ARC REVIEW: Reawakened by Colleen Houck

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Reawakened by Colleen Houck

Publication Date: August 11, 2015
Publisher: Random House Children's
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance
Series: The Reawakened, #1

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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.

   *I received an advanced reading copy from Random House Children's in exchange for an honest review.*

    Imagine what would happen if a mummy were to wake up and discover that the world was no longer what it was when they were alive. Well, prepare to have your minds blown away by this adventurous story filled with Egyptian mythology that I loved!

   When our seventeen year old protagonist Lilliana Young goes into an art museum, she finds herself facing the last thing she expected. Amon, an Egyptian mummy prince, has awoken and he binds her to him to be used like his energy bar. She is given no choice but to help him search for his other brothers to perform a ritual that will stop an evil Egyptian force from rising and taking over the world.

   Lilliana Young comes from a rich family that expects her to keep up with a perfect image and do what her family has expected of her. I wasn't exactly keen on her at first. I think she did come off as a bit spoiled but she developed throughout her adventures with Amon and she toughened up. She's a character that's wiling to do anything to protect those she loves. And I just grew fond of her by the end of the book.

   Amon has got to be one of the most hilarious characters I have ever read about. He's just so adorable and naive about the present world like when he called taxis "golden chariots." He's got that sweet and manly vibe to him. He's going to make people laugh and smile a lot like I just want to hug him. But he will probably say "back off, peasant."

   Surprisingly, I loved the slow-paced romance. It didn't take over the book but it was there. I was just waiting for something to happen and once it did, I was fangirling!! It was worth the waiting. The slow-burn and build up was utterly P E R F E C T

   The only thing I have to complain is that the pacing in the middle got really slow for me. It made me put the book down and I didn't want to pick it up. It was really hard to get passed it. But thank goodness I did because once I got through it, I was able to enjoy the story once more.

   The ending really goes by in a heartbeat. It tore my heart out and I cried a lot, which is something I rarely do while reading! I'm just dying to know what direction the story and romance is going to go.

   Overall, Reawakened is definitely one of my favorite books of the year! It has the adventure, the pyramid booby traps, romance, and characters that lots of readers will love and won't want to let go.

4 Sea Stars: A Great Read!


  1. This sounds like such a fun read! Lovely review!

  2. Seems like a really good read. Cannot wait to get my hands on a copy.

  3. This book sounds super cool. Before I did not really know what it was about, but I really liked the cover. Now that I know it's about Egyptian Mythology, I think I will have to give it a read because Ancient Egypt is one of my favorite thngs ever!
    ~Chioma @ Blue Books and Butterflies

    1. I wasn't too aware of the book but then I saw people at BEA get it. And I was so happy I was able to get my hands on it because I ended up loving it :D

  4. I've read other reviews for this book and not one of them have has anything bad to say about it. I LOVE the fact that it's centered around Egyptian mythology . (How freaking cool is that??) I LOVE books that have to do with this.♡

    1. Me too! I actually haven't read any other books with Egyptian mythology so I'm glad this was my first one :)

  5. This book seems fantastic! I have heard other reviewers loving it so I am suitably pumped for its release. I love Egyptian mythology and the fish-out-of-water hijinks so I think I will enjoy this one. Fantastic review!

    Aentee at Read at Midnight.

    1. I've never read Egyptian Mythology but I loved how it was written in Reawakened so I need to look up other similar books :)

  6. I really enjoyed this book as well! I loved Amon! He was super adorable and charming and I want my own Egyptian Prince after reading this book!
    I agree about the draggy middle though. It almost made me want to put down the book, even though I was really enjoying it so far.

    1. Oh I'm so glad I'm not the only one who felt the same way!! The ending was amazing though. It actually made me cry :'( And now I'm dying for the next book!


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