Google+ Reading Teen: DNF Review: AWAKE by Natasha Preston

Friday, September 11, 2015

DNF Review: AWAKE by Natasha Preston

Reviewed by Sara

by Natasha Preston
Paperback: 336 pages
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire (August 4, 2015)
Language: English
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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. 
I was very excited when I received this ARC to read and review. I will admit, the cover drew me in and made me that much more excited. Sadly, that excitement was very short lived when I made it 35 pages before I put this book down forever. I do not regret this decision.

There was so much potential and promise for the story line but the author failed terribly to deliver. The premise is that 16-year-old Scarlett had a major accident at a young age and cannot remember anything before the age of 5. Uh, what? How much of your life do you remember before the age of 5? Is it honestly that big of a deal? Scarlett seems to think that it is. In walks Noah. Noah is the new boy at school and he seems to only have eyes for Scarlett. These two have insta-love on page 2. PAGE 2. I almost closed the book then, and probably should have. I pushed onward hoping the story would get better. It never, ever did. Noah starts to ask very personal questions of Scarlett on the first day of meeting her. They soon become inseparable and after knowing each other one month, she confesses her love for Noah. Scarlett said her dream in life (now) was to go to college and she & Noah move to a farm to live happily ever after. That is pretty much where I tapped out of the book. It was so over the top and far-fetched that I could not put myself through that misery any longer.

The characters were not developing at all and I found myself not caring what they were doing. I did not connect with this story at all. The story jumped all over the place and there were gaps in time with no explanation of what took place. This was such a poorly delivered story that I was actually relieved when I stopped reading. I do not know anyone I would recommend this book. Please, do yourself a favor and pass on this story. It will only leave you confused and wondering why you picked it up at all.

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