The beautiful cover gave me high hopes for Natasha Preston’s latest Young Adult Mystery novel. I mean, talk about understated and compelling. Love that cover. Unfortunately, the book did not blow me away. I wanted to like it, but in the end I was just left with a mediocre impression.

AWAKE by Natasha Preston is about Scarlett, who can’t remember anything before the age of four. Which is kind of funny, since neither can I. Well I think I remember bits and pieces of my old house, but I’m not sure if that is from pictures…but it’s weird for Scarlett. But, Scarlett is your normal teen, even though she has a bit of memory problem.

Until a boy shows up and she befriends him, shows him around the school and confesses everything to him. Scarlett has no idea what her past holds, why this boy showed up–even though he seems weirdly fixated on her. But, that doesn’t matter, because he’s hot and they fall in love and now things get ALL kinds of crazy. Or I guess it is supposed to, because really it was just rather in the middle for me.

The plot just didn’t hold up under scrutiny. Things didn’t make sense, because the author forced them. You can’t just say something is weird and expect me to believe it. You have to make it really weird. This might have been a bit better if they author took a bit more time on the suspense and mystery of this novel and not on the teen angst and romance aspect.


Recommendations: For fans of young adult novels with a bit of mystery, you might enjoy this, but make sure you like character driven books that put more emphasis on the interaction than the plot.


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Awake by Natasha Preston – Young Adult Mystery

Awake by Natasha Preston

Published by Sourcebooks, Inc. on August 4th 2015
Genres: Thrillers & Suspense, Young Adult
Pages: 336
3 Stars

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.