Before I even get into this review, can we just take a couple minutes to admire this gorgeous cover? When Calista emailed me a request to review this book, my second sentence in the reply was about this cover. I am seriously in love! ❤ ❤ ❤
Victoria Dinham doesn’t have much left to look forward to. Since her father died in a car accident, she lives only to fulfill her 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 comatose brother. Ashlinn is tasked with conjuring pleasant dreams for humans, and through the course of their nightly meetings in Victoria’s mind, the two become close. Ashlinn also 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 assumes human form to help Victoria make it to her 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 her human guise and resume her duties creating pleasant nighttime visions—or all of humanity will pay the price.
We Awaken touched my heart. I knew the basic definition of asexuality before I started reading, but it did not prepare me for how Calista was going to handle it.
Due to the nature of this issue, I did read a few reviews before I actually read the book. Which is something I honestly never do! Some were not so good, others were good. I knew I had no choice but to pick it up. However, I was going to regardless. Haha.
I loved Victoria. I had no problems with her whatsoever. I liked that she went her own way, and my heart broke for her during certain parts. But oh my. Ashlinn. I loved her from the moment I saw her (if that’s possible!). She wasn’t just a dream genie. She was a goddess, in every way. Ashlinn knew what and who she was, and never gave it a second thought. I like how she helped Victoria to branch out and discover new things.
I liked the development of both characters, more Victoria than Ashlinn. However, I don’t think they were as complex as they could have been. I would have loved to see more about Victoria and her identity struggles. I also liked how Calista wove world-building into her writing. I wish there would have been more on Semira, because I feel like she was a huge part of the build up of the story, there wasn’t much on her.
Overall, this was a great debut novel! I can’t wait to see how Calista grows as an author.
This was a book that made me realize how many straight books I read. I need to read more LGBQT books!!!!!! I need to branch out my tastes. So if you have recommendations, pass them along!
Calista Lynne is a perpetual runaway and glitter addict who grew up on the American East Coast and is currently studying in London. She is having difficulty adjusting to the lack of Oxford commas across the pond and writes because it always seemed to make more sense than mathematics.
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So be honest. This was my first asexual book. What did you guys think?!
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