Review | Reawakened by Colleen Houck

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Rating: 2 / 5 stars
Format: Paperback
Published: 13th August 2015
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When seventeen-year-old Lilliana Young enters the Metropolitan Museum of Art one morning during spring break, the last thing she expects to find is a live Egyptian prince with godlike powers, who has been reawakened after a thousand years of mummification. And she really can’t imagine being chosen to aid him in an epic quest that will lead them across the globe.

But fate has taken hold of Lily, and she, along with her sun prince, Amon, must travel to the Valley of the Kings, raise his brothers, and stop an evil, shape-shifting god named Seth from taking over the world.


I like mythology. I find it fascinating. So when I came across a book about Ancient Egypt I thought it would be good. I was wrong. So wrong. This book was so historically inaccurate that it pained me to read it.

First you have these Egyptian princes that were buried in a place that literally did not exist during the time they were alive. The author completely ignored every single thing historians know about Hatshepsut and made up a story about how she was in some secret club (Hatshepsut being one of the only female Kings of Egypt and was forgotten by history because she was good at her job).

Worst of all, it seemed like Houck got her information about The Book of the Dead from the Mummy movies. Surprisingly The Book of the Dead is not some magic book that you should never ever read or else you will bring the 10 plagues down on Egypt.

It is literally just a handbook on what to do in the afterlife. Like I have a copy of this book. I have read this book and I can tell you with complete certainty that it has exactly zero magic spells in it.

Then Lily was so annoying. She finds this guy in the Egyptian wing of a museum, sees him heal himself and then he sneaks into her bedroom and she decides to help him because she thinks he is a cancer patient.

And then there was the whole thing where she is talking about how attractive this guy is after only knowing him for two hours. Then of course in just a matter of days they fall in love and decide that they can’t spend the rest of their lives apart. I’m not even going to get started on Lily “not being like other girls”.

But then there was that whole thing where Lily was basically kidnapped and taken to Egypt. The insta-love was bad but then she falls in love with a guy who basically forced her to go to Egypt with him. She may have said yes but that was only because she literally couldn’t say no and that’s just super creepy. Stockholm syndrome isn’t a cute romance and I don’t understand why so many authors try to make it seem like it is.

I was really disappointed by this. I genuinely did want to enjoy it. I like books with a new take on history. But this was just a bad historically inaccurate typical teenage romance. In my opinion you should just watch Night At The Museum instead.

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*I received a copy of this book from Hodder in exchange for an honest review.


  • Tasha

    I thought Lily was also a frustrating character because she ‘hates’ the stereotype that comes with being rich but then is quick enough to jump on the benefits (like exclusive Museum access). I liked reading your thoughts 🙂

  • laurenpickens

    Oh man, I love YA fantasy but sometimes authors just get it so wrong. This plot sounds really cool, I’m really interested in the history of ancient Egypt as well. It’s a shame that the author didn’t include more of the true history.

      • JC

        Nothing will rip me out of a story faster than historical inaccuracy… if I know the history, that is! This is, in no way, to excuse a lack of research–which is criminal for a author to do–but I wonder what response a person who had no background in Egyptology/ history might think of a book like this? Still, I’ll be glad to give it a miss, and enjoyed reading your comments.

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