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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

✵BLOG TOUR - AWOKEN (The Lucidites #1) by SARAH NOFFKE + Review by Sunburst Fairy + EXCERPT + GIVEAWAY✵

Hello, fairy friends! Sunburst Fairy here and I'm bringing you another book to add in your TBR lists! ^___^ Our blog is sooo lucky to be part of this tour and so we give you.... AWOKEN by SARAH NOFFKE!

SUMMARY from Goodreads

Around the world humans are hallucinating after sleepless nights.

In a sterile, underground institute the forecasters keep reporting the same events.

And in the backwoods of Texas, a sixteen-year-old girl is about to be caught up in a fierce, ethereal battle.

Meet Roya Stark. She drowns every night in her dreams, spends her hours reading classic literature to avoid her family’s ridicule, and is prone to premonitions—which are becoming more frequent. And now her dreams are filled with strangers offering to reveal what she has always wanted to know: Who is she? That’s the question that haunts her, and she's about to find out. But will Roya live to regret learning the truth?

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Thank you very much for the gifted copy in exchange for an honest review. ^____^

First of all, this book was descriptively narrated, and honestly that helped me understand the events of the story. It's just beautifully described you'd think its happening at the back of your eyes. It's like you see what's on every character's mind and well... it's just one of the strengths of this book.  Though I would admit that the first few chapters gave me a hard time easing into BUT once Roya, the heroine got into the Institute and more was revealed, it was all good and I was able to read seamlessly. 

So you see, Roya's character was a little standoffish, aloof, distant and uncooperative with her teammates. It might sound very unlikeable, but our girl here had a very difficult childhood, being an outcast and with all the reasons untold why she was in the Institute, discovering that she is a dream traveler, and the ONLY person who could rid the evil dream traveler who steals people's consciousness- Zhuang, it made her reaction and attitude realistic and very relatable.

The rest of the characters in this were nicely rounded. Joseph, gave the story a lighter feel of his humorous character that made me look forward to his progress in the next books. Aiden just got to me the moment he was introduced, there was just something in his character that will get any readers attention. I like how he and Roya affect each other, work and challenge each other. I'm interested how their relationship would go in the series. 

On the other hand, George feel a bit off for me but when I progress in the book, oh boy, I was confused who to root for! Haha. Here I thought the insta-love is all I'm gonna have in this book, but the love triangle surprised me. ^__^  This guy has a lot of potential, I believe if their relationship was built up more and longer, and developed better he's gonna make Roya crazy over for him. The connection though just all sound very abrupt but cute nonetheless.

This was from the middle part to the last that I'd say I enjoyed the most, as it just flowed really well. As the confrontation with the villain came it was rather very sudden and leaves the readers with many questions to look forward to next books for enlightenment. This might have lots of confusing parts but definitely is an enjoyable read.

To readers, who loves a good fantasy and sci-fi story, this one's for you. ^__^

4 Fairy Wings!


“I cannot grant you any more time,” Shuman says. “I need your answer.”
I scan the surface of the water, looking for nothing in particular. She can wait for my answer. She will.

I push my fingers into my eyes and inhale deeply. This duel is inevitable. Zhuang and his challenger’s futures are intertwined. Any attempt to evade the other person will only bring the two together. And somehow I was elected by people I don’t know, for a danger I only recently knew existed. Still none of this makes sense, which is why I know I have to rely on instinct. It’s all I have left. “Fine,” I say a bit pathetically. “I’ll do it.”

A smile would be nice, or maybe a “good for you.” Instead Shuman, who appears to be all business, all the time, begins spouting instructions. “Your next step is to find the Lucidite Institute. Since you are relatively new to dream traveling there are many risks you face.”
No big surprises there.

Shuman continues, “You must dream travel to the Institute while fully submerged in water.”
Um, what? “Are you serious? I’ll drown.”

“There is that risk, yes, but the only way to enter the Institute is through water. To travel there you must return to your body and then immerse yourself in water. I advise you to know you are one with it. It is through this knowledge that you overcome the fear of drowning and focus on the higher task of dream traveling. If you remain calm and focus properly then you will travel and arrive at the Institute. If you are unsuccessful, then yes, you will drown.”

“Oh, is that all? Sounds like a piece of cake.” I’m wondering now if I made the right decision.
Shuman narrows her eyes, but doesn’t respond otherwise.
I rub my temples as an overwhelming pressure erupts behind my eyes. “This is all so strange, it sounds like a recurring dream I’ve been…” My words fall away as the inevitable truth dawns on me. “You put those dreams in my head, didn’t you?” I accuse, staring at her rigid persona.

“The Lucidites are responsible, yes,” she says, her tone matter-of-fact.
“What! That’s insane! That’s awful. Night after night I dreamed I was drowning myself. Do you know how horrifying that is?”

“You should be grateful. We have prepared you for the journey you are about to take. Your subconscious mind has already practiced much of what you are going to do.”
“Grateful!?” I shake my head in disbelief. “I thought I was losing my mind. I didn’t sleep well for weeks. No. I’m not the least bit grateful. You invaded my subconscious,” I spew, more frustrated now than frightened.

Shuman takes a long inhale and says, “Everything that has been done was to protect you and the future.”


Sarah Noffke writes YA sci-fi fantasy and is the author of The Lucidites Series.  She’s been everything from a corporate manager to a hippie. Her taste for adventure has taken her all over the world. If you can’t find her at the gym, then she’s probably at the frozen yogurt shop. If you can’t find her there then she probably doesn’t want to be found. She is a self-proclaimed hermit, with spontaneous urges to socialize during full moons and when Mercury is in retrograde. Sarah lives in Southern California with her family.

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