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Review: We Awaken by Calista Lynne

We Awaken by Calista Lynne
Series: Standalone
Genre: Young Adult | Fantasy | LGBT
Length: 180 pages
Published on 14th July 2016 by Harmony Ink
Purchase: Amazon | B&N | TBD
Calista Lynne: Website | Twitter | Goodreads
Received from author in exchange for an honest review.

Victoria Dinham doesn’t have much left to look forward to. Since her father died in a car accident, she lives only to fulfill her dream of being accepted into the Manhattan Dance Conservatory. But soon she finds another reason to look forward to dreams when she encounters an otherworldly girl named Ashlinn, who bears a message from Victoria’s comatose brother. Ashlinn is tasked with conjuring pleasant dreams for humans, and through the course of their nightly meetings in Victoria’s mind, the two become close. Ashlinn also helps Victoria understand asexuality and realize that she, too, is asexual.
But then Victoria needs Ashlinn’s aid outside the realm of dreams, and Ashlinn assumes human form to help Victoria make it to her dance audition. They take the opportunity to explore New York City, their feelings for each other, and the nature of their shared asexuality. But like any dream, it’s too good to last. Ashlinn must shrug off her human guise and resume her duties creating pleasant nighttime visions—or all of humanity will pay the price.

When Calista contacted me to offer a review copy of We Awaken I was beyond thrilled as I’d seen so much love for it already online and I’m very happy to say that it didn’t disappoint.

So here is a short and sweet review for a short and sweet book.

We Awaken follows Victoria. Victoria is a lesbian ballet dancer who’s facing hard times since her fathers passing, her brother hospitalised in a coma, and her mother being distant. But at least she still has dancing and the entrance exam for dance school soon.

She doesn’t really have any other focuses in life till she dreams about Ashlinn who is responsible for the good dreams everyone has. And she’s taken a special interest in Victoria.

How can one believe when they dream of a beautiful lady that they’re actually real? You wake up with the flower they gave you in your sleep that’s how.

What I liked about this book:
Ace and lesbian representation
Two girls falling in love with each other
Ashlinn helping Victoria to understand what asexuality is
Victoria finding out that she is asexual
The two girls figuring out together what asexuality means to them and accepting the outcome
Ashlinn leaving the dreams to be with Victoria
The fact self-harm isn’t rewarded but instead talked about and advised against
Teaching another person about asexuality and getting them to stop being rude about it
The dream-world and creativity of this whole concept
How the book itself read like a dream – quick, floaty, and cute
How Ashlinn helps Victoria to connect with her brother some more and find a way for the three of them to be happy

On writing my review its made me realise that there were a few aspects of the book I’d have liked more of. One of which is for the book itself to have been longer so I could’ve enjoyed it even more so, but so it could’ve also allowed for more world/dream building and to have gotten a better understanding of Ashlinn’s life before Victoria.

So even though I think this book still has areas it could improve on I still gave it five stars because it left me feeling so happy, smiley, and did everything I wanted it too at the time of reading. It filled that little asexual wlw hole in my heart (or bookshelf I guess). It was exactly the book I needed at the time of reading.

5 stars / 5 stars

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