Saturday, January 21, 2012

The Awakening - Kelley Armstrong

This is the second book in Kelley Armstrong's Darkest Powers series. It will contain spoilers for her first installment, 
The Summoning

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.

I thought that the first part of this trilogy was ok, and I saw room for improvement and there was definitely improvement. Chloe and her friends have run away from the terrors of the Lyle house, and are living anywhere they can in order to survive while battling numerous feelings for each other.

Now, I'm not one for love triangles, but in this series I really don't see one. I like Chloe and Derek's relationship and, to be honest, Simon annoys me. I'm not a big fan of Simon, or Tori for that matter. I think that they're both annoying, however, they're important to the plot, so, they stay.

I felt like the pace was much better in this book than in the last, however, it was still somewhat confusing at times and the lack of detail continued to annoy me. I usually don't like much detail, but some detail about something other than a living dead thing is needed in order for me to pay attention and not skip the little detail that there is and go straight to the dialogue.

Over all, I felt that this book was a better-than-ok read. So, I'm rating it a a4/5.

My review of the next, and final, installment of the Darkest Powers series will be posted on 1/24/12.


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