Thursday, December 1, 2011

[Review] The Awakening by Kelley Armstrong


Title: The Awakening
Author: Kelley Armstrong
Pages: 360
Series: Darkest Powers #2
Publisher: Harper Collins
Date of Publication: May 1st, 2009
Source: Borrowed
Synopsis: (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.
Darkest Powers Trilogy
The Summoning (Read my review)
The Awakening (You are here)
The Reckoning (Read my review)

My Thoughts

Spoilers ahead!

Well, directly after finishing this book I thought not a lot had happened - it was just my initial feeling. But after thinking about it for a moment, I realized that in fact a lot had happened, but because I read so incredibly fast it seemed to me like there wasn't a lot to talk about in this book.

I couldn't have been more wrong, because a lot of the secrets mentioned or revealed in the first book in the series are explained or unveiled in the second, as well as quite a few monstrosities. Some would think that the things the Edison Group did could never happen in the real world, but we all know that some people are obsessed with science and what it could do to make people's life easier - preferably the life of the scientist at hand.

I really grew to like Derek better in this book. I couldn't have cared less for him in the first book but it's possible that was only due to the fact that there wasn't a lot of his personality shown. Simon remained his likeable self, and Tori ... well, let's say she isn't as mean as before. I personally wouldn't have minded if they had left her at Andrew's house.

I have to say that I'm growing wary of the concept of the supernaturals in this series. Something just seems ... itchy. Like it doesn't belong. I don't know if this is because there is in fact something wrong, or that I just don't like how Armstrong handled it. I hope it's the first.


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  1. I read the first book some time ago but I felt like it wasn't for me. Now, after reading your review, I'm starting to think that maybe I should give it another chance. Probably I wan't in the mood back then.

  2. Do you get this many books every week, and if so, when do you have time to read them? Or maybe you really don't sleep?


  3. I do enjoy her books but I have not read this one yet. I will probably give it a try later on.

  4. I love this series, Derek is my personal favorite.
    I had read The Otherworld series Kelley Armstrong Adult series, before I start reading The Darkest Powers series, so I was familiar with this world.


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