OK, I quite honestly don’t know where to start with this one! There was a lot of things that hampered by enjoyment of the book so I think I’ll just lay them all out straight out for you so you can see exactly the kind of issues I had.Awake by Natasha Preston
Published by Sourcebooks Fire on August 4th 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, YA Contemporary
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Scarlett doesn’t remember anything before the age of four. 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.
First Line of Awake by Natasha Preston:
“Imogen nudged my arm, nodding toward the classroom door. “
What I liked about Awake by Natasha Preston:
Well I finished the book so that means I did get some enjoyment as I don’t think twice about DNF’ing a book that I’m hating. What kept me reading was the cult theme, I wanted to see the cult in action and I wanted to know what happened. Both of these kept me curious enough to keep flicking the pages. And I enjoyed that the plot wasn’t the same old trite plot that I’ve read too many times before.
What I disliked about Awake by Natasha Preston:
The character development wasn’t good. All the characters were one dimensional and just felt wooden. The depth that I appreciate in characters was lacking and they felt stereotypical. I want characters that feel alive and I didn’t get that.
Teenage Insta-love. Need I say any more. And it was verging on ridiculous; there was a mention of marriage after 1 month.
The age of the main character changed! But not in the normal way….she got younger as the book went on. She was 16 at the start and 15 at the end. I’m assuming that this is an editing issue that will be resolved before the final publication though.
Scarlett makes a huge issue out of not remembering things before the age of 4. I really don’t get this at all. Lots of people don’t remember early memories and it’s not anything that odd. I think if this age had been moved up to 8 or so, it would have felt it a bit more peculiar and would have rang more alarm bells for me
Things didn’t add up. At one critical point in the book, Scarlett had an opportunity to call for help but she was waiting like a sitting duck for the cult to catch up with her. I really didn’t get why she didn’t explain what was happening, it just made no sense to me. It actually made me rage.
Overall this one just didn’t work for. I think the shell of a good story is there but it needed more character development, more polish and more realistic sequences. So it was pretty much a fail for me and I’m not in any way tempted to read the follow up.
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Who should read Awake by Natasha Preston?
After not enjoying the book very much, I’m not going to turn around and recommend it. However there are some positive reviews on Goodreads, so maybe check some of those out and see if they make it more appealing for you.
Thanks to Netgalley and Sourcebooks Fire for giving me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.