ARC Review: Reawakened by Colleen Houck

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I received an e-ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Title: Reawakened
Author: Colleen Houck
Publisher: Delacorte Press: an imprint of Random House
Publication Date: August 11, 2015
Stars: 3/5

Summary (from Goodreads): 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.

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Reawakened is an interesting book set in Egypt that has a one of a kind concept. The Egyptian element to this story gives it a real sense of mystery. However, the protagonist and romance in the novel were lacking and really slowed the pace of the novel.

The setting of Reawakened is really unique. Egypt is such an intriguing location and its history is so fascinating. I really enjoyed learning about Egyptian culture and mythology in this book. Colleen Houck painted such a beautiful picture of the pyramids and sarcophaguses that made this part of the story really come alive.

Unfortunately, the main character in Reawakened, Lilliana, is not one that I found particularly enjoyable. Her attitude really affected my enjoyment of the book. I found her to be very stereotypical and sort of stuck up. She is very wealthy and only wears designer clothes. The constant descriptions of how great she thinks she is because she is so rich were quite frankly, annoying. I saw no connection to this character’s affluence to the development of the novel.

The romance theme in the novel was a disappointment. In Reawakened, Lilliana is desperately in love with the Egyptian prince, Amon, and continually thinks about what a relationship with him would be like. This theme seemed quite silly to me. In all honesty, the pacing of the book would have been faster without this unnecessary element.

Although the setting is beautifully depicted, the protagonist and romantic component in Reawakened were not my cup of tea. I’m sure that this book may relate to others looking for a light read set in Egypt.

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