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“Reawakened” by Colleen Houck

– Posted in: YA Book Reviews

My thoughts

If you’ve read my reviews before, you’ll know that I like YA fantasy and science fiction books. What I like about them is their honesty, which might sound a little weird because YA books are almost always coming of age stories. My thoughts are that unless we just quit growing as a person and become “old”, we all have a number of coming of age moments throughout our lives. In novels, these moments are called story arcs. In YA, they are coming of age stories.

Reawakened was a fun read.

I listened to the Audio book while I walked on my treadmill. I always need a distraction when I exercise, otherwise five minutes seems like an eternity. Listening to stories is better than watching the clock because twenty or thirty minutes goes by quickly.

So, why is this book fun? Let me name the reasons:

  • A quest to Egypt to save the world;
  • Lots of Egyptian myths and tales;
  • Houck does an excellent job of seamlessly mixing those myths into her story;
  • A modern teenage girl questing with a multi-millennial Egyptian prince creates some amusing moments;
  • Interesting magic.

At the heart of the story is a teenage crush on a mummy come to life. Even that was fun because a reader knows that by the end of the book Lily will have to deal with the “prince of Egypt” returning to his grave. I was prepared for a Hollywood or “deus ex machina” ending, but I was pleasantly surprised that I got something more gutsy. There are more books, so I’m guessing Amon might reappear. There were hints in the text. Gotta love foreshadowing.

If you like YA books with a sweet romance, and if you like Egyptian myths, you’ll enjoy this book.

Quick Summary

Here’s the Amazon Blurb:

“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.”

Here’s the Book Trailer

In case you were curious about the image at the top of this post, here is the silly and fun book trailer. It does have all the various aspects of the book! Enjoy.

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