Tuesday, 30 August 2016

We Awaken - Calista Lynne

General Info
Rating: ★★★★

Where I got it: This eBook was given to me by the author herself in exchange for an honest review.

Short reaction: Beautiful, original, meaningful!!

Fav Quote: “Maybe we weren't broken after all.”

Synopsis
Victoria Dinham doesn’t have much left to look forward to. Since her father died in a car accident, she lives only to fulfill her dream of being accepted into the Manhattan Dance Conservatory. But soon she finds another reason to look forward to dreams when she encounters an otherworldly girl named Ashlinn, who bears a message from Victoria’s comatose brother. Ashlinn is tasked with conjuring pleasant dreams for humans, and through the course of their nightly meetings in Victoria’s mind, the two become close. Ashlinn also helps Victoria understand asexuality and realize that she, too, is asexual.

But then Victoria needs Ashlinn’s aid outside the realm of dreams, and Ashlinn assumes human form to help Victoria make it to her dance audition. They take the opportunity to explore New York City, their feelings for each other, and the nature of their shared asexuality. But like any dream, it’s too good to last. Ashlinn must shrug off her human guise and resume her duties creating pleasant nighttime visions—or all of humanity will pay the price. 

Review
Overall opinion: The author herself send me an email asking if I wanted to read her book in exchange for an honest review! When I read the synopsis I was instantly intrigued so of course I said yes!! :) And I don’t regret reading it!! It was a really interesting and original story. With asexuality as one of the main subjects, which you don’t see very often in YA novels and I think that it should be represented way more in all kinds of genres! This is the first book with an asexual protagonist that I’ve ever read and I really liked it!!

Writing: Calista Lynne has a really refreshing way of writing. It’s easy to read but still very meaningful and beautiful!! It really sets you to thinking and I always love it when an author can make you do that! I especially loved the way she wrote about the dream worlds Ashlinn made for Victoria!! Those were so colourfully, beautifully and very vividly written!! I wish I could get dreams like that!!

Plot: The plot was very interesting! I loved the way Lynne managed to intertwine the dream world with the real world! It made this a very magical and original story!! And even though there was a huge dream element, she still made it feel realistic! I also believe that she did really well on the asexuality part! It was explained really well and while Victoria learnt more about asexuality in the book I also learnt more about it! I didn’t even know that it was a thing. This book really opens your eyes about sexuality and teaches you that, like it is said in the book: “sexuality isn’t set in stone. There are more things than just gay or straight.’’

Characters: The Characters were really diverse and intriguing, not your standard YA characters and I really liked that! I loved Ashlinn!! She was so interesting, sweet and patient with Victoria! There should be more people like Ashlinn in the world! I really liked Victoria as well even though she could come across as a little selfish sometimes but given the circumstances it wasn’t really illogical and I can understand the choices that she made! My favourite character was definitely Ellie, Victoria’s friend!!! She was so funny and eccentric!! And she was such a good friend to Victoria!!

Relationships: I love it how there was like a quiet little love story in this book! The relationship between Victoria and Ashlinn was so sweet and magical! And I also loved the friendship between Victoria and Ellie. Ellie was always there for Victoria needed her (even when Victoria didn’t know it).

Layout: Okay this is one of the most beautiful covers I have ever seen!! Without a doubt! I mean look at it!! I would hang this cover on my wall!! Definitely!! :)

Flaws: There weren’t really any flaws in this book. There is always room for improvement of course but that doesn’t mean that it was bad!! On the contrary! There were some parts where the plot went a little too fast for me but that’s okay. I would have loved to know more about the dream world and the balance between the good and the bad dreams though. :)

Sum-up: So this was an overall very enjoyable read!! I really do think that more people should read it as it really makes you think about sexuality and I believe it can really help people who are dealing with different sexualities and trying to understand them! So I’d definitely recommend this book! It’s a short and easy read but still beautiful and it really opens up your eyes about certain things!

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6 comments:

  1. OMG!!!! so awesome that the author asked you to read it..

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    1. ahh I know right!? I was so excited!!! :)

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  2. That sounds like a good book! I'm definitely going to try and get a hold of it...I love the way you format your reviews by the way - good job! :)

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  3. This sounds like a pretty interesting book, I've never read a book with an asexual protaganist!

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    1. I hadn't either before I read this book! I thought it was a really nice change from the usual love relationships in ya books :)

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