Awoken by Sarah Noffke
Release Date: November 24, 2014
Publisher: One-Twenty-Six Press
Genre: YA Fantasy/Paranormal
Book Summary (Goodreads):
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?
Awoken by Sarah Noffke was an exciting fast paced novel. It follows the story of Roya whom is part of a secret society called the Lucidites that can essentially dream walk. Roya is chosen by the Lucidites to be their champion in conquering the evil villain.
I enjoyed how the author begins the story and how we are immediately thrown into everything that is going on. I will admit it was a little confusing to follow at first, but once I understood it was hard to put down. I enjoyed how many twists and turns this book had and that things were happening that I wasn’t expecting to happen. It was a welcome surprise to this genre of literature! Sometimes novels like this can be so predictable, but I loved how this book wasn’t.
At moments in the book I felt that Roya seemed very immature, but I had to remind myself that she’s only sixteen and that’s typically how a sixteen year old would act in those situations.
I really enjoyed the world building, the character building, and the plot of Awoken. I found it interesting and intriguing. I wasn’t a fan of the love triangle but I feel like everything else in the story was more than enough to balance out what I didn’t like about it. I didn’t feel like the main love interests were very likable characters and I definitely felt like she could do better than them. But the love triangle wasn’t a major part of the story and so it didn’t disappoint me as much as it might have if it had been a huge part of the book.
I also enjoyed how descriptive the author was with the dream walking scenes. It was very imaginative and made you feel like you were there experiencing it yourself.
I loved the ending! I thought it was super epic, and I’m a huge fan of epic endings!
All in all I think Awoken is an excellent read! I look forward to reading the sequel.
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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