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Recreated: Reawakened #2    by Colleen Houck order for
by Colleen Houck
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Delacorte, 2016 (2016)
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*   Reviewed by Ricki Marking-Camuto

As expected from the epilogue of Reawakened, Colleen Houck was definitely setting the stage for the subsequent books in her trilogy. Unfortunately, the second book, Recreated, is nowhere near as strong as the first.

Lily Young has found herself rather down after her mummy boyfriend, Amon, saved the world from the Egyptian god Seth and went back to the afterlife. Before he left, though, he gave her a scarab that contained his heart, and now they can visit each other in their dreams.

To get away from everything, Lily heads to spend her summer on her grandmother's farm. However, on her first night there, Lily is visited by Anubis, who informs her that Amon has run away to the Netherworld and that she is the only one who can bring him back. Lily agrees to help and immediately finds herself whisked away to Egypt where, to enter the Afterlife and save Amon, she must join with a lioness to become a Sphinx. Things only get stranger from there - she meets up with Amon's brothers; the lioness falls for one of them; and a fairy also gets thrown into the mix.

One problem in Recreated (that it shares with Reawakened) is a very linear plot. A lot of forward moving action happens, although at a slower pace than one would expect, but once an event is over and done with, future events rarely tie back to it. This seemed even more evident in Recreated. The seemingly forced love triangle also threw a wrinkle into the plot that could definitely bump a reader out of the action. Another plot point that can shake a reader out of the story occurs as Houck begins adding in mythology from cultures other than Egypt. All of these contributed to a very slow read.

I am not sure what is left for Lily in the Reawakened trilogy, but Colleen Houck definitely left it open for a conclusion. I do see a possibly love square (or maybe pyramid?) in the final book, but that would just detract from what started out as a fun paranormal YA featuring the rarely used mummy.

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