Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Book Shelf: Recreated (Reawakened #2) by Colleen Houck

From Colleen Houck, New York Times bestselling author of The Tiger’s Curse, comes Recreated, the second book in the epic Egyptian-inspired Reawakened series, in which a seventeen-year-old must literally go to hell to save the love of her life.

Lily Young thought traveling across the globe with a reawakened sun prince was a grand adventure. Now she’s about to embark on the journey of a lifetime.

When Amon and Lily part tragically, he transports himself to the Netherworld—what mortals call hell. Tormented by the loss of his one true love, he’d rather suffer in agony during Lily’s mortal years than fulfill his duty to protect humanity.

Heartbroken, Lily seeks refuge on her grandmother’s farm. Yet she can feel Amon’s pain, and she has been having dreams—dreams of Amon continually suffering.

For before he departed, Amon gave Lily something very special, an item that connects them even though they are worlds apart. Now Lily must use this object to free him, and to free their realms from darkness and utter chaos. She will do whatever it takes.

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Recreated is the second novel in Colleen Houck’s Reawakened series that will entrance readers with its luscious Egyptian mythology, fast paced storyline and romance. 

After the events of the previous book, Lilliana “Lily” Young has tried to move on with her life, but try as she might, she can’t forget Amon, the ancient Egyptian prince turned Guardian she loved and lost. It doesn’t help that Lily dreams of Amon, seeing his suffering and continued love for her. When Lily realises Amon is in trouble, trapped in the Netherworld and suffering endlessly she decides to travel there herself, hoping to rescue him from a future of endless pain and torture; even if doing so mean’s Lily will need to fundamentally change herself if she hopes to survive in the Netherworld. Alongside an unexpected new ally, Lily ventures across great lands and through battles in the hope of reaching her true love. 

The first novel in this series, Reawakened, started out slow for me before capturing my attention, and Recreated seemed to follow the same cord with me. Vividly written with lyrical writing that paints a fantastic picture, Recreated explores even more Egyptian mythology than its predecessor and weaves ancient magic, friendship, romance and action with plenty of Egyptian gods, creatures and lore. 

Lily continues to be a decent heroine to follow, if not someone who irked me on occasion. I like her tenacity and enjoy when she seems to take control of herself. There’s nothing better than a heroine who can kick butt and Lily has all the potential; especially with all her recent changes. When I think about it, my issues with Lily in this novel stemmed from the fact that Colleen Houck has me slightly concerned about the possibility of a love triangle—make that a love-hexagon! Some of Lily’s actions in Recreated seemed to be in contradiction of her love for Amon and I disliked that. I don’t want to give away too many spoilers, but that being said, if the idea I have in my mind as to what Houck really has planned with triangle/hexagon pans out then she’s really quite brilliant and I will forgive her.

Recreated doesn’t feature Amon as much as Reawakened did, but we have the pleasure of getting to know Asten and Ahmose a little bit more in this instalment. Colleen Houck introduces readers to some new characters including Tia, who I really loved. This is one lioness who makes me smile both with her view on things and the way in which she’s attempting to understand Lily’s world. 

Featuring a fast paced ending that sees a lot happen and new layers to the story come about, I’m intrigued to see what Colleen Houck has planned for Lily and the rest of the series. It’s clear from certain comments and situations that Houck has big plans for Lily and her role in protecting and saving the world and I look forward to seeing exactly what that is in the next book!

Sent for review by publisher via Netgalley (Thank you guys!)
Publisher: Hachette Australia
Format: Kindle ebook via Netgelley
Australian RRP:
Release Date: 9th August 2016
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Final Thoughts:
With the way those book finishes and the way the series is shaping up, I can't wait to read the next book.


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