Monday, June 6, 2011

Awake by Wendy Raven McNair.

Ok, so last night I finished reading the second instalment of Wendy Raven McNair's Asleep trilogy, "Awake".

It is SO GOOD. I love Adisa, she shines in a sea filled with selfish stupid YA heroines as a beacon of all that is good, and she's NOT a mary sue. A feat only a few writers can pull off.

I like that even when she's overwhelmed with adversity, overcome in one of her "rages", with everyone around her man-handling her, or keeping her in the dark, or basically using her for their own purposes, she still manages to think, to keep her priorities straight, to never lose sight of what she wants.
And when she makes mistakes she realizes them and she does her best to make it better, to apologize, to learn from the experience.
She doesn't lie to herself, even when she compartmentalizes, like Pearl.

Speaking of Pearl. OMG. I kind of figured Adisa would have to go to extremes to get out of Kubanza, but gosh, when the moment came... it had me in tears!
Also, I'm having a hard time making the Sps as the bad guys, as Adisa seemed determined to do in the beginning. It's not just "cultural differences" that separates earthbounds from them. It's so much more. It's gonna be pretty interesting reading how Adisa will make sense of both her heritages merged in herself, which is what I think will have to come next (after she saves Micah, of course, LOL).

And Micah *melts* that boy- sorry, that man... how dreamy can he be? even with the Sp. creepiness- sorry, cultural differences... LOL. I was starting to mourn when he became Guardian and the whole permanent shield, and then he goes and kisses Adisa like he used to... AWWWW!!!
Ok, that felt a bit like forced HEA, but the kids deserve it, dammit!
I mean, The Authorities making an exception just for him? it sounds too good to be true if you ask me, suspicious.

Anyway. This series rocks. That's the bottom line. Thank you dear niece for sharing it with me *hugs* ♥♥♥

P.D.: LOL, I'm ashamed to say... that I'm gonna have to google King Musa, just like Adisa. Oh, and the "cinnamon balls" joke, still cracks me up like a juvenile.


  1. No clue who King Musa was. lol.

    It's not juvenile. "Cinnamon balls" is hilarious. Especially how he makes her ask for them. ROFLMAO. Micah, can I have your delicious cinnamon balls.

    The biggest cultural difference that was like..."Oh. Ew" was the bathroom thing.

    I love how she aged them without giving it to us like idiots. "Four years later". I clearly knew the entire time they were in that world that time inside wasn't passing as time outside. Which brings me to my next point. I felt bad for her aunt and uncle and sisters. Too have someone mess with your mind for four years. How's Adisa going to cope? What type of memories were planted in their heads? I'm glad she admitted that she messed up by trying to look for her birth parents when the ones who really mattered where there all along.

  2. Right! I'm guessing the mindbenders must have made Adisa's family believe she got a special scholarship or something... but really, you're right... 4 years! I also knew Cyrus was messing with Adisa's mind regarding the time, but wow. She's been cheated of 4 years of her normal life.
    I hope Fred, Opal and the twins are fine though... it would be heartbreaking if something happened to them.
    And Avery, that kid was so cool, I wonder what happened with him.

    ROTFL! I believe the quote is: Micah, may I please have your sweet cinnamon balls.
    God! That had me in hysterics.

    Anyway, if this was VOX I would have uploaded a song that reminded me of Awake:
    Weatherman by Arco.
    Falling in love's like falling asleep
    just got to turn your mind off
    should be enough to know you'll be free
    from all that you're terrified of

    and i think i understand the cause of this confusion
    to want something so bad but know it's all

    if only love's gonna bring relief
    does happiness justify belief?
    only one way out of the game
    a weatherman doesn't feel the rain

    falling in love's a meeting of needs
    attraction and then collision
    should be a pull everyone heeds
    not all this indecision

    and i think i understand the cause of this confusion
    to want something so pure but know it's all

    if only love's gonna bring relief
    does happiness just defy belief?
    only one way out of the game
    a weatherman doesn't feel the rain