Reawakened by Colleen Houck

Monday, August 10, 2015

Reawakened by Colleen Houck

Publisher: Delacorte Press
Publication Date: August 11, 2015
Pages: 400
Source: BEA
Buy It: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository
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. --Goodreads
Egyptian princes, Amon and his two brothers, awake every thousand years to complete the ceremony which prevents the world being shrouded in darkness.  This time around, however, something is amiss.  Amon wakes, not in Egypt like usual, but in New York.  Taking the energy of a young lady, Lily, he needs to get to Egypt to find his brothers and finish the ritual.  Will he make it there in time?

When I first learned this book was releasing, I didn’t think much of it.  I’d never read anything by Colleen Houck and decided to read the book mainly because I was intrigued.  It sounded like Night at the Museum meets romance.  I was incredibly wrong.  It really can’t be described as anything other than Thor meets Egypt.

Colleen Houck is a fantastic writer.  From the very first page, I was hooked and couldn’t let go.  The story follow Lily’s perspective as she journeys with the prince.  There was a bit of confusion as to how rightly to identify Amon and his brothers.  They were Egyptian princes, demi-gods, mummies… really, I’m not sure how to characterize them.  I just took it all in stride. 

I know a lot of the reviews I have read about Reawakened bash it upon its instalove but I didn’t perceive it like that.  Lily does fall for the guy but it is in a completely natural order.  She is traveling alone with him, cast under a spell, and he is incredibly handsome (the spell casting is definitely part of the natural order of things).  All things considered, the romance in the book was realistic and breathtaking

Reawakened was fantastic in every single aspect possible.  The only thing that truly troubled me was Amon, when compared to his brothers.  His brothers were awake in a shorter period of time than he was, yet where Amon still sounded like he was from ancient times, the brothers adapted quickly.  The brothers were gorgeous and made for some hilarious comic relief.  However, Amon’s actions and words were incredibly old-fashioned, when compared to that of his brothers who picked up on Lily’s slang too quickly. 

Despite that one flaw, Reawakened will surprise you in so many ways.  In a cast filled with male characters, Lily shines the brightest.  She will surely be among the ranks of characters like Katniss and Tris. 

Colleen Houck has created something truly original and breathtakingReawakened will have you on your toes, impatient to find what happens next.  There will be a sequel, the release date is not yet announced.  The ending sets the next book up gracefully, but I am definitely going to have trouble waiting for the next book.  Reawakened will blow you away in a sandstorm of magical creatures, gorgeous princes, and one brave New Yorker.

Reawakened (8/11/15): 5 stars
Recreated (2016): TBA

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  1. Glad you liked it. I do think she's a good writer. I'm looking forward to checking this one out.