After Burned, the 7th instalment in the House of Night series, immediately became my favourite part so far, I couldn't wait for Awakened. One month ago I read a short extract which only made me wanting to read this more.
Awakened stands out for some time-stands-still-and-makes-you-forget-all-evil moments, which are unfortunately connected by numerous pages of babblings. Fortunately the babbling reduces in the end and the action takes part again. P.C. and Kristin Cast surprised me with unforeseen sad, shocking and even super romantic events I hadn't expected. And I finally got to read about the special moments I wanted to happen for so long.
Many characters develop, try to find a new way in life and love. I never felt that attached to our heroine Zoey because she often enough showed her mindless, infantile and naÃ?Æ?Ã?Â¯ve character traits. Awakened increased my sympathy for her, and to my surprise let one of this series' characters become one of my favourite literary heroes.
Stark achieved what very few before him did. Being introduced as the new student, I never paid much attention to him. I rooted for Zoey being together with Erik and totally missed the true quality of a character like Stark. He is gifted, but troubled, in love, but not mindless. Over the last three novels, he lived through an enormous development and has become such a very strong character, that I can't believe I didn't fall in love with him the first time he spoke. He didn't immedialtey make it on my all time favourite literary hero list, but now that he's on it, he won't loose his place without a good fight!
What annoys me about Awakened is that it has only 290 pages. The House of Night series only becomes such a huge one, because the books stand out for their low page number. I guess the author couldn't live with publishing two as one book, e.g. Awakened and Destined, because they are incompatible. My second guess would be the enormous profits the publisher makes by splitting the novels so a series of maybe six rich-paged books easily becomes one of twelve with page numbers below my favoured page-average.
This novel presents itself as the darkest part of the series so far. As in previous novels, it is told from several perspectives, e.g. Zoey's, Stark's, Kalona's. I noticed a growing application of Neferet's and Kalona's POV. As I am on the light side, I sometimes felt annoyed by their conversations and was tempted to skip them. The authors make a glimpse of the dark side of power possible and give us information about their plans against Zoey and her friends, which of course do not spoil the whole action, there are many surprises and unexpected attacks left.
The application of dark POV's might sometimes slow the story down and end in moments of boredom, but it definitely reflects and represents the increasing power of darkness over the light side aswell.
Awakened combines light and dark point of views and intertwines them to an endless battle of forces. The writing style remains youthful and unconventional, characters grow and make you like them even more, but as there are often very slow passages and eventless scenes, it is definitely not the best part in the House of Night series.show more
by David Whitehouse