Thursday, September 26, 2013

Review: Wake Unto Me - Lisa Cach

A haunted castle, a handsome young man dead for four hundred years, one heck of a scary portrait of a witch, and a treasure hunt -- not to mention a princess for a roommate! -- all await 15 year old American girl Caitlyn Monahan when she earns a scholarship to a French boarding school.

There are secrets behind the stone walls of Chateau de la Fortune, buried for centuries along with the mystery of who killed Raphael, the charming ghost who visits Caitlyn at night. But as Caitlyn unearths the history of the castle, nothing scares her as badly as the secret she learns about herself, and the reason she was chosen to come to the Fortune School.

And nothing breaks her heart as badly as falling in love with a dead guy.

Nice cover, right?


 I think it took me so long to review this because I felt so ambivalent about it. I wanted to like it, but...well...

Don't get me wrong, it's not a bad book. In fact, it was pretty good (I don't regret spending money on it, at least). But it grossly misrepresented itself. I thought I was reading a love story with a ghost, and what I got was a weird, paranormal mystery with plots and subplots and anti-plots and un-plots and re-plots and a lot of "What the flaming ostriches is going on here?"

Lisa Cach can write, or I would never have made it through this. But her descriptions tend to wander off without adult supervision and I had to skim several paragraphs about the historical details and layout of Chateau de la Fortune. There are a TON of secondary characters that probably should have either gotten bigger roles in the action or been dispensed with. The greater part of the book was so intricately laid out that the ending felt too easy and fell flat. This either should have been longer, or had a sequel to go along with it.

And that's pretty much it. I really don't have a lot to say about this one. Again, it wasn't bad, but it just didn't do much for me.

Your humble book nerd,

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