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Thursday, May 14, 2009

Review: The Awakening by Kelley Armstrong

The Awakening by Kelley Armstrong
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Pub. Date: April 2009
Age Range: 12
Series: Darkest Powers Series, #2

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.
Once again we have a sequel that’s even better than its predecessor. I can finally pass The Awakening over to my Mom who keeps harassing me about this book. I had this book on Currently Reading for a while but I didn’t want to start this one until I had no interruptions and I’m glad I did because I was literally on the edge of my seat and could not put it down. The phone would ring and I would go to pick it up and say to the caller “One second,” and forget I had the person on hold. Guess who the caller was? My Mom! She had the nerve to tell me I was slacking on my reading. I told her if she stopped bugging me about the book I would finish it. My Mom is so cool! Enough about that, I ended up finishing this book the same day.

I have to mention a scene from the first book in the series The Summoning. Do you remember the Attic Scene? I almost put the book down, "I was scared sh_tless." I could have sworn I was hearing things because for a minute there I thought I was up in that attic. These things “Ghosts” scare me….too many weird experiences. Moving along now….

Kelley continues to weave an amazing plot. I love her writing style, the characters are believable and as mentioned above Kelley makes you feel like you’re experiencing the lives of the characters. When I finished reading The Summoning last year, I was still trying to figure out the extent of the character’s powers and now that I know, I say “Lets Kick Some Butt.” This installment has more action which is how I like my books and I love the twists and turns along the way. Oh, I almost forgot to mention Ehem (Clears throat) “Chloe’s and Derek’s relationship.” What’s up with that? Now you’ll have to go pick the book up to see what I’m talking about. So, what am I going to do now? I’ll have to keep from climbing the rafters until The Reckoning is released.

I highly recommend you give this series a try.

Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars


  1. I thought this book was better than the first as well. I can't wait for the third book. Great review!!

  2. I'm so glad to hear that the 2nd is even better than the 1st. I have a copy of The Summoning and I can't wait to read it!

  3. Great review. This series is on my list to be read.

  4. I have this at the library waiting for me. I can't wait for it!

  5. I was interested in reading this series, but after reading this review I think I'm a little more than interested.

  6. Good review!

    I'm reading The Summoning right now & I'm almost finished. I'm glad to hear the second is better, because the 1st is moving really slowly for me. It's picked up more since about page 200..but before that it was just moving too slow for me!

    Still undecided about whether or not I'll read The Awakening.


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