Ever since Aspen (as she calls herself) awoke three years ago in a sparsely-furnished cabin in the forest, not knowing her name, where she came from, or where she was, she’s been forced to live entirely off the grid. It’s a lonely life she’s grown accustomed to – until now. Suddenly, strange things are beginning to happen all around her: a raging tornado manifests out of nowhere, narrowly saving her from an out-of-control semi-truck; her frigid bath water inexplicably becomes luxuriously hot; without warning, the wood fireplace erupts a plume of white-hot fire straight into her living room.
Things only get stranger when Aspen decides to audit a nearby college class, as the handsome associate professor, Aiden, takes immediate umbrage to her presence. When he confronts her after class one day, she panics, causing the ceiling lights to burst. That’s when Aiden realizes what she is – but he’s not the only one whose attention Aspen has attracted.
In her mission to discover who – and what – she is, Aspen must learn to control her powers, navigate her budding feelings for Aiden, and finally uncover the startling truth about her past.
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About the Author
Rachel graduated from the University of Colorado after focusing on Psychology and Neuroscience. She lived overseas in Japan and Turkey teaching English, then returned back to Colorado after missing her friends and the gorgeous skies there. She spent way too many years working oppressive desk jobs before she realized it was time to quit and write The Lightning Conjurer, her first novel. She lives in Colorado with her husband and is a lover of language, travel, books, rock music, otters, Oxford commas, and grilled cheeses.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The Lightning Conjurer: The Awakening was an amazing read, absolutely great debut from this author. It's written from the perspective of Aspen, an early to mid-twenties woman with no memory of who she is. I sincerely enjoyed that this 'finding out who you are' novel was written from an older perspective, I would call this New Adult (versus young or just plain adult) as it is a sense of discovery with more mature undertones and higher stakes. I don't want to spoil too much of anything because honestly the secrets and hidden information along with their revelations are what make this book so great. But I will say that it made me feel like I didn't need to be eleven years old waiting for my Hogwarts letter to come to have something likewise amazing and interesting happen in this character's life. In short, really refreshing storyline and plot, very minimal formatting errors (I did not find any typographical errors!) so I definitely feel that this indie book is high quality and well worth the read. Plus, look at her amazing new cover! I cannot wait for the next to come out.
What a truly breath-taking and captivating novel from an outstanding author! This book is one that you will not want to put down, and leaves you wanting more. Perfect balance of humor, intelligence, suspense and wit. Highly recommend for anyone and everyone.
Admittedly, I (too) rarely find myself reading a truly considerable number of pages in a book in a single sitting. Also, I tend to lean towards the classics rather than new publications. This book by Ms Rener was an exception to the latter - and turned out to be an exception to the former as well. Perfectly balancing description and action, the story was enticing from the get-go. (And the last 70-odd pages had me forget all about the world around me.) The author excels at summoning the desired atmosphere in just a couple of sentences, resulting in a smoothly flowing narrative. However, smoothly flowing as it is, it is by no means predictable. The story has credible and relatable characters, who sometimes make you laugh because of the entirely human way they talk and act, without resulting in flat-out comedy. Rarely have I shared every single attitude towards the characters presented with the main character. Masterfully done, in my humble opinion. Despite the categorization of "young adult" and "women's fiction", this not-so-young adult man is very much impressed - and eager to get his hands on the second and third volume of this trilogy.