Reawakened by Colleen Houck

September 8th, 2015 kimbacaffeinate Review 56 Comments

8th Sep
Reawakened by Colleen Houck
Reawakened
by Colleen Houck
Series: The Reawakened #1
Published by: Penguin Random House
Narrator: Phoebe Strole, Mark Deakins
Length: 13 hrs
Genres: Fantasy
Source: Publisher
Purchase: Amazon | Audible
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Rating: One StarOne StarOne StarHalf a Star

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.
 
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.


Reawakened by Colleen Houck takes the reader on an adventurous quest from New York City to the tombs of Egypt. Wrapped in Egyptian mythology Awakened and its tale of good vs evil and forbidden romance will captivate listeners. While I struggled with aspects, I quite enjoyed the narrative voices of Phoebe Strole and Mark Deakins and this original fantasy.

Caffeinated Aspects:

  • The entire concept of Reawakened was fascinating, original and fully developed. Lilliana Young discovers Amon an Egyptian prince who has reawakened after a thousand years of mummification. Yep, our love interest is a mummy! Lily must aid him in his quest to raise his brothers and battle the evil god Seth. Ancient curses, danger, and travel to the Valley of the Kings delivered an epic tale of good vs evil.
  • Lilliana Young (Lily) our young protagonist is seventeen and struggling with the high expectations of her successful, career driven parents. She is trying to choose the college she will attend as well as her major. In her heart, she knows what she wants to do, but fears defying her parents. Meeting Amon and embarking on their quest allows for tremendous growth in Lily.
  • Amon and his brothers were fascinating and Houck did a wonderful job of sharing their story. When the brothers joined the story, the intensity increased and the author managed to share the bond these brothers share. I really enjoyed their storyline and their battle with Seth.
  • The forbidden aspect intensified the romance that develops between Amon and Lily. The romance delivered swoon-worthy moments, delicious banter and a touch of humor. I imagine that many readers will declare Amon their next book boyfriend particularly after their first kiss!
  • Despite some issues, (see below) the world was rich in detail, and the overall arc with its Egyptian mythology, Gods and quests kept me listening. Houck created complex, likeable characters even allowing secondary characters moments to shine. The tale ended at a good place, with only a little cliffhanger to build excitement.
  • Phoebe Strole and Mark Deakins did a wonderful job of narrating, although there were times when the voices of Lily and Amon sounded too similar. Deakins shared the Egyptian mythology and his voice was pleasant.

Decaffeinated Aspects:

  • The first section of the audio dragged in part because of information dumps. While in the end, I appreciated the details I wish the flow allowed me to slip in sooner. I found the last one-third of the story riveting. It took a full week of listening to complete Reawakened. When an audio holds me spellbound I can devour in just a few sessions. Problems with the pacing, wordiness and info dumps attributed to my issues.
  • While the romance was adorable and had swoon-worthy moments, Amon is a mummy! Details about his mummification and lack of organs kept entering my mind. LOL.
  • I really felt the tale could have withstood additional editing allowing for better pacing. The conversations dragged in areas and I felt other parts were an unnecessary rehashing of information or character opinions.

Reawakened delivered a fascinating adventure and is sure to please young adult fantasy fans. While I had some issues, I am curious to see what will happen in Recreated the next book in the Reawakened series expected to publish in 2016.

About Colleen Houck

Colleen Houck

New York Times Bestselling Author Colleen Houck is a lifelong reader whose literary interests include action, adventure, science fiction, and romance. Formerly a student at the University of Arizona, she worked as a nationally certified American Sign Language interpreter for seventeen years before switching careers to become an author. Colleen lives in Salem, Oregon, with her husband and a huge assortment of plush tigers.

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56 Responses to “Reawakened by Colleen Houck”

  1. Jenny

    Heh. I can see the practical side of my mind struggling a touch with the mummy aspect for a while, but it sounds like this world (despite the info dumps) is well-done and engaging, so hopefully I’ll be able to move past that detail quickly! Glad you enjoyed this for the most part Kim:)
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  2. Tracy Terry

    Ooh Egypt, a subject sure to grab my attention and that’s before I had read the words ‘ancient curses’. A shame that this dragged in places and that the pacing could have been better, I’m glad that overall you seemed to enjoy it.
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  3. Heidi

    I haven’t tried this author because I have read reviews that lead me to believe her writing isn’t for me, and I think with your review, you have enforced my belief. I am sure her books are right for others, but I think I am going to pass. A romance with a mummy? That is a little too weird for me.
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  4. Bookworm Brandee

    Great review, Kimberly. I love that Houck takes on mythologies that aren’t often used in YA but I do think sometimes her prose is a bit ‘clunky’ and you can get bogged down in it. I’ve been excited for Reawakened since I heard about it. I’ll give it a go but probably in paper format. 😉 I think I’d get too lost in the audio because of all the details.
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  5. Candace

    The love interest being mummy is a little weird but I guess I kind of like weird. I don’t know how it’s possible for things to ever go anywhere though. The emotional and swoony bits seem like they’d be good though. I’m definitely curious about this one!
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  6. Tika

    When I first heard about this book back in July, I broke my neck to pre-order it for my birthday, (august 17th) and guess what, I still haven’t been able to pick it up yet. I’ve always been fascinated by Egypt, and how cool is it that the story involves a mummy?! I’m so glad you enjoyed this Kim, it gives me something to look forward to!
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