Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Review: Wake Unto Me by Lisa Cach

WAKE UNTO ME  by Lisa Cach
Pub. Date: March 2011
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Format: Paperback , 304pp
Age Range: Young Adult
Source: Publisher (ARC)
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.

Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

27 comments:

Eli said...

Seems like everyone is enjoying this title. Great review! I can't wait to read it myself!

Chelsea B. said...

I love Lisa Cach's adult books and can't wait to try her YA! It sounds great!

abeautifulmadness said...

It looks really good. Ican't wait to read it

KimberlySue said...

I enjoy a book that keeps me guessing as well...keeps me interested throughout!

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melissasmeanderings said...

sounds like a book that pulls a lot of interesting elements together!

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YA Reader said...

Can't wait to read this book. Thanks for the review!

Jessy said...

Mystery, time travel, history and paranormal? Count me in! This has been on my TBR list for awhile, so I'm glad you enjoyed it.

Aydrea said...

Great review. I was interested in reading the book before, but your comparisons and thoughts really make me want to read it!

TheGirlOnFire said...

Really cool cover, I can't wait to read this myself.

Mflick1 said...

I need this book. it is that simple1

rachel said...

I cannot wait to read this book!!! It looks amazing!

Vivien said...

Excellent review. I've been curious about this one.

mendy said...

I love reading books that keep me guessing!

Allison said...

I love the cover and the review makes me want to read the book!

Jessica said...

The cover is definitely what grabbed my attention when I first heard/saw this book!

Jenny N. said...

It sounds like one book I would like for sure. I'm wondering if this books is going to be a series myself.

Lisa R/alterlisa said...

I love Cach's books and this one is a must for going on my wishlist.

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Ammy Belle said...

Hm ... I like the iddea of a book ending surprising you - I am too jaded these days, I need something with that kind of pull - so thanks for sharing! :)

Pokadots1121 said...

This seems amazing. Can't wait to read it for myself.

Lynn Marie said...

Definitely on my to-read shelf!

Lasha said...

Great review, you really describe the book and now im more than ever excited to read it. thank you for this cool giveasway!

Lasha

Sophia said...

Great review! Very, very interesting book. I hope I can read it soon! :)

Sophia

Kayla said...

Wow! This book sounds really good. It sounds very different from most YA novels so I think it'll be a nice change. I'd love to read it! Is it going to be a series? Awesome review by the way! You describe it in such great detail that it has me really wanting to read it even more. :)

latishajean said...

Great review I really want to read this book been hearing about it! I really love the cover too!

Allison said...

Ooh this looks great!! And also, the cover is adorable!

AML said...

Mystery, romance and colorful characters are the best read!The book says it all.Good review.

AML said...

Mystery, romance and colorful characters are the best read!The book says it all.Good review.

 

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