Book Review: Recreated by Colleen Houck

From Colleen Houck, New York Times bestselling author of The Tiger’s Curse, comes Recreated, the second book in the epic Egyptian-inspired Reawakened series, in which a seventeen-year-old must literally go to hell to save the love of her life.

Lily Young thought traveling across the globe with a reawakened sun prince was a grand adventure. Now she’s about to embark on the journey of a lifetime.

When Amon and Lily part tragically, he transports himself to the Netherworld—what mortals call hell. Tormented by the loss of his one true love, he’d rather suffer in agony during Lily’s mortal years than fulfill his duty to protect humanity.

Heartbroken, Lily seeks refuge on her grandmother’s farm. Yet she can feel Amon’s pain, and she has been having dreams—dreams of Amon continually suffering.

For before he departed, Amon gave Lily something very special, an item that connects them even though they are worlds apart. Now Lily must use this object to free him, and to free their realms from darkness and utter chaos. She will do whatever it takes

I hated this. I think the reason I am raging so hard from this book is because I had such high expectations of having a completely new series surrounding Egyptian mythology, which I love. There was some mythology in this that did peak my interest and was some of my favorite parts.

Reawakened was okay, but kind of fell flat. This one absolutely face planted. I’ll start with the things I liked:
1. The mythology: Awesome stories as usual.
2. She clearly researched as much as she could, which was nice.
3. The grandmother, Nebu, The tree, and Ashleigh’s attitude.
4. Some of the fights at the end were kind of cool.

Things I hated:
1. Lily/Tia/Ashleigh : This is just creepy as all hell. I really wish that this Sphinx thing would of happened the way it was supposed to because having three consciousness’ in the same person is just weird and doesn’t make any sense at all. You could sometimes figure out which personality was in control at that time, but it just made the whole book awkward. Also, Tia is a lioness. Do you really think they speak poetically?

2. If people hated the love triangle in Tiger’s Curse, prepare yourself for a rectangle. Oh but wait, there’s more: Lily is in love with Amon, Tia is in love with Asten and Ashleigh is in love with Ahmose. But they’re all in the same body… wut?
And I’m pretty sure in the end, they’re all going to be magically separated from each other and get to live HEA

3. This is essentially the Tiger’s series but only written slightly different. For example:
Dr. Hassan = Mr. Kadam
Lily = Kelsey
Amon = Ren
Asten = Kishan
Ahmose = .. Kishan?
Then you trade Indian mythology for Egyptian, Tigers for Lions and voila.

Rather than writing an entire ‘new’ series by basically rewriting your first one, continue the first one. Then you don’t end up with crap like this.

A few other things that angered me:
-Ever hear of a monogamous relationship? As an fyi, it usually it doesn’t include making out with your boyfriends brother.

-Who ever edited this first edition needs to go back through it. Some parts were seriously hard to read because there was 3-4 people talking with 3-4 fonts to distinguish who it was and it failed terribly.

-All the gods/creatures falling in love with Lily. Okay, so it’s explained off as being Amon’s Heart Scarab? But come on. Does she really have to have all gods and men falling at her feet?

All in all, this sucked. It pains me terribly to rate it so low.

If you loved this. Awesome, I’m glad you got enjoyment out of this. This is just some things that really peeved me off

1 Star

*This review was actually written and posted on Goodreads on July 23, 2015. Decided to re-post here since I’m reviewing the last book in the series.

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