Awoken Paperback – 19 Aug 2013
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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
Top Customer Reviews
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!
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.
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Also the book was so romantic! I want my own Riley! Does he come on a pillow?Published 2 days ago by Elizabeth Simpson
Well worth a read, not just for YA paranormal romance fans, but everyone. I found it impossible to put down.Published on 31 May 2014 by Suzanne Ordish
Move over Bella and Edward, Andi and Riley have you beat!
I mean their romance is so much more forbidden, y'know? He's so unlike her. He needs to destroy the world. Read more
It would be hard not to sea what an amazing book this is, the first page just hooks you right in. To be pacific,Sera Ellison is one of the new literary greats! Read morePublished on 28 Mar. 2014 by Rebecca Yearling
I picked this up expecting to be entertained by awfulness and it followed through. Andi Slate is the bitchiest little brat of a teenage girl that I've encountered since Twilight,... Read morePublished on 23 Feb. 2014 by Becca
It was a gift for someone I love and she loved the book, so I love it too. It's just a love wave that hit us.Published on 16 Oct. 2013 by Nick
A faint musk of crispy crème to be precise and that alone was enough for me to bump this book up a star. Read morePublished on 18 Sept. 2013 by Sarah
Don't come into this book if you're not ready for the brilliance that is Serra Elinsen, the way she builds up characters and keeps the story so exciting. Read morePublished on 16 Sept. 2013 by S. Phythian