Review of The Awakening by Kelley Armstrong

Review of The Awakening by Kelley ArmstrongThe Awakening by Kelley Armstrong
Also by this author: The Summoning, The Reckoning, The Calling
Series: The Darkest Powers #2
Also in this series: The Summoning, The Reckoning
Published by HarperCollins on 2009-04-28
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Horror & Ghost Stories, Young Adult
Pages: 384
Format: Hardcover
Source: Library
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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.

It’s a bit strange, but when I see The Awakening as a title, I always think of Kate Chopin. However, Kelly Armstrong’s book entitled The Awakening has nothing to do with Chopin. It is a continuation of the most excellent novel, The Summoning. Chloe is back, along with AHH -GUSH- Derek! The What The F-ery continues from the very opening. I would love to post a summary, but it would be unfair to those who have not read The Summoning yet.

I read The Awakening in four hours, yes I am boasting. It’s not because I am a particularly quick reader, but because The Awakening is akin to book-crack! There is never a dull moment, never a spot where I’m sitting there thinking, OH DEAR GOD JUST GET TO IT. Nor is characterization sacrificed in this book. I liked learning a bit more about Tori, even though I still hate her. There were moments when certain characters would do things, and I would legit say out loud, hands off buddy, Chloe DOES not belong with you. No, just no. GRRR arg, see Mr. Book Character, that is my scary reader face. Not that the words magically rearrange, since I’m not quite studying at Hogwarts (still awaiting my acceptance letter by Owl Post). Anyways, there is some killer tension, I would say it’s sexual, but you know, teens don’t do that.

While reading The Awakening by Kelley Armstrong, I suggest you investigate some Cream Jones Soda. I have mentioned before how much I love cream soda, well whenever I see a store selling the Holy Grail of cream sodas known as Jones Cream Soda, I purchase it. There’s one store and one gas station that I know of near me which sells Jones, pretty rare. I also think the way I was captivated by The Awakening and lust for the next book in the Darkest Powers series by Kelley Armstrong (The Reckoning) is pretty rare too!

About April (Books&Wine)

April is in her 30s and created Good Books And Good Wine. She works for a non-profit. April always has a book on hand. In her free time she can be found binge watching The Office with her husband and toddler, spending way too much time on Pinterest or exploring her neighborhood.


  1. I'm reading summoning now, its pretty good. can't wait 2 read AWAKENING! at least i don't have 2 wait 😀

  2. I am on a list at the library for the Summoning! So I can't wait to read it so that I can read this

  3. Michelle (Red Headed Book Child) says

    Great review! I like how your sense of humor comes out in your writing.
    This book sounds like fun and I have seen it everywhere so it must be added to my TBR list.


  4. Juju at Tales of says

    Great review. LOVE the drink choice.

  5. Welcome to the read-a-thon (I hope you're still participating)! Enjoy these first few hours-they'll fly by! I'm sure you'll do great. 😀

  6. The Shepards says

    Yum drinks! Hope your reading is going well, good luck on the rest, and can't wait to read more of your posts 🙂

  7. Now I desperately want Cream Soda. Sounds just delicious.


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