Thursday, April 30, 2015

Awoken (The Lucidites) Review

Book #1

Genre: YA Fantasy 
Release Date: November 24, 2014 
Publisher: One-Twenty-Six Press 

ISBN: 9780986208003 

Pages: 312 pages 
Goodreads Rating: 4.19 
My Rating: 4.5

Book Description:

Around the world humans are hallucinating after sleepless nights.

In a sterile, underground institute the forecasters keep reporting the same events.

And in the backwoods of Texas, a sixteen-year-old girl is about to be caught up in a fierce, ethereal battle.

Meet Roya Stark. She drowns every night in her dreams, spends her hours reading classic literature to avoid her family’s ridicule, and is prone to premonitions—which are becoming more frequent. And now her dreams are filled with strangers offering to reveal what she has always wanted to know: Who is she? That’s the question that haunts her, and she's about to find out. But will Roya live to regret learning the truth?

My Take On The Book:

Wow! I was kinda giddy at the end of this book. I needed to get my hands on book 2 immediately. It was a captivating read with completely lovable characters. There was something so endearing about the main character and her need to find where she fit in.

The wasn't a moment that I wasn't drawn in, and that is something very important in books, something I am constantly searching for.

The plot on its own was something entirely different than what is normally on the market of this genre. Don't get me wrong, I love those books but it was refreshing to find this gem.

The Great (Pros):

  • The Characters. The characters were lovable and hate-able and completely real. They were flawed in a completely human sense and its what makes this cast of 'misfits' completely endearing and what makes this story so great.
  • George. What's not to love about this gruff at first but tender soul. I can't give away too much as he's vital to the story and the main character but just wow.
  • Joesph. The joker and light hearted one. I knew he was important, I just didn't know how important. He's lovable and one of the most flawed characters in this book.
  • Stark. Roya's a fighter even if she herself doesn't realize it. She's a badass and not in your kicking butts and taking names kinda way. But in your never give up never surrender way. She's the main character, and what a main character she is.
  • The plot. Like I said before, the idea of Lucid dreaming is intriguing and completely different from anything I've read. I loved it!
  • Mythology of the book. I liked the history of the lucidites and the way they came to be. I even enjoyed the story behind Zuhang. It was interesting and different and I loved how they went about 'dream walking'

The Not So Great (Cons):

  • The love triangle. Typical of yound adult books, there is a love triangle. I'm not a huge fan of said triangle, and while I enjoy the characters themselves I don't enjoy the yo-yo emotions BUT the author did a good job portraying the main character and her emotions. And yes I am on a certain 'team' so to speak.
  • Zuhang. The character himself is made to be hated and that's fine, that was not my issue. My issue comes from the hoe little the knowledge of him is. I enjoyed the beginnings of his tale but I felt like there could have been more substance to his depravity.

4.5 Quills

In truth, if it wasn't for this review needing to be up by a certain date I would probably be cozy-ed up in my room with some tea and my kindle reading book 2. You can expect a review of book 2 to go up shortly after this one as this is most definitely a series I look forward to following. This story is a gem and the author did a superb job writing it and creating this magical world you can fall into. And fall into it I did... Its a dive I look forward to taking again. (Pun intended) Once you've given the book a chance and read it, you'll understand my not so cleaver and not so funny pun ;)

About The Author 

Sarah Noffke writes YA sci-fi fantasy and is the author of The Lucidites Series.  She’s been everything from a corporate manager to a hippie. Her taste for adventure has taken her all over the world. If you can’t find her at the gym, then she’s probably at the frozen yogurt shop. If you can’t find her there then she probably doesn’t want to be found. She is a self-proclaimed hermit, with spontaneous urges to socialize during full moons and when Mercury is in retrograde. Sarah lives in Southern California with her family.

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