ARC Review: Awake

Awake by Natasha Preston

Release date: August 4, 2015

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Scarlett doesn’t remember anything before the age of five. Her parents say it’s from the trauma of seeing her house burn down, and she accepts the life they’ve created for her without question—until a car accident causes Scarlett to start remembering pieces of an unfamiliar past.

When a new guy moves into town, Scarlett feels an instant spark. But Noah knows the truth of Scarlett’s past, and he’s determined to shield her from it…because Scarlett grew up in a cult called Eternal Light, controlled by her biological parents.

And they want her back.

Conceptually, this had promise. A girl in hiding from a nefarious cult – a lost princess (or prisoner) kind of story. Even the protagonist had her good moments – but nothing could lift my spirits after the terrible written start of the book. It literally just starts with the boy-meets-girl part – out of the blue, with no introduction to even the main protagonist. That is the moment I realized it is going to be one of those love stories – the co-dependent (no, the book is not forgiven for admitting it) type where the couple are glued at the hip. Even with a dual perspective, it was pointless, as the voices weren’t distinct enough until much later in the book.

The new guy, is basically, a honey pot. He has been sent to lure her away from her parents – which considering him being a few years older than her, didn’t sit right with me. Secondly, her parents are the stupidest people to ever go on the run – who keeps their real names when they are running from a murderous group of people? No amount of moving around can protect you enough if you aren’t even doing the basics of going off grid. And then they weren’t even suspicious of this new family whose lifestyle resembled that of the cult – the organic, healthy eating, love for outdoors, and aversion to processed foods. It’s like they were dangling her on a rope to be kidnapped. The cult, meanwhile, only was there to be the crazy group of people – no explanation given as to why they were suddenly into human sacrifice.

Besides the main girl, who actually wasn’t a doormat and didn’t take shit, there was nothing actually going for this book. Sigh, when will I find a good witness protection type story?

Received a free galley from Sourcebooks Fire via Netgalley; this does not affect my opinions or review.

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