RELEASE DAY REVIEW by Lorna: Awake by Natasha Preston (@natashavpreston , @Mollykatie112)

22881022Don’t miss the latest gripping, high-stakes thriller from Wattpad sensation Natasha Preston, author of the runaway hit The Cellar.

Of course, the dress was white. This is what I’m supposed to die in, I thought. Not many people knew what their last outfit would be.

I pulled it over my head. It fit me perfectly. It had long, loose fitting sleeves, a modest neckline, and waves of material on the skirt. I hated it.

There were no shoes, and I was afraid I’d have to run through the forest barefoot but there weren’t a lot of options. Besides, I’d run barefoot over a bed of nails to get away.

“Scarlett, are you ready?” he called.

I looked in the mirror and took a deep breath. Time to fight for my life.

Scarlett Garner doesn’t remember anything before the age of four-until a car accident changes everything. She starts to remember pieces of a past that frighten her. A past her parents hid from her…and a secret that could get her killed.


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by Natasha Preston


Young Adult

Sourcebooks Fire

Publication Date:
August 4, 2015



When I pick out a book to read, I try to find ones that I will enjoy. I don’t ever think, I will read that one so I can pick it apart. That said, I am going to say I am sorry right now because I really had problems with this book. I received a copy of this from the publisher by way of Net Galley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Scarlet is a fifteen year old girl living in England. She can’t remember the first four years of her life due to a house fire. I can’t remember that much of mine either, for what it’s worth. She meets a new boy in her class, Noah, and falls hard for him. Inst-love and all that. Only Noah isn’t who he seems, and he doesn’t have the best intentions towards her. Scarlet starts trying to find out what happened to her when she was three(almost 4) because her parents and brother sure aren’t telling her. After a car accident, she starts having flashes of memories from that time period. Not sure why that would bring on the memories since it has nothing to do with what happened to her.

First things first. If you can, don’t read the blurb because it pretty much ruined the read for me due to hinting at the future in the book. I kept waiting for it to happen, and I didn’t enjoy that. The first part of the book was the best part (if there is a best part)of the read for me. It’s really a romance between Scarlet and Noah-even though Noah is not supposed to fall for her, he does. The story was told by both Scarlet and Noah’s point of view and that was a good thing for me-otherwise I would have dnf’d it early on. That’s because I was able to, at times, like Noah, and I am sure I wouldn’t have, had I only had Scarlet’s side of the story. And Noah does have a story-a pretty strange one, and one that I won’t go into due to spoilers.

The second part of the book is where the story really fell apart for me. The circumstances that Scarlet finds herself in were nothing short of horrific. The explanation for the circumstances fell short for me, and really should have had more of an explanation-other than, they are all crazy. When Noah is almost killed in one part, it really stopped making sense. Brainwashing? Mass hypnosis? Can a group of people all be crazy?

I liked the friendship(not romance) between Scarlett and Noah-when he wasn’t being a liar. I liked some of the periperal characters, in the first part of the book, at least. They weren’t as well realized as Scarlett and Noah were, however. So I did have parts I did enjoy.

I really wanted to like and enjoy this read. In the end, I just felt like I had read a really different, but so-so book, and wished it had been better. Don’t get me wrong, the author can write-that’s not in dispute-I just wanted the story to delve a bit deeper into some of the circumstances told about. I also think that Scarlet acted way too old for her age. I put myself into her shoes and thought no, that’s not how I would react at that age. And while we are on the subject of age, I don’t think this book is a young adult book at all. The subject matter is what nightmares are made of in my opinion. Just creepy and unrealistic, and not in a paranormal way.

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The review copy of this book was obtained from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.


About Natasha Preston

8-4-2015 10-38-59 AMMy name is Natasha, but most people call me Tash or Tasha. I don’t mind either. I was born in England and have lived in small towns and villages out in the countryside ever since.

My husband, Joseph, is the most supportive person in my life. Without his love, help and patience I wouldn’t be where I am today. And this website wouldn’t exist! I’m a proud mummy to an amazing little boy who is my whole world.

At school I drifted through, achieving average grades. I fell into administration and receptionist jobs, thinking that I couldn’t really do anything else.

In 2010 I stumbled into writing completely by accident. I was searching the ‘app store’ and came across Wattpad, an amateur writing site. For the first few months I just read, but then decided to type some of the ideas I had floating around my head. I’m so glad I did because I absolutely love writing. 

Writing gave me an escape, and Wattpad gave me the self-confidence I lacked.

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