Saturday, June 8, 2013

Brad About Books: Awaken by Meg Cabot

Read on May 17, 2013
Expected Publication Date: July 2, 2013
Publisher: Point (Scholastic)
Format: ARC
Page Count: 343 pages
Source: Publisher in exchange for an honest review
Series: Abandon, #3

This review is entirely spoiler free, even if you haven't started this series.

Check out my review from other books in this series:

Awaken is a stunning conclusion to a fantastic re-telling series. Fast-paced and shocking, Meg Cabot has done it again!

The characters are just wonderful in Awaken. Awaken starts off with a bang and never stops. The action, tension and suspense was almost overwhelming - I had to know what in the world would happen next! And after Underworld, I had no clue what to expect. I think that Underworld was my favorite of the trilogy, but Awaken is a very close second. The entire ensemble is fantastic, and I applaud Cabot for making each and every character a vital piece to this massive and epic storyline. Bravo!

I'm a sucker for Greek re-tellings. And while it seems that the Persephone myth is the most common in YA, Meg Cabot's Awaken trilogy is definitely one of the best Persephone re-telling series out there. It's fun, it's fresh, and it's fast-paced. These books are so extremely hard to put down - I think Awaken was the hardest! I never wanted to tear my eyes away from the page; Meg Cabot is a master of storytelling! Love!

But I guess what kept me from giving Awaken a full-blown 5 stars was the lack of plot. It's there, but it doesn't always move forward. The suspense of what would happen next definitely kept me on the edge of my seat and eager, but I noticed that Awaken seemed to be character driven. I believe there were some new characters introduced, so of course, we had to get to know them. I caught myself drifting off from time to time, but usually very soon, the plot would pick back, and Awaken would become epic again. Which is always a good thing.

Overall, Awaken is a masterfully executed and well thought-out conclusion to a mind-bending and enticing trilogy! I'm so sad to see this series go, but Meg Cabot couldn't have ended it any better.

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