We Awaken by Calista Lynne
2 out of 5 stars.
Goodreads Description: 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.
I can’t get over how beautiful the book cover is for We Awaken! I was sent an ARC of We Awaken from the author Calista in exchange for an honest review.
I have never read any books that dealt with asexuality or had asexual characters. I honestly had no idea what asexual was before reading this book. It is actually a really interesting subject and I was glad that I was able to learn more about it. The two main characters in this book, Victoria and Ashlinn are asexual.
I thought that the writing about asexuality was really well done and better helped me to understand what it is. I think this is a very important book, because you don’t see a lot out there on this subject. The story itself though, I can’t say I enjoyed it too much. It was very insta-love and I actually thought the romance was a little too much and too weird at times. Victoria would always refer to Ashlinn as “my girlfriend” instead of saying her name and I thought that was a little annoying and repetitive. I also felt that Victoria was extremely clingy and it made it hard for me to want to like her.
Victoria’s father died in a car accident and her brother is in a coma from that accident and I felt like that was completely pushed to the side most of the book. Victoria was way too worried about Ashlinn and their relationship. I know she was confused about her own life and sexuality though, so I guess I can understand a little bit. I got the vibe that she wasn’t really dealing with what happened to her father and brother very well.
Overall, I felt the story itself was really lacking. I didn’t love it and it was only an okay read for me. I would have loved to see more about the dream world. I did really like how the story ended. The things about asexuality were well written from what I could tell (like I said, I didn’t know anything about it until reading this book) and it can definitely help you to understand the subject a little better. I know I have a better understanding about it after reading. I would recommend it reading it even if it’s just to get a better understanding about asexuality. This book wasn’t for me, but you may love it; so I wouldn’t count it out.
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