Saturday, December 2, 2017

Reawakened (Reawakened #1) by Colleen Houck Review

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. 


Book Title: Reawakened (Reawakened #1) 
Author: Colleen Houck
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Mythology, Romance
Publication Date:
August 11th 2015 by Delacorte Press

          

My Rating: 4.75 out of 5 stars

Thoughts:

First things first. You may have noticed my rather weird rating for this book. Yes, I have decided to make this a thing, considering how torn I was after reading this book. So from now on, I'll be using this rating only when I feel a book really, really deserves way more than a 4.5, and yet I would like to hold on to that solid 5 in the hope that the next one in the series or another one by the same author would be able to outshine the previous one. So obviously, in most cases than not, this rating is reserved when I'm reviewing a particular series (and have yet to read all the books in it), or a different book, but written by the same author. 4.75 = special cases, chosen ones, the great reads-- whatever you'd call it.

Now. This is where I fangirl.

THIS. BOOK. IS. AMAZEBALLS. FREAKING. AMAZEBALLS.

Egyptian mythology - Check (How cool was Anubis though? *_* )

Seriously, if you're into mythology like me and if you want to be blown away by lots of references to Egyptian myths and gods and other fantastic elements. DO. READ. IT. NOW.

FL who's scared as shit to venture into the unknown and is still pretty much fearless, sassy anyway-   Check.

Lillian, or as she would prefer, Lily, is my girl. Pretty much a specimen of a perfect FL for me. She is headstrong, but not to the point where you want to shout at her for not using common sense for her own good. She raises questions, doubts things, and has a voice of her own. She doesn't go all "Our love will conquer this" on you, which is, pretty refreshing AND fascinating, seeing how many book FLs end up doing that. Mummies are scary, and you are supposed to question if your loved one looked that hollow and scary when he was being resurrected--and that she does. She is probably the weakest being in the book, a mere mortal, but her traits, her thoughts, her strength as well her vulnerabilities make her stronger than other supernatural beings in many ways than one. She is my bae.

Doting ML slash almost-demigod slash mummy slash Egyptian Prince- Check.

I will be shallow and just put it out there: I fangirl hard when I see my boys doting over my girls in books. By that, I don't mean the love-struck puppy looking, PDA-ing to death, it-pains-me-to-stay-away-from-you-for-one-nanosecond kind of doting. The kind of attention, dedication, and love that you know is almost non-existent in real life, and something way more profound than that--you see that in here. I don't want to say more in case I spoil it for anyone who hasn't read. But Amon is an absolute sweetheart. Up until the very last moment, I wanted to give him a bear hug and also maybe ask if I could be his friend. Just because.

Bromance that makes you want to bawl- Check.

I cannot remember the last time I read a book that focused on sibling bonding, I literally cannot. Apart from the amazing romantic angle the book has, it also gives you an insight of the bonding three brothers share with each other. Three princes, who are not tied by blood, but who are not any lesser than brothers. Their dedication, concern and love for one another was one of my centers of attraction in this book. Asten and Ahmose are probably the coolest people anyone could have as brothers. Plus, they do share an amazing and unique kinda bond slash chemistry with Lily, which, thankfully, is not turned into a romantic triangle or quadrant. I LOVED how the author balances all the things in this aspect.

Why not 5 stars? First, I'm still trying to wrap my head around the idea of canopic jars. Believe me, I tried, but for some reason, I pretty much could not relate to how the whole thing is supposed to work. Second, (and this may be solely on my part) I felt the journey for the resurrection and ceremony were narrated for a longer period of time than necessary, I kind of got bored at one point, waiting to see if something happens.

BUT. This book is amazing. It makes me wonder why I didn't pick it up sooner. But then again there are TWO MORE BOOKS in the series, and one CAME OUT THIS 2017! So this was probably the best time for me to pick it up for reading, and I strongly suggest it to any fellow romance- fantasy mythology-good fighting evil book lovers.
Quote love:
...if I could bottle your water-lily scent and carry it with me as I wandered the desert, even if I was sick from the sun and dying from thirst, only to saved by a desert sheikh who wished to barter for it, and even should the trading of it save my life, I would not part with it for all the jewels, silks, and precious riches of Egypt and all the lands surrounding it. 
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But even though I can list hundreds of reasons to abandon my call, there is one very pressing reason why I keep doing it millennium after millennium...I love my brothers...I would not abandon them for all the nubile women in the world.

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