With the finale of any of my favorite series, one thing is fixed – I know I will love the book. Maybe it’s a bit biased but I can’t really hate any book when it comes to series I like. In most cases, the first book itself sets the bar for me. Awaken – while good overall, left me a bit unsatisfied. I don’t mean with the story – it was wrapped up well, all ends tied up, happy ending galore, etc. My sole problem was the pace of the book – things were occurring too fast – and because of this, a lot of the events were becoming too convenient to be real. Pierce just happens to find Thanatos within a few hours of finding out about him, and Alex so easily finds the documents needed to prove Rector’s shady dealings. Um, why would a corrupt businessman keep incriminating documents so easily accessible on his computer; and it’s not like Alex is ever described to have crazy hacking skills. Even the part about them ‘fixing’ Frank seemed a bit convenient. So, basically I felt this book rushed – even the last chapter takes place like an epilogue in which all the character endpoints are described.
Things I did love about this book include the comic scenes. John meeting her parents and her grandmother (without the Fury) are hilarious. Pierce is a likeable character, smart and the romance between her and John is swoon-worthy. Other characters that were added – Chloe, Reed, Mrs Engle – I loved them too.