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Reawakened – tekijä: Colleen Houck

Reawakened (vuoden 2015 painos)

– tekijä: Colleen Houck (Tekijä)

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"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"--
Teoksen nimi:Reawakened
Kirjailijat:Colleen Houck (Tekijä)
Info:Delacorte Press (2015), 400 pages
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Reawakened (tekijä: Colleen Houck)


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Näyttää 1-5 (yhteensä 20) (seuraava | näytä kaikki)
A decent YA adventure about Egyptian mythology

My favorite thing about this book is the Egyptian elements. Reading Lily’s adventures in pyramids gave me strong Indiana Jones vibes. There were also many short stories about Egyptian Gods when Lily was finding her way into the unfamiliar land, which I relished as though a small child listening to sweet fairy tales. The magical powers of the three Egyptian princes were dazzling as well. I don’t know how much of the mythology in this book is real though.

The heroine, Lily, is a rich New York girl that everyone envies. Despite her wealth, she felt trapped and empty, living a life planned by her parents. Just when she was trying hard to decide college to go to, she was accidentally involved in helping a century-old Egyptian prince to save the world.

It’s nice to see the heroine being rich for a change, instead of the orphan/poor-girl-turned-out-to-be-the-chosen-one trope. While most of us are not as rich as Lily, the author did a great job making her likable and relatable. I love how she still had troubles in her life and how this whole experience made her braver.

One problem though…. the romance.

I heard Colleen Houck is very good at writing love triangles, so I had high hopes for a sweet, touching romance. But no! This book is totally insta-love. Lily pretended she didn’t need love but she apparently wanted it from page one, and she like the prince mostly because of his good looks and strong muscles. It isn’t wrong to choose a man on his appearance, but when so many other male characters in this book are good-looking demigod princes, there is a problem. Although the love interest confessed his feelings pretty late in the book, it still felt a bit rush and unconvincing. I guessed their romance could be attributed to their bond, then again, this is also a bad reason for a relationship. The fact that it didn’t turn out to be a love triangle and that the love interest was lovable are the saving grace.

Though the romance isn’t great, I find the book pretty enjoyable in general. The plot is a bit predictable while still entertaining. The writing is nice and made me want to keep reading. The characters have good personalities. I would recommend this book to mythology and adventures lovers. (If you have high expectations for romance though, you might be disappointed.)
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  LaurelChandler | Sep 1, 2021 |
I was finding myself figuring out the plot in several YA books lately; however, I accidentally came upon this book in a used bookstore. The repetitious chain has been broken with Reawakened. The smart, elegant banter and quippy comebacks from our heroine put my faith back into YA books again. Not spoiled by too much love and longing romance, this story is fast paced and exciting from page 2 to the end of the book. I was actually hoping the girl would get the guy, mummy, god, whatever. I truly w joyed this story and history of Egyptian Mythology. ( )
  MrNattania72 | Mar 17, 2020 |
I didn't intend to read this book. At all. While my son was happily in a library program, I stalked the book rows looking for something to amuse myself while I waited for him. I ended up near the "teen." section and saw this book with its pretty cover and Eye of Horus peeking at me. "Oh, Egypt!" Reading the jacket, I acknowledged that this would probably be an Egyptian flavour of Twilight but having just an hour to amuse myself and liking Ancient Egyptian history quite a bit seemed a good enough reason to find a seat and just read. Certainly seemed better than watching the shoeless woman wander the aisles seemingly unnoticed by staff...

Now, I have read some of the book reviews, and I don't understand the severity of some of the hate. It was a teenage book, meant to be a work of fiction and not a historical exposé into the lives of the ancient Egyptians and their gods. So, I tend to view it for what it is, a work of teenage fiction and don't try to accept it as a fully grown adult who traipsed unawares into "teen-fiction land."

Yes, the protagonist was an unbelievably and perhaps cliche rich girl from New York, but that, to my teenage self would have allowed me to live vicariously through her as well as feel a bit superior that I didn't have the burdens that go along with financial privilege. And yes, it is 100% impossible to fall in love with an impossibly gorgeous hunk of an ancient god cross decayed mummy. It takes both reality and ancient history very (very!) loosely in the hand but somehow alchemizes it into a cohesive story. I did not get the feeling of "racism" that some people are suggesting in their review and perhaps that is because I never intended to take the story very seriously or use it to define or even parallel my world-view. I don't know, but personally I just enjoyed the ancient setting that very casually borrowed from Egyptian myth to set the scene of an impossible but enjoyable love tale.

Now, all this said, an hour passed and I had to bring the book home with me. I read it daily until it was done (only a few days; it is a light but entertaining read) and enjoyed almost all of it. There were parts I was certainly too old (bah humbug) to take seriously but despite that the book wove a magical tale that if you dared to relax enough just to accept and enjoy, was a very good story. I wound up caring for the ancient god-boys-men and wanting it to end well. My inner teenager was smitten. :) But for me, the deciding factor of whether I liked the book or not was that when it was over, I wanted a "next" book to figure out what happened. That to me is good enough to say I liked the book.

Would I recommend it to everyone? Absolutely not. Nor would I recommend some of my heavier ancient Egyptian history books to some. If you are looking for a lighter read and love ancient Egyptian myth casually enough that you won't be offended when liberties are taken, this is an entertaining diversion from a modern life mostly devoid of the same sort of magic and some enjoyable hours away from the burdens of modern adulthood. ( )
  Ainevethe | May 29, 2018 |
I really wanted to love this book, but I couldn't. I've been interested in and studied Egyptian mythology for awhile now, so I assumed this book would be a great read for me. However, I came to find out that even though the book is centered around Egyptian mythology, its all a polished, Hollywood depiction. I feel like the author didn't study much about it at all, which made for a very poor basis for the story. Not only that, the characters... I don't even know how to phrase how I felt about the characters. Lily is an entitled, rich girl who constantly complains about the stability of her life and longs for adventure. Amon is a creepy stalker who doesn't mind hurting Lily for his own well-being. I do admit that he eventually develops somewhat of a consciousness, but it shouldn't take falling in love with someone to realize you shouldn't take part of their essence/strength/soul without their permission.

I'm torn as to how I feel. The story is definitely better than some of the other things I've read, but I feel like it could have been so much more. Overall, my rating is 2.75 stars. ( )
  spellbindingstories | May 24, 2018 |
This was supposed to be my last read of 2015 but due to falling asleep less than an hour before midnight on New Years Eve, it has now become my first read of 2016. not that I am complaining as it has gotten 2016 off to a good start.

I have always been interested in Egyptian mythology and this book used it really well when fusing it in with a modern setting. have ing recently read something else that also dealt with egyptian mythology , I was reasonably familiar with the stories with some of the mythology used in this novel.

Lilliana (Lily) Price has always done what she was told by her parents, and other in authority. her parents have her whole life essentially mapped out for her and while she may not be 100% happy with this, neither is she going against it.

Then she is in the wrong place and the right time and a chance encounter with a newly awakened mummy changes everything. Suddenly Lily is helping an Egyptian prince ind his brothers and enact a ceremony to keep the God of Chaos Seth from rising for another 100 years, risking her life for a man she barely knows but is developing feelings for and travelling to countries and doing things she would never have dreamed of just days earlier and even worse; She does not regret a thing!

I found this a wee bit slow to start. Having come from a previous read where I had been completely immersed from the get go ( and maybe still suffering a bit of a book hangover), it took me a little while to really get myself into the story but by 60-75 pages in, the pages began to fly and I found myself generally looking forward to getting back to the story every time real life intervened and I had to put the book down.

What Ms Houck does really well is to fuse mythology and a great modern story line together to make a plot that is exciting, romantic and can both sweep you off your feet and leave you on the edge of the seat you land on.

I also loved the chemistry between Lily and Amun. At first I wasn't so sure but as they interacted more and more, their chemistry built and by the end I was really pulling for them. I also felt that the change in Lily was authentic, she didn't become a different person but more discovered who she really was when not constrained by the rules of her parents and her perfect life and I flet like she really grew and discovered herself over the course of the novel.

I think I fell in love with all three of the brothers and i left the novel feeling like I really needed an Egyptian prince with godly powers of my own.

I found the ending a wee but confusing but I do know that there will be another book in this series and I for one, cannot wait to read it.

A most enjoyable start to my reading in 2016 and I give this book 4 stars

Sapphired Dragon xx
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  SapphiredDragon | Nov 21, 2017 |
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