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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 t ...more
ebook, 180 pages
Published July 14th 2016 by Harmony Ink Press
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The Bookavid
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In WE AWAKEN, Victoria meets a beautiful girl in her dreams that bears messages from her comatose brother.

What intrigued me: Asexuality and girl loving girls! Who could say no to that!

Dreamlike and Magical

WE AWAKEN stuns with an incredibly beautiful cover that absolutely suits what you'll find inside. The writing is atmospheric, lyrical, and makes this novel read like a fever dream. Lynne absolutely manages to immerse truly in this fantastic
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Tilly Booth
The cover of this books is so, so beautiful and I'm happy to say that everything inside of this book is beautiful too.

If you're looking for a book to help your understanding of asexuality or would like to broaden your mind, you NEED to pick this book up. Calista Lynne writes this story in a great, easy way to help the reader understand asexuality and her writing is amazing.

It's the kind of book you can read in one sitting. The writing is easy and poetic at the same time making it a great, page
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Pallavi Sareen
Jun 22, 2016 Pallavi Sareen rated it liked it
First of all, just look at that beautiful cover and how gorgeous it would look just sitting on your shelf!
I got an e-ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review and when I heard that this book was a fantasy with asexual characters and something about the dream world, I couldn't resist reading it right away. And it wasn't that long so didn't take me much time either. Now as to what I think about this book, my thoughts are conflicted. So I'm just going to lay it all out for you.

Positive
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Efflorescence
Jun 22, 2016 Efflorescence rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle, netgalley
Thanks to Netgalley and Harmony Ink Press for providing the ARC in exchange for an honest review.

It is really hard for me to write a proper review for this book.
First of all, I have to admit that I wanted to read this book especially because of its gorgeous cover, like many other people here. But the description also sounded very interesting and since I really love dreaming and also to read about the state of dreaming I thought this book would be a great idea.

The good things about it were not on
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Aimal (Bookshelves & Paperbacks)
Originally posted on Bookshelves & Paperbacks.


I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to the author and the publisher for allowing me this opportunity to read it in advance.

Calista Lynne's We Awaken follows the story of Victoria Dinham, who is still very much struggling to deal with the aftermath of the accident that took the life of her father, and put her brother in a coma a year ago. Things get a little strange when Victoria is paid a visit in her dreams
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Shauna (b00kstorebabe)
This review originally posted on my blog, Book Slingin' Mega Babe

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

We Awaken is the story of Victoria Dinham, a lesbian ballet dancer living in New Jersey. Victoria's father is dead, her brother is in a coma, and her mother has checked out mentally. All Victoria has to look forward to is her audition for ballet school. Until she meets Ashlinn. Ashlinn appears to her in a dream, and soon she realizes that Ashlinn is much more than a d
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Michelle Ellis
My video review can be found here: https://youtu.be/FONFTBGzGiw

I was sent an arc to review from the author. I want to thank Calista Lynne for the wonderful opportunity to review her debut novel. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

The artistic prose Lynne paints with introduces us to a female sandwoman, Ashlinn, who shows us the beauty in dreams as well as the beauty life has offer. Our main protagonist, Victoria has recently experienced a traumatic life altering event. While working through t
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Cat  (cat-thecatlady)
I was interested in this book because of the gorgeous cover but, mostly, because it focus on something that's not really portrayed or even talked about in any media: asexuality.

I read this book very quickly, which means I was definitely entertained. the writing is beautiful and overall, this novel is a really nice read. unfortunately, although there were many good points/moments in this book, I can't say I really cared for the plot. I feel like it needed a few more pages to really have some dep
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Kirsti (Melbourne on my mind)
Things I loved about this book:
- The main character and the main character's love interest are both asexual
- The cover
- There are excellent explanations of asexuality without it feeling like an infodump
- The dream elements of the story were fascinating

Things I was confused about with this book:
- How old Victoria's brother was supposed to be. I mean, he's her YOUNGER brother, so he's 17 at the oldest. And a lot of the time, it read like he was meant to be 14-16. But at other times, it seemed like
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Julia Ember
Jul 08, 2016 Julia Ember rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, paranormal, novella, queer
On one hand, I think this is a really important book for Young Adults because there are very few books out there featuring asexual teens, especially those by #ownvoices authors. I loved that there was a distinction between romanticism and sexuality. The romantic connection itself was very tenderly, subtly and beautifully expressed.

However, while the writing on this one was very lyrical & poetic in places, I did struggle to really get into the story. I think a lot of the characters' asexualit
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Yvonne (It's All About Books)
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Finished reading: June 27th 2016
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“You know your sexuality isn't set in stone. There are more things than just gay or straight. ”

*** A copy of this book was kindly provided to me by Netgalley and Harmony Ink Press in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! ***

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Tasha (faeriedrugs)
2.5 stars

I was really excited to read this book but sadly I wasn't a fan of the writing and the overall plot. Also found the romance to be a bit insta-lovey.
I did like that it touched on asexuality and explained certain aspects of it.
CW (Read Think Ponder)
As someone who falls under the ace spectrum, I was really looking forward to reading this book. Unfortunately, I was left disappointed.

- Great asexual representation and explicitly explains what asexuality is through the lens of the protagonist (who is asexual).
- Beautiful, dreamlike writing befitting of the stories tone and themes.
- Despite its very short length, the overarching story was very, very lacking and boring. It was difficult to feel invested in the story and the characters.
- My advic
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Olivia Chanel
Thank you so much Calista Lynne, the author of We Awaken, for my e-ARC of this book!

We Awaken is such an important book, this book shows us that interracial couples within the LGBTQIA community can thrive, survive and get the happy ending they deserve. This book is about two asexual girls and their journey together realizing who they are and how they can be together. We Awaken is a reminder that once sexuality is yours alone, yours to claim, yours not to claim and no matter what, you are valid
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Lily (allthewrittenworlds)

"Warning: This person will show you that you aren’t a freak.

They will make you feel loved.

Then they will leave.”


We Awaken is one of those stories that I’m honestly just so damn glad exists. This book, written for this audience in particular, is so crucial and important and needed. I wish it had existed five years ago, it probably would have saved me a lot of confusion and heartache, self-hatred and pain. I guarantee that there are some really lost young adults out there right now, teenagers who
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Danielle
I received a free digital copy of this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Read the full review at Belle's Book Nook!

In the world of YA literature, there are increasing amounts of diversity taking place all the time, but there is still one identity that remains severely lacking in young adult literature, and that is asexuality.  You'd be heard-pressed to find a book that features an asexual character, let alone one where asexuality is actually a major part of the plot and
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Ola
Oct 20, 2016 Ola rated it it was ok
Eye roll. This book is so ridiculous, I was rolling my eyes so much, more and more as the story progressed.

This is one of the most ridiculous fantasy stories I read this year. When I started this book, I wasn't expecting fantasy story. I just knew that this book features interracial f/f romance and that there is an asexual character. I've never read a book with an asexual character so I was curious about the book and eager to learn more about asexuality. And because I learned a bit about asexual
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Esther (Chapter Adventures)
You can also see the review on my blog.

What got me into reading We Awaken was the prospect of LGBTQIA+ representation and for that it delivered. The topic of asexuality was handled well and for people who are not aware of its existence or have questions about it, it's a great start. Sadly, the rest of the book felt like a sketch that was never fully developed. There were some great ideas, but I found myself constantly wishing for more depth for each of them.

This book is equal parts contemporar
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A.M. Leibowitz
Aug 18, 2016 A.M. Leibowitz rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. It's hard to find good literature with characters expressly identifying as asexual, so that aspect in particular had my interest. I thought the matter of both young women's sense of self was done well, especially because they had somewhat different feelings surrounding their sexuality.

The story itself is intriguing, even if I wish there had been a bit more world-building. It mostly takes place in the waking human world, but there is a good bit about the dream world as
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Serith
Jun 08, 2016 Serith rated it really liked it
An asexual AND interracial romance??

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We Awaken quite literally brings “the girl of your dreams” to life. It has this nice, surreal tone and some fun fish out of water scenes!

So I’ll start off by saying this is an insta-love story. I’ve never been a huge fan of love at first sight, BUT there are plenty of scenes that build up their chemistry. They could be distracting from the main plot-line at times …but they were super cute, so I’m not complaining!

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The ending… well, without giving too much away,
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Jana
Jun 23, 2016 Jana rated it really liked it
I received a free copy from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This book follows Victoria, a girl who's father died in a car accident that also left her brother in a coma and that obviously doesn't make her life very happy. Then she meets a mysterious girl, Ashlinn, who bears a message from her comatose brother, who is tasked with bringing pleasant dreams to humans and as Victoria is one of those humans, the two become close. When Victoria needs Ashlinn's help outsi
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Brittney
2.5 Stars.

Ah, this book. I'm having mixed feelings about it. On one hand I think it's a spectacular book. On the other hand it was exhausting— not in a good way.

Good things about this book:
•girl/girl asexual relationship
•It's an interracial relationship
•accurate representation of asexuality
•the writing was quite beautiful

Bad things about this book:
•the end
•timing was quite rushed I thought. It confused me. One paragraph they were eating lunch, next paragraph it was time to go to bed.
•I didn't
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Chasia Lloyd
Jun 10, 2016 Chasia Lloyd rated it really liked it
I tend to pass over paranormal romances, but I couldn't resist the chance to read Calista Lynne's book featuring an F/F couple who are both asexual. PLUS LOOK AT THAT COVER. HOLY SMOKES. THAT'S PRETTY.

The writing in this book is just like one of Ashlinn's crafted dreams - lovely, languid, out of this world. And the book doesn't miss anything in its thoughtful and personal discourse about romantic and sexuality identities. It's a low-intensity book about two girls on different planes of existence
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Christa
Jun 26, 2016 Christa rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle-only
I was fortunate enough to receive an ebook version of We Awaken from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I'd been hearing stirrings about this book online that piqued my interest. A romantic story about two girls who are both asexual? Sign me up!

I'm happy to report that We Awaken met and, in some places, exceeded my expectations. The two main characters are well-developed and likable. I especially enjoyed the descriptions of the dream-like atmosphere.

Another important note is that when ch
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Saffyre Falkenberg
Jun 07, 2016 Saffyre Falkenberg rated it really liked it
I have never read a book with an asexual character, let alone two asexual women that fall in love with each other. So that aspect of it is basically awesome. Plus, the ending is happy and neither of them dies, so there’s that. I’m sick of lesbians dying in pop culture. But I digress.

The characters are my favorite. I simply adore Ashlinn. The novel riffs on the idea of the “sandman” as a mythical figure, and develops a sort of magical system within this idea.

There were a couple plot things that
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Leah
This book is a beautiful exploration of sexuality -- realizing you may not identify how you thought, finding a new descriptor of your feelings, coming to terms with how it may make you think you're a freak or there's something wrong with you, and coming out. It's an important story for people of all ages who may be questioning their sexuality, and particularly so as it's one of the few books I've seen/read with not one, but two, asexual main characters. I'm thankful this book exists in the world ...more
Kitt
Aug 06, 2016 Kitt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First off, it was amazing to see asexuals in a book, especially 2 ace women in a very sweet relationship, along with an easy to understand explanation of what asexuality is.

The writing style was very descriptive in many places and was overall incredibly compelling, and I ended up reading the whole book in one sitting. It was quite short, just under 200 pages, and so some parts felt a tiny bit rushed. One thing I would have quite liked was an epilogue, set maybe a year or so later to wrap up a c
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Breann
Victoria's life took a turn for the worse when a car accident killed her father and put her brother in a coma. She loved to dance and that's almost the only bright spot in her life. She has her mom, but her mom has so much grief from her son's state that she's kind of checked out. Victoria is just trying not to let her mom bring her down with her.

Victoria has her friends, but they all seem to be going in a different direction than her. They're always trying to hook her up, and while Victoria k
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Saruuh Kelsey
3.5 stars

I liked this book of dreams and self-discovery. The way this book is written, the dreams feel more realistic than fantasy, and it wasn't entirely what I expected. I did enjoy it, and the romance was nice, but I just didn't fall in love with the story. There was a huge focus on asexuality, which was awesome. But the rest is about her brother, who's in hospital, and dance school, neither of which story line really hooked me. I did struggle to connect with the characters and the romance, b
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Laura Kehoe
Jun 07, 2016 Laura Kehoe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I want to start off by saying this isn't typically the type of book I read. But after hearing so many wonderful things, including the fact that the two main characters are asexual, I knew I had to give it a read. And I am so glad I did! This was a short, but beautiful story that touched my heart more than I ever expected it to. I saw so much of myself in these characters, especially Victoria. It was a sweet, heartbreaking fairy tale that made my heart swell. While the plot was a bit slow at time ...more
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Calista Lynne is a perpetual runaway and glitter addict who grew up on the American East Coast and is currently studying in London. She is having difficulty adjusting to the lack of Oxford commas across the pond and writes because it always seemed to make more sense than mathematics.
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“You know your sexuality isn't set in stone. There are more things than just gay or straight.” 8 likes
“Maybe I wouldn’t ever be obligated to have sex with another person in order to make them stay with me. The thought was freeing: I wouldn’t have to pretend. It was just a matter of finding someone else who understood.” 4 likes
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