While You’re Awake: a review

Introduction

WhileYoureAwake - final coverI read this novelette because it was short. I needed something to read, but I didn’t have a lot of time. I had six other books that I needed to read to review, but this one was the first that needed a review, plus it’s the shortest. And I’m glad I did. I love fairy tales. I love fairy tale retellings. And I was very curious how Amber managed to do a Sleeping Beauty retelling in modern times. I wasn’t disappointed.

Characters

1/1

Tired Girl and Angel Boy (their nicknames for each other) were so real. They both had their own faults and perfections. They both had different fears and each is so tangible I could be afraid right along with them.

Dialogue

1/1

The dialogue was alternately breathtaking as Ava hears the first buzz when she steps in the door (okay, so that would be monologue) and hilarious like when Keegan first brings his two dogs to meet Ava and calls them his friends. Read it. It really is more funny than it sounds. And then there are the midnight texts when Ava is afraid and Keegan gets her calmed down enough to sleep. And I won’t spoil it for you, but the ending dialogue is…perfecto.

Plot/storyline

1/1

Tight, but not too tight. Detailed, but not too detailed. Short, but not to the point of being stingy.

Over-all writing quality

1/1

I don’t recall a single typo. Which is rare. The writing itself was showing rather than telling. Well done!

Un-put-down-ability

1/1

I had to put it down once to make lunch. But I really didn’t want to. So I brought my kindle down with me and stirred it while I read.

Conclusion

5/5

It’s only $0.99. Forego your coffee for today and buy this novellette and read about the “Angel” at the coffee shop and the writer who drinks the coffee instead. It will take you less than an hour unless you read very slowly or just want to savor it and enjoy it more fully.

Note: I received a free copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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While You’re Awake

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Amber Stokes, has a new novelette coming out and is revealing her cover today! It sounds like a unique take on the Sleeping Beauty fairy tale and I’m looking forward to reading it. First, here’s what the book is about.

About the Book

 Sweet New Adult Contemporary Romance Novelette

 There’s no rest for the fearful.

Ava always knew the bees would come. Just when she’s settled into a place of her own, freelance editing and savoring her independence, her rental house is invaded by a swarm of honey bees. And with their arrival, her lifelong fear morphs into a full-fledged panic that steals her sleep—and her peace of mind.

Keegan knows all about fear. When he meets Ava at the coffee shop where he works, he can’t help but come to her rescue. Together with his German shepherds, Sun and Moon, he sets out to break the “curse” that hovers over Tired Girl. But is it possible to conquer nightmares and live a dream while you’re awake?

This sweet novelette is a contemporary re-imagining of the Sleeping Beauty fairy tale that sheds light on the worries that bind us and the love that leads to peace.

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And now for the cover. Isn’t it lovely?

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Author Bio

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Amber Stokes works as a marketing content writer for a Christian publisher. On the side, she self-publishes inspirational fiction depicting the seasons of life and love. Her passion for books compelled her to earn a bachelor’s degree in English and run her own freelance editing and publicity business for over a year. Happily, this chapter of her career takes place in the Pacific Northwest—a part of the world she’s always considered home.

You can learn more about Amber’s books, sign up for her author newsletter, join the Amber’s Gems street team, and more at www.SeasonsofaStory.blogspot.com.

 

Social Media Links

Blog: www.seasonsofhumility.blogspot.com
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Twitter: @SeasonsHumility

 

Personality Quiz

Are you Sleeping Beauty, a barista, or an angel? This fun and quirky personality quiz takes some of the personality types from While You’re Awake and offers you a chance to discover how you inspire others. Hopefully you’ll be encouraged to keep being awesome, wonderful you!

*Disclaimer: This is just a for-fun quiz. The results are designed to encourage but not to diagnose! 😉

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When I took the quiz, I got Sleeping Beauty. 😀  That actually fits really well, too.

You’re a gentle soul who reaches out to others in quiet ways. You feel deeply and therefore make a great listener. While you often need some time to yourself to rest and put life in perspective, you add beauty to all your relationships. Create the space you need to recharge, and remember that you are a special blessing to those around you! Keep up the great work. 🙂