Friday, November 12, 2010

Review: Awake by. Wendy Raven McNair

Title: Awake
Author: Wendy Raven McNair
Publication Date: September 20th 2010
Pages: 321
Genre: Supernatural/Romance
Rating: 9/10

 Synopsis from Goodreads: Adisa and Micah's saga continues as the young couple try to heal Micah on their own. Their repeated failures drive Adisa into a desperate but secret alliance with Micah's father and place a strain on the young couple's relationship that may drive them apart permanently. Adisa learns more about the super world, revealing just how alien they are, like their curious bathroom habits and disdain for earthbounds, which leads her to question if a life with Micah is possible. Victor, Micah's super twin, continues his pursuit of Adisa in hopes of fulfilling a prophecy predicting their union is the only way to save Micah's life.  As Adisa deals with the mounting challenges, threatening her relationship with Micah, she discovers her birth parents are alive and want to see her. Pearl, her earthbound mother, and Cyrus, the greatest super being in modern times, have been absent from Adisa's life since they abandoned her in a cotton field when she was only three years old. Does Adisa's reunion with her birth parents hold the key to Micah's cure or will it lead to his death?

Review:  Asleep, the first book in Wendy Raven McNair's YA  trilogy, was an incredible first book that set up the premise for an even better romance, and fantasy filled second book in Awake. It combines everything you would like in a great romance, coupled with fantasy elements that haven't been explored in any other book I have read before. 

The characters seem to come even more to life in this book, and their personalities start to blossom. Adisa in the first book was somewhat shyer when it came to her relationship with Micah, a common trait among female leads in YA books, a trait that Micah also had. But throughout this book you see them both begin to grow a backbone and find out what it means to love each other. The sacrifices, the promises, and what is at stake for their relationship and the people's lives who are involved. That was really how the romance was so stepped up in this book. It wasn't just the "I love yous" that showed the bond between Micah and Adisa, it was what was at stake for both of them and how they used it to make them grow closer together, and push the limits of what in the end they would be willing to do to save and be with the other.

The fantasy aspect was also amplified. It was taken to a whole new level. Slowly throughout the book facts and different theories about the whole Sp world is given out. And the way all that begins to turn together towards the end is awesome. Adisa is put into a situation that she has been dreaming about since we ended with her in Asleep, but now that she is there, she is being tested, experimented, and given a huge reality check on the decisions and choices she made to get there. Something else that I loved was how many of the minor characters in the last book or the beginning of this book took on a greater role. It made everything more suspenseful when it wasn't just Micah and Adisa at stake. The new friends, the old enemy's, everyone thrown into this world of not just good and evil, but trying to decipher the greater good over the worse evil.

This book was more than the unexpected, I have the dynamite romance between Adisa and Micah that I have been craving since I read the first book, but an even stronger plot line and character buildup that leave me in even more anticipation over the third book!

Recommendations: If you loved, or even liked the first book, you must read this one because it is that much better. And if you love supernatural romance, or anything fantasy, this book will most definitely satisfy your cravings. 
Overall: 9/10 

Characters: 10/10 
Plot: 10/10
Originality: 10/10 
Entertainment: 8/10 
Ending: 10/10 
Writing Style: 10/10 
Cover: 10/10


Melissa said...

Awesome review! Would you believe I've never heard of this book before? I'm definitely adding it to my TBR pile now :)

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