Review: Reawakened by Colleen Houck

Reawakened

Oh my gosh…it’s another review!!! I know right…enjoy…

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 a 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 from the dead, and stop an evil, shape shifting god named Seth from taking over the world. All before the next full moon.

Let me begin by saying that I had never heard of this book or this author before…my head has been stuck in the sand of work for faaaaaar too long, I know. So when I saw it sitting on the shelf I had second, third and fourth thoughts of purchasing it. I think I picked it up and put it down on three separate visits to the book shop, then picked it up and put it down multiple times on the day I eventually purchased it…and I am so glad I did…I don’t know why I hesitated.

Now, history buffs will probably crucify me for this review, but I have to admit, I’m not hugely offended if a book doesn’t follow history or mythology perfectly…I mean, mythology was made up…and I think that gives authors licence to make up new mythology all the time, even if it’s based on old mythology…call me a heretic, I don’t care.

I enjoyed the pace of this novel, and I couldn’t put it down. It was comical in some areas, and a giggle or two escaped me at some of Amon’s antics…I do enjoy the whole, “I’m not of this world, so I don’t understand it, so I do dumb stuff,” kind of thing.

This book was a fun read, and I am really looking forward to the next book in the series.

In saying all of this, two things did bother me a little (and I mean a little, they were not deal breakers, I just thought they were a little bit of a cop out). The first thing is that her parents are awful and only care about money and prestige…now maybe it’s because I didn’t grow up in that situation (I am not saying these situations don’t exist), but I am so sick of this trope. Can we please have more stories where the parents are not awful (I am a parent, I don’t think I’m awful). The second thing was that several times when Lily and Amon were in a bit of a pickle, magic comes to the rescue and they are easily saved…A little more thought could have gone in to some more plausible rescues…I don’t know. It annoyed me a little, but like I said, not a deal breaker.

Let me know what you thought of this novel, if you’ve read it.

I give it a healthy 4 stars.

Review: Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

Rebel of the Sands

Okay, let me start off by saying, Yes, it has been several years since I last graced the pages of this sad, neglected little blog. I know this, I also know probably no one will come back to reading this after so long, but I thought it would be fun to start reviewing again. I will also say that my reviews are usually pretty short, and I don’t like spoilers much, so I will endeavour to do as little spoiling as necessary, if not any at all. Right, let’s begin…

Tell me how you want your story to go, he says, and we’ll write it straight across the sand.

Dustwalk is an unforgiving, dead-end town. It’s not the place to be poor or orphaned or female. And yet, Amani Al’Hiza must call it ‘home.’

Amani wants to escape and see the world she’s heard about in campfire stories. Then a foreigner with no name turns up, and with him she has the chance to run.

But the desert plains are full of dangerous magic. The Sultan’s army is on the rise and Amani is soon caught at the heart of a fearless rebellion…

Okay, so let me be honest…the actual reason I picked this book up was for it’s gorgeous cover…I mean, I know you shouldn’t judge a book by it’s cover, but dang, it’s a pretty cover…and it’s gold…and who doesn’t like a bit of bling, right?

The other reason I picked it up was I saw it on someone’s Youtube book haul video (can’t remember who, sorry…perhaps Kristina Horner? Not sure) and again, the bling caught my eye (man, I must be really superficial!).

I won’t give the story away, because I enjoyed it, and I think you might too. I just want to say that the MC, Amani, is a strong willed, crafty, gun slinging female with a smart mouth which constantly gets her a beating by her uncle and aunty. She’s selfish as all get out at the beginning of the story, but her arc is beautiful, and the person that comes out of it in the end is someone who is not completely changed, but changed enough to make her likable. I must be honest, I didn’t like her as a person at the beginning of the book, and I was a bit worried about that. Another good thing…NO LOVE TRIANGLE! Now, I don’t mind a bit of love triangle every now and then, but seriously, it is nice to not have one for once.

Jin is an interesting character, and I liked him a lot, but I knew roughly who he was and what he was about within the first couple of chapters. I wish his character arc had been given a little more thought, and I hope in the next book we can see some of that arc for him.

It did take me a little while to figure out the setting, if it was in our time or not (there are guns, but also swords, knives and scimitars, as well as magical beings) so it took me a while to figure out…and even then, I wasn’t so sure…a desert…let’s just say it was set in a desert…which it was.

I really enjoyed this book, and couldn’t put it down and I am looking forward to book two…I hope I don’t have to wait for too much longer.

Over all I give it almost 5 stars…4.8 I guess. I’d love to know what you thought of it if you’ve already read it.