The Awakening by Kelley Armstrong
Hardcover: 368 pages
Publisher: HarperCollins (April 28, 2009)
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.
As a recap of The Summoning. Chloe Saunders had the surprise of her life when she began seeing ghosts and found herself locked up inside Lyle House, a home for troubled teens. She and her new roommates made an effort by trying to escape, but Chloe and Rae were caught and brought to a larger facility controlled by the Edison Group. She became aware in the toughest of circumstances, that she’s a necromancer--a person that can raise and control the dead. And that fact brought us to the Summoning's oh so good, no you didn't cliff hanger ending.
As the story begins Chloe quickly discovers that the Edison Group plays a frightening role in her life and that of her roommates. It seem that those living at Lyle House have all been targeted for their "special" gifts. Chloe soon knows that she must escape as a new character informs her of things that she knows deep in heart is true, but does not want to believe. She gains assistance from an unlikely allie and together they find the other roomies on the run. Together they join forces as they struggle to control their gifts and track down the one man who may be able to help them.
Their journey to find Simon and Derek's father is filled with twists and unexpected turns. They barely escape one action filled supernatural injected situation to only embroil themselves in another. Then as the group is finally making progress they must separate as an old problem resurfaces and makes an appearance at the worst moment possible. A deeper friendship is formed and a hint of romance blooms, but it is soon squelched as the pair is on the run again and facing even bigger problems.
Chloe's necromancer abilities are truly tested as she realizes that even sleep cannot save her from her fate. It proves to be an issue that blurs the lines of reality and she knows that they must find help soon so that she can control her powers before it controls her...
I loved this book because I did not want to EVER put it down. Kelley Armstrong outdid herself with this book because It surpasses it predecessor, and you will not be disappointed. The Awakening has action sequences that are fast paced and edged with supernatural mojo. The characters are wonderfully believable, the scenes are well visualized and detailed, and the hint of romance adds to the overall appeal of the story, only making me want more. This is a young adult read that should attract teens as well as adults who enjoy the genre. I cannot wait to read the next book in this trilogy, because I am hooked.
Here is one of my favorite bits from the book:
"Three conditions. One, whatever your problem is with Chloe, get over it. Go after her again, you're gone."
"Understood," Tori said.
"Two, get over Simon. He's not interested."
She flushed and snapped, "I think I've figured that out. And number three?"
"Get over yourself."
Gotta love that werewolf.
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