Review: The Wicked Awakening of Anne Merchant by Joanna Wiebe

Monday, January 12, 2015
Why I chose this book:
I was fortunate enough to receive an eARC of this book, so thanks goes to BenBella Books for that. I loved the first installment in the series, and was eagerly anticipating Wiebe’s newest release. Once I got it in my hands, I immediately started devouring it. I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Publisher: BenBella Books
Publish Date: January 20th, 2015
Format: ARC
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal

Synopsis:
Life and death, light and dark, spirit and flesh-on Wormwood Island, the lines are always blurred. For Anne Merchant, who has been thrust back into this eerily secretive world, crossing the line seems inevitable, inescapable, destined.

Now, as Ben finds himself battling for the Big V and Teddy reveals the celestial plan in which Anne is entwined, Anne must choose: embrace her darkly powerful connection to a woman known as Lilith and, in doing so, save the boy she loves...or follow a safer path that is sure to lead to Ben's destruction at the hands of dark leaders. Hoping the ends will justify the means, Anne starts down the slippery slope into the underworld, intent on exploring the dark to find the light. But as the lure of Lilith proves powerfully strong, will Anne save others-only to lose herself? (Goodreads)

My Bookish Mehs:
This book was a hit and miss for me. There were a lot of things I really loved, and then a lot of things I thought could be done much better. Mephistopheles is no longer Headmaster of Cania Christy and in his place comes another demon: Dia Voletto. I honestly loved his interesting character. He was actually probably my favorite. There was sexual tension, but it just seemed so surface level to me, which made the whole Anne/Dia thing really flat come the end. 

A certain character SPOILER highlight (Molly) comes back about halfway through the  book and I thought her character was a lot more annoying than it was in the first book. I was constantly suspicious of her, and it was just exhausting.

My Bookish Likes:
There were a lot of twists in this one. I was consistently surprised or in some cases a little weirded out by the turn of events, so if you’re looking for a read that will keep you on your toes, this may be the read for you.

My Bookish Loves:
Like the previous installment that discusses and slightly impersonates Doctor Faustus, this one does the same with Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray. I really liked the parallels between the two stories and Wiebe’s implementation of the novel into Anne Merchants story. 

Final Thoughts:
Overall, this was just an average book for me, and an average sequel. I generally have problems with middle books in trilogies, so this honestly doesn’t surprise me. I’m still interested in reading the final installment. I won’t pass it up, and I plan on reading it come next January. 

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