The Awakening

AwakeningThe Darkest Powers
by Kelley Armstrong

The Awakening is the second book in a trilogy.  If you haven’t read the first, The Summoning, then you definitely should.  Oh, and I wouldn’t read this review.  Spoilers galore for those who haven’t read the first.

After mistakenly trusting her Aunt Lauren, Chloe and Rae are taken to the Edison Group’s compound and locked away “for their own safety.”  Chloe is determined to breakout before the Edison Group and their leader, Dr. Davidoff, can do anything to her or Rae, but she is also determined to gather information while she is on the inside.  After a bit of sneaking around and with the help of a ghostly demi-demon, Chloe is able to find out the truth behind the importance of the teens sent to the Lyle House.  The truth is shocking, it leaves Chloe with a huge uncertainty about her and her friends’ futures, and confirms her worst fears, the Edison Group is not above killing teenagers, just like they did Liz and Brady before her.  More determined than ever, Chloe is desperate to escape and meet up with Simon and Derek.  But even if she gets out, where will she and the boys go?  Who will help?  How can they stop the Edison group?

Reaction: I have no idea how this is going to be wrapped up in only one more book (which, according to Kelley’s site, will be called The Reckoning).  It took me awhile to get my bearings since I read the first book a year ago.  Armstrong just throws you right back into the mix, pretty much as if the first book never ended.  Despite the fact that it took me a few chapters to re-orient myself, I really like this method.  No chapters of rehashing, just the story, and you’re back in the action.  Like with the first book, I don’t want to say too much because I don’t want to give anything away.  I will say, there is a lot more Chloe and Derek time, which I loved.  They have a lot in common when it comes to their powers — both of them are developing more quickly than they should with pretty much no guidance as to how to control the powers.  I think this commonality will become important in the next book.  Plus, I just like Chloe and Derek together as a team.  I think they mesh very well.  I do see a problem in the future with a possible Derek-Chloe-Simon thing becoming an issue.  I guess we’ll see!  Overall, The Awakening was action-packed.  It is a fight for survival, not only against the Edison Group and the supernatural world but against the real world as well.  The group is constantly moving and constantly facing one kind of adversary or another.  I have no doubt that The Awakening will keep you turning the pages to see what is going to happen next because that is exactly what happened to me!

Other reviews: Check out what Kristi over at The Story Siren has to say about it.  I think she wrote a great review and she touched on things I didn’t think of.

For anyone who has read it already (and if not, SPOILERS AHEAD!):

What do you think of Andrew?  I don’t trust him.  Did you catch that “It’s so great to see you [Tori] and Simon together” thing he said?  What about Chloe and Derek?  I think he’s going to pose a threat to them.  I bet Simon and Derek’s dad didn’t join Andrew because Andrew wants to get rid of Derek, not because it was “too political” for him.  I feel bad because I want the group to have somewhere safe to hideout and have some adults on their side but I don’t believe that Andrew and his group is all he’s divulging them to be.  It’s driving me crazy.  I want to know now what’s going to happen.  I want to know what you think is going to happen!  Leave me a comment with what you think, just remember to mark it as a spoiler.

Dead and Gone

Dead and GoneA Sookie Stackhouse Novel
by Charlaine Harris

If you’ve never read a Sookie Stackhouse/Southern Vampire book, I warn you not to read any further but to pick up the first book in the series, Dead Until Dark, and begin there.

Sookie’s in for another wild ride.  The Weres are going public, her soon-to-be-ex-sister-in-law is found crucified behind Sookie’s place of work, and there is a war brewing in the fairy world that has spilled over into the human world.  Of course Sookie also has the confusing task of sorting through her feelings for the men in her life.  At the moment, she’s trying to decide whether what she’s feeling for Eric is real or because of their blood bond.  Sookie certainly has a full plate.

Reaction: I once again finished with the need to find out what’s next, and I honestly have no clues.  As in From Dead to Worse, there is a sense of closure for some of the story-lines.  One of the main things that remains open is with whom Sookie will chose to actually have a steady relationship.  I am cheering for Team Eric but I am still skeptical as to how this would logistically work.  Quinn made an appearance.  Bill is ever-present and possibly still in the running if the ending is of any indication, though Sookie would be dumb not to give Eric a chance to explain — you will have to read to see what I mean.  And Sam’s name always gets thrown into the mix.  The end also finds Sookie recovering from, in my opinion, the worst thing that has ever happened to her, and we all know she’s already been through a lot.  I will be interested to see how the experience changes her, if at all.  Like I said, I have absolutely no idea what is next in store for Sookie but I can’t wait to find out!