REUNITED  by Colleen Houck

REUNITED

From the "Reawakened" series, volume 3
Age Range: 14 - 18
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KIRKUS REVIEW

Lily and her three Egyptian lovers traipse hither and yon through the cosmos to save humankind.

It began in a New York museum when white, teenage Lily met and fell in love with the Reawakened (2015) sun god, Amon. Then Lily became a sphinx and traveled to the underworld to do battle with the evil sorceress, the Devourer, in Recreated (2016). Now, in the concluding episode, Lily possesses two other spirits: a lioness and an Irish fairy. Lily and her internal residents traverse the universe on unicorns along with their respective love interests, the gods Amon, Ahmose, and Asten. They have countless battles with gazillions of monsters like “sky demons,” a cross between gargoyles and wolves, and the Devourer (again!) in order to stop Seth, the Dark One, from his evil doings. Meanwhile, despite her wishes, Lily is morphing into yet another kind of ultimate goddess called Wasret. The first-person narrative alternates through each female’s perspective. It’s vastly imaginative, but this tale is so overwrought with multitendrils of plot tangles that by story’s end it’s difficult to tease them apart. It’s further bogged down with unnecessarily long descriptions of landscapes, references to Lily’s hair, and cringeworthy ardency: “He was devastatingly handsome in the way that the most wickedly desirable boys are.”

Endurance will pay off for those interested in Lily’s fate, but they need to be mighty interested. (Paranormal romance. 14-18)

Pub Date: Aug. 8th, 2017
ISBN: 978-0-399-55568-8
Page count: 464pp
Publisher: Delacorte
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 15th, 2017




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