September 25, 2011

The Awakening by Kelley Armstrong

read first TEN chapters here
Series: Darkest Powers 2
Format: Hardback
Release Date: April 28, 2009
Purchase Link: Amazon

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 was genetically altered by a sinister organization call 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 chaming 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. 
The story of Chloe Saunders continue in the second book of the Darkest Powers Trilogy, The Awakening.

When The Summoning ended, Chloe was betrayed by her Aunt Lauren and was taken back to the custody of the Edison Group thanks to her Aunt Lauren. While in the new center, Chloe finds out that it was their co-conspirator and one time friend, half-demon Rachelle who ratted them out.

Ever the instigator, Chloe forms a surprising friendship with Tori who used to torment her back in Lyle House. Together they plan their escape and rendezvous with Derek and Simon. As Chloe becomes a more formidable and powerful necromancer, the more that she feels alienated and even if they manage to bring Edison Group down, she knows that her battle doesn't end there. The reality that she has special powers is still daunting and the weird factor is just too persistent to ignore.

I'm a little torn, I don't know whether or not I like or hate Chloe Saunders because she has too much heart! Though Tori used to bully her and almost killed her she still became her champion against Derek and Simon. She always looks for the good in others which is naive considering everything that she knows now.

Like what I said in The Summoning about this not having those annoying young love sweet love? Yeah it's consistent with this book too, as far as that part is concerned the characters are just crushing on each other although it's obvious that Chloe and Derek have a budding attraction between them that they're not aware of but I'm sure that at some point there will be a love triangle between the brothers and our heroine. I also find it cute that Chloe is attracted to Derek who is not your typical leading man being socially awkward, short tempered and not really attractive versus golden boy Simon.

The lack of teen romance is probably the reason why I managed to just breeze through the book and kept flipping the pages, totally engrossed. The focal point is the main premise, a group of special teenagers who wants to escape the clutches of evil scientists. There are no distractions of petting, backward glances, tear-eyed love confessions and unrequited or forbidden love. It's just creepy apparitions and the reanimation of the dead. Vintage YA, love it!

Though this is a transition book, it was well written, it didn't drag, it didn't deviate from the plot and it wasn't boring like some series who wants to extend the story needlessly to publish more books therefore more sales (sellout!). This tied a couple of lose ends and unveiled partial mysteries that way by The Reckoning, we won't be bombarded with revelations. You can tell if the plot was well thought of, the resolution is always "visible" and Chloe Saunders story is just fit for a trilogy.


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