This post may have spoilers for The Summoning, the first book in the Darkest Powers series.
The Awakening is the second book in the Darkest Powers series, and it picks up shortly after the events of the Summoning. After Aunt Lauren's betrayal, Chloe and Rachelle are trapped in the institution controlled by the Edison Group. Chloe learns that Tori is there as well and blames her for betraying their escape attempt. Rae and Tori seem willing to stay with the Edison group, but all Chloe can think of is escape. When Dr. Davidoff tells her a little about the Edison group, Chloe wants to learn more. She hacks into Dr. Davidoff's computer and learns that experiments were conducted on 20 supernatural children and a few of these were considered failures. Rae, Tori, Chloe, Derek, Brady, and Liz are classified as failures and two of them Liz and Brady were terminated because of this. Liz continues to help Chloe, but Rae refuses to believe what Chloe tells her. When the Edison group decides to use Chloe as bait, she and Tori, who overhears the truth from her mother, escape and search for Derek and Simon. When the group is reunited, it will take all their wits and powers to survive on the street. Is there anyone that can be trusted and what is the truth behind the Edison group's experiments?
The second book is just as good as the first and I enjoyed hearing Derek's background and seeing Chloe develop her powers more. This is definitely a fast paced series with all the action and betrayals. I hope the third book will give more of Tori's and Rae's backgrounds. I am glad that Armstrong keeps the character's personalities, especially Tori's. She does not make Tori into a nice girl even though she is escaping with the group and helping the others. Tori is a witch both in her powers and her personality. The relationship between Derek and Simon borders on a love triangle although romance takes second place to trying to survive. The story is believable with a nice paranormal twist. I hope to add the last book to my to read list soon!
Favorite Character: I still like Chloe. She is as Tori puts it, too nice, but other than that, she is strong and loyal. She is also not judgmental and even cares for Derek after he treats her horribly. She is the weakest protecting herself and she is not suddenly superhuman over night, but remains in need of protection. However she is not a damsel in distress, just normal, except for the whole talking and controlling the dead thing.
Favorite Quote: "Harsh truth was better than comfortable lies. It had to be."
Usually second books are nowhere near as good as the first, but this one was just as suspenseful and attention-grabbing as the first. 4.5 cups of cocoa and I hope to start the Reckoning very soon!