First Comes Love by Katie Kacvinsky

First Comes Love

byKatie Kacvinsky

Kobo ebook | May 8, 2012

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Like his name, Gray is dark and stormy. Dylan, a girl always searching for what's next, seemingly unable to settle down, is the exact opposite: full of light and life. On the outside, they seem like an unlikely couple. But looks can be deceiving and besides, opposites attract.

What starts as friendship, turns into admiration, respect and caring, until finally these two lone souls find they are truly in love with each other.

But staying in love is not as easy as falling in love. If Dylan and Gray want their love to last, they're going to have to work at it. And learn that sometimes love means having to say you're sorry.

This ebook includes a sample chapter of AWAKEN.

Title:First Comes LoveFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:May 8, 2012Publisher:Houghton Mifflin HarcourtLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0547822340

ISBN - 13:9780547822341

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing!!! It is a really great book. But it is too bad that the third book only came out in an ebook format.
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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty Good Interesting book. Look forward to reading the next one in the series.
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Rated 4 out of 5 by from I loved it! I bought this book about a year ago and have read all three now. Such an intriguing spiral of events. The character development was so good, and you really feel connected with them. Just caring and worrying so much as to what would happen. Perfect details, suspense, and just overall good book!
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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Middle ground Is there a third book? Weird ending,
Date published: 2014-05-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A great sequel! There’s something about Middle Ground’s world and society that makes you want to question how we use technology in our every day lives. This is why I found this book so realistic. Maddie does seem to make rash decisions in this one and I couldn’t help but shake my head when she did it. Even though the story continued on, I felt that the society and the plot that was in the first book, Awaken went on pause. This might even be a filler book (as most second books are!), where the emphasis is on the characters and their development. But rest assured, I wasn’t bored at all. There was meaning behind everything that Maddie did. And the romance did get a little steamy at times, but it was appropriate for most readers. Overall, I was satisfied with the continuation, but I was looking for so much more. Quotes “But isn’t what we do, not what we own, that makes a difference? Isn’t how we treat people, not how we appear, that makes us attractive?” (4) “You could sit around and wait for life to happen or you could get busy and make it happen yourself.” (87) “People don’t appreciate each other when they’re alive. Why would they go out of their way for someone who’s dead?”—Justin (191) “I was beginning to believe friends could replace family. When it comes down to it, you want to be around people who appreciate you.” (196) “It’s easy to forget other people are suffering when your own life is secure and comfortable and perfect.” (248) “Letting go is easy. Anyone can do that. Love is fighting for someone to stay.” (320)
Date published: 2013-09-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Awaken A good book over all but can get slightly boring at times
Date published: 2013-04-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A scary vision of a very real possible reality! Well it isn't often that I like a second book more than the first in a series, but in this case. Wow. This one just kept me reading even more than the first, and I did like the first, I just liked this one more! Katie Kacvinsky ones again tells a tale that is creepy just from the fact that it could be true. Society could become dependant so much on technology in 50 years that nobody really leaves home any more and it's scary to think of. It's definitely a series that makes you think! Plus it's sci-fi/dystopia, it's a great genre! One of the things I liked about this book other than how realistic it could be is Maddie. She is unbelievably brave in this book. She is literally tortured mentally and still manages to hold onto herself and not be brainwashed, with the help of her friends of course. She can even escape the detention center, but stays to help others. She struggles with it for sure and nearly breaks more than once. I felt afraid for her more than once! She's just a really strong character who fights for what she believes in. Also, she has great taste in men (even if I wanted to smack him for being stupid sometimes!) Overall, this is a fairly fast paced story. I had a very hard time putting this one down and am pretty anxious to know what's going to happen next. Kacvinsky really does a great job keeping the reader entertained and making a world that you can easily imagine and place yourself into to connect with the characters. Definitely one I will be recommending! *A copy was provided by the publisher for review*
Date published: 2013-01-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Intriguing concept! I've had my eyes on Awaken for some time now, and I finally got to read it. Happy to say that I really liked it! The first thing about Awaken that got my attention, besides the pretty cover, is the story. Set in 2060, everything and everyone has a life that revolves around technology. You exercise in front of a screen, go to online school, a machine spits out your food, and the grass and trees are artificial thanks to ever expanding architecture. It's a scenario that I was really intrigued by; who doesn't want to not have to cook everyday, and hey, online classes can definitely be welcome sometimes. But there are two sides to every coin, and Awaken had a harsh one. No one leaves their houses anymore. What for? Everything they could need or want can be accomplished thanks to a computer. Socialization and interaction are almost non-existent, even within households, with people actually becoming scared to go outside. We meet Maddie, the daughter of the man who created DS, Digital School, the mastermind behind the lowest crime rates, birth rates and dropouts ever. His technology has changed the world, but for the better or worse? Maddie is seriously conflicted about this--she doesn't like to be controlled by her father, or associated with him and his work, but she's also just as hooked to her screens as the next person. Her confusion about which side she supported really resonated because even though the Digital Schools were helpful in a way, like giving education to everyone, they also came with big negatives, which became clearer as the story progressed, like taking away certain freedoms or personal privacy. Her dad might've had a great idea but he was going about it all wrong. Maddie took some serious risks during the novel and I couldn't help but hope she came out alright. You clearly get to see her growth as she learns how to 'live' again and interact with the 'real' world. And we come to Justin. He was great, he really was, I just wish I got to see more of that sooner. The first thing I realized about Justin is that he had an agenda, a straight path in his mind that he didn't like to wander off of. He was also very clear cut in his dislike of DS, but so much so that it got a little repetitive. I wanted to roll my eyes like a scolded child and say 'alright, I get it already!' It gets better towards the last quarter or so of the book when his shell starts to crack, and you will like what you see! Awaken progressed reasonably well, I was never bored with anything and I really liked the little scenes, for example, when Maddie would talk to her mom about books (no real paper!) and trees, or she would really start to question her lifestyle, and especially when she and Justin finally finally opened up to each other. I did, however, feel Maddie fell really hard for Justin too fast and I really didn't know anything about how Justin felt towards her until very far in the book. It felt sort of unbalanced in a way. Yes, Awaken has a few flaws but overall it was a great read with a possible look at what could be our future. Maddie's never known anything different but being with her as her eyes are opened to what's around her and how the world's changed is enthralling. And I'm happy to say there will be a sequel! The ending was far too open so I'm excited to see what awaits Maddie in the next leg of her journey in Middle Ground. Check this one out! Review originally here:
Date published: 2011-08-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Society Seemingly Not Too Far Off From Our Own... Katie Kacvinsky makes a wonderful entrance to the YA writing scene with her debut novel Awaken. Although the novel is dystopian, the events and principles it covers really don't seem so far-fetched as one might expect. And maybe that's the most scary aspect of this aspect, knowing our own futures are leading towards a more virtual life as we grow more and more dependent on technology... but at what consequences? It was these sorts of questions that left me fascinated to learn more about Awaken as I flipped the pages... It's the year 2060 and much of America is completely digital with people rarely venturing outside anymore when they can simply accomplish anything they want online from the comforts of their own home. For Maddie, her life is strictly controlled by her influential father, a man who founded Digital School, the school system used nationwide to educate youths. Maddie seems satisfied with this constant virtual life, but when she meets Justin, a boy who convinces her to meet him in the real world, she begins to question everything she's ever known. Rebelling thoughts she had pushed to the back of her mind when she was younger begin to resurface and soon, Maddie's not sure if a completely digital life is so right anymore... Besides having a great premise, my only qualms with the novel related to the characters themselves as they fell a little bit flat. Both Maddie and Justin don't come across as very strong characters initially but after awhile, I was glad to finally see some signs of growth in them. I wasn't very impressed with how Maddie practically fell in love with Justin and his good looks as soon as she met him, but what I did like was how she slowly grew confidence in herself to act on things she believed in and to pull away from her father's influence. I know I've only mentioned Maddie's father up to this point, but honestly, the only thing I really have to say about her mother is that her personality is completely different compared to the father and that she should grow a spine instead of remaining on the sidelines. But anyways, let's move onto Justin... shall we? Even though Maddie was soon falling for him, when he made his appearance in the novel, I couldn't shake this wariness I had. He's a little older than Maddie and he tries to keep rather distant, but there was always this feeling like he had another agenda in mind. I won't say anything else on the subject now except that it took awhile for me to finally come to his side and when I did, a part of me fell for him too. In the ever increasing online life we are all beginning to lead, Katie Kacvinsky's novel delivers a message... or really a warning if you will of our increasingly online society and how it is shaping us. Just like Maddie, you'll be left questioning yourself, and weighing the pros and cons of such an active online persona. Add on top a novel that has themes regarding coming into your own as a teenager and first love... and I think Awaken is a novel that many will enjoy. And for those who are still a bit iffy about the dystopian genre, think of Awaken as more of a futuristic YA fiction novel than anything else. For while the society in the novel definitely has its faults... when you think about, is it really so far off than the way ours seems to be heading towards? You can also read this review at:
Date published: 2011-03-27