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Reawakened    by Colleen Houck order for
by Colleen Houck
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Delacorte, 2015 (2015)
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* * *   Reviewed by Ricki Marking-Camuto

Vampires and werewolves have had contemporary, attractive YA literature upgrades, but what about the other member of the classic movie monster trifecta, the mummy? Colleen Houck fixes that with Reawakened.

While decompressing in the closed Egyptian wing of the Met, Lilliana Young stumbles upon Amon, a loin-clothed bronzed god of a young man. After some very awkward exchanges and a little bit of magic, Lilliana realizes that Amon really is a god. Every thousand years, Amon and his brothers are awakened to stop Seth, the Egyptian god of chaos, from gaining control of the world.

However, this millennium, Amon finds himself removed from his resting place and without his Canopic jars. Missing his organs, he must share with the first person he finds, which means Lilliana, or Young Lily, as he refers to her. Also, he must get to Egypt to awaken his brothers before Seth breaches the worlds, and since Lily is now sharing her organs with him, she must go too. All of this is way out of the norm for good-girl Lilliana, but if she does not go, the world will be doomed, so she hops a flight with Amon for Egypt where more evil that she can fathom awaits.

Houck manages to take a scary bundle of dirty rags and make it hot. Her mummies are exactly what will make these classics appeal to a modern YA audience. The story, itself, is also very good with multiple levels and great lessons, including a dynamic protagonist. The one and only problem is the ending. Rewakened ends very strongly with a solid conclusion, which is why the Epilogue, with a cliffhanger, seems like an afterthought. So much speculative fiction, especially YA, seems to want to be a trilogy, but Reawakened was a perfect standalone until that two-page epilogue. Without it, it would have been a much stronger book.

Despite the attempt to leave the story open for a trilogy, Rewakened is a very engaging read that brings something new to the YA section. Colleen Houck has reimagined the mummy so perfectly for today's audiences.

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