it to be.
Whoops More than 1 year ago
A very, Very VeRy VERY!! Good book, I loved it! At times there is so much going on that its hard to completely grasp, but it also keep you on your toes for the entire time. I couldnt put it down and finished it in 2 days... while in the middle of vacation. Anyway it's a wonderful fantasy novel with interesting characters, plus an amazing, but unique main character.
Jasmyn9 10 months ago
I loved this story!!! I found myself completely lost in the world of Ren Crown and her days at the magic school - it will not be what you expect. Her mini-adventures and other student mages that she meets are just amazing, I loved them all - ever the ones I hated. Ren is a great character. What I like best about her is how real she seems. Her guilt and grief over the death of her brother, her confusion when she first realizes magic does exist, and her reaction to a secret crush is just adorable. She may be a powerful mage, but she really knows nothing about magic. Her method of trying it all gets her some interesting predicaments and she's quite clever at working around them. Her way of working out problems was quite genius and I loved seeing her thought process and she worked through it all. She accumulates an odd group of friends. They all are very unique themselves and the way she managed to bind the group together was a lot of fun. I'm not sure I've seen such a hodge podge of personalities get along so well! There is lots of adventure, magic gone right, and magic gone wrong. Ren can never be sure who might be aligned with the bad guys. There are times I'm not even sure if she's trusting the right people. But it all seems to work out in a crazy magical way. I hope to get my hands on book two soon! *This book was received in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous 11 months ago
This book keeps me hanging on I can't wait until the next books arrive
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This book has been well crafted and deserves more stars then what is possible. It's the perfect combination of action, suspense, and humor. The author does a fabulous job captivating the attention of readers to the point that 1000+ pages isn't enough. I loved it so much that when my nook died, I started reading it on my phone so I wouldn't miss a beat. I have patiently awaited the sequel and will continue to do so it seems. But make no mistake I will be one of the first to buy it. It's just that good!
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I loved this book ! I really like how the auther didnt use a bunch of made up names and words that you can not understand like light of the world books(i love these too) ren is a very likeable leading lady , this story is better than harry potter , i will bereading more of these
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