I just finished reading As I Wake by Elizabeth Scott for an Around the World ARC Tour.
Ava is welcomed home from the hospital by a doting mother, lively friends, and a crush finally beginning to show interest. There's only one problem: Ava can't remember any of them - and can't shake the eerie feeling that she's not who they say she is.
Ava struggles to break through her amnesiac haze as she goes through the motions of high-school life, but the memories that surface take place in a very different world, where Ava and familiar-faced friends are under constant scrutiny and no one can be trusted. Ava doesn't know what to make of these visions, or of the boy who is at the center of them all, until he reappears in her life and offers answers . . . but only in exchange for her trust.
I found this book to be really...weird. I was so confused a lot of the time. I get that there are two different worlds and Ava is/was in both of them. But the plot of the world where she is now, and the plot of the world that she came from was all mixed up. I tried to keep them straight but I couldn't.
The only character I really liked was Jane. I felt so bad for her. All she wanted was her daughter, her Ava, and you could see how much she wanted to be love and have her "daughter" let her love her. I didn't really care about any of the other characters. I think that since they were involved in both worlds, I kept getting them confused and didn't connect with them. I dunno.
I will say that it did keep me interested. I wanted to find out what was going on, both with what happened to the Ava of our world and why the Ava of the other world was pulled to this world. But I don't think I ever really got the answers. Or if I did, I just plain don't understand them!
I gave this book a rating of 3/5.
As I Wake will be released on September 15, 2011.
This book fulfills items in the following challenges:
2011 100+ Reading Challenge: 78
2011 ARC Reading Challenge: 62
2011 Young Adult Reading Challenge: 60
*FTC Disclosure: I was given this book for free for an honest review as part of the Around the World Tours.