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Marthese Reviews We Awaken by Calista Lynne

Posted on the 23 March 2017 by Lesbrary @lesbrary
Marthese reviews We Awaken by Calista Lynne

"I went on a date in a dream with a mildly mythical figure who couldn't possibly exist. And we were swing dancing"

is a Fantasy Young Adult short novel about Victoria and Ashlinn. What drew me to this book was the fact that it was a fantasy young adult book about an asexual couple. There aren't many of those around! Despite being a fantasy, it's also mixed with contemporary.

Victoria Lindy Dinham is going through a touch time. Her father died in a car accident a year before, and her brother fell comatose in the same accident. Her mother became vacant and uncaring and Ellie, Victoria's best friend, is too different from Victoria. Dancing is her only outlet; until she meets Ashlinn.

Ashlinn is a creator of dreams, nice dreams. She visits Victoria to tell her about her brother, who she visits a lot. During their first meeting, Ashlinn gives Victoria a carnation that her brother Reeves had passed along. The flower stays in her room once Victoria wakes up, which makes her have proof that the dream wasn't all a fantasy.

Apart from this meeting in dreams concept and the difficult times that Victoria is going through, this book is about the exploration of sexuality in the broader sense of the term.

I have to say, it took me around 30 pages to get into the story. Even though it was fantasy, it was a type I was not used to. However, I continued as I know about the asexual element (and how few there are) and I have to say, I don't regret pushing on.

Victoria is a teenager and Ashlinn looks like one, although she isn't. Despite this, although at time there is immaturity in the way they approach each other, for the most part there is a certain maturity that isn't most often found in 'teenage' relationships. One example is earlier on when Ashlinn tells Victoria not to romanticize self-destruction. The two protagonists support each other, even in their relationships with other people. Ashlinn also helps Victoria explore her sexuality and her boundaries.

I liked both Victoria and Ashlinn, because they grew a lot but I also liked Ellie. When we first meet her, we see how Victoria views her as her best friend which she grew apart from in light of the tragedies in her life. However, Ellie is a very supporting friend that accepts Victoria for who she is, despite not understanding clearly.

At times, the tone is quite serious and sombre. Other times, it's funny in the way that movie tropes are; such as changing in cars. Purely classic but also something relatable that some people do at times. It's not a happy-go-lucky story, there's a lot of pain but somehow, the protagonists carry on like one does in life.

For the book being fantasy, it's relatable, especially for ace readers. My hopes for books like these is that there are more; that sexuality is viewed in a more complex manner, with easiness that does not make people feel like the odd one out when it's not present in the sexual attraction way.


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