Wednesday, July 22, 2015

eARC Review: Awake by Natasha Preston (Out August 2015)

I received and e ARC of this from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.

Title: Awake
Author: Natasha Preston
Page Count: 352
Genre: Young Adult, Thriller/ Suspense
Rating: 3/5
Scarlett doesn’t remember anything before the age of five. Her parents say it’s from the trauma of seeing her house burn down, and she accepts the life they’ve created for her without question—until a car accident causes Scarlett to start remembering pieces of an unfamiliar past.

When a new guy moves into town, Scarlett feels an instant spark. But Noah knows the truth of Scarlett’s past, and he’s determined to shield her from it...because Scarlett grew up in a cult called Eternal Light, controlled by her biological parents.

And they want her back.

Review: With this description, I began this with high hopes. I loved The Cellar by Natasha Preston and was looking forward to something new from her. The concept is interesting. The cult thing is super super creepy. Scarlett and Noah are both likable characters. The instant love is still super frustrating to me because of how UNREALISTIC it is! 

Frustrations aside, this was a well written book. Well written but super frustrating to me for so many reasons. There are books I have liked less but rater higher but this book is just something that has made me angry, not angry, but i'm trying not to use frustrated too much. 

The first quarter of the book was difficult to get into because it began as a sappy romance-heavy young adult novel. But after that first quarter we finally delved into the actually storyline, Eternal Light this freaking creepy cult that is probably the best part of the story.

Natasha Preston has a way with creating justifiably crazy people who so deeply believe their convictions and makes it so we all believe that they believe it as well, It transfers very well to the reader. 

As I continue the book from the dual perspective of Scarlett and Noah, everything finally begins to make sense. Preston ties everything together extremely well and I commend her for that.

The idea for this story is slightly better than the execution of it. About half way through I would have rated this book a 2.5 Stars probably. But the more you get into it, the more you care, the more you actually want to know what is going on with these characters and where they all end up. It's suspenseful and great. I admire Preston's mysterious writing and the way she builds up to big things happening. That is a strong suit of hers.

The characters' flaws all make sense and there isn't a character I think is unrealistic for their specific situation. The characters are indeed extremely well written.. with exception to maybe Imogen, but you don't see enough of her for it to matter.

Near the end of the book, I was biting my nails in suspense. My goodness. As I approached the ending I was breathing heavily and freaking out.  Seriously, it was very intense. 

The ending above all, tied everything together and made me like this book more than I did and allowed me to look past the many blunders included. I can now proudly say that I can rate this book 3 Stars. Almost 3.5 but not quite there. 

I will still be reading Natasha Preston when she writes more. 

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