Early Review: Recreated by Colleen Houck

, by Kt Clapsadl

Recreated by Colleen Houck
Reawakened #2

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'm such a sucker for Egyptian lore stories, so this series is seriously my jam. While RECREATED didn't sweep me away quite as much as Reawakened did, it was a very enjoyable read. There's just something magical about the style of writing and it's so easy to get sucked right into the story. The characters are phenomenal and all incredibly three-dimensional. The world behind the story was expanded even further than in the first book, and each new element be they the location, mythology, or a character were fully fleshed out as well. It truly is impressive just how well Colleen incorporates each and every element to make them all seem so realistic and full of depth.

Despite all the new elements, characters, and depth to the world, so much of the book is spent with Lily fully at the helm/focus. While Lily is a great character, I have to admit I missed the brothers a great deal, and even when they came back into focus, they really only served to confuse things. In the first book, the romance is all sweeping and consuming and I loved every bit of it. But this time around due to circumstances I won't reveal to keep from spoiling, that romance gets questioned due to other influences. To make matters worse there's hints of a love triangle that left me scratching my head. Granted there's possibly a logical reason behind it, but I still felt it lessened the epic love between Lily and Amun that sucked me in so much in the first book.

Love triangle/romance issues aside, I thoroughly enjoyed RECREATED and am dying to get my hands on the next book in the series. Hopefully this is longer than a trilogy as only three books in this amazing world will never be enough!

(Received a copy from the publisher)

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