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awakenedWhat: Awakened (Resilient #2) Patricia Vanasse

Who: Pants On Fire Press

When: July 13th 2015

How: A copy of this novel was provided by the author for review.

Under the control of The Agency, a secret, governmental organization that created genetically engineered teens who posses a combination of extraordinary abilities, Adam is serving the purpose for which he was created while his girlfriend, Livia fights to save him. Manipulated to forget his love for Livia and his past, he lives a life crafted by fake memories that enslave him to a life of following the orders of an organization, whose intentions are unclear. Now Adam battles with vivid “dreams” of a life he does not remember and the strong connection he feels to the girl with familiar blue eyes.

Livia’s desire for vengeance lead her and Daniel on a dangerous race to disrupt the destructive string of events that The Agency initiated seventeen years earlier. As they travel across parts of North America in search of other teens who are just like them, Livia will face an ethical battle over genetics, loyalty, and love. The race is on, and it is up to Livia to destroy The Agency and rescue Adam, but even if she succeeds at saving him, there are no guarantees she’ll be able to save the deep connection they once shared.


I remember really quite liking Resilient, so I was beyond excited when Patricia emailed me and asked if I wanted to review Awakened. Of course I did, there was so much left unsaid at the end of Resilient!

The writing style that I really loved in Resilient was back again in Awakened. I just really love the way these books are written. There’s such clarity to it, and it flows beautifully, and the pacing is super on point. I’m never ever bored with the writing in this series.

Even though I knew that Livia and Adam weren’t going to be together in this book, I was still sad for the loss of reading about them. They’re so very lovely together, and I missed that interaction. Although, it was really interesting to see how Livia was without Adam (because I hadn’t seen a lot of that in Resilient). She’s a really lovely character to read about, because even though Adam is one of her top priorities, she didn’t spend the entire novel pining over him, and doing everything possible to get him back. I’ve read this in other YA books, and it’s beyond annoying and exhausting. So as much as Livia missed Adam, and wanted him back, she knew that the task at hand was also really important.

Adam, on the other hand, was completely different to read about. His memories have been messed with, so the sweet Adam I got to know in Resilient wasn’t really around. Instead, there was hardass solder Adam (who I have to admit was pretty hot, to be honest). I was a little disappointed in one of the decisions he made, but I guess I’ll see where that goes in the third book.

There’s a bit of a love square in this book, and even though I hate it when there’s more than one love interest for a person, I can kind of see where it is coming from. The book ended on a huge note regarding the love situation, and even though I’m pretty certain how it will turn out, I am still desperate to know for sure.

The subject matter of this book was even more awesome than the last, because there was the inclusion of a lot more information about where the powers came from. I am seriously keen for the third book in this series, because I think the conclusion is going to be massive after that whopper of a reveal towards the end.

All in all, Awakened was a wonderful sequel to read, and I cannot wait for the next book in the Resilient series!

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Posted on: August 8, 2015 • By: Chiara

7 Responses to Review: Awakened by Patricia Vanasse

  1. Chantelle says:

    I don’t think I’ve heard of this series – I’m intrigued now.

    I agree: I hate it when a character just pines over their love interest for the whole book. I don’t want the whole story to focus on this.

    I’m glad you enjoyed it. :)

    • Chiara says:

      Yay, I hope you give it a go, Chantelle because it is really worth it :D

      Yeah, I hate it too. Which is why I was super glad it didn’t happen with this one!

      Thanks, lovely <3

  2. While I haven’t read the first book of this series, it looks so good! Definitely the kind of stuff I’d enjoy. I’m glad this book didn’t suffer from the classic Middle Book Syndrome. The writing sounds very elegant- love it when an author has a great style. :D Although, the mention of this love triangle/square thing has me reaaally hesitant. That’s something that’s pretty overdone in YA in my opinion. Hopefully everything turns out okay in the end!!

    Lovely lovely review Chiara <33

    • Chiara says:

      It’s a really great series, Aneeqah! The books aren’t too expensive on Amazon, if you’re wanting to read them :D

      I was SO GLAD that it didn’t suffer from second book syndrome, because I find that almost ALL second books that I read do suffer from it, and it is painful! And yes, the writing style is one that I really like!

      The love square thing doesn’t take up as much time as others in YA do, and it’s more of a side story and exploration of feelings than the back and forth that love triangles/squares normally have!

      Thanks so much :D <3

  3. I either haven’t heard of this series, or have completely forgotten reading your review of the first. In any case, it has such an interesting premise! And it’s always great when the sequel is good. I hope the next one is even better!

    • Chiara says:

      It’s a super interesting premise, and if you’re in the mood for a sci-fi (almost paranormal, but their powers come from science, so I decree sci-fi), you should definitely give it a go, Bec! :D

      And YES, I love good sequels. I really hope the third book is great!

  4. Barbara Fleming says:

    Please please can you tell me when the third book will be published…Thanks Barbara

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