~FREE E-PUB ♲ The Awakening ⚖ If You Had Met Me A Few Weeks Ago, You Probably Would Have Described Me As An Average Teenage Girl Someone Normal Now My Life Has Changed Forever And I M As Far Away From Normal As It Gets A Living Science Experiment Not Only Can I See Ghosts, But I Was Genetically Altered By A Sinister Organization Called Edison Group What Does That Mean For Starters I M A Teenage Necromancer Whose Powers Are Out Of Control I Raise The Dead Without Even Trying Trust Me, That Is Not A Power You Want To Have EverNow I M Running For My Life With Three Of My Supernatural Friends A Charming Sorcerer, A Cynical Werewolf, And A Disgruntled Witch And We Have To Find Someone Who Can Help Us Before The Edison Group Finds Us First Or Die Trying
The Awakening is even enticing and action packed than its prequel While the setting shifts, it is no less menacing as Chloe and the gang face a grim and tretcherous life on the streets Tension is heightened by the added appeal of a perfectly sinister and powerful enemy and the suspense of unknown supernatural powers Armstrong s teen characters are smart and resourceful, and each obstacle thrown their way requires them to use every bit of caution, wits, and intelligence they possess Armstrong focuses a little on the technical aspects of the teens powers and abilities, especially as Derek and Chloe explore their capabilities and restraints Their difficulties and the tension that they face help them grow as characters and make them appealing My crush on Derek has increased ten fold The Awakening is a dark, gripping, and highly suspenseful read will have readers staying up to all hours of the night and leave them desperate for the next installment As seen on The ReadventurerThe second book in Darkest Powers trilogy starts where the first one left off Chloe is at the research institute and contemplating escape What follows is pretty much Chloe s and her friends journey to get to the person who might be able to help them find Derek s and Simon s father which is I suppose is what this trilogy is about, but I am not sure at this point.The first book in the trilogy was undoubtedly drawn out and artificially extended, but this second book sure beats that While The Summoning had at least some semblance of a story specifically, the discovery of the true nature of Lyle House , The Awakening is truly 400 pages of filler Almost nothing is added to the main story arc only 3 pages describing the purpose of the experiments on supernaturals and the idea that Derek s and Simon s father can be found with the help of his friend Andrew The rest of the book is pretty much limited to hiding in various warehouses 150 pages , hiding in an abandoned house 50 pages , riding a bus to Andrew s house 150 pages , and finally meeting Andrew 10 pages The Awakening truly has no climax of any sort It reads as a boring series of events that serve no purpose but to develop the characters, which is fine, when not used so shamelessly to fill pages and pages at the expense of the real plot There are some nice Derek Chloe moments, and only these moments save the book from being a complete waste of time If I had hopes that the trilogy would pick up after a rather slow first book, I don t have them any The second book proved to be as boring of a read as the first one, and even worse This is a pity, because Armstrong knows how to write an engaging and tightly plotted book This Darkest Powers trilogy however is a shameless attempt to extend 250 pages of story into 3 books 400 pages each I am not sure if I will ever get back to this series I expect I will not be able to remember much about it even a month later. At least it s better than the first BEWARE FOR SPOILERS FOR THE SERIES This whole review can probably contain spoilers for the entire series This review is mostly for me to remember the details. Re read 04.05.2018 I decided to continue with the re read with this series I m not overly fond with it, never have been, but the story plot has some real potential I just wished the characters where older 15 and 16 is so young, and blushing because someone holds your hand it s too immature for my taste This book should ve been a NA I m just saying Overall, it s better than the first book, that s for sure Something happened all the time and at least Derek s treatment was better in this one Derek is, without doubt, my favorite character in this series, and I don t like my favorite character being treated wrong Good thing Chloe was getting better with treating my boy better She don t deserve him She s so blind Tori waited until he was gone, then shuddered Okay, Derek always weirded me out, but that wolf man stuff is seriously creepy Suits him, I suppose A creepy power for a creepy guy I thought he looked better She stared at me What He does Probably because he s starting his wolf changes and he s not stressed out about being in Lyle House That must help You know what would really help Shampoo Deodorant I raised my hand to cut her off He smelled fine, so don t start that I m sure he s wearing deodorant and for once it s working As for showers, they re a little hard to come by on the street, and we won t look much better soon Do you think he doesn t know what you re saying News flash he s not stupid Derek was all too aware of the impression he made At Lyle House, he d showered twice a day, and it still hadn t fixed the puberty smackdown. The characters view spoiler Chloe Saunders 15 , diagnosis schizophrenic Can see ghosts a necromancer Main character Simon Bae 15 , a sorcerer can cast spells, such as levitation and mist projection Derek Souza 16 , diagnosis antisocial personality disorder, a werewolf and foster brother to Simon Victoria Tori Enright 15 , diagnosis mentally disturbed bipolar, view spoiler a witch sorcerer hybrid hide spoiler I remember finishing the The Summoning, the prequel to The Awakening, last summer and thinking, I doubt Kelley will be able to top this Though, apparently she can, as she has proven it with The Awakening In The Awakening action and intense drama occurs As well as major character development Since, Tori, Chloe, Derek, and Simon s powers began to involve steadily in the book Also, there was information told and found out about the Edison Group and werewolves which was fascinating in any case Derek and Chloe Yep, their relationship defiantly grew throughout The Awakening and made it one of my favorite parts I swear I will scream if they don t get together by the end of this series Since, they are so cute with their bickering and how they always protect each other Overall, The Awakening will have any fan of the Darkest Powers Trilogy begging for a sequel by the end I look forward to reading the next book, tremendously I wish Spring 2010 would come faster Grade A Alas, this is where Chloe Saunders and I must part ways As with the first book, I just couldn t stop myself from wanting to call it quits after about half of the book There s just something about the storyline and this little necromancer that doesn t seem to captivate me despite how much I love a great paranorm Now, I m actually apologizing upfront for my rant that is about to unfold, but it s only because my fellow group of trusted readers loved this book and I couldn t I just couldn t I tried but it didn t happen whimpers is shame There s quite a bit that fuels my annoyance with The Awakening and let me just start with demi demons Reeeaaalllllyyyy Okay, so I understand the whole concept of a demi gods when a god procreates with a human and vio la You get a demi god Okay, that I can handle and actually it s rather fascinating and worthy of my time and attention But get this, according to Armstrong, you get a demi demon by mutating the genetic make up of a demon and as a result you get a human with less subtle demon powers and the added benefit of an attitude problem and anger management issues Wait I guess there is no benefit Either way it s laughable at best.Okay so these mutations are conducted by The Edison Company Where do they get the name you ask Again get this this group of twisted scientists are named after Thomas Edison who not only invented some sound devices such as the phonograph, motion picture camera and the crafty little light bulb, but what I bet you didn t know is that he attempted to invent a device intended to contact the dead Okay, I ask did I read that right I m sure I did, but just humor me for a bit I think our history books are in need of a revision So, this worthy set of scientists run their experiments and when the study goes array, they dispose of the subjects Not so much of a problem if they were lab rats or guinea pigs Well for animal humane societies, it might be an issue and nothing against rats or guineas but unfortunately their subjects are TEENAGERS So yes, they dispose of teenagers when their experiments fail That s eff ed up to say the least.Now on to the characters There is not a one that I liked Well maybe the ghost Liz was cool, but all the other characters were worthy of a head shake IMHO Chloe is not a very bright girl and many of her attempts to either escape, manipulate lie to the adults, fight off batty ghouls, dead people or wolves are just simply too drawn out or end up in failure And she really needs to learn how to hold onto a knife It s actually rather irritating A smarter maybe conniving Chloe would have been fun to read about Rae Ugh Tory Double up Ugh.Ugh Yes, I still have that song in my head Simon and Derek ohhhh Simon and Derek What s to like about these two characters One suffers from a puberty smack down and a bad case of body odor Now, I understand Derek can t help his acne and BO, but if Armstrong was going to emphasize his insignificant flaws notice my emphasis on insignificant , give him some character elements worthy of applause But no, you have Simon that is simply his brother s shadow and Derek who s either brooding all the time or losing his temper Oh that s right, his genetic makeup was altered so he can t help being in a constant state of anger For most of the book, they spend hiding out in warehouses, catching buses, eating junk food and fighting off bats, ghouls, and wolves Sounds like a fun adventure, right But nope, I lost interest early on and never really found myself drawn back into the story I guess this is just the rare occasion where the paranorm element wasn t enough to take me on a fictional adventure Sorry, but that s just where it stood Review Edit I cleared Simon up of his acne that never existed Probably not quite 4 stars but this is just one of those series where I want to read all three novels before I really give a solid opinion, but so far I like where it seems to be headed The pacing could be better meaning I wouldn t complain if things moved along somewhat and the relationships could be clearer but overall it s a pleasant experience and I m eager to read the final book. Chloe Saunders is back in the second book of the Darkest Powers series If you haven t read The Summoning yet read it before reading this review SPOILERS.At the end of the first book Chloe and Rae go to Chloe s Aunt Lauren for help, not knowing that she is working for the very group that they are trying to escape from As a result, Chloe and Rae end up locked in a high security warehouse that houses the Edison Groups many experiments Luckily, Derek and Simon are still on the run and on the lookout for Chloe and Rae.After encountering ghosts of some of the former Lyle House occupants Chloe decides to take matters into her own hands and figure out a way to escape, this time for good With the help of Liz s ghost and a trapped demi demon Chloe manages to find information about the Edison group and how she can possibly escape from them.Once away from the Edison group Chloe is forced to face the reality of living on the run with nowhere and nobody to turn to other than Tori, Derek, and Simon Her father has posted a 500,000 reward for her safe return and the Edison group is no longer worried about keeping any of them alive.Will Chloe and the others be able to outrun the Edison group or will their luck finally run out Will Chloe ever figure out what her true feelings are for Derek and Simon The Darkest Powers series is full of paranormal happenings, betrayal, and budding romance I highly recommend this series for any fans of the Twilight series Definitely not the same story line but just as good. I don t know how I feel about this one I mean the kids are out there trying to get way from the evil people that are trying to hurt them And we find out some reasons as to why they are the kind of supernaturals that they are but I was just sort of meh I will say that I loved to get time with Chloe and Derek I really love Derek s character And we learn about the families of the kids There is also action with the supernatural abilities of some of the adults and kids but I still couldn t get into it all the way Sometimes I wonder if it s the mood I m in or if I really did just like the book and not love it to death One will never know unless of course you read it again Chloe, Rae and Tori are in cells at The Edison Group after they tried to escape with Derek and Simon in the first book A bunch of stuff happens and Tori and Chloe get away and meet up with the boys Then stuff happens and it s a little cray I also really love the ghost, Liz, in the book too I hope we get to find out something good for her in the next book I did enjoy the book, I m just mad that I didn t love it to death, but we can love them all that way right MY BLOG Melissa Martin s Reading List That was kind of underwhelming The Awakening definitely left me wanting I just feel like it was missing so much which is a shock to me because these book are huge.Chloe was so annoying in this book I wanted to stab my eyes so I didn t have to see her trying to flirt with everyone and anyone that walked I honestly gave zero fucks about her until she found out she was apart of a experimental group thing Honestly, I only cared a little bit I mostly just wanted the book to be over or something to happen that would grab my attention.Back to Chloe She constantly made terrible, silly, and super stupid decision throughout the whole book My eyes hurt from all the rolling I ve done today Derek was interesting because he called her out on her shit but then Simon was an annoying twat defending the ground she walked on UGH Overall, I wanted this book to end I wanted it to be either shorter and suck or longer and way exiting I got neither I m just disappointed in this book and I pray that the next one is a lot better.