In my opinion this book was amazing (even though it made me cry, or, as Zoey would say "snot all over the place"), and I think a lot of people are giving it a bit of a hard time. Ok, so there's not a great deal of crazy action going on like in some of the others, but there's still a lot happening. This book really explores Zoey's feelings and how she's having trouble going back to the real world with all she has to face, and i think in the end it shows how strong her character can be even after losing so much. In fact, I think this book develops many of the characters personalities, including Zoey, Stark, Stevie-Rae, Rephaim, Damien, Jack, Aphrodite and even Kalona. Maybe this book is just a "filler" in the series, but frankly, i think it's a great filler to have, as it helps you to better understand some of the characters, and it's still progressing with the story. It's also built up a lot of "ohmygoddess what will happen next?!" for me, especially with Heath's spirit! But no more said on that, I wouldn't want to give anything away to those who have not yet indulged in this book! Overall I thought 'Awakened' was a great read, and I would recommend it to anyone who is a fan of the House of Night books!