Monday, July 11, 2016

Review: Recreated by Colleen Houck

Recreated (Reawakened, #2)Title: Recreated
Author: Colleen Houck
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Release Date: August 2, 2016

From Colleen Houck, New York Times bestselling author of The Tiger’s Curse, comes Recreated, the second book in the epic Egyptian-inspired Reawakened series, in which a seventeen-year-old must literally go to hell to save the love of her life.

Lily Young thought traveling across the globe with a reawakened sun prince was a grand adventure. Now she’s about to embark on the journey of a lifetime.

When Amon and Lily part tragically, he transports himself to the Netherworld—what mortals call hell. Tormented by the loss of his one true love, he’d rather suffer in agony during Lily’s mortal years than fulfill his duty to protect humanity.

Heartbroken, Lily seeks refuge on her grandmother’s farm. Yet she can feel Amon’s pain, and she has been having dreams—dreams of Amon continually suffering.

For before he departed, Amon gave Lily something very special, an item that connects them even though they are worlds apart. Now Lily must use this object to free him, and to free their realms from darkness and utter chaos. She will do whatever it takes.

I cannot tell you just how excited I was when I got this at ALA.  Which is why this second installment of the Reawakened trilogy was a bit of a disappointment.

Honestly, I don't think I had too high standards.  There were some things that happened that just frankly annoyed me, and I spent half the book wondering what the author was doing and why she was going in that direction.  She tricked us into thinking there might be a love triangle.  Frankly, after finishing the book, I'm still not totally sure there won't be.  I was left completely and utterly confused, and this was not what I had expected after reading Reawakened.

I loved the first book of this series.  Okay, so I'm not as mad at the ending of this book as I initially was.  Originally, I thought this was going to be a duology, and that this was the final book.  To end things the way Houck did would have been awful.  But even with the way she ended them, I'm left wondering how in the heck she is going to take things with the next book.  There are so many things that still need to be wrapped up, especially since not much actually happened in Recreated.  It was basically one big trek.

One of the things that I loved about the first book was that Lily was not a "special snowflake" character.  she went through what she went through (Amon bound himself to her and they went on that crazy and wild ride) simply because she was there.  She happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.  Or maybe it's the opposite?  Either way, because he didn't actually choose her, he just needed someone to help sustain him and she was it, she wasn't special in any way.

Of course now... Now we find out there is something special about Lily.  Of course she is special--Amon fell in love with her and abandoned his position as one of the Son's of Egypt to be with her after her natural life.  But I wasn't expecting the kind of special that happened.  Like, prophecies and powers kind of special.

Of course, it wasn't all bad.  Some of the new characters that were introduced were really interesting, and I can't wait to find out more about them.  We also got some serious backstory on some of the gods as well as Asten.  

Reasons to read this book
1) You loved the first book and want to know what happened
2) You don't mind the occasional love triangle
3) Egyptian gods!

Reasons not to read this book
1) Love triangle?? I'm still not sure about this one
2) There isn't much of a plot
3) You want to wait for the third book to come out and judge from those reviews

This book fell flat.  I think it ultimately suffers from second book syndrome, and I'm really hoping for something special with the finale.  If you loved Reawakened as I did, I would still recommend trying this one, but maybe get it from the library.  In the meantime, I hope the problem is simply this book and that the third book is much better.

Note: I received this book in exchange for an honest review.

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