Release Date: July 2, 2013
Rating: YA 15+
Genre/s: Greek Mythology, Supernatural
**An Advance Reader's Copy was provided by the publisher (thanks!)**
A tantalising finish to Meg Cabot's imaginative Abandon trilogy. The romance in this one wasn't as prominent, which I actually appreciated, because to be honest, there wasn't really anything else that could happen; although it took some time, Pierce and John finally both loved each other and Pierce, more than John, had realised the depth of her feelings for him. But there was a heck of a lot of action, mystery, and humorous encounters, which I loved! Even though I'm pretty sure that Persephone never did half of the things Pierce faced throughout the books, it didn't bother me much because it was just so enjoyable to read about!
Awaken begins a little after where Underworld left off: Pierce, John and Kayla have just rescued Alex and brought him to the Underworld, where John did his little trick and, ya know, brought him back to life; Alex and Kayla are seeking refuge from the bothersome Furies who are constantly making life difficult for them while they're all trying to sort things out and maintain the crucial balance needed in Underworld. However, after John's surprising 'death' (can the Lord of the Underworld ever really die?) that might be more difficult than Pierce originally thought. Now it's up to her and her gang of Fury-busters to set things right... or suffer the consequences.
I've been a huge Pierce fan since I first met her in Abandon, and I'm so happy and proud to say that she's come so far from the beginning! In spite of everything, she's managed to hold on to her admirable zest for life and feisty spirit. She's definitely opened her mind more- probably the result of dating the Lord of the Underworld, and has learnt to take things more in stride. So many awful things have happened to her after her NDE (near death experience), and frankly I'm amazed that she's still so compassionate and finds time to comfort and care for others. She really has a heart of gold! And Pierce and John are completely meant for each other. Pierce, as Mr. Smith said is the 'sunshine to his storm,' or something like that. They compliment each other tremendously, and help keep the other sane and grounded. As we saw in Awaken for a while, Pierce was all over the place without John! And although the feminist in me is begging to whirl up a tornado and rip that detail to shreds, I will contain myself.
I've been thinking about this for quite a while, and I've come to the conclusion that one of the reasons Meg Cabot's books are so loved by everyone is because of the stellar characters she writes. Mia Thermopolis, Em Watts and Pierce Oliviera have many things in common, but the most paramount is that they are all relatable, likeable people whom we are forced to care about. Another thing I've noticed is that every single one of her books seems to procure a sense of humour! Abounding in witty, engaging dialogue and whimsical irony, us readers can't help but laugh along and feel involved in the story. But no matter how much I try and pin it down on something, I know I won't be able to fully explain the magic her stories inspire. The best things are those hard to explain, and I think I'll just leave it at that.
Pierce finds home and comfort in John's hunky arms, and I, in Meg's books. This isn't my favourite work of hers, but that's just because she's set the standard so high with some of her older books. Exciting surprises and enough suspense to keep you enrapt, adorable characters and humorous exchanges, Awaken is a very fitting conclusion to an original, fun take on Persephone's story.
If you like this, try:
Starcrossed (Starcrossed, #1) by Meg Cabot
Of Poseidon (Of Poseidon, #1) by Anna Banks
The Goddess Test (Goddess Test #1) by Aimee Carter