Reawakened by Colleen Houck
Published by Random House Children's Books on August 11, 2015
Genres: Ancient Civilizations, Historical, Legends, Myths, Fables, Love & Romance, Young Adult
Source: ARC from Publisher
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I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
When seventeen-year-old Lilliana Young enters the Metropolitan Museum of Art one morning during spring break, the last thing she expects to find is a live Egyptian prince with godlike powers, who has been reawakened after a thousand years of mummification.
And she really can't imagine being chosen to aid him in an epic quest that will lead them across the globe to find his brothers and complete a grand ceremony that will save mankind.
But fate has taken hold of Lily, and she, along with her sun prince, Amon, must travel to the Valley of the Kings, raise his brothers, and stop an evil, shape-shifting god named Seth from taking over the world.
From New York Times bestselling author Colleen Houck comes an epic adventure about two star-crossed teens who must battle mythical forces and ancient curses on a journey with more twists and turns than the Nile itself.
The first thing to consider before diving into this new two-book adventure by Colleen Houck, is whether or not you liked her previous Tiger’s Curse saga. Then ask yourself what you liked or did not like about those books. This may have an impact on your overall enjoyment of this new series, as well as whether or not you will be able to separate the two.
If you enjoyed the Tiger’s Curse saga, you will find much to enjoy about this first entry in Colleen’s Egyptian tale. But I couldn’t help but make comparisons as I read, of course. So…
Characters. Lily is one arrogant and stuck up girl in the beginning. She’s rich and very privileged, but it is obvious that she is not entirely content being her parent’s proper little princess. Still, she obviously had certain believes ingrained into her sub-cranium and those beliefs really showed in the earlier parts of the book. Talk about room for growth, and unlike Kelsey from TC, a girl who was thinking about her future and looking for adventure, Lily was much more hesitant. In the end, I found myself liking Lily far more than I did Kelsey in the end of her first book. One point for Reawakened.
As for the mythological men who join Lily on her adventure. Admittedly, I will always be a Ren girl at heart, so I didn’t quite connect with Amon like I did him in Tiger’s Curse. I hate to make such comparisons, but… A girl likes what a girl likes. Not only that, but the romance in Tiger’s Curse felt slightly more swoon-worthy to me. In Reawakend the focus is more on the stakes and the adventure.
BUT… Reawakened has one thing going for it which Tiger’s Curse does not – and that is the lack of an annoying love triangle. NO TRIANGLE HERE, FOLKS! And there is none in sight either. Both series progress their individual romances slowly, as romances tend to progress. For Reawakened, it’s a winning combination.
The mythology. Colleen moves from Middle Eastern/Indian and Asian mythology to that of Egypt. I can’t claim to know much about either, but the world she creates – and the creatures, symbols and adventures that result from it – are all so captivating. I was convinced.
…Which leads me to the writing. Colleen is quite the wordsmith – she knows how to spin a tale rich in detail and danger. Although the story is complete fantasy, she convinces the reader that all things are possible. There is logic in the details and in the character’s actions. There are risks and consequences. Things are rarely left to a matter of convenience, in my opinion, although I’m sure that is arguable depending on the reader. Although Lily would probably prefer her middle name to be “Safe,” her adventures are anything but in Reawakened. She gets scared. She wants to go home (more than once). Sshe doesn’t instantly become the “hero”. I like that.
While Reawakened suffers from a slow start – much like Tiger’s Curse – once the journey begins, it’s nonstop action until the very end. Oh, the ending… I can guarantee you this: it contains a cliffhanger that will have you begging for more.
Although Tiger’s Curse this book may not be, there are differences that will gain Colleen Houck new fans. I’m always here if you ever want to dicuss those differences, as well as the similarities. Reawakened stands apart from the Tiger’s Curse saga as a stellar new series by Colleen Houck.