Series: The Reawakened #1
Published by: Delacorte Books for Young Readers on August 25, 2015
Genre: Adventure, Fantasy, Mythology, Young Adult
Source: BookExpo America
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.
I was a tad nervous about Reawakened. I read Colleen Houck’s Tiger’s Curse series and it swiftly went downhill for me. THE HORRID LOVE TRIANGLE!! AHHH!
But I’m very pleased to say that Reawakened was fantastic!! I only hope that the rest of the series keeps in line with this first book and there isn’t a horrible, all consuming love triangle to ruin everything. 😉
If you love the adventure and historical aspects of The Tiger’s Curse series, then Reawakened will not disappoint! It has the same incredible level of research, history, and exciting action! It almost feels like a movie. Colleen Houck certainly has a way with epic visuals. I can clearly see all the intense action scenes play out.
Another thing that really excited me was how much I recognized from the book. I went to Egypt for my honeymoon and had actually been to some of the places that were in the book! There were the pyramids, of course, but also the Kom Ombo temple. I loved being able to visualize the places that were in the book!
Let’s talk about Lilliana
I had a love/dislike relationship with Lilliana. She had her awesome moments, and then a few “what the hell was that?” moments.
I actually really liked her at the beginning. She was kind of a spoiled, entitled girl, but had a certain level-headedness about her. She was nice—not mean or bitchy—and I kind of pitied her a little (her family situation).
But I loved how she really WANTED to become a new person. She didn’t want to be “safe” and “boring” and “successful”. She just wanted to be happy. She craved adventure and something outside of the ordinary/safe zone. And I like how she went for it!
Are you Lilliana or Kelsey?
But there were a few moments where Kelsey from The Tiger’s Curse series shined through in Lilliana’s personality. Just general moments of stupidity or acting a bit like a silly entitled girl.
Here’s one example, and I know this is super small and stupid, but it’s things like this that grated on me:
She was with the brother of her “sun prince”, so basically the reincarnation of a god. She’s seen his powers and strength and all that. It’s epic. But then, he asks her to climb on his back while he’s in bird form, and she’s all like:
“What if I fall or get airsick?”
I mean, c’mon girl. You’re in the middle of this epic quest and you seriously doubt that this REINCARNATION OF A GOD can take care of you? Or you’re worried about airsickness?
There were just a few moments like that which felt super lame… It’s like I was disappointed in Lilliana as a character.
The romance… could have been more epic
I LIKED the romance, but I have to admit that I was hoping for more. I was craving an all encompassing, world dominating romance… Kind of like The Tiger’s Curse series (but without the love triangle, obvs). But in Reawakened, the romance was really on the back burner. It just lurked quietly in the background. It was never HUGE or EPIC or A DESTROYER OF WORLDS or whatever the hell a romance can be. It was… quiet… not really there…
And if you don’t want a dominating romance then you might actually REALLY like that about Reawakened. But I’m a mushy, romance girl at heart and I wanted MORE MORE MORE!
Looking forward to more!
I have super high hopes for this new series and hope the other books have as much of a bang as this one!