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The Wake-Up by Angela Panayotopulos

e-book received by the author in exchange of an honest review.

The Wake up is a book about Lexi, Who has repressed a rare ability to glimpse the angelic or demonic manifestations of people’s personalities in their mirror image.
Her family has been working in mirror industry for years; While the current president has the same ability as Lexi, he is doing everything he can to hide his ability and hide any mirror that may expose his truth.
So the story goes on with Lexi’s life as she grew up, she fall in love with a guy ,who stands for everything she despises.

3 sstars

The story is  very very unique, Lexi can see the characters of the people around her, she can see thro them, and the government is after her and anyone who’s like her.

My thoughts:

negative ones:

  • I felt like the writer wanted to fit more than one genre in one story, the story started as fantasy, and then it turned into contemporary,and then it became dystopian as hell.

So i was kind of confused along each transition; and while the effort and the work that has been spent over this book is Huge, and it’s very Clear that it was a years-work, I do think if these efforts was directed thro one genre, which is Dystopia, the whole story would’ve been smoother.

That’s why i gave it a 3 stars not a five, even tho the story was perfect for me, i absolutely loved the concept, I just needed a genre to hold on to.

Positive ones:

The culture background in this book was PHENOMENAL, The book had a greek main character and Muslims/arab second characters, and being an Arab, muslim myself I absolutely loved how the author represented Muslims, given that not everyone can do that.

And the contemporary part i told you about? The romance and the falling in love was just SWOOONYYYY. I fell in love just like Lexi and i got hurt just like her.

Absolute Favorite things:

What i absolutely loved is how every chapter started with a quote, that reflected the chapter ahead, The quotes were very finely selected, and they went perfectly with the events, Here are my favorites:

“We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.”–Plato

“When people tell you who they are, believe them the first time.”–Maya Angelou

“You can bomb a world to pieces, but you can’t bomb it into peace.”–Michael Franti

“There are no happy endings. Endings are the saddest part, so just give me a happy middle and a very happy start.”–Shel Silverstein

The writing was poetic at its best, I highlighted a handful number of lines along the way, I liked how there were flashbacks between each major plot that made everything clear and jut out there, youknow?

here are my favorite quotes:

She knew why. Love. It was the only explanation. That was what love did to you. It wormed its way inside you and leeched you of your courage. It made you weak, reliant on other people’s opinions and expectations. It paralyzed you.

I’ll stop wearing black when they make a darker color and Please be patient, I’m fucking things up as fast as I can.

We stop looking under the bed once we realize that the monsters are inside us.

A guy you’d known for a year that felt like a lifetime, who came along and patched up all your holes and then ripped those patches away, tearing the seams, taking chunks of your flesh along with him.






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