About SamiK

I'm a Library Director for a small(ish) Texas town with a desire to share my love of books and the library with my community.

Currently, I am working towards my MLS (Master of Library Science) from Texas Woman's University (my alma mater!).

When I'm not treading through a pile a school work and work work, I make precious memories with both my handsome men at home. Whether we are playing with the sand between our toes, making a campfire, or just taking in a movie at home, every moment is unique.

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February 21, 2013

Review: As I Wake by Elizabeth Scott

Well I found this draft that I never posted. In September 2011 I reviewed Living Dead Girl by Elizabeth Scott (found here). From that moment I was captured by her style of writing and the subjects of her novels. Over a year later I picked up another of her books in hopes of a successful repeat. What I found was much of a surprise.


Goodreads summary:
"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:
Either you will love this book, placing it on your top reads list and sharing it with everyone OR you will hate it, finishing it if you are lucky. The concept of As I Wake (dystopian/romance, amnesiac main character passing between two worlds not knowing which is real) was an interesting idea that intrigued from the get go (I love me some dystopian/romance!!!). I have two problems with this novel (spoiler!):
1) The setting - The dystopic future was not explained in enough detail. I understand that the main character is "dreaming" as we learn more about it, but there could have been more information provided.
2) The sappy ending - don't get me wrong, I love happy endings. BUT, this book was satisfyingly complete with the second to last chapter. Come on Ms. Scott! The entire book sets you up for the sad ending, not the "and they live happily ever after" one you left us with!
Aside from this I was definitely pleased with what I read and would recommend it to most readers of dystopian YA novels.

I'm about to start reading Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. I know, I know, I know. I never made it past book four so I haven't watched the movies past then as well. I want to complete the series!


Ann@Blogging-Profits-Unleashed said...

This was one of the weirdest books I have read. Interesting but written strangely as well. I really liked this book but at the same time I kinda disliked it as well.

My Full Bookshelf Reviews said...

Hello, I have nominated you for a liebster award.

Sell textbooks said...

I will have to check this book out. It sounds interesting and I do like strange off the wall reads. Nice review, thank you.

Petra Poet said...

Sounds interesting. I'll read an excerpt and see if it's for me.

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IT WAS AMAZING!!!! You should be at the book store right now buying it! :)
I really liked it. You should def check it out and give it a shot
It was ok. At least read the synopsis on the back.
Eh....It was alright. It's borrow from a friend material.
Leave it on the shelf!!


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