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Awoken Paperback – 19 Aug 2013

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Product details

  • Paperback: 324 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (19 Aug. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1491268727
  • ISBN-13: 978-1491268728
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.1 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 108,654 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Serra Elinsen lives in Trotwood Ohio with her husband and their five rambunctious children. She earned her degree in English literature from Dayton University. When she’s not packing lunches, playing chauffeur or writing, she is an avid matryoshka doll collector. www.serraelinsen.com www.Facebook.com/SerraElinsen Twitter: @SerraElinsen

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If you had told me that this book would beat Twilight at its own game, I'd have laughed in your face, then give you a wedgie.

However, I just am speechless, two chapters in and I'm already totally drawn by the writing, the characters, the mythos! It's a grand work of art, the book of a generation, no doubt! Vampires are so last season -- the Great Old Ones are here to stay and eat your heart (while stealing it) with their deep eyes, their Adonis physiques and their stilted Olde Englishe speech patterns.

Tentacles have never been this sexy!
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I read this, expecting it to be hilariously awful in the way that I found Twilight, or 50 Shades of Grey.

I was disappointed. It's actually good.

It's well written, the characters are compelling, and the plot is interesting, and well thought out.

I was disappointed that it wasn't awful, but still glad I read it. It's a surprisingly good read, even for me who is obviously not their target market -- a 21 year old man.

I'd wholly recommend Awoken to most people.
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Awoken is one of those novels that won't appeal to anyone. It's a self-aware parody of young adult paranormal romances with heavy lashings of Cthulhu mythos. Do these things appeal to you? If so, I could not recommend this book more!

The novel is played absolutely straight, gaining its humour from its knowing use of genre cliches. Special snowflake heroine who would die without her love: Check. Brooding and controlling supernatural beau: Check. Stereotyping: Check. Heavy handed referencing back to classic literature: My God, Check. The story is atypical, taking more than a little from the Twilight mould (although Elinsen reports that she dislikes her work being compared to Twilight). It captures the tone so well that it could almost be read straight - I do think that if you're unfamiliar with Lovecraft's work you might be fooled into thinking that this is a serious attempt at urban fantasy fiction.

The novel itself isn't really that accessible for people who haven't read The Call of Cthulhu as many of the characters and ideas that Elinsen references are not explained. If you're not familiar with the various monsters of Lovecraft's pantheon - a world of sleeping gods and doomsday cults - I think you'll have a hard time following this. If you are a fan, you need to be able to laugh at the ideas. This isn't a serious addition to the mythos and is riddled with errors (it seems that Elinsen perhaps intentionally didn't do her homework). It's just supposed to be taken for what it is - an absurdist concept.

The characters are really what sells this story, particularly the relationship between Andi and Riley as all other character development is pushed into the background.
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I've been reading paranormal romances since before Twilight was big and this one stands as one of the best out there! The writing and the story are both top notch!
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I knew going in that this wasn't a complete tongue-in-cheek parody, but my goodness, when I realised how self-aware this was about the tropes so commonly found in YA paranormal romances it was just comedy gold.

1.Mary-sue "I'm so painfully normal, but I guess I have big eyes and nice skin and am painfully skinny" lead
2.Mysterious "insert paranormal creature here" boy who is clearly making this a one-sided, controlling, abusive, relationship, (but he's just so dreamy and attractive and I know he's only kidnapping me for my own protection right?)
3.Loving parents and nice practically zero-note friends who constantly get shunned/abused/ignored by the main character because "They're the most important people in my life... but they just wouldn't understand the complications of my relationship with "insert paranormal creature here" who I've known for like a whole week, so I have to keep them in the dark for they're own good"
4.Characters you wish the novel was about but sadly only pop up in a few chapters... (see uncle Neil)

The weird thing was also how surprisingly well crafted the story was and how much work had clearly gone into making this blank slate of a character a true embodiment of the one-note idiot protagonists who dominate this genre.
This beautiful abomination of literature actually surpasses most of it's competitors "most notably Twilight" by actually having a plot... that kept going and doesn't just meander around with the characters doing nothing but talk with the protagonist being an idiot... well they do, but there are actually plot points throughout the novel... THERE IS A STORY HERE.
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If you're expecting twilight- then yeah the two main characters are definitely twilight.

And the rest of it wasn't.

It's so self aware it's brilliant and yet compared to the other stuff out there that is meant to be taken seriously- this is written so much better.

In fact if it wasn't for the twilight tropes in the main characters it would have been fantastic to read.

I really hope the author keeps going but runs away from twilight teen fiction paranormal romance and instead does just paranormal adventure in a modern world as I think she would have something.
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