The Awakening by Kelley Armstrong

(Cover picture courtesy of Realm of Words.)

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.  A living science experiment—not only can I see ghosts, but I was genetically altered by a sinister organization called 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 charming 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.

Unlike City of Ashes, The Awakening suffers from Book Two Disease, a terrible affliction known to cause frustration, disgust, boredom, and in rare cases, complete alienation.  In my case it was a sense of boredom instead of complete alienation, but second books should improve upon the original story, not make readers question their judgment of the first book.

We learn a little bit more about Derek and Simon’s past, the mysterious Edison Group and why Chloe is such a powerful necromancer at such a young age.  But most of the book revolves around Derek, Simon, Chloe and Tori trying to find a safe place from the Edison Group.  The plot is not nearly as exciting as the first book simply because it puts a lot of emphasis (perhaps too much) on the inter-character relationships.  Like a lot of YA fiction, it revolves around a love triangle.  Some books can pull off a love triangle very well, but this is not one of them.  It just ends up feeling like Chloe is a Mary Sue that every guy she meets falls in love with.

I wish the second book in the Darkest Powers trilogy could have been better because it had a lot of potential.  Sadly, Kelley Armstrong doesn’t take it to the next level and it made me very reluctant to read the third book.  The Awakening is not a bad book on its own, but in the context of the series, it is not a good book.

I give this book 2/5 stars.

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