Reunited – Colleen Houck

Ah.

The end of a series.

I don’t think I’ve ever finished a book this far along my road of reading, feeling such devastation and emptiness.

I just want to spend this top paragraph talking a little bit about my current emotions regardless of book plot or not.

Colleen’s Reawakened Series meant a lot to me. It was like how Lilliana found Amon in the Met. Me and my dad found Reawakened during August 2015 in a bookstore in New York (haha). It was really as if I reawakened. That part of me that loved to read was brought back after so many years of running away and ignoring those fears of mine. The book was on my mind for months after I read it. I fell in love with it instantly, and I could honestly say that a part of my soul is now with this book series.

As I am typing this, I am wearing the pendant that I made because of this series. From the moment the school trip supervisors talked about silver jewellery making, the first thing that came to my mind was Reawakened. The book that left me devastated at that time. I’m so glad that I made the pendant. I will never regret it even as great books come and go. Reawakened Series will always have that special place in my heart. (You’ll get to see the pendant I designed, shaped, forged by a pro Silversmith at the end of this post)

Now then, on to the review!


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Name: Reunited
Author: Colleen Houck
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Release Date: August 8, 2017

Synopsis

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.


Book Cover Comments

Honestly if it wasn’t for the synopsis, I wouldn’t realise how the three books represent sunrise, sunshine and sunset.

At first I had some opinions about the cover, because I felt that the design seemed rather simple compared to the sophisticated and intricate designs of the first two books. But as I hold this book in my hands and flip through each page, I knew that this was the perfect cover. It truly resembled a sunset.


The Actual Review

I won’t be including any quotes in this review due to myself being in a rather emotional state, and I can’t bring myself too much time and effort to do so.

Really. The six characters in the story go through their vast journey in finding themselves, finding their sunrise, their sunshine, and their sunset.

I wouldn’t say that Colleen’s writing would be suitable for every reader, as her writing tends to lean towards the pure happy ending. And while the ending is slightly bothering me a bit right now, its just that simple essence of romance and the joy of adventure that made me fall in love with her books. As long as you don’t mind a maybe slightly more cheesy plot and ending, then definitely read the book.

Lily, Tia and Ashleigh learned to realise their destiny and what lies ahead of them. While I still love Lily the most, I myself have learned to embrace Tia and Ashleigh. Without them, Lily wouldn’t be the girl that she is now. She has changed so much from who she was. The different sides of Lily, their destiny, what they have to do in order to save the cosmos. When the final battle came, I was constantly in the pit of devastation of the choices that these three have made, the paths these three have chosen, the loss these three had to go through, but I am forever glad about the beauty of what lies ahead, of how Colleen decided to end this story, because that was how I wanted it to be. It’s also because I connect with this book on a different level, that a lot of my thoughts and emotions fused with Lily. While I will never understand the sadness at the very end, her hope for the outcome in the ending is the exact same as mine, and she did get her beautiful sunset.

The counterparts, Amon, Ahmose and Asten. I have embraced them since the beginning of the series, and I love them equally while I have to say I learn towards Amon. Book three was really special in terms of the experience of the three men. Reawakened was a first love found in Amon, Recreated harbored the love of Asten and the feelings of Tia, and the new exploration among the stars, and Reunited brings the love of Ahmose and the emotions of Ashleigh, and the love blossoming under the moonlight. Its really different to see each boy grow and change, the secrets behind the language of their eyes, their love, just, everything. In the final book, there’s also a lot of interaction due to the fact that Lily harbors the souls of three girls, and really, it was a painful time to watch all the disagreements. But with that ending, I’m truly happy that it turned out this way.

There are actually many unanswered questions in this book. Most of them actually is about the relationships between the characters, mostly the gods, and exactly what happened. I tend to find myself falling down the rabbit hole, getting completely lost in certain lines and reading over and over again to see the clues to it. Alas, it might have been mentioned in the other books and I forgot about it, but nonetheless, these revelations helped progress the plot.

I really love how Colleen adapted a lot of Egyptian mythological elements into this book. While some elements do not exactly belong in the category of Egypt, the book wouldn’t have done justice without them. As the minutes pass by, I recall how two years ago, if I were to have 3 sons and a daughter, I’d name them Amon, Ahmose, Asten and Lily.

Harnessing the power of Wasret was not easy. Wasret was a guiding light for the three girls and the decisions that they decide to make in order to defeat Seth once and for all. In this book, we also get to touch upon Wasret by seeing through her perspective when she is in complete control of Lily’s body. While she indeed is a mighty being, Wasret was an interesting character for me to “imagine”. She is one that lacked sympathy and emotion, and at many times did not understand the pain of the hearts that makes up a part of her. But seeing Wasret as such a powerful being, I just can’t help but sit back and awe. And it somewhat reminds me of how even the strongest would have something that the weak has and they don’t. And Wasret continues to nurture and grow alongside the three girls in this book.

 

I don’t think I have anything else to say. My mind is too frozen to really continue to say anything, but I will keep on saying how simple and beautiful the ending was. There are so many possibilities I see from Lily’s perspective, of her future and of everything, and thinking of these just makes me smile.

 

 


Reunited closes off the Reawakened series with the most simple and sweet ending, one that I wouldn’t have it any other way. The romance, sacrifices, journey and decisions that each character went through, and came out nurtured and grew greater than they were before, it makes me smile at the thought of that. And finally…

The power of love.

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Joanne Lumiere

Joanne is the narcissistic founder of her book blog, Joanne Lumiere. Born and raised in Hong Kong, this 18 year old brat is currently attending college in Los Angeles, and still doesn't know how to read books with sophistication, and yet she runs a blog.

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