Monday, January 9, 2012

Review: As I Wake - Elizabeth Scott

  • Reading level:
  •  Ages 14 and up
  • Hardcover:
  •  224 pages
  • Publisher:
  •  Dutton Juvenile (September 15, 2011)

Ava is welcomed home from the hospital by a doting mother, lively friends, and a crush finally beginning to show interest. There's only one problem: Ava can't remember any of them - and can't shake the eerie feeling that she's not who they say she is.
Ava struggles to break through her amnesiac haze as she goes through the motions of high-school life, but the memories that surface take place in a very different world, where Ava and familiar-faced friends are under constant scrutiny and no one can be trusted. Ava doesn't know what to make of these visions, or of the boy who is at the center of them all, until he reappears in her life and offers answers . . . but only in exchange for her trust.

 My Thoughts...
I have never read anything by Elizabeth Scott, and usually I'm looking for books with paranormal creatures in them, but this was very very good. I spent a good part of this book very confused, but I feel that it was ok since Ava our main character was confused as well. She wakes up and doesn't know who or where she is, she remembers nothing. As the story continues Ava starts to remember things but they aren't of the place that she is now. She is either dreaming or remembering an alternate life. This was a compelling read, it kept me turning the pages to see if Ava remembered anything new. Ava while seeming to spend a great deal of the book confused was very likable and very easy to feel for. I really enjoyed uncovering Ava's past and watching her try to navigate the present. I give this one 4 stars and urge everyone to go pick it up!

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