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Reviewed by Arya Fomonyuy for Readers' Favorite
Told in an absorbing first person narrative voice, Awoke is a gripping entry in the Want Series by K.T. Conte, a great read for young adult fans of the paranormal. As the story begins, readers are introduced to Katya, a young girl preparing for a night out of dancing and fun, but she feels uncomfortable with herself, pretending that she is normal, like everyone else, and that is the façade she’d like to create. But then she has to warn herself, talking herself into believing that she’s normal: “Katya, you will not mess this up tonight. You will be a normal— no, you are a normal person tonight. There is nothing weird about you.”
But Katya is different from every other girl in Boston. She has the ability to see creatures that aren’t of this world and the power to manipulate waves of life energy, and these gifts make her a target for powerful forces. The decision to help Gregor, a member of an international military team called the Kyrios, puts her life in grave danger, plunging her into a world where dead spirits are in constant warfare with wardens that keep them in the underworld. In the most conflicting of situations, Katya must make the choice to follow her calling or to return to the “normal” life she pretends to have.
As I said above, this story is told in an irresistible voice, from the first person point of view, and the reader is pulled in from the very beginning. I loved the way Katya develops through the story, from a girl who is unsure of what she wants, refusing to admit the truth about herself to someone who takes responsibility and begins to put her gifts to use. The writing is beautiful and K.T. Conte creates a striking balance between her descriptive narrative and the fascinating dialogues, keeping the reader well-entertained. Awoke is a fast-paced, exciting read.