awakenReviewed by Jennifer Jensen

In Awaken, Meg Cabot concludes her modern retelling of the Hades/Persephone myth. The story begins in the Underworld with John and Pierce attempting to maintain order as too many new souls arrive to be sorted. When the Furies invade the Underworld, John, Pierce, Alex, and Kayla must head out into another storm–one that is about to hit Isla Huesos.

From the start, this trilogy has been one of my least favorites of all of Meg Cabot’s works. I have been in love with the concept since the series was first announced, because like Meg I grew up reading Greek myths and was intoxicated by them. The first two books in the trilogy left me wanting, but by the time everything was wrapped up in Awaken, I was completely satisfied.

Pierce, a character I felt wasn’t as assertive as I would have liked in the middle book, proves to be an introspective and independent young woman. John wants to get married immediately, and although Pierce loves him and does want to get married, she puts her foot down and voices her opinions. She also holds back on uttering those three important words, and it’s heartbreaking in one scene when she realizes she may have lost her only chance to say them out loud.

This has been Meg’s darkest series yet, lacking in much of her trademark humor. I was pleased to find a few more funnies in this book than in the previous two; even John’s dark and brooding character cracks a joke here and there.

Fans of this series won’t be ready to say good-bye to Pierce and John just yet, but everything from Pierce’s Fury-inhabited grandma to the relationship between Pierce’s parents and what is next for Pierce and John is handled perfectly. Though this is the end (for now), Cabot even says in her Afterword that maybe we’ll hear from them again someday. I’m sincerely crossing my fingers that Pierce, John, and new characters Reed and Chloe might show up again, whether in a new series or in anthologies.

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

Jennifer graduated from the University of Utah with a BA in English. She occasionally dabbles with her own fiction writing, particularly with the Young Adult and Paranormal genres. She currently resides in Utah with her husband and daughter.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Point. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.