Friday, August 20, 2010

Review: The Awakening


Book: The Awakening (Kelley Armstrong)
Stand-Alone or Series:  Series, Darkest Powers #2
Pages: 360
Genre: Young Adult

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Description (From Goodreads):

If you had met me a few weeks ago, you probably would have described me as an average teenage girl—someone normal. Now my life has changed forever and I'm as far away from normal as it gets. A living science experiment—not only can I see ghosts, but I was genetically altered by a sinister organization called the Edison Group. What does that mean? For starters, I'm a teenage necromancer whose powers are out of control; I raise the dead without even trying. Trust me, that is not a power you want to have. Ever. 
  Now I'm running for my life with three of my supernatural friends—a charming sorcerer, a cynical werewolf, and a disgruntled witch—and we have to find someone who can help us before the Edison Group finds us first. Or die trying.  
 So, as you may or may not know, I absolutely loved the first book in this series, The Summoning. I was weary to begin the next book, The Awakening, because I feared that it could never live up to the first book. Thankfully, I was wrong. The Awakening completely knocked my socks off. I could not have asked for a better follow up; it was everything book one was, and more. 

Everything that I hoped for to happen in this book, did. I asked for more Derek/Chloe time, and poof - wish granted. There are so many amazing scenes between these two, I was all kinds of giddy. I absolutely love their relationship - he is overbearing and overprotective and she calls him on it. Chloe really comes into her own during the book and she deals with Derek beautifully. He's a brute and she, all 5 ft nothing of her, puts him in his place. He also learns to trust her and actually relies on her; it is completely adorable. They also spend a lot more time alone together in this book. There is this huge section when they get separated from Tori and Simon and they do some serious bonding during that time.

This book also has a lot more of Tori. In the beginning of the book she escapes with Chloe and ends up joining the three of them (Chloe, Derek and Simon) on their quest to find the boy's dad. The four of them together create quite the team - a sorcerer, a witch, a werewolf and a necromancer. The author does a wonderful job turning Tori into a sympathetic character; which is a far cry from the first book. Tori is betrayed by both her mother and her father and although she is reluctant to admit it, she really needs the rest of the teens.

Also along for the ride is Chloe's dead roommate, Liz. Chloe enlists her help throughout the book and Liz who is now a powerful poltergeist acts as a sort of spy/bodyguard. She plays a key role in this book, and I was happy to see that. I was worried that after her character got voted off the island, so to speak, we wouldn't see too much of her. Thankfully, Kelley Armstrong is awesome and her main character can speak to ghosts. 

The pacing in this book was phenomenal. I was so invested into these characters and so quickly drawn into the plot that I read this book in record time. Honestly, I think I finished it in about five hours. I just could not tare my eyes away.  

I would recommend this book to anyone who would listen. Everyone should read it and I am ashamed that I did not read it sooner.   

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