We Awaken by Calista LynneWe Awaken by Calista Lynne

We Awaken

byCalista Lynne

Paperback | July 14, 2016

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One year ago a car accident killed Victoria Dinham’s father, and now all that keeps her going is the hope of getting into the Manhattan Dance Conservatory. That is, until an ethereal girl named Ashlinn visits her in her sleep claiming to be the creator of good dreams and carrying a message from her comatose brother. They meet in Victoria’s subconscious, and over time they come to care for each other. Ashlinn is secure in her asexuality, but Victoria has never heard of it. Soon, however, she realizes she too must be asexual. 

On the day of Victoria’s big dance audition, her mother is unable to drive her to town so Ashlinn must turn human to help Victoria chase her dreams. While in New York City, Victoria and Ashlinn explore their affections for each other and try to understand what it means to be asexual teenagers. Unfortunately for the couple, Ashlinn cannot stay human forever, and humanity begins to suffer from not having her around to create pleasant fantasies each night.

Calista Lynne is a perpetual runaway who grew up on the American East Coast and is currently studying theater in London. She is oftentimes seen screeching at Big Ben and pointing out the same landmarks on a daily basis, and is having difficulty adjusting to the lack of Oxford commas across the pond. She writes because it always seemed ...
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Title:We AwakenFormat:PaperbackDimensions:180 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.38 inPublished:July 14, 2016Publisher:Dreamspinner PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1634769953

ISBN - 13:9781634769952

Reviews

Rated 3 out of 5 by from good for allos not so much for aces :( For an actual asexual person this was pretty info dumping. I wouldn't really rec this to my ace friends but to my allosexual (non ace) friends if they wanted to learn about being asexual. I kept getting bored with the ace parts actually, mainly bc I knew it all and have already gone through it. I'm not really sure if this is #ownvoices or not either so... (it doesn't feel like it) The characters were also pretty blah. Ellie unfortunately was a trope I'm tired of irl. I liked the concept but it def could have been longer and more chemistry between the main couple.
Date published: 2017-01-26
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Great To Learn About Asexuality But No Plot Beyond That There were some things that I didn't like at all and some characterizations that didn't really make sense unless you look at this book as a way to showcase Asexuality and the prejudices that surround it. I was hoping for a Fantasy book with Asexual characters rather than a novel about why people hate Asexuality and how everyone is a Richard about it. I felt like the idea of learning about Asexuality was thrown in my face so much that the rest of the story didn't even matter in context -- this could have been any other novel with any other characters and the Asexuality aspect could have still worked. And instead of feeling like I learned something real about Asexuality and what it means to be someone who is Asexual, I just got the basics that you can learn from any web search. I also thought that this one was really short. It was 180 pages, which is more like novella length than a full novel. And this was both good and bad: good because IDK if I could take anymore of the flip-flopping characters who were super eager to shoulder any cause EXCEPT Asexuality (*cough*Ellie*cough*) and bad because it meant we got ... bare minimum of the fantasy in this one. I don't even have anything to say about the fantasy part because it was non-existent tbh. It only really mattered in context of allowing these two girls to be together, but only if (view spoiler). I was really not impressed with the ending. I thought it was a bit of an easy cop-out to ensure a HEA and I am not okay with it. A lot of the conversations felt unnatural. I tried saying them aloud to see if maybe it just was me that wouldn't talk like that, but the word choices and the phrasing was really awkward to me. Especially with the conversations specifically surrounding Asexuality. While they were informative for the reader, they seemed like they were straight out of a pamphlet about Asexuality, which made them awkward to read as conversations between friends. I feel like Ellie got the worst treatment out of all the characters ((view spoiler)) because she was being used JUST to show how people are prejudiced against Asexuality. And while I KNOW that there are some open minded people who also are very rude and mean-spirited and down right aggressively hateful to Asexuals, I felt like we didn't really get the full picture as to why Ellie would be like this UNTIL the conversation at the end where she becomes more enlightened because Victoria says things like "How did you know you were straight?" and "You don't ask gay boys about their sex life." I think there could have been more use of Semira for this purpose tbh. She was very hateful (the one time we met her) and it could have led to more pushback in the realm of dreams and nightmares (and thus more fantasy aspects). I also would have liked to learn more about how she creates nightmares and if this is why she became so hateful? I feel like there was a lot more that could have been expanded on and explained in this one than there was. Overall, if you want to learn about Asexuality, this is a great novel, but if you are looking for a great plot, look elsewhere.
Date published: 2016-08-31