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.
Now I'm running for my life with three of my supernatural friends--a charming sorcerer, a cynical werewolf, and a disgruntled witch--and we have to find someone who can help us before the Edison Group finds us first. Or die trying.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Kelley Armstrong has been telling stories since before she could write. Her earliest written efforts were disastrous. If asked for a story about girls and dolls, hers would invariably feature undead girls and evil dolls, much to her teachers' dismay. All efforts to make her produce "normal" stories failed. Today, she continues to spin tales of ghosts, demons, and werewolves, while safely locked away in her basement writing dungeon. She's the author of the Darkest Powers young adult urban fantasy trilogy, the Women of the Otherworld paranormal suspense series, and the Nadia Stafford crime series. She lives in southwestern Ontario, Canada, with her husband, kids, and far too many pets. Even with 13 books published, and more coming, I still consider writing my favorite hobby. Storytelling is my passion, and it rises from a love of reading. I've been an avid reader from a very young age and quickly wanted to start telling my own stories. My otherequalpassion is my family. Yeah, it's rather cliche, but my family is very important to me, and if I'm not working, I'm usually hanging out with them. Hobbies? Cooking (especially baking), hiking, camping, movies, and RPGs (hey, I'm a former computer programmerof course, I play RPGsit's, like, a career requirement).
Education: University of Western Ontario (BA, Psychology)
The Awakening is the second book in Armstrongs Darkest Powers series for young adults. And, I feel that I should give anyone who hasnt read the first book, The Summoning, a warning there are probably spoilers contained in this post. Id suggest you forgo reading it to be on the safe side. Fifteen-year-old Chloe Saunders was a normal teenage girl until an incident at her high school led to her being locked up at Lyle House for treatment. Once there, Chloe quickly learned nothing was as it seemed to be. She learned she wasnt crazy but had a powerful gift instead. Chloe is a necromancer and the other teenagers locked up in Lyle House with her have their own gifts. Four of those kids escape Lyle House but a moment of weakness leads Chloe and another girl, Rae, to turn to Chloes aunt for help and they find themselves in even more trouble. They are in the hands of the Edison Group, a secret organization that wants to use and control those with abilities like Chloe and her friends. Chloe and another girl manage once again to escape and reunited with Derek and Simon as they set out on a journey designed to take them to safety... or what they hope is safety. I enjoyed The Summoning a great deal and was looking forward to this one. I wasnt disappointed in the least. The kids change and grow during this story as they begin to understand what theyre facing. They also learn to trust and depend on each other. They face difficult situations with a great deal of courage and a great deal of bickering and snarking, just like teenagers. I didnt find a sour note in any of it.
Recommendation: Witches and secret organizations have been done before but Armstrong definitely adds her own twists and flavor to the tale. The only drawback is the fact that these are definitely a part of a series there is no overall resolution at the end but its still a worthwhile read.
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The Awakening is the second part of Kelley Armstrongs Darkest Powers trilogy. Since it is part of a trilogy the Darkest Powers books need to be read in order. If you havent read The Summoning, the first book in the trilogy, stop this review reading now - youre about to encounter major spoilers for that book! Written for Young Adults, The Awakening follows the continuing adventures of fifteen year-old Chloe who is struggling to deal with her newly found talent for raising the dead. Set in Kelley Armstrongs Otherworld, readers familiar with the authors earlier fantasy novels (written for adults) will recognise that Chloe is a necromancer so ghosts and zombies are going to be a permanent part of her life from now on. If the trauma of raising dead things from their graves isnt enough for Chloe she also has to deal with the knowledge that her birth was the result of a genetic experiment by supernaturally-inclined scientists and, even worse, those scientists now want their science project back. The Awakening starts from exactly where The Summoning finished. Chloes escape attempt from the group home where she was being kept with other teenaged supernaturals from the same genetic experiment had failed. Split up from her fellow-escapees - Derek, a werewolf on the brink of his first change and Simon, his sorcerer brother Chloe has been captured and transferred to a more secure facility. The opening scenes of the story find Chloe already plotting her next escape and as soon as she sees her opportunity she takes it - since snooping has already confirmed her worst fears about her chances for survival if she is deemed a failed experiment. The Awakening continues to be narrated in first person by Chloe. Her character makes an engaging protagonist who should appeal to a wide age range of readers from pre-teens through to adults. Like The Summoning, the pacing in this story is fast and furious; making a one or two sitting reading is a distinct possibility. Apart from the escaping, and the running, and the half-rotted zombies, The Awakening concentrates on trust with the unspoken question of Who can Chloe trust? running as a recurring theme through out the story. As the teenage runaways realise that the consequence of capture is most likely going to be their own deaths they have to trust each other and trust in their untried abilities to control their new found supernatural powers or risk re-capture. Packed full of urban fantasy action The Awakening is a good follow-up to The Summoning that builds up momentum for the final part of this trilogy while still maintaining its own exciting plot - even if it doesnt have any vampires in it! Rated at 4.5 out of 5 (I knocked off half a star for the lack of vampires) still no graphic to illustrate half stars though!