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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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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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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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Pallavi Sareen
Jun 22, 2016 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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Claudie Arseneault
Aug 04, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: asexual, fantasy, lgbt
This wasn't bad, but I'm kinda glad to be done with it. Victoria and Ashlinn are incredibly cute together, and it's great to see a protagonist go from feeling broken to being confident in her asexuality, but wow do I wish I did not have to go through so much ace antagonism to get a happy ending. This includes constant dismissal and hate from Victoria's best friend (it shifts into "i cannot possibly understand this weirdness but whatever if it makes you happy towards the very end), and another an ...more
Efflorescence
Jun 22, 2016 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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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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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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K.
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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Yvonne (It's All About Books)
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Finished reading: June 27th 2016
Rating 2qqq

“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
Sep 21, 2016 rated it it was ok
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's Galaxy of Books
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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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
Natasha
SapphicAThon: Ace spec mc

2.5/5

Ugh, I really wanted to like this but I found it kind of boring, the world building subpar, and I hate the mc's best friend.
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
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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Lily

"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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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 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 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 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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Caroline D. (CarolineReads)
I read this book for the ace rep, and it TOTALLY delivered on that as both the main character and the love interest are asexual. It was wonderful to have a main character who experiences romantic attraction, but does not enjoy kissing or anything further. In the limited books I've read with an ace MC, all MCs enjoyed kissing. It was wonderful to see some differentiation in the way that asexuality was portrayed. The plot was okay, but there were many plot points that I thought were an issue ahead ...more
Chasia Lloyd
Jun 10, 2016 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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Saffyre Falkenberg
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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Linn
May 06, 2017 rated it liked it
More like 2,5-3 stars.
I enjoyed the book and some parts were very well written! And I loved how it dealt with and explained asexuality in a good and beautiful way. And I would absolutely recommend the book because of that! (Even more so since the author is asexual, which is something I thought was very clear while reading the book, because of how well described it was)
The things I was dissapointed in though was the worldbuilding and also the relationsship-development. Its was way too much insta
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Andrew
May 15, 2018 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I'm not in the mood for this genre of book at the moment, so I'm going to put it down for the moment.
Autumn Byrd (Writer of A Writer's Corner)
The following review is based off my own opinions, thoughts and reactions. So in other words brace yourself. *There may be inappropriate words such as curse words.* You have been advised in advance.*

Before I get into this review, I want to thank the author for hosting the giveaway for this book and writing such a sweet note to me upon shipping it. I'm so thankful to have been given the chance to have read this book and be able to do this review for her. Thank you so much for your giveaway, kind
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Michelle Quinn
Apr 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgally
**4.5**

After her father dies and her brother might never wake up, Victoria thinks there isn't much she cares or needs to worry about, other than getting into the dance conservatory of her dreams and get out of her town. However, all that changes one night when she receives a visit from a beautiful girl, Ashlinn, carrying a message from her comatose brother.

Ashlinn soon becomes something more. She helps Victoria focus on her dreams, discover who she really is, and most importantly, accept hersel
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Kitt
Aug 06, 2016 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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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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“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.” 7 likes
“You know your sexuality isn't set in stone. There are more things than just gay or straight.” 7 likes
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