Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Book Review: The Awakening (Darkest Powers, Book 2), By Kelley Armstrong

The Awakening (Darkest Powers, Book 2)
By: Kelley Armstrong
ISBN: 0061662763
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Chloe may have suspected there was danger in Lyle House, but when the truth turns out to be so much worse than she suspected - escape is the top priority. Of course that would be easier with flesh and blood allies, but sometimes help comes in the most unexpected forms.

Like The Summoning, book one, the ending to The Awakening is abrupt and inconclusive, as if someone stopped the story mid-telling. The plot moves quickly and the character / interpersonal development is enjoyable. Readers will find the creep factor a bit reduced from book one but the violence up a notch.

The Awakening is a young adult urban fantasy and includes:
  • A guy in nothing but boxer shorts.
  • A teen boy/girl hold hands 
  • Thoughts appreciating the body of an individual of the opposite sex
  • Reference to forced prostitution
  • Rape threat
  • A teen girl implies that another teen girl has a flat chest 
  • Physical altercations with intent to harm (hand to hand, knives, and various objects picked up from fight locations)
  • Injuries (Blood)
  • Use of magic to harm
  • a person witnesses a throat being cut
  • Animated Corpses (not super gruesome, but definitely unpleasant)
  • Diabetes & insulin injections 
  • Stealing
  • Necromancy
  • No profanity - that I remember

The Darkest Powers Trilogy:
  1. The Summoning
  2. The Awakening
  3. The Reckoning
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