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3.66  ·  Rating details ·  874 ratings  ·  106 reviews
Alexandra Martin didn't believe in fairytales... Alex has always been more interested in rocks and science than stories about princesses and magic. Now she's far too busy with her summer internship at the Gem and Mineral Museum to think about children's stories. Between avoiding her former best friend and high school baseball star, Luke Reed, and trying to hide her unrequi ...more
Paperback, 306 pages
Published February 4th 2012 by Tall House Books
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Dec 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I love Los Angeles. Despite growing up in one of the poorest and most dangerous parts of this city, my father made sure that I was well acquainted with the museums in this city. I spent many of my birthdays at Disneyland whose castle belongs to one of my favorite princesses: Sleeping Beauty. So when I found out that Jessica Grey had taken Sleeping Beauty’s story and placed it in modern-day Los Angeles, I was ecstatic. And having read the entire book, it was not what I expected and I loved it.
Kate  Maxwell
Mar 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who believes in magic!
Alex Martin just graduated high school was looking forward to her summer internship at GeMMLA, that was…until Luke Reed showed up! Why would the high school baseball star be working at the museum? Just because their moms were friendly, Alex did not like being around Jake, ever since Freshman year. But, Alex did have her best friend, Becca, working with her for the summer; now she had to convince Becca that their boss, Nick, was not a bad guy! And, no, Alex did not have a crush on her boss.

Alex g
Nov 08, 2012 rated it liked it
2.75 stars.

Let me start off by saying the story is not what made this a 2.75 star book for me and that others may not have a problem with what bugged me about this book.

Alexandra Martin is interning for her fourth and final summer at GeMMLA, the Gem and Mineral Museum of Los Angeles. A shy loner, she’s more comfortable at the museum, especially since there’s another intern there from a rival school named Becca who, though she’s more popular and outgoing, has been friends with Alex ever since tha
May 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, romance, ya, debut
Awake: A Fairytale is a modern retelling of the classic story Sleeping Beauty, a personal favorite of yours truly, by the by. I learned about this book when I entered the Once Upon A Time flash fiction contest hosted on Yearning for Wonderland. Between the beautiful cover and the subject matter, I couldn't resist it. Let's talk about it, shall we?

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Alexandra Martin has just graduated high school and is interning at a local museum over the summer. Bright and caring, Alex has always f
Kate Dana
Feb 12, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fairytales have an enduring quality and thanks to Disney every girl can dream of a Happily-Ever-After, but its how you get there that is the true story. The work one has to do for the relationship to succeed is what makes the ending all the more satisfying. In fact, it is the requirement of any good relationship.

Debut author Jessica Grey has created a world suspended just above reality, but with its Los Angeles setting it’s not a stretch. I admit that I have only ever seen the Disney film about
Jun 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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Well that was pretty awesome. Took me a bit to get into it, but then it was allright. Can't wait to read the next in the series. I did find it a bit unplausible that in today's society these kids didn't know fairytales and hadn't been "disneyfied" by the age of three like everyone else.
I am ashamed to say however my copy of the book looks like I've read it a dozen times; with pages and cover all curled and, um, some pages bent. But then I
Feb 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fun, smart, enjoyable read. I enjoyed Alex's strong character and how she worked thru her own perception of herself. I never felt she didn't like herself, even when she felt "unpopular" and I really liked that about her. Interesting take on Sleeping Beauty. Thoughtful and well written. Loved that it took place in Los Angeles and that the cute boy was soft spoken and protective. Looking forward to more from Jessica Grey!!
A very fine debut from a promising author. This novel details the story of a very self-conscious, unconfident high school girl as she spends her last summer before college interning at LA's Gem and Mineral Museum, as usual. What's not usual is the fact that her old friend Luke, whom she had a falling out with in high school, is now interning there as well. And what's more unusual still is when the "major artifact finds" brought to the museum by her supervisor, the slightly smarmy, self-involved ...more
Bonnie (A Backwards Story)
What would happen if Sleeping Beauty never woke up? She never discovered her prince, never found true love. Jessica Grey explores this issue in her debut novel AWAKE, complete with a unique spin where we wind up with a modern-day Sleeping Handsome, where the girl gets to be the hero for once.

Alex has always been very scientific. She loves gems and rocks, making her yearly summer internship at the Gem and Mineral Museum of Los Angeles a dream come true. When GeMMLA scores a huge coup and brings o
Lori Palle
Aug 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Alexandra “Alex” Martin wants to have a peaceful summer interning in LA’s Gem and Mineral Museum while getting to work with her crush. Instead, Alex’s crush turns out to be not crushworthy, her ex-best friend that she was happy to avoid forever actively wants to be friends again, and–to top off the oh so bad start to her internship–she gets swept up in helping a 900 year old cursed princess break a spell. Oh, and a very, very angry fairy is after her. What a way to start a summer, eh?

I didn’t fi
Nancy Kelley
It’s the last summer before college, and Alex Martin is looking forward to spending it… in a museum. No, she’s not a normal 18 year old, but she and her best friend Becca Ward have interned at LA’s Gem and Mineral Museum every summer. This year however provides one crucial difference—her childhood friend, Luke Reed, has joined the geeky rock squad.

Alex and Luke haven’t really talked since their freshman year of high school, when Luke’s status as a baseball star put him on a different social leve
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My Thoughts: When I saw this ebook I figured it was right up my alley. Young Adult, supernatural element, a good, light read. Yay me! What really drew me to this book was it's take on fairytales in the modern world. The main idea behind the storyline was a very interesting twist on a traditional tale -- what if the wrong person kissed Sleeping Beauty? Unique idea but the execution of the sto
First, I have to let you know that while I do not personally know the author, I have been friends with her mom for years through an internet group. And I totally took advantage of that friendship to request a review copy of this book after reading an excerpt.

Alexandra Martin is pretty and smart and believes more in science than fairy tales. Until she stumbles onto her very own USO (Unidentified Sleeping Object). Along with her friend Becca, who also prefers facts over fantasy, Alex is suddenly t
Tracey (Life and Literature)
Aug 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
What a wonderful story!! Awake is a modern retelling of Sleeping Beauty with a few twists and turns to add it's own originality to the classic fairytale.

Alex is kind of nerdy. She doesn't have many friends and really has no social life outside of the time she spends on her internship at the Gem and Mineral Museum. She is more than happy to blend into the background and not have any real attention focused on her. She has a bit of a crush on Nicholas her mentor and pretty much when he says jump sh
Apr 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fairy-tales
Sleeping Beauty comes out of her enchanted sleep... only she's replaced by Sleeping Handsome.
Shy, self-conscious Alexandra has to work together with her friend Becca and the now-awake Princess Lilia to save her childhood friend from an evil and ancient enchantment. Not only this, but she has to deal with the discovery of her power at the same time and learn how to master it. Science and magic clash in this modern-day re-telling of Sleeping Beauty but, as always, love prevails.

It took me a whil
Mar 01, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2012
An old fairytale, retold in a interesting way...the fairy tale of Sleeping Beauty. Glad I found it, and for free, what's better?

While interning at a Museum during her last summer before college, Alex is thrown into a fairytale world she was not expecting. She stumbles upon an enchanted bed with a sleeping person on it, and while fascinated at the sight, she realizes she recognizes the sleeping form upon the bed...Luke. She and Luke had been really close since young kids up until freshman year o
Erin Searles
Mar 07, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Awake was a fun and fast-paced read.

Alex and Becca are interning for the summer at a museum. One morning Alex discovers a her childhood friend Luke in an enchanted slumber in a cursed bed and an 800-year-old princess, Lilia, skulking in a storage cupboard. Alex, Lilia and Becca have to figure out how to break the curse, wake Luke up, and take on the malevolent fae who set the curse.

All three of the main characters (four if you count Luke) were well drawn. The portrayal of Alex, and her grossly i
Feb 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this story!

What would happen if after more than 800 years had passed, Sleeping Beauty was kissed by the wrong person? And what if that person switched places with Sleeping Beauty?

Alex, Becca and Luke are interning at the Gem and Mineral Museum for the summer when a new exhibit comes in. In the exhibit is this beautiful bed encrusted with gems. Alex arrives early to the museum and finds Luke sleeping in the bed! Sitting on a crate nearby is a Princess! It turns out the Princess, Lilia d
Mar 16, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As a child, I never believed fairy tales. I never bought into the whole "happily ever after" line. There was no prince to wake the sleeping princess, there were no birds to sing her to sleep or help her dress for the ball. Fairy tales did not exist outside of the brightly colored Disney world.

Alex thought the same way. She spent her days and nights alone with hardly any friends. She was the introverted geek who never quite found her way out of invisibility. She spends her summers interning at t
Oct 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
I loved it! I'm not sure I can stick this in as a fairy tale retelling, because while there is Sleeping Beauty elements in there, it's more complicated than that. It's not exactly a retelling but Princess Lilia does appear.

It was an interesting read, especially when the main character is a "geek" who likes rocks and gems, and she volunteers at a museum with her friend Becca and her childhood friend Luke, and after the museum gets a shipment sent from France, they discover a sleeping princess lyi
Lisa Markson
Apr 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Awake:  A Fairytale by Jessica Grey

My opinion of he book Awake:  A Fairytale by Jessica Grey was a wonderful YA book.  It was a very touching story with Alex, Luke, Becca, and Lilia.  Alex worked as a intern in a museum with Becca and Luke.  Alex grew up with Luke and their moms are best friends, but in high school they had a falling out and rarely spoke anymore which was making work difficult.  A new shipment came in and they stumble on a Demi-fae princess by the name of Lilia who was enchanted
Sep 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
First of all I just want to say that I really love this cover.
This is a modern day re-telling of the classic fairy tale of Sleeping Beauty. Or should I say Sleeping Beauty brings her fairy tale to the modern day. The biggest twist of the story..... sleeping Beauty is half - fae.
I found this book a cute, fast paced easy to read book. I liked how it was based on a fairy tale but was made better by introducing the fae. It sort of a love story, sort of an action story and a girl finding herself sto
I enjoyed this book a lot. Alex has spent every summer working at the museum with her friend Becca, this summer before college no different, or so she thought. Turns out her ex-childhood friend, Luke, will be interning there too. Trying to keep her vulnerabilities buried, Alex vows to do her best just to avoid him the best she can. She is especially looking forward to this summer because she will be helping out the hunky and soon-to-be Dr. Nicholas Hunt. It all starts out well, especially with t ...more
This was such a lovely book! I got it free on my kindle app and I didn't know what to expect because some freebies are truly awful.
Awake was really good, it reminded me a little of some of Alex Flynn's novels.
It was filled with humor, adventure, and even some romance.
I mean how can you help but love Luke, such a great guy the fact that he was present in the novel even though he technically wasn't was very original.
I also loved the fact that Alex learns so much about herself and Becca and Lilia a
Beth Adams
Apr 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So far loving this intelligent creative take on fairytales like Sleeping Beauty. The author has done her homework, incorporating various versions with a fresh modern setting. I have been having trouble putting it down each night!
Just finished Awake and I really did enjoy it. If there were anything I would change it might be that there were times I wished it were written in first person. Sometimes the voices of the characters were a bit detached. It was hard to get a feel for Alex's emotions. May
Interesting take on the tale of Sleeping Beauty. Loved the twist of the "true story" of "Sleeping Beauty" - how the enchantment came to be, who was good and bad, how the magic worked, who worked the magic, as well as the history of it. However, the story moved just a little too slowly and even the build ups and final confrontations didn't pack as much power as I would have liked to see. Nonetheless, I very much liked the hero, heroine and her fabulous sidekicks. I also liked the twist of who the ...more
Eliza Baum
Apr 26, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very cute and fun story. Essentially, it's what would happen if Sleeping Beauty didn't wake up as the original stories said...along with a few other details they got wrong. The characters were solid and I was really rooting for them. My only [minor] complaint was with Nicholas, who was rather underdeveloped and inconsistent. Thankfully, the focus of the story is on the others, and they're great.

It appears that this is the first in a series, and I'm looking forward to reading what comes next for
Anna Serra i Vidal
Cute retelling of Sleeping Beauty.
It was a Kindle freebie for a while and downloaded but only read it this week that I was off day job. It is a quick and sweet read and what I loved the most was the girl empowering.
In this case, the Sleeping Beauty for most part of the story is Luke.
I liked the romantic part was kept in the background and what counted was the girls empowerment and them working together as a great team.
I am now even more eager to know what will happen to them when they work in t
Wow! I've said it before- I don't like the original story of "Sleeping Beauty" but this one knocked my socks off! Loved it! Alex is captain obvious, Becca sarcastic, Lillia mysterious, & Luke is a flat out hunk! I loved how Grey tied this story together, it's colorful, full of mystery, & will keep you laughing until the very end. The only thing I didn't like was that Luke wasn't in it very much. That would be the only thing I would change. What can I say? I'm a full blooded teenage girl. :) Coun ...more
Feb 29, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: y-a, fairy-tales
I really enjoyed this book! I thought the author did a great job putting a new twist on Sleeping Beauty, with a good dose of action and magic thrown in. I loved all the main characters and Luke was a refreshing change to the all to common moody "bad" boy love interest. I look forward to the next two in the series.
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Jessica Grey is an author, fairy tale believer, baseball lover, and recovering Star Wars fangirl. A life-long Californian, she now lives with her two children near Colorado Springs, where she spends her time writing, complaining about snow in April, and drinking way too much caffeine.

Jessica writes witty, modern Jane Austen adaptations and Young Adult fairy tales featuring strong girls and magic.

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