Monday, July 1, 2013

Awaken (Abandon #3) - Review

Awaken (Abandon Trilogy, #3)Awaken by Meg Cabot
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Published: July 2nd 2013 by Point

Death has her in his clutches. She doesn’t want him to let go.

Seventeen-year-old Pierce Oliviera knew by accepting the love of John Hayden, she’d be forced to live forever in the one place she’s always dreaded most: the Underworld. The sacrifice seemed worth it, though, because it meant she could be with the boy she loves.

But now her happiness — and safety — are threatened, all because the Furies have discovered that John has broken one of their strictest rules: He revived a human soul.

If the balance between life and death isn’t fixed, both the Underworld and Pierce’s home back on earth will be wiped away. But there’s only one way to restore order. Someone has to die.

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Meg Cabot, the dark reimagining of the Persephone myth comes to a thrilling conclusion.

SUCH a Meg Cabot ending!

Let's start with my favorite thing about this book, the analogy of Pierce being: “a kite without strings, blown by anger.”
Much like in Abandon where the phrase "Check yourself before you wreck yourself." was continually repeated like a mantra, we were repeatedly reminded that Pierce is like a kite.
And I kind of liked that, even more so, since I originally complained about the repetition in Abandon.

(Although it might also be because while reading all three books in the trilogy - there was only a day gap in between the first two- I kept encountering things (people) that made me very very angry. Up to a point where I started joking that it must be the furies trying to keep me from enjoying the story.
Lets blame the furies!)

 Pierce is definitely short tempered, I love that she's so hot and cold, because that's pretty much what keeps her going. Her emotions.
"A kite without strings, blown by anger," it is the angry winds that get her moving. If she didn't have that fire she would never make it as Queen of the Underworld.
And of course she and John are the perfect counterbalance for each other.
They both keep each other grounded.
And that's the best part of the book.

I feel like the description is a little off to what the story actually is though. It's so much more than that, but still could have been more than that.
The two major plot twist kind of had "well that was easy" conclusions. Sorry to say it didn't end with a bang. Instead of fireworks we really get sparklers.
Which are fun, come Thursday those are the one's I'll be pulling out.
They're common, relatively safe (when used correctly), pretty to look at and more or less fun.
But they end quick and well you rarely ever hear people cheer over them.

Not to say that Awaken isn't worth cheering for, it is.
Yay Pierce and John!
Especially Pierce, (although I was probably more free-wielding with my John cheers) yet another Meg Cabot character who is a total fighter! The best kind there can be.
And she is definitely fighting for her man, literally.
She knows what she's doing and has no intentions of sitting back and taking orders. But then again she's Queen of the Underworld, why would she?

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