Review: Reawakened by Colleen Houck

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Review: Reawakened by Colleen HouckReawakened by Colleen Houck
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Pages: 400
Series: Reawakened #1
Published by Delacorte Press on August 11th 2015
Genres: Fantasy, Romance, Young Adult

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.

 

I really can’t tell you what possessed me to pick this book up again. Back in 2015 I attempted to read this and quickly (about 6 chapters in) gave it up. Colleen Houck provides the world with another culturally insensitive series about a rich white girl who stumbles upon an ancient quest to save the world from a ancient nasty.

There were a whole slew of problems for me, some that overlapped with the issues I had taken with Tiger’s Curse series, which I painfully read all of. Lilliana Young is a terrible heroine. Instead of creating a deeper more expansive character, Houck relies on Lily to tell you that just because she’s rich she isn’t narcissistic or snobby or entitled because of her wealth but rest assured her actions will prove that she is some spoiled rich girl who stumbles upon an unlikely situation.  Houck wastes all chances to redeem Lily (and just about every other character).

I’ve bullet pointed the remaining things I’ve had issues with.

  • Amon conveniently whisks Lily away to Egypt, but don’t worry Amon can bend time to send her back before this whole incident and her parents won’t be mad!
  • Culturally insensitive, cultural misappropriation – Houck whitewashed every character in this series, much like she did in Tiger’s Curse series.
  • The mythology was a mix of different interpretations and translations of myths — advice is to pick one and stay with it. Also Seth?? It’s Set. She used the Greek version of EVERYTHING. If Amon was born before the dynasties then they wouldn’t have had these Greek versions or even recognized them! Do you research, and vet the sources you are choosing.
  • The dialogue was atrocious. Amon and his brothers would lack common understanding of just about everything. What pissed me off the most was the inclusion of “gravity” in the Nut-Geb story retelling.

If you enjoy needless and un-complex “insta-Romance” that butchers Egyptian mythology and history – congrats you’ve found the book for you! If you don’t stay far away from this series and probably any other series Houck writes in the future.

 

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    M @ A Blog Of One's Own
    September 27, 2016 at 7:31 pm

    I can definitely relate to what you said about being told the character is this or that (or not) while their actions prove the opposite. This is such a pet peeve for me. I had a similar issue with a book I read recently (Faithful). If you’re interested, here’s the review:
    https://mreadsbooks.wordpress.com/2016/09/23/review-faithful/

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