Book Review: Awakened (House of Night Series, Book #8)
Now that Zoey and Stark have returned from the land of the dead, they decide to finish off Neferet once and for all and to end this long-winded series.
Actually, they decide to go on vacation. Yup. Vacation. Instead of charging forth and protecting all their friends and loved ones from a fate worse than death, these two undead high schoolers decide to shack up for awhile on a super-secret island in the Mediterranean.
My overall impression:
Harry Potter totally would have done the same thing. Right? Had the authors (P.C. & Kristen Cast) written the Deathly Hallows, I kind of see the second-half of the book going a little something like this:
Hermione: “So what do you say, Harry? Let’s go find those horcruxes!”
Harry: “No can do, Hermione. You see, I’m just not ready to find Lord Voldemort. I mean, can you blame me? I was forced to live in a closet for eleven years, a dead evil wizard keeps trying to kill me, and oh yeah, have I mentioned pretty much every person in my family has been brutally murdered? So, I think I’m going to take a TV time out on this one and go practice a little magic on Ginny…if you know what I’m sayin’.
Problem is, I wouldn’t have really blamed HP at all. Zoey’s biggest problem is that she can’t seem to learn how to juggle three boyfriends at once.
I totally feel for ya, Zoe. Not.
So you can see how the pace of this book moves at a glacial speed. Luckily, the point of view changes often, allowing readers a little break from the bizarre love fest happening on Teen Spirit Island. You’ll note I awarded Awakened one star for structure, which was kind pushing it, but the only saving grace was the point-of-view change to include Neferet’s perspective.
I’ll be darned if you can find a character arc. If you can, post a comment, and I’ll give you a virtual smooch.
Sizzle factor: ½
Overall character arc: 0
Total Stars: 1 ½ out of 5