Awaken - Meg Cabot

I just had a hard time getting through this series. I'm a huge Meg Cabot fan and adore her books. But I just felt that this one dragged. Barely anything happened during the first 100 pages or so of this book, and the characters would get into long conversations in situations where there really shouldn't be any time to talk. Pierce was forever thinking only of John, which got old really fast. There was a minor plot point with Thanatos, the personification of death, that suddenly came up that felt like it was just there to take up place. And the wrap-up of a lot of things just seemed random like what ultimately happened with Thanatos

(why is Thanatos suddenly a chill guy who has taken Alex as his host and is content with playing video games in the Underworld?)

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, the return of Hope

(the randomness of her arriving with a mate and a whole flock of birds to fight the bad guys)

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, and the fates of Chloe, Reed, and Mrs. Engels

who just decide to stay in the Underworld forever as subjects of Pierce for some reason, even though I don't think what Pierce did would inspire eternal loyalty

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I feel like the series could have been cut down to just two books. It's not a horrible series, but it's definitely my least favorite series by Meg Cabot.