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review 2016-06-28 15:28
Review of Awoken
Awoken - Sarah C. Noffke

I enjoyed this audiobook. The story is good, it kept my interest all the way through.
I doesn't have too much angst, thought there is a little teenage drama. And of course the eternal love triangle...


The narrator does an ok job too. All in all this was a good way to pass the time while driving to work!

I will definitely be looking into getting hold of the rest of the series, I would like to know where it goes from here, even though it doesn't actually end on a cliffhanger and you could very easily get away with reading just this one book if that's what you would like.

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text 2016-06-04 00:03
Reading progress update: I've read 11%.
Awoken - Sarah C. Noffke
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review 2016-03-01 00:00
Awoken - Sarah Noffke One of the challenges of fantasy is that we have a whole new world to assimilate, and sometimes we get so lost trying to understand the technicalities of this new world that we lose focus on the main objective: simply enjoying the book.

This was one of my pet peeves. I don't mind about "the Chosen One saves the world" trope, it's something to be expected in fantasy. The novel that started so good: from the writing style, I could sense it was a sophisticated [b:Divergent|13335037|Divergent (Divergent, #1)|Veronica Roth|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1328559506s/13335037.jpg|13155899]. I was curious about the immersion of the protagonist in her new reality, and in her challenge to survive the training conduced by an organization she couldn't trust... to kill the biggest villain in the world. But having to stop every 3 minutes to assimilate a new concept or learn how this battle detail will work was draining to me. (It's only 300 pages long and I took almost a month to read it.)
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review 2015-08-23 22:20
Awoken - Serra Elinsen

The best book for the worst in YA!

Only it really failed to be THE WORST after my recent read. I honestly was liking the book as I was reading it and it got touching in parts. The end climax however got silly in parts with the repetition of words. However overall it's a good "worst" book. It could have been more horrible in parts, so that was very lacking. I mean if you are going to be racist, don't half-ass it. The misogyny was almost non-existant. We had Epistola that was the promiscuous scorned woman and Andi was the insignificant female to her might man man. Past that however I didn't see enough girl hate, super blatant racism, nor horrible domestic abuse that is "sooo romantic".


Still it was an enjoyable read and it certainly needs a movie!

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review 2015-05-14 18:29
Dream Travel: A Review of "Awoken" by Sarah Noffke
Awoken - Sarah Noffke

Received a free copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.


Sarah Noffke has written an interesting twist on time travel. Instead of travelling via a machine or some other device, certain individuals can travel via sleep. They can travel to the past or within the present. The future is completely off-limits.


Noffke’s story is about Roya Stark, a Dream Traveler, who must challenge a Dream Warlord, Zhuang. About eighty percent of the book is devoted to how she trains for this sci-fi showdown.


My favorite part was Noffke’s inclusion of Bruce Lee and Jeet Kune Do. I have studied JKD. I’m very familiar with Lee’s expression “be like water”. This inclusion had me eagerly reading to find out how this concept would be used in the book.


My least favorite part had to be the actual fight sequences between Nora and Zhuang. I believe they were too short. The reader was led to believe that Zhuang was this major villain who was all powerful. Nora and her team trained hard to defeat this person. When it came to the actual showdown, it was like an infant shaking a stick at a toddler. Hopefully, the action will pick up in Book Two.


Noffke’s characters were well-developed. The reader is given a good insight into each one. My favorite was Joseph. He was laid back with a ‘I don’t give up’ attitude. George, the misunderstood empath, was my next favorite. His character read like a book. Oddly, the protagonist, Roya, was my least favorite. For most of the story I found her to be self-absorbed, too emotional and standoffish. There are good reasons for her behavior. And, by the end of the book she is more likable.


I liked Noffke’s writing style. The story is well-conceived and intriguing. I highly recommend Awoken. I’ve already picked up the next installment in this trilogy.

Source: thewordsmithe.wordpress.com/2015/05/14/dream-travel-a-review-of-awoken-by-sarah-noffke
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