Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Awake by Natasha Preston (Book Review)

Disclosure of material connection- I received a copy of the book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for my honest thoughts. I was not required to write a positive review and all opinions stated are 100% my own. 

About the book-

Of course, the dress was white. This is what I’m supposed to die in, I thought. Not many people knew what their last outfit would be.
I pulled it over my head. It fit me perfectly. It had long, loose fitting sleeves, a modest neckline, and waves of material on the skirt. I hated it.
There were no shoes, and I was afraid I’d have to run through the forest barefoot but there weren’t a lot of options. Besides, I’d run barefoot over a bed of nails to get away.
“Scarlett, are you ready?” he called.
I looked in the mirror and took a deep breath. Time to fight for my life.

Scarlett Garner doesn’t remember anything before the age of four—until a car accident changes everything. She starts to remember pieces of a past that frighten her. A past her parents hid from her…and a secret that could get her killed.

My thoughts-

The beginning of the book was kind of cliche and annoying. Hot new boy only has eyes for average girl, blah, blah, blah. I was as annoyed as the next person, but I stuck with the book to see where Preston was going with it and I am glad that I did. Awake was a refreshingly dark offering in the young adult genre. Some of it was predictable, but the whole cult aspect of the story line was intriguing to me. There have been so many cults in the news. usually for doing awful things, and while the cult in the book has escaped news stories honing in on them, they are definitely up to some awful things. I thought it was an interesting book, an easy read. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys young adult fiction.

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