ARC Review: Reawakened by by Colleen Houck

Title: Reawakened (The Reawakened #1)
Author: Colleen Houck 
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Mythology 
Source: NetGalley 
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Publication Date: August 11th 2015 
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When seventeen-year-old Lilliana Young enters the Metropolitan Museum of Art one morning during spring break, the last thing she expects to find is a live Egyptian prince with godlike powers, who has been reawakened after a thousand years of mummification. And she really can't imagine being chosen to aid him in an epic quest that will lead them across the globe to find his brothers and complete a grand ceremony that will save mankind. But fate has taken hold of Lily, and she, along with her sun prince, Amon, must travel to the Valley of the Kings, raise his brothers, and stop an evil, shape-shifting god named Seth from taking over the world. From New York Times bestselling author Colleen Houck comes an epic adventure about two star-crossed teens who must battle mythical forces and ancient curses on a journey with more twists and turns than the Nile itself.


Firstly, I love the cover. Every single aspect of it goes along with the story and makes it eye catching. I know if I spotted this book in a crowd and picked is solely based on the cover this would be the on I picked. This book is a great blend of romance, adventure and Egyptian culture! 

I wasn't a fan of Lily at all. At first I was slightly sympathetic, her parents are very controlling of her future. Her only freedom is when she spends her day at the Met, and she isn't about to have freedom long. When trying to find a silent spot to think Lily stumbled upon the new Egyptian exhibit, only there is one issue though. The sarcophagus is empty, and Lily is face to face with a beautiful God like man he can't speak English. Amon binds himself to Lily, linking their life forces together. Now together Lily must follow Amon back to his home land of Egypt to find his two other brothers and save to world from an evil Egyptian force. 

My biggest issue with this book, and why I kept putting it down to read something else was our main character Lily. I never wanted to reach into the pages of a book and knock as much sense into a character as I wanted to do then. 

I saw that Houck was trying to build up the romance, and I loved it for the most part. But it just drove me insane that for nearly 25% of the book Lily would try to lay one on Amon and then get all pissed off when he denied her. It turned me off from her character that she didn't know how to handle rejection well. There were reasons why Amon didn't/wouldn't kiss her. It is complicated to talk about. Also in the beginning when she thought that Amon was really a mental patient, she acted like she was above him and a know it all. She tried to make herself seem like a good person by helping him but she was really thing "You are a total freak." Lets just leave it that I wasn't a fan of Lily. 

I loved the culture and mythology used in this book. Egypt is really the only subject in world history that I genuinely enjoyed. There is so much to learn and to know about that I'll probably never make a dent in the info. But this book did feed the "Egyptian history and mythology is really cool and I need to know it all" monster in me. 

Overall, I really liked the plot of this book and I am interested in seeing what is going to happen in the next book. I HOPE that Lily will show some character growth in book two because I seriously considered DNFing this one a few times do to her. But plot, mythology and world building wise Reawakened was beautifully done is recommended for Egyptian history junkies such as me! 


(3.5 Stars!) 


  1. I'm sorry to hear you had such issues with Lily but at least you managed to enjoy the book enough even with her bothering you!

    1. I am so bummed. I did like this book otherwise. I struggled with the rating for it too. I didn't feel like a 4 star book but 3 stars seemed too harsh. I am excited for the next book!

  2. It is a huge problem when you can't like the main character
    But this still sounds like an amazing book though
    I love the cover too
    GREAT review
    Your reader,
    Soma R.

    1. The cover is stunning! That is originally when I clicked on it on NetGalley. I never even heard of this one at that point. Besides Lily I really liked the whole story

  3. I actually posted my review of this today lol. Lily also didn't appeal to me at first but I actually grew fond of her by the end of the book. I actually loved how it was a slow burn romance because by the end of the book, I was crying and just wanting the next book.

    ~Karina @ A Reader Under The Sea

    1. I saw. I was about to head over to your blog to comment and I got sidetracked. I am really looking forward to the next book for obvious reasons but Lily was just meh to me.

  4. I'm such a huge fan of Egyptian mythology! I can't wait to see how that plays a part in this book. Seems like Lily was a constant problem in this book, but I'm glad she got at least slightly better. Ahhh this sounds like such a slow burn romance, I love those. Nice review!

    Rachel @ A Perfection Called Books


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