Book Reviews

Review: “Wake Unto Me,” Lisa Cach

December 13, 2010

I received this book for free from International Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: “Wake Unto Me,” Lisa CachWake Unto Meby Lisa Cach
Series: Standalone
Published by Speak on March, 2011
Genres: Ghosts, Historical, Urban Fantasy
Pages: 208
Source: International Book Tours

A haunted castle, a handsome young man dead for four hundred years, one heck of a scary portrait of a witch, and a treasure hunt — not to mention a princess for a roommate! — all await 15 year old American girl Caitlyn Monahan when she earns a scholarship to a French boarding school.

There are secrets behind the stone walls of Chateau de la Fortune, buried for centuries along with the mystery of who killed Raphael, the charming ghost who visits Caitlyn at night. But as Caitlyn unearths the history of the castle, nothing scares her as badly as the secret she learns about herself, and the reason she was chosen to come to the Fortune School.

And nothing breaks her heart as badly as falling in love with a dead guy.

I can’t really put into words how brilliant and well thought out this book was! I loved the premise and wasn’t expecting it to be as good as it was! Wake Unto Me blew me out of the water! It’ll keep you guessing and trying to figure out the mystery eagerly as you turn the pages! Highly recommended!

First of all, this is the first book I’ve ever read on a book tour! If you’ve never participated in a book tour, I suggest you go and sign up for one now as it’s an amazing experience! You get to read yet-to-be-released books and meet fellow bloggers and readers along the way. I don’t know about you, but having a copy of a book that’s travelled around the world is an amazing feeling! While I was reading Wake Unto Me, I was picturing the exact copy in other countries, entrancing other readers than myself!

I said it in my mini summary that I wasn’t expecting this book to be as good as it was. It wasn’t from a ‘huge’ company (not to my knowledge anyway and I live in Australia) and although the cover is gorgeous, it’s not exactly one that looks mass-produced and over promoted like so many YA novels these days. I think that’s a good thing because it is what sets Wake Unto Me apart from so many other books.

I hadn’t read Lisa Cach before so I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. Sure, the premise sounded great and appealed to my sense of mystery, romance and of course – anything French! But would the book live up to the expectations I already had? I featured this book on a Waiting on Wednesday post a month or so ago and never did I thought I’d be able to read this book before it’s release in 2011. Well, I did and it surpassed all my expectations and even got a 5 star rating from me! So to put it simply; get this book when it comes out.

I read on someone else’s blog that this was sort of like Meg Cabot’s The Mediator series, which I think is true. Except, add The Mediator in with Libba Bray’s A Great & Terrible Beauty series and you’ll have kind of an idea about how this story is set out. I won’t re-write the summary in my own words because you’re all smart people and if you’re reading this review then surely you’ve researched the plot up in the blockquote of this page.

The thing that really stood out for me in Wake Unto Me was the amount of research that went into it. It wasn’t predictable or a faint echo of another YA book, it was completely original. Although I guess a few things here and there about the mystery, I never really got ‘the big picture’ and as soon as everything was revealed I was just ‘ohhh’. Lisa Cach really knows how to write a mystery and I was desperately turning pages to figure it all out in the end.

It’s evident that she didn’t tack on a silly ending at the last minute, as hints to the ‘big reveal’ are inserted early on in the book. You’ll really enjoy piecing everything together as I did and enjoy the atmosphere and faces at Chateau de la Fortune! A great read!

Recommended to: Anyone, really! Especially those for a love of history, ghosts and France! You’ll be sure to enjoy it!

About Lisa Cach

Lisa Cach grew up in a farm near Portland, Oregon, a place she loves although she'd always trying to leave it. Wanderlust has led her to sail the Sargasso Sea, teach English in Japan, and trek the leech-infested jungles of Borneo. She has degrees in both English and psychology, two subjects that were fun to learn about but that guaranteed her low-paying jobs. She describes her personal paradise as "...a pile of books, a plate of brownies, and the free time in which to enjoy them".


  • Reply Lis January 12, 2011 at 9:20 am

    Hey Brittany!

    I do agree with your review! The book is just brilliant, although its cover doesn’t show all this glamour xD I’m so happy you enjoyed the book as much as I did :D
    I said in my review that the first thing that came to mind was Jesse from The Mediator, and I guess I’m not the only one who thinks it’s ok to compare both stories… Of course each one has its one details, but they’re both must read books! hehe

  • Reply Miss Bookiverse December 14, 2010 at 1:30 am

    I hadn’t given this book much thought until now. Neither the cover nor the description were very appealing to me but now that you adore this book and praise it so much… maybe I’ll give it a try ;)
    Oh and nice to hear about your book tour experience. I’ve never participated in one, I’d probably want to keep the book too much ;D

    • Reply Brittany December 14, 2010 at 4:18 am

      I’m glad I could sway you to have another look at this book! It’s really great and if you ever get a hold of it, I hope you enjoy it!

      It’s something you should definitely try! I don’t want to give the book away, either, but I like ot think it’s going on another trip!

  • Reply Natalie December 13, 2010 at 6:33 pm

    Oh! This books sounds great!! I’m glad you enjoyed it, I can’t wait to read it once it’s released!

    • Reply Brittany December 13, 2010 at 9:13 pm

      Nat, it was absolutely fantastic! I assure you you’ll love it! :D

  • Reply Nic @ Irresistible Reads December 13, 2010 at 5:05 pm

    Awesome review. This is one I want to read badly so I am glad to here it is brilliant.

    I am a new follower and another Aussie blogger (a newbie) :)

    • Reply Brittany December 13, 2010 at 9:14 pm

      Thank you! I really hope you enjoy it when you read it!

      Welcome to book blogging and woo for Aussieland! I am a relatively new blogger – I started in September – but already I’ve found so many friends and been gifted by reading so many books! I hope you enjoy it!

  • Reply Dazzling Mage December 13, 2010 at 4:14 pm

    Oh, I am SO looking forward to this now! Thanks for the review!

    • Reply Brittany December 13, 2010 at 9:14 pm

      I’m glad! It was a fantastic read!

  • Reply Small Review December 13, 2010 at 11:55 am

    I loved The Mediator series! I only read the first book in the Gemma Doyle trilogy, but a combination of these two series sounds fantastic. I’ve been eagerly awaiting this book, but your review is putting me over the top! I can’t wait! I’m so glad to hear you enjoyed this one.

    • Reply Brittany December 13, 2010 at 9:15 pm

      Me too! The Mediator is fantastic!! One of my favourites! As for Gemma Doyle, I liked the first book but the series improves GREATLY with the second one. Pick it up if you get a chance, you won’t be disappointed!

      I’m glad this review made you excited! I really want to spread the greatness of this book!

      • Reply Small Review December 14, 2010 at 12:12 am

        Really? That’s great to hear about Gemma Doyle! I’ve been meaning to pick up the series again, but I hadn’t heard it improves a lot in the second book. That motivates me even more. Thanks!

  • Reply Wake Unto Me December 13, 2010 at 10:08 am

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  • Reply Mrs. Q: Book Addict December 13, 2010 at 8:54 am

    oh, this sounds good! I haven’t read any Meg Cabot books either.

    • Reply Brittany December 13, 2010 at 9:44 am

      It was brilliant! You definitely should pick one up next time you see one – especially the mentioned ‘Mediator’ series. They’re my favourite of hers!

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