A review by Amanda.
Awakened is the second book in the series. Spoilers for book one, Resilient, occur in this review.
I would like to thank the author for allowing me to read her book in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Adam has been captured by The Agency and Livia has escaped with Daniel, their new ally. As much as Livia wants to go back and rescue Adam, she and Daniel aren’t strong enough on their own, and The Agency has likely already manipulated Adam’s memories to make him into the perfect enemy. Instead, Daniel takes Livia to Alaska, following their original plan to train and hunt down the other teens with abilities like theirs, hoping to make it before The Agency. Along the way we meet new characters, both friends and foes, and learn more about the special abilities and the people who want to use them for their own purposes. Emotions run high and the lines between ally and enemy are blurred more than once.
As in book one, we see the story alternating between Adam’s and Livia’s perspectives, with new characters offering more points of view. All of the characters, especially Adam and Livia, feel more fleshed out in this book. They have more distinct personality traits that show when each is narrating. Being on the run pushes Livia far out of her comfort zone and we begin to see her strengths build up, as well as discovering her weaknesses. Her naïveté gets to be a bit much about halfway through the story, but is resolved quickly afterwards. Adam is at a severe disadvantage in that he doesn’t know what’s real and what isn’t, and he is surrounded by people that he can’t trust. Everyone has secrets and there are plot twists that no one will see coming.
I enjoyed this book more than the first, mostly because the characters have more depth. They were put into extreme circumstances and we got to see how they held up under pressure. The romantic entanglements were predictable but well-balanced with the action and mystery of the plot. The new characters added some fun dynamics and I am looking forward to, hopefully, getting to know them better in the next book. Awakened ended with an intriguing plot twist, without resorting to a cliffhanger, and I will definitely pick up the next book when it’s available.
My rating: 3.5 /5 stars.
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In an attempt to protect their families, Livia and Adam set out in a search for answers that would change their lives forever. While on the run, Livia and Adam crossed paths with Daniel, who had been searching for them and the five other genetically enhanced teens Daniel knew existed. But getting out from under The Agency’s radar has not been easy. After being ambushed by the leader of The Agency that created them—a desperate attempt to claim what they lost just over a decade earlier—Livia was forced to leave an injured Adam behind, barely escaping to safety with Daniel. Now under the control of The Agency, Adam is serving the purpose for which he was created. Manipulated to forget his love for Livia and his past, he lives a life crafted by fake memories that enslave him to a life of following the orders of The Agency. Adam battles with vivid “dreams” of a life he does not remember and the strong connection he feels to the girl with familiar blue eyes.The desire for vengeance propels Livia and Daniel into a dangerous race to disrupt the destructive string of events that The Agency initiated seventeen years earlier. As they travel across parts of North America in search of other teens who are just like them, Livia will face an ethical battle over genetics, loyalty, and love. The race is on, and it is up to Livia to destroy The Agency and rescue Adam, but even if she succeeds at saving him, there are no guarantees she’ll able to save the deep connection they once shared.
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Patricia Vanasse was born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Now she lives on a beautiful island in the Pacific Northwest. She has been through Culinary Arts, Psychology, Law School, and now has finally found her passion in creative writing. She also loves traveling, cooking, and is an avid reader. Her strength- believes that everything is possible. Her weakness- an obsessive relationship with caffeine.
One (1) $50 Amazon Gift (INT), Two (2) signed copies of Resilient (US), One (1) e-arc of Against All Odds (INT)
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