DNF Review: Awake by Natasha Preston


Title: Awake
Author: Natasha Preston
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Publication date: August 4, 2015
Pages: 336
Source: Netgalley
Summary (via Goodreads): Don’t miss the latest gripping, high-stakes thriller from Wattpad sensation Natasha Preston, author of the runaway hit The Cellar.


Of course, the dress was white. This is what I’m supposed to die in, I thought. Not many people knew what their last outfit would be.
I pulled it over my head. It fit me perfectly. It had long, loose fitting sleeves, a modest neckline, and waves of material on the skirt. I hated it.
There were no shoes, and I was afraid I’d have to run through the forest barefoot but there weren’t a lot of options. Besides, I’d run barefoot over a bed of nails to get away.
“Scarlett, are you ready?” he called.
I looked in the mirror and took a deep breath. Time to fight for my life.


Scarlett Garner doesn’t remember anything before the age of four-until a car accident changes everything. She starts to remember pieces of a past that frighten her. A past her parents hid from her…and a secret that could get her killed.





I did not finish this book at 10% because I knew it wasn’t for me. I was looking forward to reading this book, so I was happy when Netgalley approved my request. But even on the first page I could tell it wasn’t what I expected.


I know the characters are teens, but I just felt like the conversations happening were way out there. They seemed to range from sounding like something younger kids would say to kind of sexual. I did not like Scarlett as a main character. As soon as a guy shows up on the first page, her and her best friend Imogen practically claw each other’s eyes out over him.


Then you have Noah. He was giving off a seriously creepy vibe to me, and I just didn’t understand how both girls wanted him. The plot progressed so quickly that it seemed really unrealistic to me. Do people really become obsessed with someone after only a few days? Then I felt like the book was doing too much telling, not enough showing. It was just so heavy on the dialogue, which I’ll say again didn’t seem realistic to me. I was kind of curious to figure out what was going on with Noah and his family, but not enough to keep reading.


Final note: It just didn’t draw me in like I’d hoped. The writing style just wasn’t for me.

2 thoughts to “DNF Review: Awake by Natasha Preston”

  1. This was a great review! I had seen this book on Netgalley and I was going to request it not knowing too much about it. While Awake does sound interesting I don’t think that I will be requesting it. The reason why you DNFed it are the same reasons that I would. I hate it when girls figh over boys in YA :/

    1. Thank you! I was a bit nervous about my first DNF review, and I’m so glad you liked it! I hate it too! Best friends are way more important than any boy, especially a creepy one haha.

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