Thursday, January 21, 2010

The Awakening Review

Title: The Awakening
Series: Darkest Powers
Book #: Two

Authors: Kelley Armstrong
Pages: 360
Published: 2009
Reading Level: Young Adult

Chloe Saunders has entered a dangerous world...

*SPOILER ALERT! Don't read this if you haven't read the first book. You've been warned...

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

Amber's thoughts:
Before I begin praising this book, let me apologize for the sloppy review. I am racing to write this while juggling homework and getting ready for a birthday party. Sorry!

While the first book was very good, it seemed as thought it was just setting the stage for the series. This is the book where everything really speeds up and gets interesting. I absolutely loved this book! It was non-stop action and the plot gets more complicated with every chapter.

The character development is absolutely incredible. I will always have a special place in my heart for Derek :) That was what really kept me reading- the story may have been wonderful, but I fell in love with all of the characters. Chloe is a very likable  protagonist. She is brave and compassionate, but not to the point of absurdity. Like every teenage girl, Chloe is insecure and afraid. This makes her even more lovable. Her friends each have their individual personalities, but none of them are shallow or flat. The reader comes to know every character in a personal way. 

If you want to know what the genre is, combine scifi, mystery, romance, horror, and fantasy. And there you have it! The Awakening. No matter what your favorite genre is, this book can appeal to almost anyone. I strongly recommend it! After that ending, I'm DYING to read the next book! The Reckoning comes out this April!!! *squeals*