Wake Unto Me by Lisa CachWake Unto Me by Lisa Cach

Wake Unto Me

byLisa Cach

Paperback | March 31, 2011

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Caitlyn Monahan knows she belongs somewhere else. It's what her dead mother's note suggested, and it's what her recurring nightmares allude to. Desperate to flee these terrifying dreams-and her small town-she accepts a spot at a boarding school in France. Only, when she arrives, her nightmares get worse. But then there are her amazing dreams, so vivid and so real, with visits from an alluring, mysterious, and gorgeous Italian boy from the 1500s. Caitlyn knows they are soul mates, but how can she be in love with someone who exists only in her dreams? Then, as her reality and dream world collide, Caitlyn searches for the real reason why she was brought to this school. And what she discovers will change her life forever.
Lisa Cach lives in the Pacific Northwest.
Title:Wake Unto MeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 8.27 × 5.5 × 0.8 inPublished:March 31, 2011Publisher:Penguin Young Readers GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0142414360

ISBN - 13:9780142414361

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Worth the read, slow paced but well written First of all, bonus points to a very beautiful cover. Really loved it. Second, I really liked this book. The best of it was the setting description of the boarding school and the overall mood throughout the book. It was dark, it was gothic, and it held a lot of secrets ready to be revealed. Caitlyn overall, was a good character to read. She wasn’t over the top whiny or moody like some protagonists I’ve come across. She’s realistic and likable. The chemistry she has between herself and Raphael is well done (and Raphael is VERY crushworthy). The plot does develop a little slower than some. The descriptions of France and its’ buildings is well done so picturing the setting is easy and establishes the story so readers will have a clear picture. I liked how the story carries the reader through different time periods, but also it’s like time traveling through dreams. It’s interesting, for sure and the transitions aren’t confusing, it’s pretty much clear and easy to read. The ghost story part of the book was very well done. I wasn’t expecting the outcome and it caught me entirely off guard. The treasure hunting aspect (yes, there’s a lot to pack into this plot!) was good and interesting, and it wasn’t too overdone. There was one thing that really did bother me, and that was towards the ending. It got a little too convenient and well to be frank, rather cheesy. I thought it should have been done differently or..perhaps that particular event with Thierry just should not have happened. In my opinion, I found that part to be just so predictable and if the rest of the book hadn’t been so great, the score based on that ending alone would have been lower. Great for YA fans who want a little bit of everything (a ghost story, a romance, a treasure hunt, and a bit of historical fiction). It’s worth the read. Some might be put off with the slow development of the plot so this might not be for some who prefer something fast paced.
Date published: 2012-02-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Even death could not keep them apart Cash writes with great attention to historical detail. The setting of the story couldn't be better, and the characters, while most of them don't really appear to be alive and leaping off the pages (many characters only exist in Caitlyn's dreams anyway), are written with just enough detail to tell the story. However, the interplay between the past (400 years ago) and the present is amazing, and readers can't deny how a certain hand of fate is making the romance in this story possible. By the end of the story, some questions are still left unanswered, but it's a satisfying read, one that shows how love can transcend time. There's something very romantic and heart wrenching about a love where one person is in one world while the other exists in another world, although personally, I find there is something lacking in their romance. Without spoiling the story, I'll just say that these two young lovers rely a little too much on fate. Many readers probably wouldn't find this to be a problem. At the heart of this story, there is also a mystery to be solved or a quest to be fulfilled. Told in Caitlyn's point of view, the story is peppered with French, Italian and Latin, it brings in elements of the paranormal, and a rich history that sets the mood very well (albeit some historical facts are fictional). When a romance is set in France, even when most of it is happening in her dreams, love is definitely in the air. For those who don't mind reading (or dreaming) about a gorgeous young lad who's heart is set for his one and only, even after 400 years, and for those who enjoy a YA story charged with European history, give this one a try.
Date published: 2011-07-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Mystery with lots of gothic feel Caitlyn keeps to herself and doesn’t have many friends. She has very pleasant and vivid dreams but there are also the nightmares with screaming ghostly images. She’s tried telling her parents but all they can see is an underlying mental illness so Caitlyn has learned to keep these things to herself. When a opportunity presents itself for Caitlyn to attend boarding school in France she jumps at the chance seeing it as a new start in a new place. In the new surrounding Caitlyn starts having dreams of a young man named Raphael from 500 years in the past. For Caitlyn it was love at first sight. The first time she saw Raphael she knew he was the one for her. Even though it was predicted by Caitlyn’s mom it still didn’t sit right with me. After that first encounter, she really didn’t know anything about him except his name. You don’t know whether Raphael is a ghost or not and if he is how are they ever going to be together because one’s dead and one’s still alive…and that’s a thought that always crosses my mind when reading any sort of ghost story. The setting in France and the different historical time periods were well researched. I could tell that the author knew her material with the amount of historical detail included in the story. The Fortune School is actually a castle that has been converted into a girl’s boarding school. It had a very gothic feel to it and I can picture someone walking down its darkened hallways. The story was a little too wordy for me along with so much historical detail which slowed the pace of the story. But there were some great twists regarding Caitlyn’s screecher nightmares and the Woman in Black. Looking back I never would have guessed but once it was explained everything clicked into place. Overall, this was an average read for me but if you like paranormal ghost stories mixed with some historical fiction then you should give this a read.
Date published: 2011-07-16