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The Wake Up

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  76 ratings  ·  71 reviews
What if you could see the angelic or demonic manifestations of people's characters in mirrors? And what if, in your world, this gift was fatal?

Since early childhood, Lexi has repressed a rare ability to See. For most of her life, and from most people who know her, this is a well-kept secret. Raised by a family of mirror-makers, glass-blowers, and wolves, Lexi trains her
Paperback, 324 pages
Published August 1st 2018 by Amazon
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Feb 25, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle-unlimited
”He thought he’d outlived war. Ultimately, war outlived everyone.”

I was sucked into The Wake Up from page one. In a dark, bleak world where political conflict is building by the day and the average person you pass on the street is unable to sense their angel or demon sides, Lexi has been blessed/cursed with the ability of a Seer. Her family has cautioned her to hide her abilities since the time she was a child. When it’s discovered reflective surfaces (mirrors, glass) magnify and help to identif
Stjepan Cobets
Oct 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dystopia
My rating 4.1

“The Wake Up” by Angela Panayotopulos is a solid YA dystopian paranormal novel, very well written, but the story itself is slower at times and I feel like something is missing to make the story complete. The idea of the story itself is great but I think it should be expanded a bit in some parts to get a true picture of the dark world in which the protagonists live after the president decides to destroy all the mirrors. The characters in the book are very well described, especially t
Misty Mount
Jun 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Wake Up by Angela Panayotopulos is familiar in the sense that it’s a paranormal dystopian with a bleak view of the future. But the author gives this tale her own new and refreshing take that makes for a whirlwind of an interesting story.

Lexi is a glass makers daughter with the ability to see people for what they truly are inside mirrors. In this world there is a ban on reflective objects and people try to hide from their true natures.

The prose is beautiful and poetic, sometimes so deep tha
Cathleen Townsend
May 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
I can’t tell you how many times I went back and forth on this review. Four stars or five?

On one hand, there’s way too much time spent on Dominic. And world building blarts annoyed me (sometimes erroneously called plot holes), such as why on earth were people leaving the east coast and finding sanctuary in California? The Big Bad was president of the US. And there were more of the same.

On the other hand, the author used simile like a master: “The day after Lexi’s graduation had dawned strangely d
X. Culletto
Jan 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thoroughly enjoyed this book; I've never read one like it. The story follows Lexi (who is described as dark-haired, but I kept imagining as a blonde for some reason--a bright spot in a dark world), who can See demons, which gets her into a world of trouble. She's close to her family, but as they are each separated from her for various reasons, she becomes lost and desperate for love. Unfortunately for her, that love comes in the shape of Dominic, who is, without giving too much away, just awfu ...more
Casey Bartsch
Oct 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Wake Up has everything that you’d look for in a dystopian novel. Bleak and dark. Shattered Society. Baddies in charge that make you fear your current reality. This book has a unique twist in where the main character, Lexi, can see the true nature of people within reflective surfaces. That might seem like it’s contrived, and I’ll be honest and say that going in I expected as much, but it’s done very well. The prose here is actually rather beautiful and I was always intrigued with the premise- ...more
Laurette Long
Apr 27, 2019 rated it liked it
Rating 3.5
I was immediately drawn into this book, captivated by the author’s imagination and fluent, descriptive writing. Set vividly in the rural landscape of Virginia, the depiction of Lexi, the heroine, and her Greek immigrant family and their glassblowing enterprise was beautifully done. ‘The chill of the glass and the crackle of the fire were languages she could fathom and echo.’ It had a magical, Arcadian quality about it which made it easy to believe that Lexi really was an angel, able, t
K.T. Munson
Nov 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing

Lexi. Lexi. Lexi. Where do I start? You are going to love/hate her but by the end you'll miss her. At least I did! Dominic, Gabriel, and Zach are all central to Lexi's story. Yet it isn't just about her. Her story feeds into other stories as well. Changing those she interacts with. There is some head hoping and I didn't love some of the flash back stories, but they weren't too distracting. More like "Get back to the main story, I want to know more!" kind of way. 


This story had a d
Miriam Yvette
The Wake Up is an exceptional dystopian fantasy that follows Lexi and her ability to see what others wish to hide. Panayotopulos writes through various characters showing how the inner moral compass and actions of an individual can reflect as horns or wings. After a paranoid President passes a law concerning mirrors. Lexi tries to move forward, not forgetting the devastating incident that pulled her family apart. Along the way, she finds a dashing doctor and classmate who unveils a secret that h ...more
J.B. Trepagnier
Apr 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book is a mash up of several different genres. A little paranormal, a little dystopa, a little romance. Most dystopia I read, it's generally a virus or war that has wiped out society. This is an entirely new take where it's reflective surfaces where certain people with seeing abilities can see inner demons and angels. This is all brought about when President Davis sees his inner demon. When President Davis was being described in the book, I had to check the publication date as certain paral ...more
Andrew Gracey
Jan 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Wake Up by Angela Panayotopulos is a dystopian fantasy novel set in a turbulent period in an unravelling and conflicted United States. Lexi, the daughter of a family of glass-blowers, possesses the rare ability to ‘See’ people for who they truly are, namely demons or angels (whether they know it or not). Lexi herself is part-demon, and what she sees happening all around her is an assault against her kind. This battle between good and evil is the main conflict of this book, and the events tha ...more
Saf SK
Jul 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What an amazing read!
4.5 stars rounded to 5 because once the action picked up, I couldn't let go of the book until I was done, and yes, it wasn't before 4 am.

The narrative style and chapter organization took me a little getting used to at first, and the back-up story was a little long before we got to the actual plot, but again, it all works out great!
Angela Panayotopulos has a wonderful poetic style, that creates vivid images and opens the eyes on a new way to see the world. At times, the nar
Florian Armas
Sep 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One evening, an elderly Cherokee man told his grandson a story, passed forward through generations, about a battle that goes on inside people’s minds” “There is a battle between two ‘wolves’ inside us all. One is evil. The other is good.”
The grandson though about it then asked his grandfather, “which wolf wins?”
The old Cherokee replied, “the one that you feed.”
I heard this story a long time ago and the last line often floats into my mind. Part paranormal, a little dystopian and part romance, “Th
P.J. Devlin
Nov 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Wake Up is unique and compelling. This is an epic story of good vs evil in a not-too distant future United States where a mad man, a self-serving despot and liar, is elected President.

The story weaves together every-day living — family meals, a family business, college classes, coffee shops, bar-hopping, hospital visits, and newfound love — with the unthinkable aftermath of preposterous laws and regulations designed to protect and enhance the self-serving President’s power.

I found myself ch
Jay Saph
Jan 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars rounded up to 4 stars. Could be very minor spoilers.

An interesting blend of dystopia, love, fantasy and the battle of good against evil. Lexi, a young accounting student living in the DC area comes from a close-knit family of Greek heritage, there's Pappou, Yiagia and two wolves: Ying and Yang. There's the odd Greek dessert thrown in here and there, which always catches my attention!

Lexi struck me as a vibrant young lady, not afraid to go her own way and certainly wouldn't turn down r
Stella Jorette
Jun 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: paranormal
Pros: Lyrical prose. Poetic and allegorical. Cast features much cultural diversity.
Possible cons: Unusual structure including set up and unlikely wrap up. More character and theme driven than plot driven. Plot requires substantial suspension of disbelief.

In the paranoid dystopia of Angela Panayotopulos’s paranormal novel, The Wake Up, a mad president, threatened by the demon he sees in his own mirror, bans all reflective surfaces.

A Virginian glass-making factory is destroyed in the resulting pu
Jeff Chapman
Jun 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
The Wake Up is a dystopian urban fantasy and sometimes a romance. I say romance only because the story spends a significant amount of time on Lexi's love relationships. The protagonist Lexi is a young woman in a very messed up world. Her home life has also become a mess. The premise is that some people are able to see others in the reflection of a mirror for who they are at that moment. People either have horns or wings. Some people can't handle the knowledge.

The President makes a ruling outlaw
Nov 16, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars

Fun ideas and punchy writing but lacks emotional impact.

Review to follow.
H.K. Thompson
Feb 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Wake Up is a fantasy book that follows the life of Lexi, who can “See” both the angels and the monsters within people when she catches their image in a reflection. When the president tries to obliterate this practice by banning all reflective surfaces, Lexi's life is turned upside down as she suffers one loss after another. While many people would have given up after the first tragedy or two, Lexi's strength allows her to keep rebuilding her life after each new defeat and to inspire others l ...more
D. Peach
Oct 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is exceptionally well written with a rich style and leisurely pace suited toward adult readers. The story has a fantastical element – the ability to see others as angels or devils through the use of mirrors – but this ability and its underlying commentary works equally well as a metaphor for the duality within the human heart.

The story follows Lexi from childhood to adulthood. She has a gift; she sees horns or wings in a person’s reflection. It’s an ability she hides in a dystopian wo
Robert Brown
Oct 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Angela Panayotopulos’ The Wake Up was a delightful surprise. Before reading I was sure a horned human would turn into a wild animal and begin eating the citizens of the town and some hero would save the day with grit and magic after much conflict and bloodshed. Instead, I get a finely crafted allegory of the human condition and what is possible in spite of what we are.
Good and Evil are ancient considerations for us humans and well-written books about such things are to be cherished. And this bo
Jan 30, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was hooked on page eight with this line—Katie Sanders was an Ivy League grad, with a squeaky-clean record that deserved Geico’s lowest car insurance rates—and was eager to take a fun ride with Katie Sanders.

But the story quickly took a disturbing turn and all of a sudden a young girl named Lexi is the primary character who can 'See' the devil inside Katie Sanders.

And the disturbances just kept coming—horns and devils, hydras, wolves, wings and mirrors that show the evil and divine in all of us
Deborah Kaminski
The Wake Up is literature at its finest. Sharp, poetic, dark, with glimmers of light here and there. The story rolls along, never flagging, always surprising, breaking new ground again and again. The main character, Lexi, has a special gift. She can “See” horns like those of the devil on evil people that she meets. As if that premise were not unique enough, you wouldn’t believe where this sophisticated yet accessible story goes from there.

This novel is technically a fantasy but reminds me more
Christopher Jessulat
The first comment I'll make is that the writing is excellent. There is a great counterbalance between flow and punch, a difficult blend to master but the author has done an exceptional job of knowing when to hit hard & fast and knowing when to let the narrative breathe. The pace of the story varies a bit but there's a very definitive feeling of it being a conscious, deliberate choice. Definitely gets points for style.
A minor complaint (and if I have to level one) stems from just how many genres
George Panitsas
Nov 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Wake Up was an interestingly and surprisingly dark “dark fantasy”, especially the beginning, living up to the genre. It revolves around a unique and beautifully presented idea and illuminates some interesting themes—about relationships, society, and so forth—in a lyrical fashion. The language was pleasing and easy to read, flowing smoothly throughout the story. I’ve also read The Art of War: a Novel by Angela, and I was happily surprised to find a recurring character in Gabriel. I think that ...more
Sam Fury
Apr 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Devils walk among us…

And Lexi can see their horns in the reflections.

But she’s not the only one. They are “seers" everywhere.

Some seers don’t understand their gift and go crazy. The non-seers are scared and they think faulty mirrors are to blame.

A new devil for a president abolishes all reflective materials, but that’s just the start.

Will Lexi and the other seers survive?

You’ll love The Wake Up because it's a brilliantly written dystopian tale combining paranormal themes with human emotion.

Nov 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A modern-day fairytale told with the carefully crafted prose of a professional storyteller hitting her stride, The Wake Up is both a warning and a genuine wake up call for a generation whose self-absorption rarely masks impending narcissistic meltdown. Do we ignore the light inside to follow the dark, and if so, at whose peril? A highly recommended read by an author whose future is as bright as a supernova exploding on the literary scene.
Feb 12, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was indeed an interesting book - a storyline that has multiple genres combined into a creative blend, with a totally new imaginative approach.

The book starts slowly, and then it turns engaging and gripping. A well-written book and a good read!
Nada Hosny
Feb 05, 2019 rated it liked it
The story is  very very unique, Lexi can see the characters of the people around her, she can see thro them, and the government is after her and anyone who's like her.

negative side:
I felt like the writer wanted to fit more than one genre in one story, the story started as fantasy, and then it turned into contemporary,and then it became dystopian as hell.
So i was kind of confused along each transition; and while the effort and the work that has been spent over this book is Huge, and it's very Cl
Harry Old
Jun 15, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I definitely enjoyed reading The Wake Up.

It's a supernatural story but done in a more serious, less sensationalist way than is usual for books with this theme, which I personally found a lot more gripping. While Seeing angels and demons is prevalent, the antagonists are people and human nature rather than supernatural forces. It focuses around character development and the theme of humanity being both flawed and redeemable, with the hardest hitting areas in characters' personal realisations rath
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Angela Panayotopulos is a Greek-American storyteller, creative entrepreneur, and coffeeholic. She earned her Creative Writing M.F.A. from George Mason University at 22, and has since ghostwritten over 40 books (including Amazon bestsellers). Her personal publications include The Art of War: a Novel, inspired by her grandparents' ordeals during WWII (named as one of The National Herald's Top Picks ...more

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“No one had fought back. His friends had not retaliated and morphed into monsters. They had fallen like flies. Perhaps such evil did not lurk in the others. Perhaps he's been wrong. The thought came to him suddenly, stopping his heart as if he'd been yanked from the dance hall and flung countries and time-zones away only to crash into arctic waters. It marked the end of something, as revelations often do.
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