I borrowed the first book in this series from the library and liked it enough to buy the next two, but not enough to buy the first book for my collection. I was very curious how it would end and had a preorder in for months. When it arrived on my ipad I sat down for a day long read session only to find the first chapter so dull it took me three days to force mysefl to finish it. Of series, I found Awaken to be the weakest.
First, the book had a really slow start. By the time it got to the point of the incoming boats I was already skimming instead of fully reading. I wanted to see Pierce and John, not Reed and car crash girl. Yet page after page went to the newbie characters.
Second, plot points popped up out of nowhere. Suddenly Pierce's parents are back together. I would rather have seen that build up than have the action diverted to the myriad of secondary character new and old that Cabot seemed to feel had to be crammed into every page. John's evil father suddenly had a magic whip that John saved all these years, but it never came up before. If he hated his father, why did he keep it? Little things like that cropped up throughout.
Third, I know it is a YA book, but could we get a little detail on the love scenes? In book two Pierce cashed in her v-card without so much as a nod to that fact. And we didn't get much in the way of morning after snuggles. It was the same situation here only there was even less detail. John spends the night in her bed mostly so her mom can bust them. Can we get some pg-13 scenes?
They also left the reason behind the diamond turning color for Kayla unanswered. Also left open was if Pierce would age while John does not. If they have a child, will it age? All left open.
My overall feeling is that we got more about the minor characters than John and Pierce who were trotted out at the end after being largely ignored most the book. I was sort of sorry I spent $10 to get this right away instead of getting it from the library.