Saturday 10 November 2012

Book Review - The Awakening

The Awakening
Author: Kelley Armstrong 
Series: Darkest Powers Trilogy #2
Genres: Urban Fantasy, Supernatural | Young Adult
Release Date: April 28th 2009
Publishers: Harper Collins
No. Pages: 360
Source: Borrowed
Chloe Saunders is on the run
and raising hell. Literally.

Chloe Saunders is not your average supernatural teenager. Genetically altered at birth by a sinister team of scientists, she can barely control her terrifying powers. Now the team that created her has decided it's time to end the experiment. Permanently.

Now Chloe is running for her life along with a charming sorcerer, a troubled werewolf and a temperamental young witch. Together they have a chance for freedom - but can Chloe trust her new friends?
The following review may contain spoilers concerning earlier books in the series.
If you have not read the previous installments, please proceed with caution.

The Awakening starts of where The Summoning ended. The kids are on the run from the people that were suppose to be looking after them. Only its not just the Edison Group any more, after learning that Chloe's aunt and Tori's mum knew what was going on the kids can't trust any one. Sleeping rough in alleyways and struggling to keep going they make their way to a friend of Simon/Dereks dad.

Chloe and Derek get separated from the bunch on their travels, when Darek thinks he's about to change (oh yeah, he's a werewolf. Did I forget to mention that?) and the grow closer as they attempt to make it back to the others. They both care for each other, and there is obviously some sort of strange feelings but it always feels like Derek is trying to keep Chloe at an arms length and the might have something to do with the fact that Simon likes her.

This book is mainly centered around the kids, what their abilities are (I'll get to that) and watching each one come more into their own and grow, after all they are just a bunch of kids. Yes they have supernatural powers, but they are still kids trying to survive after finding out their how life (or the majority of it) was nothing more than a lie. You have Chloe, the necromancer who is really struggling with her powers in this book, bringing back more than just the soul she requires, but she has no one to help her or guide her. Simon, a sorcerer who's only real tricks are levitation and mist projection.

Tori who is a witch and whose powers seem to be sparked mainly by anger, leaving her completely without control too. And Derek. Derek is a werewolf, and according to him shouldn't be going through the change right now. So you can understand why he was alarmed at the end of The Summoning.

This books was a lot better than first. I felt like you got to see sides to the characters you might not have witnessed in the last book. It was very well written and enjoyable.

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