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Awaken – Meg Cabot

Awaken coverAwaken
By Meg Cabot
Abandon Trilogy – Book 3
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Please read the first two books in the series and be sure to catch my review of Underworld, book two. This review may contain spoilers.

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.

This Blonde’s Review:
Pierce and John’s relationship is an unusual one but they’re both very dedicated to each other. She’s willing to dive into the world of death to be with him, and he’ll destroy anyone who threatens her. The furies haven’t given up attempting to kill John and soon goes far enough that John is injured. Pierce is still wonderfully flawed, making rash decisions that can put herself and others in danger. John is still intense and intimidating.

I enjoyed watching the way Pierce stands up and does what is needed even knowing that John isn’t here to save her. She refuses to believe that he is gone and instead does what is needed while always believing he will be back. She steps up and tries to help with the underworld, then she goes back home to do what is needed to find the answers. No matter what anyone else thinks, she knows John will be back, she just has to hold it together until he’s back.

We got to see the way the rest of the team stands up to help, even the new friends Pierce makes in the underworld. I really enjoyed the side characters, such as Kayla and Henry. There were a few unexplained questions regarding some of her friends, which leaves room for a novella or two if the author decides to do so. It seems there are a lot of those nowadays so we’ll have to wait and see if Meg Cabot takes us back to this world now that the series is over.

The series as a whole was an interesting concept, getting to see the Hades and Persephone myth with it happening now. I didn’t love that Pierce fell for John so fast and hard considering the short span from the 1st book to the 3rd. There were a few unhealthy relationship issues throughout the series, but overall this is interesting and I still enjoyed it. If you enjoy books that are modern retellings of known stories then you’ll want to give this series a try.

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Posted by on September 19, 2013 in Book Review, NetGalley