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Now she's far too busy with her summer internship at the Gem and Mineral Museum to think about children's stories. Between avoiding her former best friend and high school baseball star, Luke Reed, and trying to hide her unrequi Alexandra Martin didn't believe in fairytales Between avoiding her former best friend and high school baseball star, Luke Reed, and trying to hide her unrequited crush on her mentor at the museum, the real world is occupying all of her time.
Until she walked into one. It turns out fairytales aren't all fun and games. A curse has turned her neat and orderly world upside down, and to break it, she bands together with a fellow intern and a recently awakened princess who's been asleep for almost years. Can this trio of unlikely heroines put an end to an ominous enchantment, discover true love, and keep an ancient and evil magic from being unleashed on modern-day Los Angeles?
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Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Dec 25, Patty rated it it was amazing. I love Los Angeles. Despite growing up in one of the poorest and most dangerous parts of this city, my father made sure that I was well acquainted with the museums in this city. I spent many of my birthdays at Disneyland whose castle belongs to one of my favorite princesses: Sleeping Beauty. And having read the entire book, it was not what I expected and I loved it. Co I love Los Angeles. Instead what we got was a believable story of what it would be like if a princess from the middle ages had woken up in Los Angeles.
Unfortunately, when Luke the hottie baseball player friend wakes up Lilia, he falls asleep in her place. Now Alex, her friend Becca, and Lilia need to rescue Luke from the evil fairy with the help of the magic found in metals and gems. I loved the story. Three intelligent young ladies work together to save Luke from the evil fairy, something certainly more interesting and clever than having Prince Charming rescue a damsel in distress. The author is clearly well acquainted with Los Angeles and though the museum that plays host to this story is nonexistent, it has enough fragments of real museums in Los Angeles to make the story more realistic.
Jessica Grey took a well-known story, made it her own, modernized it without losing the important parts and made it so that those who knew the story well could not predict how it would turn out. View 1 comment. Shelves: contemp , ya , paranormal , fairy-tale. Why would the high school baseball star be working at the museum?
Just because their moms were friendly, Alex did not like being around Jake, ever since Freshman year. But, Alex did have her best friend, Becca, working with her for the summer; now she had to convince Becca that their boss, Nick, was not a bad guy! And, no, Alex did not have a crush on her boss. Alex got a frantic message from Nick in the middle of the night, so she went to GeMMLA early to find out what was happening. Instead of finding Nick, she finds a strange girl in Renaissance garb standing in the middle of the store room, with no sign of Nick or Luke….
And thus the fairy re-telling begins. But when an unexplained storm brews over Los Angeles, Alex starts to believe. This is a very smart story; it is well-written with language that has substance and intelligence. Becca, the best friend, is quirky and a great companion to the story.
This story makes you realize that there just might be magic in the world.. I will read anything by Jessica Grey, as she spins tales easily, with heart, intelligence and wit. Nov 08, Kristin rated it liked it. Let me start off by saying the story is not what made this a 2. Everything seems pretty normal until Nicholas calls Alex to inform her that the museum has acquired some artifacts from a dig in France. When he asks her to meet him early at the museum, she is unable to find Nicholas and instead finds Luke with a long beard and long hair asleep on a jewel encrusted bed, with a real-life newly awakened sleeping beauty named Liliana nearby.
So the trio of girls go on a quest to stop view spoiler [Briar Rose hide spoiler ] and break her spell. But eighteen-year-olds from America? It just sounds weird and awkward. Seriously, the lack of contractions was so freaking distracting, I started caring less and less about the story and more about trying to figure out what the hell this woman has against the apostrophe. And the scene in the meadow went on for waaaaay too long. I was sort of hoping the vines would come take me away.
Like I said, good idea, but not loving the execution. Awake: A Fairytale is a modern retelling of the classic story Sleeping Beauty, a personal favorite of yours truly, by the by. Between the beautiful cover and the subject matter, I couldn't resist it. Let's talk about it, shall we? Bright and caring, Alex has always f Awake: A Fairytale is a modern retelling of the classic story Sleeping Beauty, a personal favorite of yours truly, by the by. Bright and caring, Alex has always felt like she didn't fit in and finds solace in the familiar surroundings of the museum.
When her childhood friend, Luke, unexpectedly signs up to intern at the museum and a mysterious shipment of artifacts is delivered, Alex is forced to learn not only to believe in her own inner strength, but the possibility that magic is real. Grey does a fantastic job of taking an old classic and making it her own. At the heart of this fairy tale is a bond of friendship between three girls, Lilia, Becca, and Alex. The girls learn to not only rely on each other, but help build one another up. They present a fantastic example of what true and lasting friendships should be build upon, trust, caring, and fun.
Luke is a-flippin-dorable, handsome, snarky, and smart. He's not your typical jock nor your traditional "hero. The twist and turns of the plot line were what kept me reading. I enjoyed seeing how Ms. Grey weaved the classic tales of Sleeping Beauty with her own modern musings.
The main focus of this story is the developing plot. Grey does not play up the angst and drama between Luke and Alex in order to make for inorganic tension, but trusts her story and her writing to do it naturally. The best part, this is a stand alone novel that will be part of a three part series of modernized fairy tales. I am a huge fan of companion books.
I get the resolution I need NOW and look forward to hopefully revisiting old friends later without worrying about them in between meetings. Overall, I highly enjoyed Ms. Grey's debut novel and look forward to procuring meself some more of her lovely books in the future. If you are a fan of fairy tales retold and looking for something fun and heartfelt, this is the book for you. Fairytales have an enduring quality and thanks to Disney every girl can dream of a Happily-Ever-After, but its how you get there that is the true story. The work one has to do for the relationship to succeed is what makes the ending all the more satisfying.
In fact, it is the requirement of any good relationship. I admit that I have only ever seen the Disney film about Fairytales have an enduring quality and thanks to Disney every girl can dream of a Happily-Ever-After, but its how you get there that is the true story. I admit that I have only ever seen the Disney film about Sleeping Beauty and have never read the actual fairy tale, but Grey keeps the basic Disney elements for people like me perhaps so that the story is not completely unrecognizable and then Grey twists the elements to make it exciting. In Awake the tale of Sleeping Beauty is tilted on its axis and given a dynamic and captivating new approach.
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She is the girl that is beautiful and smart, but does not see it herself, but our hero Luke does. So to progress with Alex throughout the novel and to watch her really come into herself is one of the best parts. Luke is sexy. I have a quote on my blog which I try to live by when I create the heroes in my novels and I think it represents Luke exceptionally well. Luke acts in the manner of a hero, but he does not purposefully try to be the hero.
When the romance of Luke and Alex finally comes to fruition it is a meeting of equals and because of that we can only imagine what an enduring relationship occurs beyond the pages of Awake. It is relationships like the ones in Awake that keep me reading because it portrays the hope that even the least conspicuous individuals can have a happy ending. Awake has my endorsement. Final recommendation: Add a little magic to your life and read Awake.
Jun 06, Twyla rated it it was amazing Shelves: first-reads , read-in , amazing-magical. Cool, I won a First Reads! Can't wait! Thank you! Took me a bit to get into it, but then it was allright. Can't wait to read the next in the series. I did find it a bit unplausible that in today's society these kids didn't know fairytales and hadn't been "disneyfied" by the age of three like everyone else. I am ashamed to say however my copy of the book looks like I've read it a dozen times; with pages and cover all curled and, um, some pages bent.
But then I never was one of those people who handled books like the pages would disintigrate if I actually touched them. And oh, I just didn't like Lilia at all. Fun, smart, enjoyable read. I enjoyed Alex's strong character and how she worked thru her own perception of herself. I never felt she didn't like herself, even when she felt "unpopular" and I really liked that about her. Interesting take on Sleeping Beauty. Thoughtful and well written. Loved that it took place in Los Angeles and that the cute boy was soft spoken and protective.
Looking forward to more from Jessica Grey!! Jun 13, Kate rated it liked it Shelves: fantasy , ya , owned , contemporary-fantasy , ebook , faeries. A very fine debut from a promising author. This novel details the story of a very self-conscious, unconfident high school girl as she spends her last summer before college interning at LA's Gem and Mineral Museum, as usual.
What's not usual is the fact that her old friend Luke, whom she had a falling out with in high school, is now interning there as well.
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And what's more unusual still is when the "major artifact finds" brought to the museum by her supervisor, the slightly smarmy, self-involved A very fine debut from a promising author. And what's more unusual still is when the "major artifact finds" brought to the museum by her supervisor, the slightly smarmy, self-involved Nicholas, turn out to involve a massive gem-encrusted bed, complete with sleeping princess. When Luke wakes up the sleeping girl and accidentally takes her place in the enchanted bed, Alex and her friend Becca have to help the princess navigate modern life and unravel the truth behind her enchantment and her family history.
And, of course, all of this is interwoven with a tale of youthful true love and self-discovery. While it is, at it's heart, a "special snowflake" story about how an unassuming nerdy girl finds out she's Truly Special and Powerful, it's wrapped up in an interesting take on the Sleeping Beauty myth, with a nice dose of cynicism from the teen girls who've suddenly been exposed to magic and enchantment.
There's a few great one-liners about attempting to attribute the oddities they've seen to genetics or scientific explanations, and their hesitant acceptance of the situation is very realistic. Even the love story feels appropriate, given the setup for it and the sweet way it evolves. The novel is bogged down a little by some clumsy dialogue, and there are a lot of missing commas and awkward punctuation that made me have to read a few sentences over again. But really, that doesn't detract from the story or the engaging characters.
Two major quibbles. First, there's absolutely no reason why a gem and mineral museum would be receiving a shipment of artifacts, particularly a wrought-metal bed studded with sculpted gemstones. That's something that would go to an art museum or a historical gallery, not a museum that specializes in gemology and mineralogical study. There's some deus ex machina handwaving that covers that at the very end, but it was EXTREMELY distracting for this archaeologist when the shipment was first coming in.
My other quibble is that Lilia, the enchanted princess, figures out modern American life a little too quickly - there's a few perfunctory moments of "this soft book; no, you mean magazine" but by and large, she just goes from the 12th century to today without blinking. Again, there's some handwaving for this, but it's a little forced - some more time spent showing Lilia being awkward and out of place, rather than perfect, would've added a little more depth.
But in the end, this was a delightful little fairy tale romp, and I look forward to reading more by this author! Mar 16, Bonnie A Backwards Story added it Shelves: contemporary , fairy-tales , , fantasy , ebook. What would happen if Sleeping Beauty never woke up? She never discovered her prince, never found true love.
Jessica Grey explores this issue in her debut novel AWAKE, complete with a unique spin where we wind up with a modern-day Sleeping Handsome , where the girl gets to be the hero for once. Alex has always been very scientific. She loves gems and rocks, making her yearly summer internship at the Gem and Mineral Museum of Los Angeles a dream come true. When GeMMLA scores a huge coup and brings over the precious stones from a recent archaeological dig, the practical world she knows and loves crumbles.
She goes to work early only to discover a strange girl in Medieval clothes wandering around, and a guy who looks strangely like her childhood friend Luke sleeping on a stunning, gem-ladden bed. The strange girl, Lilia, claims that he kissed her and fell into an enchanted sleep himself. Alex must now come to terms with whether or not fairy tales are real, since Lilia is claiming to be a princess from a kingdom long-dead and there's no way Luke could have grown such a long beard overnight.
Teaming up with her friend Becca, the three girls set about researching the curse and attempting to save Luke while keeping Lilia a secret.
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They also discover stunning truths and find themselves in more trouble than they could have ever envisioned Jessica Grey's book of short stories, out now! It was really interesting to consider, "What would happen if the man who found Sleeping Beauty and kissed her awake wasn't her true love?
She'd wake up and he'd fall into his own enchanted sleep. I thought that was pretty creative. I also enjoyed watching three girls put on their thinking caps and use their brains to solve the mysteries of the past. It does take a while for the book to get off the ground, but once the fairy tale elements are introduced, the story begins and it's easier to fall into. I was never a scientific, pragmatic girl, but I love that Alex is, and think that we need more girls like her in YA for the teenagers who are that way.
I liked that science blended with fantasy to create a tale that actually could take place in today's world. It's another fairy tale, this time featuring Alex's friend Becca! Aug 15, Lori Palle rated it it was amazing. Oh, and a very, very angry fairy is after her. What a way to start a summer, eh? Grey is very thorough when it comes to these details so it makes the story a bit more believable. These side trips are what slowed down the storytelling a bit, but it also made it feel more real. The magic scenes, on the other hand, were exciting, fantastic, and detailed so that I could easily visualize the magic and do so quite vividly.
Awake reminds me of the TV series Charmed in that there seems to always be the power of three.
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In this case, that also seems to be the basis as the three heroines in the novel have to work together to defeat the villain. It was fun watching the three girls get to know each other better and work together. Lilia, the third in the trio, is a pampered princess, and her attitude as spoiled nobility but wise in magic is amusing.
There is romance I fell for Luke in his very first scene , but the driving force in this novel is the connection between the three heroines. Overall, I enjoyed the novel and look forward to the follow-up novels. So many loose-ends are tied up so that Awake feels standalone. I recommend this to fairy tale fans of all ages and give it a 5 out of 5! This year however provides one crucial difference—her childhood friend, Luke Reed, has joined the geeky rock squad.
She is none too pleased by the thought of sharing her favorite place with him, especially since she was kind of hoping to catch the eye of their advisor, the dreamy Nicholas Hunt. But when Alex finds Luke lying on an enchanted bed, trapped in a magical slumber, suddenly all her summer plans are out the window. Yes, Luke tried to wake up Sleeping Beauty with a kiss, but instead, he simply took her place.
Now the three girls have to figure out exactly what the spell is, who cast it, and how they can save Luke from the evil fairy behind it all.
To do that, Alex and Becca will have to come to terms with the fact that magic actually exists, and accept their own ability to use it. Awake is a phenomenal story. It takes all the familiar elements of Sleeping Beauty and twists them into something that is both recognizable and new at the same time. The dialogue between the three girls sparkled, and the relationship between Alex and Luke was romantic and real. The magic scenes were my favorite parts of the story. Jessica Grey invented an entire system of magic for her book, and it is brilliant and consistent.
Even though I know diamonds and precious metal have no magical qualities, I could easily believe Alex and Becca were able to work spells with them. I read Awake in one day, which is not something I often do anymore. This time though I was too eager to find out how it all turned out in the end to put it down. Her characters are real, and her story is delightful.
For more of my book reviews, please visit my blog, The Baking Bookworm www. Young Adult, supernatural element, a good, light read. Yay me! What really drew me to this book was it's take on fairytales in the modern world. The main idea behind the storyline was a very interesting twist on a traditional tale -- what if the wrong person kissed Sleeping Beauty? Unique idea but the execution of the sto For more of my book reviews, please visit my blog, The Baking Bookworm www. Unique idea but the execution of the story left a lot to be desired. I found the pace very slow, the dialogue felt forced and a little corny at times and there wasn't a lot of action.
When we're talking sleeping princesses under an ancient curse I was expecting more twists, more 'fairytale' elements and a lot more action. Now, because we're dealing with fairytales I know that the reader has to give the author some room when it comes to ancient curses and sleeping beauties.
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Some authors, like J. Rowling, excel at bringing magic into our world in a believable way. This book almost got it. I think the thing that bothered me the most was how fast Lilia, the ancient princess, seems to jump into modern-day Los Angeles and all its colloquialisms, fashion etc. She's been asleep for years. A LOT has changed in that time and yet she gets 'd much too fast to be believable for me, anyway.
I'm such a cynic. Now before you assume that I didn't like this book I have to say that I did enjoy it overall. The characters were interesting and I loved how Alex transforms from a gem lovin' nerd to a much more confident, strong young woman. There is some good foreshadowing that occurs at the end of the book which tweaked my interest in possibly reading the next book in this series. My Rating: 2. First, I have to let you know that while I do not personally know the author, I have been friends with her mom for years through an internet group. And I totally took advantage of that friendship to request a review copy of this book after reading an excerpt.
Alexandra Martin is pretty and smart and believes more in science than fairy tales. Along with her friend Becca, who also prefers facts over fantasy, Alex is suddenly t First, I have to let you know that while I do not personally know the author, I have been friends with her mom for years through an internet group. Along with her friend Becca, who also prefers facts over fantasy, Alex is suddenly thrown into a mixed-up version of the Sleeping Beauty story. Of course, there is also a beautiful princess involved. But what happens when true love is nowhere to be found?
The dialogue was realistic well, as realistic as dialogue about year-old princesses can be. Princess Lilia even jumped right in to help solve the mystery and was very sweet to the other girls. Actually, there are roses. But I digress. Alex has no idea how attractive men find her beauty and brains and has very little self-confidence at the beginning of the story. There was just enough foreshadowing to keep drawing me in, but not so much that it gave away the end of the story. I loved reading about Alex and her friends fighting the evil fairy and rescuing her prince.
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