Thursday, May 6, 2010

The Awakening by Kelley Armstrong

The Awakening (Darkest Powers #2) by Kelley Armstrong.
Publisher: HarperCollins.
Pages: 368.

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 hardly like second books in the series better than I do the first, but The Awakening is definitely an exception. The fast-paced, heightened action and revelations of this terrific follow-up make it extremely hard to put down.

Whereas The Summoning was more of a laid-back introductory novel, The Awakening is an intense new walk in the park, a mixture of great character developments and suspenseful bumps along the way. Not much is revealed in this one, but it definitely still managed to capture and hold my attention throughout the entire thing.

This book really shines light on Derek and his struggle with his paranormal flaw. Who was once the greasy, mysterious strong boy from The Summoning is now somewhat of a trusting protector to Chloe for unexplained reasons. For somebody who was written so cryptic and odd in the first book, I loved that I felt so much admiration for him at the end of the second. Kelley Armstrong is the queen of writing characters, that is for sure.

Overall, The Awakening is an incredible follow-up, even better than the first. If you haven’t picked yourself up a copy yet, I definitely recommend it! And you should also pick up the third book in the series, The Reckoning, because the ending of The Awakening will have you desperate for more!


  1. I'm currently reading this book, and I'm loving it!
    I too think that this one's more fast paced.

  2. I just reviewed this yesterday. I thought it was pretty good. But, I like The Summoning more than The Awakening.

    Great Review =)

  3. I agree! Can't wait to read the final book. :D

  4. I love this series! Personally, I thought the third book was the best. Glad to see that you enjoyed the book!

  5. I liked this book more than the first one, definitely--it felt like there was more going on. I love Derek now! I haven't read the last one yet, though, and I hope the series is wrapped up well.

  6. You know when I looked this book up on amazon, I realized how many books were named Awakening. Thanks for the post and I'll look up the novel title and author name.

  7. This had to be one of my favorite books from Kelley Armstrong. The other ones are the ones that have Clay and Elena.
    But this one, man. I almost failed and exam because I spent the night reading. And I simply love Derek. The not so handsome guy to rock our socks off.