Read from September 22 to 25, 2014
"Exonerated by the Vampyre High Council and returned to her position of High Priestess at Tulsa's House of Night, Neferet has sworn vengeance on Zoey. Dominion over Kalona is only one of the weapons she plans to use against Z. But Zoey has found sanctuary on the Isle of Skye and is being groomed by Queen Sgiach to take over for her there. Being Queen would be cool, wouldn't it? Why should she return to Tulsa? After losing her human consort, Heath, she will never be the same--and her relationship with her super-hot-warrior, Stark, may never be the same either...
And what about Stevie Rae and Rephaim? The Raven Mocker refuses to be used against Stevie Rae, but what choice does he have when no one in the entire world, including Zoey, would be okay with their relationship? Does he betray his father or his heart?
My mind was completely dead once I was done reading this book! Completely. Dead.In the pulse-pounding eighth House of Night Novel by PC Cast and Kristin Cast, how far will the bonds of friendship stretch and how strong are the ties that bind one girl's heart?"
Awakened started out pretty slow and was totally the calm before the storm kinda thing, which is very much routine for this series. I sort of revelled in it 'cause the storm was pretty intense in the before book, so I was okay with how it started, but not completely satisfied. There was a sort of lifelessness in the beginning that wasn't very attractive. That is the soul reason why I rated this one star less.
But then, halfway through things started picking up and things pretty much got intense! Someone important died (SPOILER!!!) and shit just got real! And one thing that got drilled into my mind is that Neferet is one crazy-ass bitch. Excuse my French...
Seriously though, I actually started warming up to Kalona, and what happened to Rephaim was wonderful, and WTF is wrong with Dragon, but Neferet gets the award for highlight of the book! This book just opened up her craziness to the public, especially with all those POVs of hers. Very disturbing, by the way!
Anyway, this book was seriously good, especially the latter half. There was a lot going on, stuff happened, shit got real, but I really loved it! :)
my Goodreads review