Review: The Awakening by Kelley Armstrong

Unfortunately this review will have spoilers thanks to it being the second book (here’s my review of the first) in The Darkest Powers trilogy and so making them a tad unavoidable. Sorry about that, but they’re more or less just spoilers for those who haven’t read the first book, if you’ve read it you can relax and read on.

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

This is one of those stories where your opinion can be completely decided by how you feel about the characters instead of being a food for thought piece. I really liked Derek. I liked him as a character in the first one because he had a level of intrigue, but I like him more in this one because he is just a likeable character. Or at least to me he is. Simon is the one I can’t figure out; he is slightly confusing. I try to figure out what his game plan is from all sorts of different angles, but it’s a little difficult. I guess maybe I should stop trying to figure him out and just see where the story goes.

I should also probably stop going, ‘awww’ every time Derek does something nice with Chloe or interacts with her in a nicer way, even if it’s small. I know that might sound like this, ‘awww they should be together,’ but it’s not. It’s more ‘awww aren’t they adorable youngins.’ I know, that’s terrible, I should be ashamed of myself. If it’s any consolation I’m feeling kind of old now. Yes, I’m going to stop it.

The Awakening was interesting reading for me because Simon is a type 1 diabetic. I don’t come across that often in movies or books to read of one that actually has their medication plan explained appropriately rather than some of the things I’ve heard or read in stories before where it’s completely off or close to. It is refreshing and kind of exciting. I’m a type 1 diabetic (if you haven’t already figured it out) and I appreciate that even though it’s not a big thing in the story, not really, that the proper detail is there and the proper information. So I sympathised with Simon because of it, and because he was diagnosed at an age that is the same as mine, but other than that I still like Derek more out of the two boys. Simon is one of those characters I can take or leave and really just feels like a filler or a bridge between two characters. Poor Simon, I think you might be a little flat.

Also the way Chloe is interacting with both of them or more so how they are interacting with her (the two boys) leads me to believe there may be some sort of love triangle developing. I really hope not because I can’t handle another love triangle (three in a row without planning on reading them? What are the odds? If this keeps up I’ll have to swear off YA Urban Fantasy for awhile).

Even with my developing fear of love triangles and the sneaking suspicion one is creeping up on me, I still am reading the next one. Pretty much straight away and judging by how fast I’m reading these books (less than 24 hours each, I’m really enjoying the start of the year so far), by the time this review is posted I’ll probably already be finished.

One last thing, if you’re not sure about reading Kelley Armstrong, but are curious, or if you’ve read one of her books besides these ones and wasn’t too impressed, then this trilogy might be a better option. I read her book Bitten and I think Armstrong is a good writer, but that book pissed me off (I hate how female characters can be written by men sometimes, it’s worse when it’s a woman writing them in a certain way and that ending… Best not to ever mention that book to me), so when I first read The Summoning quite some time ago I was very surprised. I guess my point is not to write off a novel just because of a previous experience with an author.

I also realised I didn’t say much about the book, writing style, or the other characters. I’m quite sick of Tori’s bitching so maybe that’s why I don’t pay much attention to her. Apart from that it’s a pretty good read and I like the way the story has gone. It’s mixing it up a little.

  • Genre: Young Adult Urban Fantasy
  • Demographic: YA, but enjoyable for adults too if you’re into Paranormal reads
  • Reminds Me Of: Dark Angel in a sense, but more Dark Angel back story and less sci fi.
  • Rating Out of Five: 4 1/2
  • Challenges: Off The Shelf

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