Book review: 'Recreated' is a dynamite installment in the Reawakened series

Posted August 27

"RECREATED," by Colleen Houck, Delacorte Press, $17.99, 404 pages (f) (ages 14 and up)

Lily Young is positive she will be separated from Prince Amon, her hunky ancient Egyptian boyfriend, forever in “Recreated.” Although she’s aware of an otherworldly tie binding her and Amon together, she doesn’t understand it and sometimes doubts its reality. But then Anubis, the god of the dead, explains that her visions of Amon’s painful existence are real and that she is the only hope of ending his suffering and saving the world. Despite her narrow chance of survival, Lily jumps at the chance to be reunited with the man she’s finally realized is her soul mate.

But first, Lily needs to undergo a physical and mental change, one that has been known to kill the weak of mind. As she becomes acquainted with her new self and is also reunited with Amon’s two brothers, Ahmose and Asten, she undergoes trials she never thought possible, all in the name of love.

Although many sequels fall short of their predecessors, “Recreated,” book two in the Reawakened series, is wonderfully written and better than its forerunner. No longer just a pampered rich girl, Lily’s personal transformation is invigorating to read about, and the heart-pounding adventures are topped only by the heart-melting romance.

Author Colleen Houck never disappoints in her romance scenes, and readers can be swept away as they read not only about the love between Lily and Amon but also learn more about the hearts of Ahmose and Asten as well.

“Recreated” has clean language with romance that doesn’t go beyond kissing. This adventure-romance has violence throughout that is quest-related, appropriate for the genre and not overly descriptive or gruesome.

Elizabeth Reid has bachelor's degrees in economics and history. She has worked in retail, medical billing, catering, education and business fields. Her favorite occupation is that of wife and mother. She blogs at agoodreid.blogspot.com.


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