The Awakening of Ren Crown [NOOK Book]

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Florence Crown was a normal seventeen-year-old girl. Then came magic. And devastation.

Possessing a rare form of art and creation magic, Ren illegally enrolls at the prestigious Excelsine University, where libraries come alive, students battle monsters—and each other—and where anything within the realm of imagination is possible. Including overturning death.

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Overview

Florence Crown was a normal seventeen-year-old girl. Then came magic. And devastation.

Possessing a rare form of art and creation magic, Ren illegally enrolls at the prestigious Excelsine University, where libraries come alive, students battle monsters—and each other—and where anything within the realm of imagination is possible. Including overturning death.

Determined to reverse what happened the night her world transformed, and surrounded by brilliant magic users who could help—or enslave—her, Ren becomes part of an elite group of unconventional students who skate the edge of the forbidden.

But caught up in a painted world of layers and hidden agendas, Ren has to discover just how far she can bend reality before she breaks.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940014670722
  • Publisher: Excelsine Press
  • Publication date: 7/4/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 87,474
  • File size: 638 KB

Meet the Author

Anne Zoelle is the pseudonym of a USA Today Bestselling author.

Visit her online at: www.annezoelle.com
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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted July 23, 2012

    Don't let the cover fool you, this book was amazing. It may look

    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!

    12 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 11, 2012

    Awesome! Definitely worth reading

    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.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 11, 2012

    Awesome story! This was a great first book in what looks to be a

    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!

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2012

    I picked this book up on a lark. There were no new releases I ha

    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.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 26, 2012

    Even though the start is a wee bit slow, it was totally worth it

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2012

    Buy this book read this series you wont be disapointed

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 17, 2013

    gets better each time

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 11, 2013

    Love this book

    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!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2013

    Lengthy....but a fun read,

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2013

    Unusual. Very creative characters.

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 6, 2012

    It took a little bit to get into because everything is so disjoi

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2012

    Good story, but poorly written.

    I really enjoyed the premise of the story but I found it hard to read at times because the writing was so disjointed. This is a problem that I have noticed in several books geared towards young adults.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 23, 2012

    The Awakening of Ren Crown is a rich, deep and engaging novel.

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 26, 2012

    FANTASTIC!!!

    One of the best new books I've read in a long time. If it wasn't so lengthy (1000+ pages), I would have never put it down that first day! Like another reviewer mentioned though, I almost passed it over when I saw the cover as it looked like so many other teen 'magic' herione type books. I assure you, they are not even in the same league. The writing, story and character of Ren just draws (pun intended) you right into the book. The author is intending to write 4 books total in this series so I would encourage everyone to NOT bother her right now!! She has writing to do! I can't wait to read the next one. Great job Anne Zoelle!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 15, 2012

    A very, Very VeRy VERY!! Good book, I loved it! At times there i

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2014

    Amazing

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2014

    Get a pink ipad

    Kiss your hand three times d post this on three different books. Then look under your pillow.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 2, 2013

    Not very good

    I really liked the idea of this book. It started out good but it never really went anywhere. I felt like she kept doing almost the same things over and over again. I was really bored. I kept wanting more to happen with her crush but all he did was give her dirty looks. Every time he would initiate a conversation she would act like a weirdo. I can't believe I read the whole book, what a waste of time.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2013

    Great read

    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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  • Posted May 15, 2013

    more from this reviewer

    It is absolutely a YA novel and it could probably stand to be 3/

    It is absolutely a YA novel and it could probably stand to be 3/4 or even 2/3 it size, BUT there were some great twists and turns, a lot of character development and overall I just genuinely liked it. The world she created is different from any other I've read about and it very well developed. I am definitely looking forward to book 2!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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