Wake Unto Me

Wake Unto Me

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By (author) Lisa Cach

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  • Publisher: SPEAK
  • Format: Paperback | 304 pages
  • Dimensions: 145mm x 211mm x 25mm | 281g
  • Publication date: 31 March 2011
  • Publication City/Country: New York, NY
  • ISBN 10: 0142414360
  • ISBN 13: 9780142414361
  • Sales rank: 82,513

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A haunted castle, a handsome young man dead for four hundred years, one heck of a scary portrait of a witch, and a treasure hunt - not to mention a princess for a roommate! - all await 15 year old American girl Caitlyn Monahan when she earns a scholarship to a French boarding school. There are secrets behind the stone walls of Chateau de la Fortune, buried for centuries along with the mystery of who killed Raphael, the charming ghost who visits Caitlyn at night. But as Caitlyn unearths the history of the castle, nothing scares her as badly as the secret she learns about herself, and the reason she was chosen to come to the Fortune School. And nothing breaks her heart as badly as falling in love with a dead guy.

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Lisa Cach lives in the Pacific Northwest.

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By Shanese Mullins 21 May 2011 5

Caitlin leaves her home and everything she's even known back in the America to attends a boarding school in France, Chateau de la Fortune. Caitlin a good and plain girl (so she thinks) who goes to school thinking everything would be ordinary and just like every other school, only to realize she was wrong. There are new friends, new divas, love, death, ghost, vivid dreams, and whole bunch of other things you can't even begin to guess.

I loved this book. Well it did start a little slow in the beginning and I put the book down but when I picked it up again I found that it got faster and better. I found Caitlin to be a great character, she was likeable and not once did I want to punch her in the face (I've felt like that before in other books), I found Caitlin someone I could relate to. I mean who hasn't felt confused or out of place at one time or another. What I really loved about this book was the fact that I couldn't even guess what was going to happen next, usually I can tell how a book will end but this one had me on my toes, and wrong so many times. Lisa Cach took a clichÃ?Æ?Ã?© (girl goes to new school, finds out there's something special or different about her. And she falls in love with amazingly handsome boy) and turned in something different, unique, and amazing. I found that in this book the small details that you really don't care about are the things that make the biggest impact, and are the most important.

I can honestly say the only thing I didn't like was the fact that I don't have a Raphael of my own, so I'm a little jealous. Wake Unto Me was more than I had hoped for and I hope there will be a part two. I would recommend this book to anyone, I don't care what kind of books you normally read, Wake Unto Me is one that you don't want to miss.

{Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book enable my review. All opinions presented here are my own.}

By Heather A. McBride 04 Apr 2011 5

This is one of those books that I felt like I was taking a chance on, and I'm so glad I did! It was excellent! The summary was just the tip of the iceberg. Caitlyn is an outsider in Oregon, and doesn't find fitting in much easier in her new boarding school. Although she does make a couple of good friends, not counting the man of her dreams - literally. Told in the third person, this story is almost entirely from Caitlyn's point of view. But not inside her head, and it worked. This book grabbed onto me right at the start, and I couldn't read the last third fast enough. I had my ideas about what was going to happen, but I had to see how it all came together. I believe it was artfully done, the individual threads being woven together quite masterfully. I felt like this book was so much more than just the impression summary leaves. I was surprised by the twists and turns and even the conclusion. (That is despite my having figured a key something out.)

By Precious 04 Apr 2011 5

Nothing I could write in this review could ever give justice to the perfection of Wake Unto Me. No words could ever perfectly describe how awesome this was.

Caitlyn did not have outstanding grades or any outstanding talent for that matter - aside from drawing and dreaming strange vivid dreams if you consider those. She was the odd-woman-out in Spring Creek. Her mother died in a car accident and was thought of as a crazy woman. Her father and her stepmother thought Caitlyn took after her mother. So when the Fortune School offered her a full ride, she grabs it to leave Spring Creek. I was able to relate to her in many ways. Her character was something that was very likable.

Cach made an exquisite combination of paranormal, historical and romance that will spin the smooth threads of Caitlyn's life - her past, her present and her future. Caitlyn's dreams allowed her to share her life with Raphael, a gorgeous artist who carried a burden. Every dream strengthened her desire to see Raphael for a longer time and to help him find a hidden treasure that dates back to the Crusades. She really felt that he was real. But that couldn't be because Raphael only lived in her dreams or didn't he?

I found myself drawn to the mystery of Caitlyn's dreams, to the haunted history of the castle and to the abyss near the grounds of the Fortune School. The castle itself emanated so much mystery. I loved it! To add to that, the castle was said to be haunted by the Woman in Black, a girl looking for her lost beloved. And beyond the walls of the castle, lies the Abyss where Thierry, Brigette's brother, fell. The area was more or less filled with death, loss and bitterness - a perfect place for ghosts.

Through dreams, I got to see the past of the castle. Raphael had lived there with Beneto, his mentor, Ursino, Giovanni and Philippe, a French spy. Raphael's life was in jeopardy. Someone wanted to kill him. But the castle has more complicated stories than that. Inside its walls were a treasure brought back from the time of the Crusades and a heart waiting to be found.

Wake Unto Me is an unforgettable story with remarkable characters, following the rush of treasure-hunting and dream-travelling. Intricately woven with shocking and unpredictable secrets and revelations, this is one of the most compelling paranormal romances out there. The best ghost novel in YA is finally here! I recommend this to paranormal romance fans, maybe to historical - specifically the ones fond of the Crusades fictions, ghost story readers and everyone who wants an unpredictable read.

By Lislaine Oliveira 04 Apr 2011 5

First thing that came to my mind when I read this synopsis? The Mediator Series and Jesse-hotty love of my life! Thankfully to the blog International Book Tour I had the opportunity to read this book.

The story is about Caitlyn, a girl just like any other (or not!) that can't handle anymore her boring life in Oregon. To become worse, her mother died when Caitlyn was 4 and now she lives with her dad, her stepmother and 3 half-brothers. So, when an opportunity to study in France arises, she won't think twice to fill in the forms. And obviously she's accepted and also wins a full scholarship (obviously because if it hadn't happened there'd be no story LOL). That's when the story really begins, and we're going to meet Caitlyn, her new friends from the boarding school (the princesses Amalia and Naomi), Château de la Fortune, Raphael and his family, but mainly the period in which Raphael lived in Château de la Fortune (1500′s). That's because Caitlyn is not like the other girls, she has premonitory dreams and when she is not visited by the Screechers, she's visited by Raphael. With him will come up some mysteries, details about Caitlyn's life as well, and she'll risk being expelled from the boarding school just to help Raphael find where is the treasure left by the first family that bought the castle.

The reading is very fast and easy to be done; the story happens in 2011 and also in the 1500′s. The historic part is the thing that attracted me the most, because the authoress leaves you really curious and wanting to google all the time about the characters, paintings, facts, places... I just loved to know more about the Templars; learn a little bit of French, Italian and even Latin; imagine the old France and all those wonderful castles throughout Europe. After all, everything enchanted me! Interesting fact is that Lisa wrote in third person, but she makes you feel so absorbed in the story that you follow the rhythm like it was being narrated by Caitlyn herself. Every time you wonder about what's real and what's dreamy, but the narration is so well built that it's impossible to get lost during the reading even with these changes.

To read the whole review: http://bookaholiclis.com/2010/11/international-book-tour-wake-unto-me-english/