The Awakening by Kelley Armstrong

Rating: 4/5 stars The Awakening.jpg

Length: 360 pages

Series: Darkest Powers, Book 2

Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal


“Dearly departed, scarcely lamented, deeply demented Dr. Samuel Lyle. Creator of the pretties, sweetest abomination I have ever seen,” (Demi-demon, Ch 6).


While I greatly enjoyed this story, I felt that it was not as good as The Summoning. I won’t go as far to say that this book suffered from Second Book Syndrome, as I don’t think it did, but it was a little slow at times. Granted, even the slow parts of this story contained plot important information.

In typical Armstrong fashion, the writing drew me right in. From the very beginning the world begins to expand, as does our understanding of the characters in this world. Armstrong does a wonderful job at getting into the minds of her characters and making them feel real. The character growth seems natural and left me wanting more. Thankfully, I don’t have to wait for the third book to be released, I can just pick it up and go.

If you’re looking for a semi-dark YA paranormal story, I’d highly recommend giving this series a try. In The Awakening, we’re given a glimpse into the increased powers of certain individuals – showing that not everything is as it seems in the supernatural world. If that sounds interesting to you, why not grab a copy?



*Spoilers ahead*

While it’s true that this is my second read through of the series, I can’t stress enough about how little I remembered about this series. To be perfectly honest, all I remembered going into this was that the main character was a necromancer and they were trying to escape from some group of people that used them in an experiment. Heck, it wasn’t even until partway through The Summoning that I remembered what peoples’ powers were.

That being said, are Tori and Simon siblings?

Stay with me, here. Andrew made a comment about him being happy to see Tori and Simon together, but was awkward about them saying they weren’t together. Tying this back to earlier in the book, the demi-demon told Chloe that Tori’s “dad” wasn’t related to her biologically. Instead, Tori’s a half-witch, half-sorcerer child (I can only imagine how much that alone “messed up” her powers when tied to genetic manipulation). Back in The Summoning, Mrs. Enright freaked out when she found out that Tori had a crush on Simon, demanding she never have anything to do with the boy again.

This leads me to believe that Kit and Tori’s mom had a fling when he was still working with the Edison group, and said fling resulted in Tori. Does Kit know that he has a daughter?

Okay, back to the main plot of the story. I can only imagine what Chloe’s been going through, freaking out about accidentally raising bats from the dead and then accidentally raising a dead man while asleep. Just how messed up were her genetics? That’s a little too Over Powered for me. The demi-demon even told Chloe that her powers would only continue to grow as she continued to go through puberty. If I were Chloe I’d be even more freaked out than I already was.

Derek being there to protect Chloe all the time does make me feel a little better about her situation, though. Sure, Chloe would love it if Derek were to stop lecturing her about everything. But that’s just Derek being his typical, over-protective self. I will admit, I loved it when those werewolves called Chloe Derek’s mate. Derek kept working in the background to make Simon look like a good guy to Chloe, but Simon always admits when it’s Derek being thoughtful. Sure, he doesn’t always realize when things could be important – like getting Chloe sweaters that would be a bit tight in the chest or hair dye that made her look like a goth – but his intentions are always pure.

I can tell Armstrong is trying to make Simon the obvious love interest, but all of Simon’s smooth moves are really Derek working behind the scenes. That, and the fact that Chloe is starting to think of him in a brotherly way, leads me to believe that Chloe is going to end up with Derek. Besides, Chloe seems to be the only person that Derek really listens to, even if he can be stubborn about forcing her to listen to him instead.

Yes, I keep getting sidetracked by the relationships in this story. I’d say I was sorry, but they’re just so addictive!

Chloe and the crew seem to be pretty good at escaping the Edison group – or at least exceptionally lucky. If it wasn’t for Rae’s betrayal during their first escape, the original crew would have been long gone by now. Sure, Tori would’ve still been with her mother, but I’m sure Simon and Derek would have preferred that. As it is, they should thank Tori for getting Chloe back for them because Chloe wouldn’t have been able to escape without her help. They won’t, but it’d be great if they realized that Tori could be helpful – and if Tori realized she should be helpful.

After their final escape, with Kit’s friend Andrew, I can only hope that that’s the last time they’re going to risk capture by the Edison group. I doubt it, since Chloe seems to be a magnet for trouble and still needs to rescue her aunt, but it would be nice if they could go at least a chapter without risking injury or capture.

As it is, I’m looking forward to finishing up this trilogy and getting started on Darkness Rising. I love living in this world and while I continue my read through of Women of the Otherworld, it’s refreshing to see this world from a younger perspective.



If you could have any supernatural ability, what would it be? After getting back into this world, I’m starting to think that these abilities are more of a hindrance than anything. Would you be willing to be a supernatural in this world? Can you think of a world in which you would actually want to be a supernatural?



Other reviews from the series:

  1. The Summoning (Book 1)
  2. The Reckoning (Darkest Powers, Book 3)


Other reviews in this world:

  1. Bitten (Otherworld, Book 1)
  2. Stolen (Otherworld, Book 2)
  3. Dime Store Magic (Otherworld, Book 3)
  4. Industrial Magic (Otherworld, Book 4)
  5. Haunted (Otherworld, Book 5)
  6. The Gathering (Darkness Rising, Book 1)
  7. The Calling (Darkness Rising, Book 2)
  8. The Rising (Darkness Rising, Book 3)
  9. Wolf’s Bane (Otherworld: Kate and Logan, Book 1)



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