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March 27, 2014

AWAKEN by Meg Cabot, 2013

Seventeen-year-old Pierce Oliviera knew by accepting the love of John Hayden, she'd be forced to live forever in the one place she's always dreaded most: the Underworld. The sacrifice seemed worth it, though, because it meant she could be with the boy she loves. But now her happiness -- and safety -- are threatened, all because the Furies have discovered that John has broken one of their strictest rules: He revived a human soul. If the balance between life and death isn't fixed, both the Underworld and Pierce's home back on earth will be wiped away. But there's only one way to restore order. Someone has to die. (Amazon)

Reviewed by Ems - who cannot read enough books

I've been a fan of this series from the beginning. I loved Pierce's sassiness and John's earnest love. I loved them together and I even liked them apart. Together is better, of course, but this was a case where they didn't annoy me when they weren't together.

The final book in the series, AWAKEN, was exactly what I needed to finish it up. Full of action, mortal peril, plenty of snark, sweet loveyness, and some fun new characters. I don't always approve of adding new characters to the last book, but in this case, they work. They help advance the story instead of feeling like they're just there as an afterthought or a nod to old Aunt Martha who was once promised a character named after her.

There were times in this book when I wasn't sure if things were actually going to work out. I mean, I knew deep down that they would, because hello, who wants a sad ending to their love story?! I just wasn't sure how on earth it was going to work out. I was pleased with the resolution and how it all turned out.

Overall, a great series and one that I'll come back to. I do love my mythology!

Market: Young Adult
Language: Moderate
Sensuality: Moderate
Violence: Moderate
Mature Themes: death

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