A Unique Twist to YA Dark Romance

A Unique Twist to YA Dark Romance

As I Wake by Elizabeth Scott

Some of the best fantasy and sci-fi I read is geared toward younger readers.  Okay, I have to admit, I'm addicted to the YA dark fantasy and romance genre, but some of the books in the genre are really quite good.

I picked up Elizabeth Scott's As I Wake on a whim recently.  It seemed like an intriguing idea: The main character, Ava, wakes up in an unfamiliar house, unable to remember where -- or who -- she is.  But as the memories start coming back to her, she realizes they have nothing to do with the life her mother and friends tell her she's lived.  Is she really the person they say she is?  Why does everything about her life -- school, her friends, her home life -- feel wrong?

I love the way this book is written, because you really have no clue what is going on -- no more than Ava, since it's told from her point of view.  The author feeds you just enough to keep you from getting frustrated, to keep you reading.  Scott also writes in such a way that you, the reader, have to figure out for yourself what is going on -- she doesn't lead you to the answers, or put 2 and 2 together for you.  The result is that when you finish the book, you end up thinking about it for a long time afterward, working through what, exactly, happened.  I have a feeling I could probably read it again and pick up on all kinds of things that I missed the first time around.

I don't want to give away the game and tell you the premise, but suffice it to say that it's a pretty unique idea.  Being YA, it's a pretty quick read, but well worth the time for anyone who likes dark fantasy and sci-fi!