Title: The Awakening
Author: Kelley Armstrong
Series: Darkest Powers, #2
Genres: Supernatural, Urban Fantasy, Young Adult
Date Published: April 28th, 2009
Chloe Saunders is not your average supernatural teenager. Genetically altered at birth by a sinister team of scientists, she can barely control her terrifying powers. Now the tean that created her has decided it’s time to end the experiment. Permanently.
Now Chloe is running for her life along with a charming sorcerer, a troubled werewolf and a temperamental young witch. Together they have a chance for freedom – but can Chloe trust her new friends?
After being a little bit disappointed with The Summoning, I wasn’t sure what to expect from The Awakening. While I did like it a little bit more, it was still nothing too crazy special. When a series hits a certain level of popularity you just expect more from it, ya know?
But anyways, in this book Chloe and her friends are on the run from the very people who are supposed to be taking care of them. Their new-found powers have created a dangerous and scary world for them and the only chance of survival is by sticking together and staying as low-profile as possible.
So I enjoyed the adventure bits we get. Lots of running around and getting to see various places. We run into some shady and interesting characters and what I really liked about this one is that Chloe and Derek get to spend some alllooone time together. Not in that way though! Dirty minds. But they get some one-on-one time, which I liked because they hardly ever really get that with Simon always being there. Not that I don’t like Simon, but I like Derek better.
Which brings me to my favorite things about this series: Derek. I really like his character. Some of the characters in these books seem a little bit one-dimensional and uninteresting, even Chloe a bit. She doesn’t have much of a mysterious background so there’s not much to tell. But with Derek he’s still a bit of a mystery. He’s like this big teddy bear (or teddy wolf I guess lol), and while he can be dangerous, you just know he would never hurt Chloe. So it’s sweet.
Other than that though, the series has been a bit blah so far. Some running from dangerous people, but other than that nothing too exciting. Since there’s only one more book and they’re quick reads, I will be finishing the series. But at this point I don’t think I’d recommend it with all the other amazing young adult paranormal books out there to choose from.
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