Saturday, August 1, 2015

Awake by Natasha Preston

 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. 

Stay tuned for ranting and general negativity towards this book... Don't say I didn't warn you.

I have no idea what I just read. I was so excited when I was approved for this one on Netgalley... I read The Cellar, also by this author, and I really loved it. It was a thriller filled with kidnap and murder... just the kind of book that I love. It was also kind of dark, which is an added bonus. All of the things that were amazing in that book were missing in this one.

The very first thing that ruined the book for me was the insti-love. I HATE INSTILOVE!!!!! I cannot say this enough. I'm generally okay with love triangles but for some reason love at first sight just bugs the heck out of me. It's not realistic and sends the wrong message to teens that are reading these books. The relationships are so unhealthy and I can't stand it.

Noah was by far the worst character. I could not believe that Scarlett would fall "in love" with him. He had as much personality as a cardboard box, and I could see his secret from the beginning. I hated him and after the huge plot twist (if you could even call it that) I couldn't believe that it worked out with him and Scarlett. What a jerk.

Scarlett was so naïve it drove me crazy. By the middle of the book I really didn't care what would happen to her since she got where she was by her dumb decisions. If she wouldn't have trusted Noah quite so much she might have avoided the situation that she ended up in. I did not feel sorry for her at all.

Plot holes, unevenly paced storyline... the writing in The Cellar was MUCH better. I hope that from now on the author will stick with writing thrillers since The Cellar was so good. If she does, I will forget I ever read this book and become a huge fan again. I would not recommend this. Reread The Cellar instead!

***An ARC was provided from Sourcebooks via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. This I have given in my review above.***

Thanks for reading!

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