Monday, 11 June 2012

Review: The Awakening (Darkest Powers book #2) by Kelley Armstrong

Spoiler warning! This book is the second in the Darkest Powers trilogy, so if you haven't read The Summoning then look away now! (or even better, check out the review of The Summoning here!)

The Awakening by Kelley Armstrong

Author: Kelley Armstrong. Website, Twitter
Published: 4 May 2009
Pages: 368
Buy: Amazon, Kindle, Waterstone's

Plot Summary: (from Goodreads)
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. I’m a living science experiment—not only can I see ghosts, but I can raise the dead without even trying. Trust me, that is not a power you want to have. Ever. I’m running for my life with three of my supernatural friends and we have to find someone who can help us gain our freedom back before the Edison Group finds us first. Or die trying.

My Review:
With Chloe and her friends on the run from the Edison Group, battling their powers and trying to stay alive, The Awakening makes for a pretty exciting story. Picking up from The Summoning we follow the group as they hide out, and make a break for safety.

This book is pretty much The Summoning continued, with very little break between the two books, and this entire trilogy feels like one story in three parts. This is probably the weakest book just because it's the transition between the beginning of the whole story and the end, so whilst The Summoning was all about discovery and getting to know the characters, this book stumbles a bit. The entire book is pretty much the characters travelling from one place to the other, but we get some really great moments nonetheless. There's still plenty of action scenes, and Chloe and Derek's friendship really develops. The two of them spend a large chunk of the book together, and find common ground as both of them battle against their powers. You really end up rooting for the characters in this urban fantasy, action adventure road trip!
If you liked The Summoning then grab this as soon as you can!

Rating: 4*
What to read next: The Reckoning by Kelley Armstrong, the third book in the Darkest Powers trilogy.
Books like this: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K Rowling, City of Bones by Cassandra Clare.

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