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Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Book Review: Awakening: Rise as the Fall Unfolds (An 8th Dimension Novel Book 3) by Carissa Andrews + giveaway

Awakening: Rise as the Fall Unfolds (An 8th Dimension Novel Book 3)
by Carissa Andrews
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!

Five random humans, brought together through catastrophe, find they are actually angels saddled with the assignment of saving this universe from total destruction. Each have a specific skill set necessary to thwart the demons from another realm and it’s up to them to save the human race.

Coming to terms and accepting they are not really human is harder for some than others but all of them must buy in or the earth is doomed. And they must buy in “within” a few days! Whew, hmmm, talk about waiting until the last minute for them to get the notice.

I have mixed feeling about this book. I loved the concept but not necessarily the delivery. I just didn’t care for the rush, rush of becoming “Awake” and remembering their “purpose”. It felt a little clunky in the telling and I craved a little more background. It felt like a novella or short story that was wrapping up something I needed to read prior to this book. As I see, after some research, it is the 3rd book in a series but I can’t really connect which books come when.

All that aside, the content was good but I felt like I was missing a piece of the puzzle, reading flowed easily and there was a “twist” at the end that I didn’t see coming.

I saw where so many gave 5 stars to this read so perhaps I should dig through and find the previous episodes but reading this just left me a little wanting. Kinda like this review..haha...a little disjointed and not really sure how I want to get my point across! Perhaps I should try another of Ms. Andrews’ books to give her a fair shot.

Getting a 3 “still asleep” sheeple from me

Jeanie G

About the Author:
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

Tour-wide giveaway (US only)
A signed paperback set for the 3 released 8th Dimension novels (The Final Five, Oracle, and Awakening)


  1. Thanks for hosting today, Sharon! :)

  2. Thank you so much for your insights and reviewing Awakening! I appreciate your feedback immensely! While none of the 8th Dimension books have to necessarily be read in order, The Final Five is the prequel to both Oracle and Awakening. It might give you a bit more of the feedback you're looking for!

    I decided to put these characters under the pressure of "days" because of how time is actually a human construct. Life altering events can happen at a moment's notice and you have to deal with it. And as a people watcher, I notice most people won't change until it's the 1 minute to midnight. I feel that if God was going to test angels and get their collective butts moving, there'd be a fire under their asses. HA! Anyhoo... my two cents.

    Thank you again so much for participating with the tour!

  3. Thanks for your insight! I will be be trying another!