August 10, 2015

Reawakened by Colleen Houck Review!


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.

Egyptian mythology, gorgeous princes, and a quest to save the world. All of these things are among some of my favorite topics a book has to offer. It was just my luck that Houck’s newest book has all of those things so I knew that I had to get my hands on Reawakened ASAP. Plus, I've read Houck's Tiger's Curse series and loved it. Therefore, I was excited to see what she had in store for me with this Egyptian mythology book. Reawakened started off really strong with the prologue and it captivated my attention. I could tell it had something to do with the Egyptian prince, Amon, but I could not tell how it related until the story progressed. That made me want to read the story even more than I already did.
I love Houck’s writing and specifically, I love her female main characters because they are always so well rounded. Liliana or Lily wasn’t any different. She was really sweet and a little introverted in the beginning. I could really relate to her in that aspect. She liked to hang out on the side lines and so do I most of the time. Also, she could be really sarcastic too, which had me laughing more than a little. She is soon forced out of her comfort zone though and lets her adventurous side run free once she and Amon began their journey to Egypt.
Now, Amon (pronounced Ah-moan) fulfills every fantasy you could possibly have about an Egyptian Prince. He was the epitome of tall, dark, and handsome, but he was more ruggedly sexy then handsome. Anyway, I loved his character. He was oblivious to the world around him because he had been asleep for thousands of years and the way he reacted to modern day New York was hilarious and refreshing. Also, the way he talked was captivating. It's like I was transported back into ancient Egypt. And some of the things he said to Lily just melted my heart. Plus, the stories Amon told throughout the book were so beautiful. He definitely had a way with words. (P.S. was that a reference to the Thor movie I saw in there, Houck?)
That all being said, the way Lily and Amon interact was interesting and entertaining. There was a tension between them all the time and it made every look, touch, and interaction all the more exciting. It was also infuriating to watch Lily try to understand where Amon came from and who he was. However, when she finally realized he wasn't some psycho ax murderer and that he was an Egyptian prince from long ago, it was like angels sang from the heavens. I was ready for the fun to begin at that point! There was never a dull moment from then on. The beginning was a little slower paced, but soon things quickly picked up and you better hold on because you will be in for a thrilling ride. I really loved the action in this book, and it was always exciting to see what would happen next.
I felt like I was walking beside Lily and Amon when they walked through tombs and uncovered more magical beings and items. The way Houck writes is really interactive so you feel as if you are right there in the story. There is a perfect blend of action and calm. It's kind of like a rollercoaster and for this story that type of pacing is perfect. Houck found a way to balance her action and calm in the Tiger's Curse series and she carried it over to Reawakened. I feel like great pacing and a knack for extremely creative adventures is her specialty. Yet again I am floored by how magical and captivating Houck's writing is. She takes your heart and soul on a journey through her books, and she makes you feel as if you have lived the adventures like the characters. I can't express how magnificent Reawakened was. It started out with a slow build of anticipation and all of the sudden things started happening left and right without much pause. This story is filled with grand adventures, great characters, and a romance that will have your heart bleeding and leave your eyes watery. This is the type of book that you will continue to think about once you put it down because the characters and their story wiggled their way into your heart. I can't tell you how excited I am for the next book in the series. I want to know what happens to Lily and Amon.
I loved everything about this book, and I'm not surprised because I loved the rest of Houck's work. I highly recommend this to mythology lovers. Also, those who love puzzling adventures, a tension filled romance, a story filled with humor and drama, and even those who like it when a famous god makes an appearance will love this book. Reawakened had my heart from the very start and it deserves nothing less than 5 stars.