Anew: book one Awakened Josie Litton
I hated it, then I loved it, then hated it and then loved it – or maybe I loved it first then hated it. Not sure…
This book is a bit of a mashup of Sleeping Beauty and 50 shades in a Hunger Games or Generation X world.
So a young girl (Amelia) wakes in an amazing place in a futuristic city. She doesn’t know who she is or why she is there. She has no memory of herself yet she finds her host amazingly compelling – he of course has secrets and issues.
Its an incredibly inventive and interesting story. The writing is wonderfully visual with the colours and sights of the new city Amelia finds herself in vivid and easy to imagine. There’s also some clever weaving in of imagery and sensuality – esp the flowers. But the writing of those was less descriptive and far harder to visualise.
The two characters are interesting but there’s a bit too much too’ing and fro’ing. In the end you wanted to yell – get on with it!
Given what is an innovative world with a strong story line, its just a real shame that the author hasn’t developed the world a bit more. I’m a real fan of paranormal/dystopian fiction but I prefer a more detailed and “real” world. However, the basics are there for sure.
In that sense the next book (due March 2015) could well be a winner – with this being a bit more of a slow burn. Definitely going to put the next book on the TBR.
If you need a fix before 50 shades comes out on Valentine’s day and you want it in an almost dystopian style futuristic novel – then download it now!
Publishers gave me a free copy in return for an honest review