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Wake Unto Me

3.68  ·  Rating details ·  2,768 ratings  ·  288 reviews
A haunted castle, a handsome young man dead for four hundred years, one heck of a scary portrait of a witch, and a treasure hunt -- not to mention a princess for a roommate! -- all await 15 year old American girl Caitlyn Monahan when she earns a scholarship to a French boarding school.

There are secrets behind the stone walls of Chateau de la Fortune, buried for centuries a
Paperback, 304 pages
Published March 31st 2011 by Speak (first published March 1st 2011)
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What I thought was suppose to be a haunting love story, turned out to be something different, and not at all what I was expecting. It's not necessarily a bad thing, but sadly I couldn't love this as much as I wanted too.
Lisa Cach is a very skilled writer and the dedication to her historical details was very impressive. But I found it a bit to formal and dry and it didn't quite have that desired punch to keep me engaged.
The plot line is very clever and I enjoyed the ghostly mysteries, but then t
An unexpected, work-related reading assigment turned up, which I will use as an excuse to abandon this book after 72 pages, although I wanted to let it simmer on my bedside table for a while.

Is it so bad, you ask? Oh, it's not bad.
- I just don't care for bordom-school (oops) boarding-school stories at the moment - especially not for those including blue-blooded royal-bitch-room-mates
- the moody, goth-like, thrift-store addicted, I-am-different-from-everybody-else-where-is-my-great-destiny-invite
Jul 28, 2010 rated it it was ok
Recommended to Nic by: oliviasbooks
Shelves: swap, read-in-2011, 2011

I really wanted to like this. I had heard so many great reviews on blogs but I was BORED. I felt like I was studying a history book. It may have just been due to the fact that historical genre is not my thing (but then again I have just read two historical books this week and loved them) so I don't think that is the case. The concept had potential but it needed to have writing that flowed effo
Morgan F
15-yr-old Caitlyn Monahan is bored with her life in rural Oregon. She's interested in classical music, art history, period novels, not pop culture and boy drama. When she is offered a full-scholarship at a boarding school in France, she leaps on it. Anything that might introduce her to a more exciting life and a chance to meet her Prince Charming. However, life at the Fortune School isn't as idyllic as she would hope. Caitlyn has always been plagued by frightening and realistic dreams, which she ...more
Oct 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
Caitlin Monahan described herself as freaky. Even though she has friends and a family who loves her, she still felt she didn’t belong because of her freakiness.

Dreams were always a constant companion of Caitlin. She never knew or understood what it meant so she kept a journal for her dreams. Her dreams were mostly nightmares, ghastly figures who scream at her which was why she called them Screechers.

Everything changed when she received a scholarship to a prestigious school in France. Her dreams

I started Lisa Cach's Wake Unto Me yesterday morning and I just finished it up. It was okay. The book started out with such promise but fell kinda flat two-thirds through.

Caitlyn has always felt out-of-place in Oregon. She studies the past, art and history, like some girls study fashion magazines and pop culture. A good evening to her is reading a book of fine art while listening to Chopin. When she gets an opportunity to study at a prestigious boarding school in France she jumps on it, forsakin
Jul 04, 2010 rated it liked it
Why was I not more aware of this book and it's awesomeness!

Ghosts, romance, an intriguing history and a mystery hundreds of years old.... yeah I'm going to say it again. AWESOME.

This novel was totally not what I was expecting. I think perhaps I was anticipating the same old paranormal romance, but that is not what I got at all. And it was a welcome change!

I have to admit that I wasn't gripped by the story initially, I remember thinking that perhaps I should put this story down... mostly because
Savannah (Books With Bite)
Aug 28, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I LOVED THIS BOOK! It may not seem like a dark book, but it is. Everything in it was so surprising and emotional I want to read it again just for the pleasure of it.

Caitilyn Monahan has vivid dreams. Dreams that are real. And in her dreams she meets him. Haunted by her dreams and thoughts by him Caitilyn takes an opportunity to go to a boarding school in France, but once she gets there, her dreams are worse. All of the sudden, her dreams are so real she can’t tell the different anymore. And what
Bibek Thapa
3 1/2 stars
The best thing about this book is how everything comes together in the end. It's like the satisfaction that you get once you've finished a very complicated puzzle. My only problem was the romance: it just felt a little forced. And the main character sometimes was a little too obsessed with finding her "Knight". Other than that it was pretty decent read.
First I must say this. I can't express how happy I am, to finally see a refeshingly oiginal premise in a YA paranormal romance. I started reading YA novels again less than a year ago, but was already tired of the same stale plot- lines. Wake Unto Me doesn't have vampires, werewolves or angels. It doesn't even have a love triangle or a protagonist who annoys you to death. In short, I loved this book!

Caitlyn has always been the odd one out. Her family and peers think she is strange. She has always
Nhi Nguyễn
I came to this book expecting to read a haunting love story. Instead, I got a bizarre journey to find a long lost treasure and a girl's soul traveling through times. I mean, how ridiculous does that sound? The description of this book didn't truly reflect what the book is about, and I blame whoever wrote this description. And I think this explains why the book receives such low rating on Goodreads, despite having very promising plot and premise.

I may have been felt like I was cheated and lied to
Mar 18, 2012 rated it it was ok
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Zemira (Kylo Ren fangirl) Warner
Even though I'm a sucker for boarding schools and goth-like characters in the end it wasn't what I hopped it would be.
The beginning was interesting,unfortunately it didn't stayed that was for long.
What I hated the most was that Caitlyn fell in love with Raphael so fast. It was like: "I'm driving to my school for the first time;oohhh there's a guy on a horse,I feel somehow connected to him;what now,I am dreaming of him,he can use a sword,I can see him taking a bath,I am so embarrassed,he is the
Leilani Lopez
Aug 25, 2010 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: EVERYONE
I want a boy from 400 years ago... As long as he is my my dreams first!
Cach really knows how to write a boy who is 400 years older than you, you can only see him in your dreams, an excellent treat!
Right after reading the Prologue, I was hooked. Like most Prologues, it left me questioning and wanting more! After Chapter 1, the book had all of my attention. I sat at my brothers football practice, reading instead of watching him as I should have. This wasn't the first time Ive seen him, nothing st
Chelle (crazytrinket)
Wake Unto Me is a story of an ordinary girl (Caitlyn) who is having a freakish nightmare. She wanted something different in her life so when she received an invitation/scholarship to study in a French boarding school, she immediately jump in to the idea. There she discovered a lot about herself and the mysteries surrounding her dreams. She met a very gorgeous guy Raphael, who haunts her in her dreams. And of course, they fell in love. Instalove should I say. And also somehow she discovered that ...more
Coming off of one supernatural novel set in France, I was a little leery about how this one was going to turn out because I knew I was going to draw comparisons. And Die For Me was pretty epic. But this had a different premise, a different plot, and a different kind of France (rural, as opposed to Paris).

Caitlyn hates life in Oregon. That's got to be more out there for her. When she gets an email unexpectedly from a private school in France that's offering her a full-ride scholarship, she jumps
Mar 31, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: on-my-bookshelf
I'll admit it...this book made me think. My thoughts through most of this book..."Huh???" lol!!! Honestly it took a while for me to catch on to what was real and what was a dream. And even towards the end...I fell for the twists. Just when i'm thinking....oh I get it...the story suddenly changes?? And there I go again... Huh?? lol! Thats not a bad thing though. The book was interesting...the story was entertaining. And I loved that extra bit at that end that just added the cherry to the top of t ...more
A true time travel romance that will appeal to all of us girls everywhere. There are bits of Romeo and Juliet mixed with a modern approach that time travels back in history. The story reminded me a bit of Libba Bray's series, but I liked this one a bit more since the descriptions are to the point and not overly wordy. I am more of a dialogue person and the conversations are very realistic.

I have read several of Lisa Cach's other stories and she is excellent at mixing up her characters and their
Rachel (The Rest Is Still Unwritten)
Ooooh, i like the sound of this!

mar 31
Just A Ginger
Jun 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Oh my lordy, oh my lordy. You have got to read this book! It's not only a paranormal romance but it's much different then any I've read! I found no cliches in it myself and I thought it was definitly an original idea.

The back of the book does this book no justice! Caitlyn has just started the tenth grade in Oregon when she recieves a letter from a boarding school in France. Who offers to pay her full tuition. They want her because they think she's 'special' and Caitlyn is in fact special. She ha
Candace Wondrak
Apr 13, 2017 rated it liked it
A quick, fast-paced read with a great gothic atmosphere. Historical, paranormal, romance, mystery--this book has a bit of everything. I know this could've easily been a four star read if I'd read it when I was in high school.

The first twenty or so pages made me question whether or not I'd enjoy it. The prologue especially was kind of...ehhh. Didn't quite know what to think, and since my copy of the book doesn't have a summary on the back, I didn't know what I was getting myself into. After read
Sep 19, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: best-in-2010

I can't really put into words how brilliant and well thought out this book was! I loved the premise and wasn't expecting it to be as good as it was! Wake Unto Me blew me out of the water! It'll keep you guessing and trying to figure out the mystery eagerly as you turn the pages! Highly recommended!

First of all, this is the first book I've ever read on a book tour! If you've never participated in a book tour, I suggest you go and sign up for one now as it's an amazing experience! You
Jul 28, 2010 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

Some girls have all the luck. High school would've been so much more interesting if I could've gone to a place like Chateau de la Fortune!

Wake Unto Me transported me into Caitlin Monahan’s world. It was a place where history and the paranormal came to life-complete with mysteries yet to be unlocked, romantic interludes with debonair ghosts and a plot filled with more twists and turns than the halls of the French castle itself.

To be honest, I was really leery about reading the book at f
Chel (The Procrastinator's Corner)
If it wasn't for the good reviews, I wouldn't have read Wake Unto Me. I've been seeing this a lot in other book blogs, but never had it never caught my interest. I didn't even know it was about witches and ghosts and french boarding schools until I read it. You know when you have no idea what a book is about, and yet, out of nowhere, the urge to start reading it attacks you? And then when you read it, bam! You're blown away. That was exactly how I met this book.

I enjoyed this book a lot especial
Dawn Vanniman
Mar 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
Have you ever felt like you just didn't belong? That's how Caitlin feels in WAKE UNTO ME. Her parents have three rowdy boys involved in sports and they think Caitlin might be a little...unbalanced. It's not that her parents don't love her, they just don't know what to do with her. See, she has these dreams - sometimes terrifying nightmares and sometimes wonderful escapes into the history of Oregon (where she lives). When Caitlin gets a full-ride scholarship to a fancy boarding school in France, ...more
Feb 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed-books
This book is about a American girl named Caitlyn Monahan.She can't believe her ears when she is given the chance to go to a prestigious boarding school named Chateau de la Fortune. She jumps at the chance to get out of her small Oregon town.But everything is not what is seems.

This is good read.Not the best but good.The plot lacked originality and it took a while to reach the climax. The reason I gave this book 4 stars is because of the description and love story.The story of Caitlyn and Raphael
Sep 11, 2010 rated it liked it
Someone really messed up this cover! Besides the smokey ghost, which Raphael is not, Caitlyn has black hair. The cover also screams paranormal, whereas the book was more historical, with a touch of paranormal.
Caitlyn starts at a boarding school in France. She's had very vivid dreams since she was 11, some of them are very vivid nightmares. When she arrives in France she starts dreaming of Raphael and recognizes him immediately as her soulmate. Luckily, the kissing doesn't begin there. There is
Nov 14, 2010 rated it really liked it
I liked it. It reminded me of A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray - girl who is destined to save the world is decended from magical women attending a strange private school run by same family of magical women (and of course the girl doesn't know it). Girl then finds hot boy in an unlikely place. I'm not sure which author's take I liked better. Both books are a nice mix of girl drama, scary story and romance... ...more
Sep 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I thought this book was actually cute. It was different from other YA, usually when the girl meets the guy, they start to makeout right after meeting, here nothing too crazy happened, it was a spooky, mystery book, it did kind of creeped me out lol, alot of unexpected things happened, who I thought were the bad guys turned out to be (view spoiler), that never happened to me before, usually in books I can tell what's going to happen so I like the surprise in this book :) ...more
Sidra Umair
Dec 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance, mystery, ghost
The novel is as mesmerising to read the second time as it was the first. For most people, the story might be a bit slow, but for me it was a maddening chase through time.
The complex paradox that is our heroine's existence through time is as confusing as it is heartbreaking.
The end leaves me a bit hollow. I wish there was more but I am content.
Perhaps I will read this book again in a few years and be hooked all over again.

" She was floating, untethered, between two lives."
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Lisa Cach grew up in a farm near Portland, Oregon, a place she loves although she'd always trying to leave it. Wanderlust has led her to sail the Sargasso Sea, teach English in Japan, and trek the leech-infested jungles of Borneo. She has degrees in both English and psychology, two subjects that were fun to learn about but that guaranteed her low-paying jobs. Her father, she admits, may have been ...more

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