Wake Unto Me
[March 31, 2011]
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.
This was a beautiful, beautiful read. I completely adored it.
The romance was SO well done. It was a bit of an insta-love, which is usually annoying but...it just WORKED here. Maybe because of the ghost-ish-ness, maybe because of the shortness, I don't know. It just worked.
This book is also quite the mystery. The main character was getting so confused about certain things, *I* was getting confused. It really messed with my mind trying to figure it out, which was kind of refreshing.
I really loved all of the characters in this book. They all had some depth to them, even if they weren't super important, and they were all important to the plot. For the most part, they were supporting of our star-crossed lovers, as well, which is always important.
The book was a little predictable, I kind of saw the ending coming quite a ways off, but it's not predictable in that "Really? Really, it's that...why am I bothering to read this?" way. It's predictable in the "This is gonna happen, how we gonna get there?" kind of way. And maybe not everyone sees it coming and I'm just weird? That's always possible too.
All in all, this was a really, really good book. I kind of loved it. It got me in the mood for most ghost-y/time travel stories and made me crave some real, good, romance. I highly recommend it and since it IS out in paperback, if you don't like it, it's not a massive set back. But you'll like it, 'cause I said so. So go, buy it and then I can get my sequel. We ALL win then, yes?