Book Review: Reunited by Colleen Houck

After surviving her otherworldly adventure, Lily wakes up on her nana’s farm having forgotten everything. Her sun prince, her travels to Egypt, and her journey to the Afterlife are all distant memories.

But Lily is not the girl she once was. Her body is now part human, part lion, and part fairy. And if that isn’t bad enough, she must now harness this power of three and become Wasret: a goddess destined to defeat the evil god Seth once and for all.

With the help of her old friend Dr. Hassan, Lily departs on her final voyage through the cosmos and across the plains of Egypt. On the journey, she will transform into the being she is destined to become.

It is time for Lily to find her sunset.


*Spoilers Ahead

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Short and Sweet: The best part of the book was when it was over.

Of course, one of the first reviews I actually write for this blog has to be a negative one. I guess that’s the joys of reviewing books, though, not every book is going to strike the same to every reader. I, personally, disliked this book with nearly every fiber of my being. Other people may find this to be their favorite series of all time, and there’s nothing wrong with that. It’s wonderful actually.

If you did like this book though, I would recommend not reading this review. I hated this book and I’m not going to bite my tongue about it. The only good thing about this series is that it’s over and I didn’t waste another 20+ dollars on the final book in hardcover. I tried so hard to give this book a chance and I read through about 60% before I found myself starting to skim it. I kind of feel like that was a win.

A quick disclaimer: I LOVE Colleen Houck’s writing most of the time. Her Tiger’s Curse series is one of my most favorite and cherished series of all time. I’ve read the first book around ten times, it’s my go to comfort book. I’ve read the full series through about five or six times. But one thing I want to make clear is that it’s perfectly okay to not love every single book  or series that an author comes out with. Just because one resonates with you, doesn’t mean every single one will. I think there’s a huge misconception about that and it bothers me greatly.

Anyways, let’s get started:

The whole Wasret thing is just ridiculous. I mentioned in my last review that having three minds in one body was stupid, but to add in this fourth ‘entity’ that just wanted to take over and stir up trouble took it to a whole new level. I’ll never understand how the author thought this was a good idea.

Not only that, but somehow this whole storyline just seemed completely disjointed and didn’t make a whole lot of sense. It’s as if she was using how confusing Egyptian mythology can be to just make up some crazy all over the place story and have readers accept it. Example: Asten was Seth’s son but not really because Anubis did some healing mumbo jumbo while Asten was an infant and now he’s actually Anubis’s son? I’m sorry, does the author not understand how biology work? It doesn’t make sense.

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OH! And the best part was that she ended up throwing in some Twilight ‘Jacob and Bella’ drama in there too. How she managed to recreate that mess is beyond me. So, Horus felt ‘drawn’ to Lily and it turns out that it’s only because Wasret is his true mate. If my eyes rolled any harder they would fling out of my skull. Seriously, it was dumb when Stephanie Meyer did it and it’s still dumb now.

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Beyond the dumb, drawn out plot, Colleen’s writing was just not up to par in this one. There were some major consistency issues with writing the three separate personalities. At some point she would just drop Ashleigh and Tia from having conversations with Lily in her head and not bring them back for another couple chapters. It just seemed really weird. On top of that, the page or more long descriptions of what characters were wearing just became so tedious to read. The long descriptions about how gorgeous Amon, Asten and Ahmose were somehow ended up even more tedious with an added bonus of nauseating.

Unfortunately (or fortunately), I did end up skimming through the book from about 70-90% and then read the  last 10% pretty straight through. It was just so boring that I was honestly thinking about how there’s a closet that hasn’t had a good cleaning in a few months. When a book makes me want to clean, it kind of hurts my soul.

She also killed off the grandmother(the only half decent character) and Dr. Hassan and had them guarding the afterlife forever.

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In the end, the book wrapped up perfectly, of course. Everyone got their own bodies, handed off their heart scarabs (what?) to their significant life mate and became gods and goddesses of the cosmos. Because why not? Ugh.

2 Stars

2 stars, only because Unicorns are awesome.

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