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Asleep Paperback – April 23, 2009
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I knew before finishing the free sample that I would buy the book, because I was already so hooked by the compelling characters. And after the first few chapters I already knew the book would be five stars, and it only kept improving from there.
The characters (even minor ones) are well drawn and interesting. The main characters (Adisa and Micah) were compelling and the relationship between them developed in a very realistic way. The author is a master of dialogue and not once did I ever feel like these teen characters were acting ridiculously juvenile for their age or unbelievably mature. Which was no mean feat (considering the storyline). The adults sounded like adults, the teens sounded like teens and the kids sounded like kids.
I stayed up ridiculously late reading this book after downloading it for my Kindle, even knowing I had to go to work could not pry me away. But I finally relented figuring I should try to get at least an hour or two of sleep. But I then spent the next day (luckily Saturday) devouring the rest of it.
The romance/relationship between the two main characters was compelling. I couldn't wait for them to get together, but until many books, also enjoyed every step of the way. And because the other characters and sub-plots were so well drawn, I had no desire to skim the book when Adisa and Micah weren't in the same scene. I laughed out loud more than just a few times, and felt real suspense at points. I desperately wanted to know what would happen to even secondary characters and was completely rooting for Adisa and Micah to have their happily ever after.
I also especially appreciated the true to life, and completely non-stereotypical, way the author portrayed this mostly African American set of characters. There are so few stories that pull this off without resorting to caricature. And when race matters were dealt with the characters had realistic reactions and the author's masterful character portrayals really had a chance to shine. And my respect for the author just increased exponentially (a little math humor that those who read the book might appreciate).
If I gush any more over this book I'm sure I will come off like a paid spokesperson (and I'm definitely not). Even still, I feel as though I'm lacking the proper words and elegant delivery necessary to truly express how much I liked this book. I could probably write an essay filling pages if I set my mind to it. I love it that much. So much so, that I think I will probably re-read this book before long. And that's the most glowing endorsement I can give a book. I have read hundreds of books (literally) yet I can only think of 1 or 2 that I have ever liked enough to bother reading again. Because most books, no matter how enjoyable on the first go through, rarely entertain or captivate me enough that I'm sure I'd fall in love all over again. I really think this book may enter those exclusive ranks.
Either way, I am definitely looking forward to reading the sequel, "Awake." And if everything I've said in this book isn't enough to convince you to read the book (if you haven't already) then I urge you to read the sample and judge it for yourself.
She has a typical family - a mother whose mission is to feed the world, a father who is loving and very protective of his family, and older twin sisters with whom she has a love/hate relationship with (mostly love, though) - and typical friends.
Her whole world is turned up-side-down by the mysterious and absolutely gorgeous Micah, the boy whose family just moved into the house across the street. Though Micah appears to be emotionally shutoff and very rarely speaks, he seems to want to get close to Adisa. He chooses to sit next to her in class, asks her to be his dance partner, and even defends her when her older sisters pick on her. Her interactions with Micah leave Adisa feeling confused and mostly frustrated, to say the least, but there's just something about him that she can't or doesn't want to stay away from.
A tragic accident on Adisa's 16th birthday sets in motion a chain of events that will ultimately redefine not only Adisa and her role within her family, but also her relationship with Micah and her entire outlook on the world as she knows it. She's introduced to a life she never dreamed existed; one filled with a secret society, 'super heroes', and 'villains'. What does this mean for Adisa? What role does Micah play? How will this change their future?
ASLEEP had a great pace, excellent characters, believable dialogue, and an intriguing plot. The story progression was believable and the flow was perfect - nothing moved too slow or was rushed through.
Wendy Raven McNair did a beautiful job with the character descriptions and relationship development. The characters were not only realistic, but also very easy to fall in love with and relate to. Even the 'bad guys' or villains in this book were hard to hate since their circumstances lead the reader to understand and really sympathize with them and the actions they take.
This is the first of three books in this series. I am chomping at the bit for the next installment, AWAKE.