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The Awakening
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Release Date
December 31, 1969
ISBN
0684819120
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This story of a woman's struggle with oppressive social structures received much public contempt at its first release; put aside because of initial controversy, the novel gained popularity in the 1960s, some six decades after its first publication, and has since remained a favorite of many readers. Chopin's depiction of a married woman, bound to her family and with no way to assert a fulfilling life of her own, has become a foundation for feminism and a classic account of gender crises in the late Victorian era.

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Great!
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Reader reviewed by The Library Lurker

I'd had this book on hold FOREVER! The day I got I was was ecstatic.
This series is just so good! The characters are relateable, the plot is
pretty out there, but not so much that it's completely unbelievable.
That's the thing, I could believe that this was actually happening
somewhere. There are parts of the book that read like a horror movie,
and it's awesomely gross. There's danger around every turn, and I really
couldn't predict who was good and who was bad. It's just great
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The Awakening: A Great Second Book in the Darkest Powers Trilogy
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Reader reviewed by Kelsey

I read the first book, The Summoning,
last summer, so I barely remember what was going on. So the beginning
of this book was a bit confusing. I wish Armstrong would include a
summary of the previous book like Christopher Paolini in his Inheritance
series. But eventually, I understood the gist of what was happening.
Thankfully, I won't have to wait long for The Reckoning to be published, as it comes out tomorrow!

I
enjoyed continuing the Darkest Powers
series with The Awakening. It
was captivating, and moved along swiftly with almost no slow sections.
At times, I was annoyed at Derrek for his fast-changing moods. He was
unreasonable in his tempers toward Chloe. I almost wish that she would
end up with Simon, because he seems a much better match for her: he can
calm her down with humor, he's always kind to her, he's a gentleman, and
he doesn't have mood swings. But I know with the way the series is
going, that Derrek most likely will become her boyfriend.

Also, I
found that I appreciated Tori's sarcastic personality. It brought more
life to the book than it otherwise would've had.
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Cleverly written
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Reader reviewed by Billy Burgess


Author K. Lippi brings us the epic tale of Awakening, a world where vampires, demons, werewolves and other supernatural creatures exist. A California girl named Emilia Miani just returned from visiting her father in Japan. Her life is turned upside down when she meets the mysterious stranger, Shin Kurosaki. He is her guardian angel, a Japanese demon assigned to her by one of her ancestors over 500 years ago.


She learns that she has mystical powers of her own, and also a dark destiny. Her grandfather was a death angel just like her. He was hired by God. Emilia is his only heir. She is forced to follow in her grandfathers footsteps.


A fallen death angel, Markus is stealing the souls of innocent children. He is set on becoming a new god. Emilia and Shin try to destroy his evil plans, while she starts to have feeling for her guardian.


This book is cleverly written at times. The characters are deeply explored, and I felt everything the main character goes through. The backstory was a bit too much. It could have been saved for the sequel. Yes, there will be sequel because of the to be continued at the ending. A little cliché if you ask me. Overall it was a fun read. If you love reading supernatural, good vs. evil tales, then youll love Awakening.

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Excellent Installment!
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Reader reviewed by Yan

 I am quite thrilled that The Awakening met my expectations as the sequel to The Summoning, one of the more intriguing starts of, what it seems to be, an impressive series.

We left off on a cliffhanger in The Summoning and after anxiously pulling my hair these past couple of months, The Awakening arrived. Squeals were heard and hands made grabbing motions (dont you dare think perverted!) as we anticipated the release. After getting a hold of a copy I had to regretfully set it aside to study for my exams.

Two weeks later, solemnly catching glimpses while reading my heavy textbooks, I finished The Awakening. Elation. The Awakening was more action-packed, had twists and turns that left me smiling, and the strong tension between characters than its predecessor.

We all know that books that are too predictable tend to tire people out but this book had just the right amount. Family members and friends turns evil, turns out to be good, turns out to be a witch (!), turns out to be the betrayer. The reader received more background information to some of Chloes past as well as the situation with the rest of the group. We saw more development of powers as well as relationships.

Tori and Chloe&is&moving along nicely? Frankly I dislike Tori. She annoys me and still appears to be the stuck-up girl who I just wish I can punch in the face. Simon I can definitely see as the brother relationship that Armstrong presented. Derek, we will have to wait. Sexual tension anyone?

I felt that The Awakening delivered in so many areas for me. But the downfall would have to be that it confused me in other areas. I got lost in the dialogues, the extra characters, and the heaviness in the mystery. We moved from a different environment filled with more ghosts that left me hangingjumping abruptly from one scene to the next. It left many holes and many clumps of random sections of the book. I just hope that in the end it will all come together.

Overall: I am definitely buying this serieshands down. This series has been the best in the supernatural realm so far that I have read. I eagerly wait for the next installment and praying that it would not disappoint me.


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Lots of Action & Gruesome Ghosts
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Reader reviewed by Adriana

I was looking forward to the second book of this series and I wasn't disappointed. However, because there is a third book in the series, again I was left with not much resolved in the story. There was a lot of action and some answers given about the Edison group and about the character's powers, but again, I was left wanting more (which is I guess the whole point, right??). Another thing was that Chloe gets closer to Derek in this book, whereas I was enjoying the relationship she was building with Simon in the first book. It will probably end up being that the third book has the brothers fighting over her, but who knows, that's the romantic in me. Teens will enjoy it and it won't stay on the shelf long.
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Awakening The Reader
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Reader reviewed by Rachel Connell

The Awakening is Kelley Armstrongs second book in her Darkest Powers YA series. The book starts of with Chloe in the Edison holding center were earlier the group home she was sent to called the Lyle house is actually a holding center for supernatural teens. Chloe is a necromancer; someone who sees and can resurrect the dead. While at Lyle house she tried to runaway with Derek, Simon, and Rae. Derek is a werewolf, Simon is a sorcerer, and Rae is a half-demon who can control fire. Once seperated from the boys Rae persuades her to go to her aunts who ended up being part of the Edison group and turning her over to them in the first book. In the Awakening you start off were you left off in the Summoning. Chloe trapped at the Edison rehabilitation center. She finds out information about all the Lyle house kids. Getting help from Liz; who is dead now, a Demi-demon goddess who wants to be released, and unsespected Tori. Tori is a witch and is crushing on Simon who actually likes Chloe so in the first book did all she could do to make Chloes life miserable or just nonexistent. Finally Tori and Chloe catch up with Simon and Derek who all are on the run to a friend of the boys father; Andrew. All the while being chased and hunted by the Edison group.

I for some reason really like these books. I've never read anything like this so it was a refreshing read. You get to learn more about how all the kids came to be how they are and even some of Chloe's families past. As in the first you have major tension between Chloe, Derek, and Simon. The only thing about this series is that it should have been put into two or even one book. You read over only a couple of days in each book and you never get any sexual tension resolved any where. Even though I wish she would just kiss someone (Derek), I will read and buy the next one coming out in May of next year.
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The Awakening
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Reader reviewed by Erica

The Awakening
Kelley Armstrong
Release Date: April 28, 2009
Harper Collins
Pages: 368
Reading Level: Young Adult

Rating: 5 stars

If you had met me a few weeks ago, you probably would have described me as an average teenage girlsomeone normal. Now my life has changed forever and I'm as far away from normal as it gets. A living science experimentnot only can I see ghosts, but I was genetically altered by a sinister organization called the Edison Group. What does that mean? For starters, I'm a teenage necromancer whose powers are out of control; I raise the dead without even trying. Trust me, that is not a power you want to have. Ever.

Now I'm running for my life with three of my supernatural friendsa charming sorcerer, a cynical werewolf, and a disgruntled witchand we have to find someone who can help us before the Edison Group finds us first. Or die trying.



Wow! The Awakening was just as great as The Summoning. I loved every minute of it!
The plot was exciting, never letting up for a moment. What Kelley Armstrong had in The Summoning just kept growing and getting better in The Awakening.
Throughout The Awakening, you see the characters develop more and more, learning more about them. You learn not only more about the characters themselves, but their powers and how they work. It's interesting watching the relationship between Derek and Chloe. I want to know exactly what it all means. At different points in the book, I thought I'd finally find out, but no luck. :)
The book ends with a great ending, leaving you pining for the next book just as The Summoning had.
This book essentially just wowed me to no end. I loved it! And am now more impatient than ever for next year to come so The Reckoning will be released :)
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The Awakening...it just keeps getting better!
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Reader reviewed by Library Lounge Lizard

If
you had met me a few weeks ago, you probably would have described me as
an average teenage girlsomeone normal. Now my life has changed forever
and I'm as far away from normal as it gets. A living science
experimentnot only can I see ghosts, but I was genetically altered by
a sinister organization called the Edison Group. What does that mean?
For starters, I'm a teenage necromancer whose powers are out of
control; I raise the dead without even trying. Trust me, that is not a
power you want to have. Ever.


Now I'm running for my life with three of my supernatural friendsa
charming sorcerer, a cynical werewolf, and a disgruntled witchand we
have to find someone who can help us before the Edison Group finds us
first. Or die trying.

Okay
I'm just going to do a real quick review on this book because it's been
out for a while and I know there are a ton of reviews on it. I just had
to put my two cents in though because it was sooo good! This book is
even better than the 1st in the series (The Summoning).
You know that feeling when you finish a book and you are panicing
because it just came out and now you have wait like probably a year
before the next one comes out? YES! That was me last night...Anyway,
without spoiling anything for you guys who haven't read it yet. I'm
rooting for the underDOG to get the girl! My only real complaint about
the book (if you can call it that) is that I really wan't to strangle
Tori...she is so annoying! Is it bad to want a character to be "offed"
so you don't have to listen to her whine anymore? Just kidding, but
seriously!

Okay there you
have it, not really a review more or less just me saying, "Read this
series!" Oh and if you don't know yet this series is a trilogy and the
thrid book The Reckoning is due out May 2010



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A Classic
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Reader reviewed by K. Weller

This is one of the books that makes it onto many required reading lists, but one of the few that you can actually enjoy! The first time I read it was in high school and I liked it, but when I read it a few years later, I got a lot more out of it. The first time I guess I didn't focus on why the main character was acting out the way she was-I guess I was mad at her for her weakness, but by the next reading, I understood her motivation for why she did the things she did.

While the ending leaves the real conclusion up to you to decide (much like House of Mirth by Edith Wharton which has a similar style ending), I felt like I understood it better the 2nd time around.

This is a book that you'll come across in college if you don't get it assigned in high school. I had it assigned in 3 college classes, so I'd recommend you read it before it's assigned so that you can fully appreciate it.
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Don't keep up appearances, Edna.
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Reader reviewed by Amanda D.


Edna Pontellier lives with her husband and two children. She loves her children, but does not love her husband. At the first of the book, they are in Louisiana for the summer, where Edna meets Robert. He's a flirt that she falls in love with. When he realizes this, he goes to Mexico and leaves her. She must deal to be without him and find out if she wants to stay in her marriage and live in this society.

Edna pushes the ideas of keeping up appearances and stands up to her husband when she doesn't do what he says she should. She realizes women are equal to men and that she wants to leave her husband to search for herself.
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