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/show more
by Emma Jacox