Friday, August 21, 2015

Book Review: Reawakened by Colleen Houck

Release Date: August 25th, 2015
Read: June 4th-6th, 2015
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Series: Reawakened, #1
Format: ARC, 400 pages
Source: McNally Robinson/ Two Thumbs Up Program & Publisher 

Description from GoodReads:

   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


   How sad not to be able to weep.
   I read my first Colleen Houck book on a trip to Churchill Manitoba, odd considering the book was about tigers and I was visiting Polar Bears. Either way, I became obsessed. The moment I returned home I rushed to the Library and grabbed the next two books in the series. Lucky I only had to wait about a month and a half for the fourth book to be published, so the book hangover wasn't that bad. (It was still terrible). After Tiger's Destiny, Colleen Houck was an automatic must read. That is how I came to read Reawakened. 
   Mythology is my obsession, any myth fascinates me. Where there are tons of myths out there, Egyptian Mythology is up there for my favourites. The stories about Anubis especially, which made Reawakened perfect. Houck certainly did her research when it came down to it all, she also added to the stories and made some of the myths her own which gave the story a new twist.
   I noticed how Houck kind of did a complete 180 when it came to the backstory of the main character, Lily when compared to her Tiger's Series character Kelsey. Where Kelsey is an orphan and always misses the parents who she loved, Lily was somewhat scared of her parents, they put too much pressure on her to be their little puppet. It was nice to see the swap as well as pleasant to see a change, not everyone has the perfect home family life, Houck was diverse in her books to show us some examples of the different lives people live.
   Honestly the book itself was just fabulous, in the beginning I was a little bit skeptical because the description reminded me a lot of Tiger's Curse but in the end it was it's own story, and a great one at that. Colleen Houck's writing continues to leave me speechless and adoring.
   Recreated, the sequel to Reawakened is set to release sometime in 2016, but honestly I just need it now.

  You can find my review on McNally Robinson's Two Thumbs Up review page here.


Favourite Quote:

   "We are in death, as we were in life." ~ Asten

   "A desert lily need not turn jealous eyes toward the common violet." ~ Amon

   " Have you ever loved something enough to shave your brows in mourning?' ~ Lily

Recommend to People Who Enjoy:

Young Adult, Fantasy, Mythology, Romance, Urban Fantasy, Egypt

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