It's Monday morning, the alarm clock just went off and everything is rush rush rush to get ready for the work week. Unfortunately there's limited time for book talk, and even less for blogging, but we still MUST share some book thoughts before we dive into the day. A Monday Mini is a quick little review typed with one hand, while coffee is made, makeup is applied and car keys are found with the other. Have a great Monday morning!
Wake Unto Me by Lisa Cach
Published March 31st 2011 by Speak
From Goodreads: 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.
This was just the sweetest little book. I've been reading Lynn Kurland's paranormal romances and I'm a sucker for a ghostly love story. I loved all the magic throughout this book! Witchcraft and time travel and so much mystery. The research and history that went into this little work was above and beyond. The author didn't skimp one bit on her world building and background, taking bits and pieces from historical truths and embellishing them to fit her story.
Caitlyn literally finds Raphael, the man of her dreams, in her dreams. Each night she falls asleep hoping that tonight he'll return to her and together they can solve the mystery surrounding the castle and Raphael's untimely death.
It's one of those great YA boarding school novels (you know you love boarding school novels) that you just can't help but get lost in, complete with awkward new friendships and adversaries. This was a charming little love story.
Lisa Cach is apparently a romance novelist. We should talk.