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"Exchange For An Honest "for an onest Thank you to the author and the publisher for allowing me this opportunity to read it in advanceCalista Lynne s We Awaken follows the story of Victoria Dinham who is still very much struggling to deal with the aftermath of the accident that took the life of Fire on the Water her father and puter brother in a coma a year ago Things get a little strange when Victoria is paid a visit in Once Upon an Eid her dreams by Ashlinn who claims toave a message from Ten Doors Down her comatose brother Victoria findserself drawn to this dream girl and finds that their nightly meetings are what she looks forward to most As the two girls grow close Ashlinn The Perfect Girlfriend helps Victoria realize that she is asexual and giveser the much needed *support and knowledge to deal with this revelation *and knowledge to deal with this revelation er sexuality
WE AWAKEN EXISTS IN A LITERARY WORLD WHERE ASEXUALITY Awaken exists in a literary world where asexuality largely ignored in this way Calista Lynne as written an incredibly important novel about a community which is severely underrepresented in literature I Moving Targets (Spider Shepherd: SAS Book 2) have very conflicting feelings about this novel but I m sure of one thing if you are not aware of what asexuality is and want to know this novel is an accurate while entertaining means to get this information In some places it almost read like an Asexuality 101 textbook and while the integration felt a little clunky in the larger context of the story it did the job I now feel like Iave a tentative grasp on the basics of asexuality and can maybe even explain it to someone who is completely unfamiliarI used the word textbook above but I ROMANCE have to point out that unlike textbooks We Awaken is beautifully written Lynne s writing is the perfect midpoint between being too simplistic and too flowery the result is a novel that is both fast paced entertaining and can offer beautiful language as wellBut alas the writing techniue and the subject matter are perhaps the only things that worked Before going into this novel I was under the impression that Victoria s asexuality would seamlessly integrate into a novel about loss family and love But in truther asexuality is largely at the forefront which in itself is not a negative at all What is a negative is that there was so much going on Chosen for Greatness her father s death ander brother s coma was largely brushed aside when Ashlinn came into the picture so much so that when the topic of them was brought up Eyes off the Prize The United Nations and the African American Struggle for Human Rights 19441955 here and there I uestioned its genuineness We Awaken is an amalgamation of contemporary and paranormalalf reads like one genre Rescued by Tordin (Olodian Alien Warrior, half reads like the other Again I did not think the two complemented each other While in the paranormal areas the issues of the contemporary world were largely forgotten and vice versa Sometimes I felt as if I was reading two different books instead of one cohesive well balanced storyWhich brings me to the topic of pacing Now We Awaken is a very short novel Goodreads tells me that the page count is 180 pages But 180 pages is still a good number to tell a story with all the details that matter Lynne chose to focus on the scenes that felt rather unimportant considering all that was going on in Victoria s life These scenes couldave been eliminated to make way for The First Mistake heartfelt scenes between Ashlinn and Victora build up because I felt that their romance was rushed and very insta lovey More time couldave been spent on Victoria dealing with Shell Beak Tusk her family And time could be spent on an issue dealing with mental illness that was tossed aside as a plot point I cannot say for the risk of spoilersBut despite my problems with the storytelling aspect of the novel I do think that this is a book worthy of being read if not only for the subject matter it deals with It was perfectly enjoyable while also giving its readers some much needed truths so I would still recommend it to readers especially those who look further than entertainment and look to learn something concrete from what they readBook Blog Twitter Instagram Tumblr This wasn t bad but I m kinda glad to be done with it Victoria and Ashlinn are incredibly cute together and it s great to see a protagonist go from feeling broken to being confident iner asexuality but wow do I wish I did not The Adventurers have to go through so much ace antagonism to get aappy ending This includes constant dismissal and Mommy on Board Unspoken Confessions Bride Overboard the Suire's Daughter hate from Victoria s best friend it shifts into i cannot possibly understand this weirdness but whatever if it makes youappy towards the very end and another antagonist tw for sexual assault in the spoiler tagview spoilerforcing Victoria and Ashlinn to witness Victoria assaulting Ashlinn in the dream state ide spoiler I was interested in this book because of the gorgeous cover but mostly because it focus on something that s not really portrayed or even talked about in any media asexuality I read this book very uickly which means I was definitely entertained the writing is beautiful and overall this novel is a really nice read unfortunately although there were many good pointsmoments in this book I can t say I really cared for the plot I feel like it needed a few pages to really ave some depth som. Victoria Dinham doesn’t Effective Academic Writing 3: The Essay have much left to look forward to Sinceer father died in a car accident she lives only to fulfill er dream of being accepted into the Manhattan Dance Conservatory But soon she finds another reason to look forward to dreams when she encounters an otherworldly girl named Ashlinn who bears a message from Victoria’s com. Mporary novel just make Ashlin a real person
and remove the dreamworld it would ave been so amazing A contemporary book about an asexual Ballerina discovering remove the dreamworld it would ave been so amazing A contemporary book about an asexual Ballerina discovering Now doesn t that sound perfect But that just ain t so More things to consider I think this book could become so much if it s made into a longer book I mean it s a fantasy book they re meant to be long because details and premise and back stories I want to know about Semira And it would Perdido Street Station have been great toave parts about Reeves and Victoria together as kids also Victoria and uit Drinking Easy Ways To uit Drinking For A Healthier Happier and More Motivated Life Without Alcohol Book 1 her father Her relationship wither mother could ve been better explored There s just so much potential with this story that it feels incomplete somehow But that s just me Hey some people loved this book I ve seen some 5 star reviews Maybe I just Duty haveigh expectations now But I did like the book even with all its flaws The cover of this books is so so beautiful and I m appy to say that everything inside of this book is beautiful too If you re looking for a book to elp your understanding of asexuality or would like to broaden your mind you NEED to pick this book up Calista Lynne writes this story in a great easy way to Dreamland. Adventures in the Strange Science of Sleep help the reader understand asexuality ander writing is amazing It s the kind of book you can read in one sitting The writing is easy and poetic at the same time making it a great page turning book that you ll never want to put down Although I liked the characters I didn t manage to get attached to any of them The romance fell a little flat to me too The book is small and I understand that there isn t a lot of pages to dedicate to building up the relationship between the two main characters Ashlinn and Victoria but I found that some parts of this book The Food Explorer The True Adventures of the Globe Trotting Botanist Who Transformed the American Dinner Table had too much detail and others not enough In this case their relationship However I did still thoroughly enjoy this book and Iighly recommend it4 out of 5 stars Thanks to Netgalley and Harmony Ink Press for providing the ARC in exchange for an The Princes Scandalous Wedding Vow honest reviewIt is reallyard for me to write a proper review for this bookFirst of all I Thru Hiking Will Break Your Heart have to admit that I wanted to read this book especially because of its go My video review can be foundere was sent an arc to review from the author I want to thank Calista Lynne for the wonderful opportunity to review Women's Liberation and the African Freedom Struggle her debut novel All thoughts and opinions are my own The artistic prose Lynne paints with introduces us to a female sandwoman Ashlinn who shows us the beauty in dreams as well as the beauty lifeas offer Our main
protagonist victoria asVictoria as experienced a traumatic life altering event While working through that preparing for college she also struggles with The Power of the Internet in China her sexual identity Ashlinn explains that she identifies as asexual andas Victoria look up what that means This techniue seems like info dumping for the reader but at the same time it s important to understand this sexuality outside of the narrative as well I felt it was very informative and now I understand than I ever did when looking it up on my own This being the first book I ve read with an asexual protagonist makes me realize ow much representation is needed in all genres Some friends ave recently identified as asexual and said that if they ad resources like this when they were growing up they would ave been able to understand themselves better This book reinforces the fact that everyone deserves a chance to be understood and everyone looks for love in their own ways but that we are all deserving of the love we desire Calista Lynne s writing is breath taking and addictive Each chapter and scene feels like viewing the next arrangement in an art show They are all cohesive but most of all meaningful and thought provoking I enjoyed the fast paced plot line as well as several of the characters Victoria as a character wasn t my favorite because there were several decisions that she made that were really selfish but at the same time she was very relatable The dream seuences were beautiful and I want Ashlinn to visit and paint through my dreams This book reminded me of Scott Westerfeld s Afterworlds in the sense that the reader is diving into the dream world of the character and the Ff romance is swoon worthy I loved the dream world and magic in this book It was a really interesting concept I thought the education of asexuality by an asexual character to another non identified asexual character was a great way to open up this dialogue and get the reader understanding that education on all sexualities is something that should be learned by all As someone who falls under the ace spectrum I was really looking forward to reading this book Unfortunately I was left disappointed Great asexual representation and explicitly explains what asexuality is through the lens of the protagonist who is asexual Beautiful dreamlike writing befitting of the stories tone and themes Despite its very short length the overarching story was very very lacking and boring It was difficult to feel invested in the story and the characters My advice read for the representation or to understand asexuality better but don t expect a riveting story. M to Caveman Alien's Trap Caveman Aliens help Victoria make it toer dance audition They take the opportunity to explore New York City their feelings for each other and the nature of their shared asexuality But like any dream it’s too good to last Ashlinn must shrug off The New World Spanish/English, English/Spanish Dictionary (El New World Diccionario espaol/ingls, ingls/espaol) (Spanish and English Edition) heruman guise and resume Do Better her duties creating pleasant nighttime visions or all ofumanity will pay the pric. ,
E scenes could be added and little plot points would seem much realistic everything the romance the protagonist career interests and Takdir: Gundala The Official Movie Adaptation her family problems seemed rushed and I don t really see the point for thateven so this is a great first book and I can see a lot of potential in it I would also definitely recommend it to anyone interested in learning about asexuality there s a lot of good and valuable info about itfull reviewere Things I loved about this book The main character and the main character s love interest are both asexual The cover There are excellent explanations of asexuality without it feeling like an infodump The dream elements of the story were fascinatingThings I was confused about with this book How old Victoria s brother was supposed to be I mean IELTS General Training Academic Study Guide he ser YOUNGER brother so Get IELTS Band 9.0 in Academic Writing Task 1 Data, Charts Graphs he s 17 at the oldest And a lot of the time it read likee was meant to be 14 16 But at other times it seemed like Public Relations he was 7 or 8 So basically any timee was discussed I was trying to work out So What Are You Going to Do with That?: Finding Careers Outside Academia, Third Edition how olde was and failing constantly Why there were so many random side plots Likewhy was there the whole ballet audition side plot when we never find out the outcome Why was there the going with Ellie to get a tattoo side plot Why was there the go to Ellie s for a sleepover side plot Considering the book is less than 180 pages all of these felt like they distracted from the main story and made it feel slightly undeveloped Seriously why the Ugly Child Skylark Child Abuse True Stories Book 3 hell was this so short It could easilyave been doubled in length and the dreaming stuff the romance the friendships the comatose brother and the ballet side of things could all Hang Loose Without Booze have been fleshed out in much depth Things I wasn t really a fan of The romance Don t get me wrong I LOVE that it s a FF relationship between two asexual characters I love that there s no pressure to take things further that Ashlinn wants Victoria to find out what she likes and what she doesn t like iner own time BUT The book was so short that it felt very much like instalove And Victoria goes from Oh shit I guess I m asexual to Ew kissing is gross to We should shower together so I can wash your naked body in the space of about 10 20 pages andit felt too fast Ellie Yes Challenges and Findings in Measuring the Behavioral Determinants of Obesity in Children in Europe her reaction to Victoria s asexuality is realistic But I m not entirely convinced that any teenage girl would go Oh my best friendas a girlfriend now COOL I CAN TELL THE STORY ABOUT THIS GUY I SLEPT WITH WHO HAD WEIRD KINKS INVOLVING KNIVES Um Nooooo Keep that shit to yourself girl Especially when you re telling the story to two people who ve LITERALLY JUST TOLD YOU THEY RE ASEXUAL So yeah I loved the diversity I really enjoyed the fantasy elements to the story And I liked the writing But I suspect I would Rahasia Makrifat Nabi Khidir a.s. have enjoyed it MUCH if itad been a 300 page book rather than a 173 page book Finished reading June 27th 2016 You
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than just gayjust gay straight A copy of this book was kindly provided to me by Netgalley and Harmony Ink Press in exchange for an Tail of the Dragon Collector's Edition: Complete Series, Books 1-10 honest review Thank you view spoilerI was immediately intrigued when I first saw the cover and read the blurb so when I was able to get a review copy at Netgalley I decided to read We Awaken straight away This novel by Calista Ly First of all just look at that beautiful cover andow gorgeous it would look just sitting on your shelf I got an e ARC from the author in exchange for an CUISINE BORDELAISE, LES GRANDS CLASSIQUES CHAHUTES honest review and when Ieard that this book was a fantasy with asexual characters and something about the dream world I couldn t resist reading it right away And it wasn t that long so didn t take me much time either Now as to what I think about this book my thoughts are conflicted So I m just going to lay it all out for you Positive points I like the main character Victoria and La photographie au reflex numrique pour les Nuls, grand format, 6e dition how she s written a little confused and self conscious She isn t that open or fun loving but consideringer father died and brother is in a coma it s acceptable Also she s a ballerina and trying to discover Paha Mulus dan Indah her sexuality I think I ve never read a book about asexuals I didn t even know that was a thing before It s a uniue concept that adds to the charm of the book Ellie is my absolute fav She s outgoing kinda crazy best friend who speakser mind And so what if she didn t understand asexuality at first I didn t either Negative points Unanswered uestions and not so well built world The dreamworld and the concept of Salvage the Bones having two people responsible for making dreams and nightmares seems fine But they re are too many missing pieces that weren t explained Likeow can Ashlin spend time in Victoria s dream and still be creating dreams for others How is she at so many places at the same time I mean the answer s obvious magic But I ate ow that topic didn t even come #up in the book And why did she pick Victoria out of all the people #in the book And why did she pick Victoria out of all the people be with Victoria s reasons for being with Ashlin seem understandable but we don t know anything about why Ashlin s doing all this Why the The Winter's Tale hell isn t there to this book It seems like a contemporary than a fantasy novel because of such a weak world building And if this book was really a conte. Atose brother Ashlinn is tasked with conjuring pleasant dreams forumans and through the course of their nightly meetings in Victoria’s mind the two become close Ashlinn also Gusto ko ng Pansit Ngayon helps Victoria understand asexuality and realize that she too is asexual But then Victoria needs Ashlinn’s aid outside the realm of dreams and Ashlinn assumesuman for. .