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Review: Reawakened by Colleen Houck

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Reawakened (The Reawakened #1)
    by: Colleen Houck

Publication Date: Aug. 11, 2015
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Genre: Fantasy
Age Group: Young Adult
Source: Physical copy received via the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Page Count: 400 pages
Order Links: Amazon | B&N
My Rating: 2/5 stars

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 really looking forward to this book as I adore all things Egyptian mythology! As much as I wanted this one to work for me, it sadly didn't. Reawakened got off to a rather slow start, but then it finally began to pick up. I thought it would be full speed ahead after that, but that was not the case for me.
I was bored throughout the novel. There wasn't enough going on to really keep my interest. I really liked the storyline, don't get me wrong. It just lacked the execution I needed. There was entirely too much telling going on and I was tired of hearing all the different tales and myths. Had there been a better blend of telling and showing, I would have been able to get on board. Instead, I found myself groaning every time another explanation came about. We have a 400 page book and I don't feel enough HAPPENED. Part Three was where the action was, and that managed to salvage the book a tiny bit for me. Getting to Part Three, however, was excruciating. I was bored and wanted to stop reading so many times.
I also didn't care much for the characters and I HAVE to be invested in them to really enjoy the story. Lily was just an okay heroine. She wasn't anything special to me and I found myself not caring about her or the romance between her and Amon. (If you can call it that.) I understand Amon's reasoning for not allowing a romance to develop, but the constant insecurities from Lily over his rejection drove me a bit nuts.
The epilogue was definitely intriguing, but I don't think I will be continuing the series.

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  1. I'm sad you didn't enjoy this one because I thought it was really fun, but I can see where you're coming from. I actually really liked the stories, but I can see why some people might not enjoy it.
    Sorry this was a disappointment, Jess!

  2. I'm the same way, re: characters. If I'm not invested in their story, chances are I won't be able to rate the book more than 3 stars. I'm sorry you just couldn't connect with them! I'm waiting to see how the sequel goes before I invest in this series.

    Lovely review, Jess!

  3. Yeah I'll be skipping this one since we usually agree. It has a good premise but I need things to happen along with the set up for the story. Great review!

  4. Man, that's sad to hear! I love Egyptian Mythology as well, so I was really looking forward to this one as well. I hate that it just didn't click for you. I completely understand when you mean it needed a better blending of showing and telling. I might still give this one a try, whenever I feel like it.

    Lovely review!

  5. Sorry this book didn't work for you. I've been wanting to give Houck a try, but I'm not sure if this is where I should start - I don't have a lot of patience for really slow books.

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

  6. I am bummed! But we talked about this while you were reading it so your rating doesn't surprise me!

  7. I'm sorry this one was such a disappointment for you! :( I remember you were talking about it when you were reading and how bored you were. That sucks!


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