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400 pages, Hardcover
First published August 11, 2015
Even though I was very picky, wore only designer clothes, and had a monthly allowance bigger than what most people my age earned in a year, I was by no means a snob.Firstly: this book is a stupid, racist piece of shit. Secondly, it is a grand accomplishment that I could hate a character within pages of meeting her.
There were definite perks to living in Manhattan, and even more perks to living in a hotel—like maid service, room service at all hours, doormen, valets, access to the hotel pool, the steam room, and the gym. Still, it was hard for me to think of this residence as a home.She has the financial means to do whatever she wants (a fact of which she blissfully and frequently reminds us). She gets straight As. She wears designer clothes (a fact of which she, again, frequently reminds us). She has been accepted to every single university to which she has applied. She has the ability to wander around the Metropolitan Museum of Art at her own will because her parents are wealthy donors. She is bloody fucking perfect. Whoop-dee-fucking-doo.
Who are you? I wondered as I studied the person, who was not a man and yet not a teen. He seemed…timeless. Hooded hazel eyes, at that moment more green than brown, beneath a strong brow pinned me with a gaze that was both intelligent and almost predatory. I felt like a mouse looking up at a swooping falcon, knowing death loomed but utterly unable to look away from the beauty of it.And he's looking for...jars! And without the jars, he needs...her! Oh my god, she is the only one EVAR WHO CAN GIVE HIM WHAT HE NEEDS!!!!!! *cough*Mary Sue*cough*
“You do not understand. Without my jars I must share your life force.”He needs her. He pursues her. He all but kidnaps her. Wait, he does kidnap her. But he's so....different, and Lily finds herself oddly attracted to him.
Panicked, I spun and ran toward the curtain. But before I reached it, the lights went out and I banged my knee against the golden sarcophagus. Stumbling to catch my balance, I heard him coming toward me. “Come back, Young Lily,” he groaned. “I need you.”
I didn’t go for dangerous guys, especially bald guys wearing skirts who I couldn’t figure out. He was different from any guy I had ever met.This is called a no shit, Sherlock moment. He follows her. He stalks her.
Gripping the balustrade, I closed my eyes, basking in the feeling and momentarily forgetting my surroundings until I heard an all-too-familiar voice. “The sun makes us feel strong, Young Lily. As I am bound to it, you are bound to me.”Surely Amon is the model of a perfect YA love interest.
Though it was definitely strange and all kinds of wrong to find him not only in the building I lived in but also on the same floor and just outside my room, I was surprised that I felt happy to see him, crazy stalker or not.
Colleen Houck’s newest YA novel in which a visit to an Egyptian exhibit brings teen Lilliana Young face to face with a recently awakened mummy-turned-handsome-sun-god as she gets caught up in an adventure with more twists and turns than the Nile itself, to Krista Vitola at Delacorte Press, in a two-book deal,
When Houck plays with someone else’s culture, history, and mythology the way she does here, playing the “it’s just fiction” card doesn’t work. People are reading this book and thinking her utterly inaccurate, racist version of Egypt is the real one and that’s not okay. Writing about another culture means doing research and making sure everything is as accurate as possible so as to represent them properly. This doesn’t seem to be a concern for Houck based on Reawakened and what’s been said about her previous series.
And all of this is just what I notice as a very privileged white girl who knows very little about Egyptian history, culture, and mythology.
5. NO one likes your poetry. NO ONE.
Give it up. You are not Keats. You are not Wordsworth. You are not even Dr. Seuss. Your poems suck. I don’t read them. No one does. Again, a man who’s goal in life is to have a turnip of his own writes better poetry than you do.
"Not old enough that I cannot rein in lovely tormenters who bedevil me with questions and delight in afflicting me with all manners of inducements."
"How could I imagine myself as the girlfriend of a real-life mummy/sun -god if I can't handle a little rot and decay?"
A desert lily need not turn jealous eyes toward the common violet (86)
He was now surrounded by eggs done eight different ways, hash browns and skillet potatoes, country ham, apple sausage, maple bacon, biscuits slathered with honey and melted butter, caramel-apple topped pancakes with whipped creme, creme brule French toast, malted Belgian waffles, a fruit platter, and a basket full of croissants, Danishes, and streusel-topped blueberry muffins. (63)
“No. You will not run away and you will not scream.”
The problem with Reawakened is that this book is not bad or good, it's just mediocre. When you start to read a book with an annotation like this one, you expect it to be full of adventures and breath taking action. But in this case there's nothing to hate for me and nothing to love. This book would be more entertaining as a movie, where you can enjoy the action without going deeper into the plot or characters. The first part of the book was rather entertaining for me and I felt at least something toward the characters, but further into the plot I just was bored and wanted to finish reading. And let me tell: the ending was anticlimactic. And of course, there's going to be another book. Ugh!
The plot. The annotation of this book is pretty cool-sounding and if you remember a movie "The mummy" you can see that this book must be full of action and ancient Egypt and other awesome stuff. Well, in reality this book only touches superficially the Egyptian culture, but mostly this book is full of unnecessary descriptions and dialogs that are not about Egypt. I did not feel like reading a book that mostly takes place in Egypt. Honestly, the only interesting part of the plot for me was in the beginning and took place in New York.
Amon just grunted in response, totally transfixed by the scenes outside the window. Modern Cairo was a bustling city. Like New York, it had a mix of both old and new buildings, except that old had an entirely different meaning in Egypt.
We passed mosques and bazaars, cemeteries and museums, luxury towers and apartment buildings, and theaters and shops, but unlike New York, Cairo had an ancient feel, and it wasn’t hard to imagine that if the people slowed down enough, the desert dust that constantly lapped at the edges of the city would rise up like a hungry wild beast and consume civilization, dragging it back into the sand and burying it so completely that Cairo would quickly be lost, like the cities of old.
This is the only thing you will have from Egypt, everything else is the authors imagination and has a relation to world building but not to the modern Egypt. Also, the adventure MC took was boring and no action could save it for me. Only ten minutes ago she did not know that mummies exist and now she is ok with it. Everything was too rushed. I did not appreciate the story behind the plot. The concept is primitive. Yay, we need to stop an evil god. Let's go. Everything is just a cover for romance.
World building. We have a mythology that is partially true and mostly fiction. Of course, for a fantasy book it is relevant to have a unique (or not) mythology, that will give meat to the carcass of the story. We have this mythology in this book, but for me it was mostly lost in boring explanations that took place at times, and felt like someone was trying to stuff a peace of bread down my dry throat, because it was necessary to have it there and then. My point is, that the world's explanation in a book should be at the right moment, when the reader is ready to have them naturally. Or maybe the action and characters were too boring for me and the world around did not matter as it should when you are eager to know more about the characters you are growing to love.
I did not appreciate the idea that three Egyptian princes have to rise every millennium and safe Egyptian people. Why Egypt, not the world? I just don't think that the evil god Seth would be satisfied with just the Egypt these days, world dominance sounds better and more believable.
“Though they are dead, they will be called back each millennium and will be granted a short reprieve from death so that they may continue to do the work of the gods until such time comes that the gods”—he gave a faint flourish of his hand—“and Egypt, of course, need their services no more.”
Also, I did not like that everything was so convenient and cozy in this book. We need to save Egypt? Yes, let's save it. Let's board the plane and fly there. But you do not have passports with you. Why, we have magic and can hypnotize anyone we want. Oh, how convenient. Let's do it. We have wings and can fly. But what if you'll be seeing from the ground? Worry not, we are invisible for people below. Really? How convenient! And on and on it goes. They have magic, they can do whatever they want, and every time something that should take some deliberation and effort from common people appears, these magic boys just click fingers and oops - everything is done for their pleasure. All of it makes the action in this book just not interesting. I want real effort from characters, something that will make me sympathize them.
“How is it that you understand English?”
As I mentioned before, the only part I liked, was in the beginning in New York. There was humor at least and I still had hopes.
Raising the empty bottle, he exclaimed, “This water is more delicious than the soft kisses from the daubed lips of a dozen nubile maidens.”
I gave his skirt a pointed look. “Um, I think the only place you would fit the dress code for would be a hot dog stand.”
Wrinkling his nose, he exclaimed, “You eat…dogs? That is almost as bad as people!”
The characters. This is the major problem with this book. I did not hate characters but they were annoying a lot, and if I liked Amon a little, I disliked Lily a lot. She reminds me of Bella from Twilight. This whole book has a twilightish vibe so you can imagine what to expect from the heroine. Also, she is a snob. She does not think that she is, but she brags about her position in society a lot. She likes to dress and make up, almost every few pages you can find a detailed description of what she dressed and put on her face. Boring.
Even though I was very picky, wore only designer clothes, and had a monthly allowance bigger than what most people my age earned in a year, I was by no means a snob. My parents had certain expectations of me, and the money was used as a means to fulfill them.
I dressed in what I called designer casual and smiled as I assessed myself in the mirror. Though my eyes were still bright, I looked much more like the poised, calm, and in-control version of myself.
Taking out the small makeup case I’d fortunately brought with me, I fixed my face the best I could and pulled my hair up into a loose ponytail.
There's no depth to this character, though she claims to be good in studying and reading people and she and only she will save the day. I did not see it in her,though.
What I really enjoyed was studying people. People of the past, like the ones I read about at the Met, or even just the people walking around in New York City. In fact, I kept a little book full of notes on the most interesting people I saw.
The other MC Amon was mostly ok. Of course, he did not resemble an ancient Egypt prince, who just woken from a thousand year slumber. He looked more like a modern handsome-sexy model boy. Of course. He talks sometimes strange, but even this did not cover, how modern he acts. I did not feel any depth in him either, though he was presented to us like a very tortured martyr. I just couldn't sympathize.
The romance. Very much twilightish too. The guy practically abducted you, bend you to his will, was feeding on your life energy. But all she sees is how handsome he is and how other women salivate over him. Pleeeease. Enough of this.
His physical splendor was undeniable: brooding eyes, miles of muscles beneath smooth, golden skin, and full lips that would send any girl swooning. But there was something deeper behind the beauty, something very different about him that made my fingers itch for a pencil and paper.
“Excuse me,” the flight attendant said as she practically shoved her ample bosom in my face so she could have better access to my traveling companion.
And she is so special for him, the one and only who could help him. And there's almost insta love, the connection and all the usual stuff.
“Lily, I can honestly tell you that I have never in my long life come across a creature as beguiling as you. You are as fresh and as lovely as a budding flower kissed by the dew of a golden morning. I breathe you in and am filled with the taste of sunshine, life, and hope. You are much more than beautiful. You are…temptation personified.”
Of course she is.
Every time they were in danger, all she was worried about was why wouldn't he kiss her or how beautiful he was. And as this book is from Lily's POV, I had to endure similar thoughts in her head through out the book. Boring.
As I mentioned before, I did not hate this book nor did I like it. It was the same as other thousand similar books I've read in YA. I think that Colleen Houck cheated with this one. She created the same story as in her tigers books, just changed the locations the action takes place and made her MC less annoying.
If you want something similar to Twilight only with more action (not helping) read this book. If you want something like The Mummy movies - you will not have it here. This story was easy, funny sometimes, with pleasant language, but in the end of the day it is not what it claims to be.