Caitlyn Monahan knows she belongs somewhere else. It's what her dead mother's note suggested, and it's what her recurring nightmares allude to. Desperate to flee these terrifying dreams—and her small town—she accepts a spot at a boarding school in France. Only, when she arrives, her nightmares get worse. But then there are her amazing dreams, so vivid and so real, with visits from an alluring, mysterious, and gorgeous Italian boy from the 1500s. Caitlyn knows they are soul mates, but how can she be in love with someone who exists only in her dreams? Then, as her reality and dream world collide, Caitlyn searches for the real reason why she was brought to this school. And what she discovers will change her life forever.
Cach combines elements of historical fiction, paranormal, and time travel into a captivating page turner. Caitlyn finds herself drawn to Château De La Fortune, a boarding school in France. For reasons unknown to Caitlyn, other things are at work around her. Soon Caitlyn’s uniqueness launches her into a whirlwind of adventure across the ocean. There are plenty of elements at work in this novel. I enjoyed how Cach tied Caitlyn’s abilities with time travel. WAKE UNTO ME is definitely a fresh breath of air in the YA paranormal genre!
There were quite a few mysteries that kept my thoughts churning. I always enjoy when a book can keep me guessing. The mysteries hidden within Château De La Fortune were certainly intriguing, topped with a dose of eeriness. Cach’s descriptions of Château De La Fortune were so vivid - I felt like I was walking alongside Caitlyn. I remember thinking at one point this book reminded me of “The Sixth Sense.” It was one of those ah ha moments which I really didn’t see coming at all. I enjoyed all of the characters and learning about the history behind Bianca De’ Medici. Raphael was a joy and like Caitlyn, I wished I could see more of him.
As the pages wound down plus not having a clue how the book would end, I kept wondering if Cach was going to make this into a series. I would love reading more about these characters. Overall, this book took me by surprise. It has a little bit of everything within its pages which are enough to keep you turning the pages to find out how it all wraps up.
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