REVIEW : The Awakening by Kelley Armstrong

Saturday, January 21, 2012

The Awakening

Author     : Kelley Armstrong
Publisher  : UFUK
Source     : Bought
Pages       : 422

Summary 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.

Hm... like usual, hesitation at first. The Summoning was a quite slow read for me last time. I even put it down for a moment and read another book then after a while, I continued and couldn't stop reading it after a half book til last page, and yeah that cliffhanger ending made me want the next sequel soon. Got this in my hand, but still, I was afraid I couldn't enjoy this so I didn't immediately read it. After a few weeks, I decided to read it and... A BIG surprise! I enjoyed it well =) I think The Awakening is better than The Summoning =D

Plots, powers, and relationship among the characters are distinctly develop here. It has more action, adventure and what made me more excited, Derek *cuddle*. There's also unexpected truth about who the true friends or enemies, well at least for me it's unexpected.
Each character are digged deeper, at their powers and personalities. I love how Armstrong made a situation as the 'turning point' on friendship between Chloe and Victoria. As I read more about Victoria, I did start to like her more than before. More supernatural power of Chloe, Simon, Derek, and Victoria involve here, make the story more fascinating. I flinched and chilled as I read and imagined how strong Chloe power is, for raising the death without even trying too hard, and not just human *shivered*.

Ah Derek... just glad he makes appearance more often, and is a very strong werewolf boy. Anyway, just curious how a tiny and 'plain' romance can be so sweet. Chloe and Derek don't share lovey dovey scenes, even there's no single romantic scene in this book, but their consideration and acceptance to each other moving me. I hope there would be more developement on their relationship at the next sequel.

This book is a series that should be read in sequence so we could get the story clearly and sense the development. Very recommended for those who like paranormal series with a bit horror and supernatural teens.
I really can't wait to read The Reckoning!


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