Saturday, July 27, 2013

Review: Awaken by Meg Cabot

 From #1 New York Times bestselling author Meg Cabot, the dark re-imagining of the Persephone myth comes to a thrilling conclusion.

Death has her in his clutches. She doesn’t want him to let go.

Seventeen-year-old Pierce Oliviera knew by accepting the love of John Hayden, she’d be forced to live forever in the one place she’s always dreaded most: the Underworld. The sacrifice seemed worth it, though, because it meant she could be with the boy she loves.

But now her happiness — and safety — are threatened, all because the Furies have discovered that John has broken one of their strictest rules: He revived a human soul.

If the balance between life and death isn’t fixed, both the Underworld and Pierce’s home back on earth will be wiped away. But there’s only one way to restore order. Someone has to die.

My Review:

I can't believe that this is it. There will be no more Pierce and John and no more eye-popping gorgeous covers. WAH! 

 Now that that embarrassing tiny tirade is over, let's move on to the actual contents of the book.

The first thing that I loved about this book was the interaction between John and Pierce. Unlike the last two books where I felt like the two weren't really as in love and hunky-dory as they thought they were, in this book they actually come across more as a teenage couple with issues who actually love one another.  Yes, there were some incredibly cheesy moments involving hope (not Pierce's pet dove, I'll get to that later) and storms and sunshine, but it reminded of how cheesy first loves always seem to be...

Now, on to the dove. Hope is Pierce's pet dove and unfortunately hope (the act, not the dove) is mentioned A LOT throughout this book so there's constantly this paragraph of dialogue between characters telling Pierce that no, they are not talking about her dove. It just got a little annoying to me and made me compare Pierce to someone who was much younger than a senior in high school.

The plot itself was all over the place. Not in a necessarily a bad way, or even a good one. I could never tell what the heck was going to happen next because the main storyline moves were so wild, which was nice. However, there were some character revelations that were fairly obvious once the next piece in the plot line puzzle was revealed.

All in all I'm sad to see this series go, but it did end on a happy note. Meg Cabot continues to write with a wit and charm that will keep current readers hooked and pull in newly obsessed fans too.

*Note: I received a copy of this book via Netgalley. This in no way altered my opinion/review.

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