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Tuesday, May 12, 2009

The Awakening

The Awakening by Kelley Armstrong (April 28th 2009—Harper)

Grade: 4 stars out of 5

Summary: “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.”

Review: I am quite thrilled that The Awakening met my expectations as the sequel to The Summoning, one of the more intriguing starts of, what it seems to be, an impressive series.

We left off on a cliffhanger in The Summoning and after anxiously pulling my hair these past couple of months, The Awakening arrived. Squeals were heard and hands made grabbing motions (don’t you dare think perverted!) as we anticipated the release. After getting a hold of a copy I had to regretfully set it aside to study for my exams.

Two weeks later, solemnly catching glimpses while reading my heavy textbooks, I finished The Awakening. Elation. The Awakening was more action-packed, had twists and turns that left me smiling, and the strong tension between characters than its predecessor.

We all know that books that are too predictable tend to tire people out but this book had just the right amount. Family members and friends turns evil, turns out to be good, turns out to be a witch (!), turns out to be the betrayer. The reader received more background information to some of Chloe’s past as well as the situation with the rest of the group. We saw more development of powers as well as relationships.

Tori and Chloe…is…moving along nicely? Frankly I dislike Tori. She annoys me and still appears to be the stuck-up girl who I just wish I can punch in the face. Simon I can definitely see as the brother relationship that Armstrong presented. Derek, we will have to wait. Sexual tension anyone?

I felt that The Awakening delivered in so many areas for me. But the downfall would have to be that it confused me in other areas. I got lost in the dialogues, the extra characters, and the heaviness in the mystery. We moved from a different environment filled with more ghosts that left me hanging—jumping abruptly from one scene to the next. It left many holes and many clumps of random sections of the book. I just hope that in the end it will all come together.

Overall: I am definitely buying this series—hands down. This series has been the best in the supernatural realm so far that I have read. I eagerly wait for the next installment and praying that it would not disappoint me.

Cover C+
Awkward hands. Why do the Darkest Power series covers remind me of the Wicked Lovely series covers?

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  1. I hadn't heard of the series before, but your review's made me want to check it out. Another one for my TBR pile! Thanks!


  2. Thanks for the review, and I totally agree with you on the cover. Maybe the same...desiger? is working with these covers too?

  3. I like the Chloe/ Derek relationship. Cus instead of the girl falling for the handsome guy, she's falling for the unfortunate guy, zit-wise.

  4. This sounds like an interesting series. Do you think it would be absolutely neccassary to read The Summoning first, or could someone start with The Awakening?

  5. This series sounds so good. I'm kind of new to the whole fantasy genre. lol. You are so right about the book cover. Unoriginal and awkward hands. lol.

  6. I did so enjoy this series!
    I've linked to your review here:
    http://www.thediaryofabookworm.com/2010/05/awakening-book-7-in-my-all-canadian.html at my review of the same.