Time to Wake by author K. Thomas
Time to Wake is the first in a supernatural series of novels that features at least one ghost and a whole new set of empathic powers. It also has some romance, drama, and young adult elements that make it great for many different audiences.
Our heroine is Senlis, who goes by Sen or “Sin” depending on who you ask. She’s an introverted webcomic writer who prefers drinking tea with her ghost than going to wild parties or dating. The ghost is Benny, the spirit who lives in her house and enjoys drinking human energy as much as Sen loves drinking tea. Many of us bookworms are much more likely to relate to this sort of hero than the traditional ones.
That sounds like a lot. Time to Wake does a good job of creating a new fantasy/supernatural world for the audience without bogging us down with too much excessive world building. We get to learn the power sets, the players, and how Sen fits into it all as the book proceeds through a missing girl mystery plot.
We also get to enjoy the growing friendship/sister dynamic of Sen and her young neighbor Katie. I love a good positive female friendship in a book! It’s so darn refreshing to have this dynamic without the unnecessary love triangle or fated rivalry. They work together, they compliment each other, they help each other grow. And! They don’t fall in love with each other, which seems to be the other trope that has become popular. It’s great.
Time to Wake is a fresh take on the young adult supernatural story and it’s a darned entertaining read. I just kept picking it up and finished it quite quickly. Toward the end I knew I was running out of pages though and sensed that it was actually the beginning of a series. My thoughts have been confirmed and I am disappointed I didn’t know that going in. I like to know I’m not going to get a conclusion before I start the book!
But I will very likely pick up the next book in the series and continue this story. It’s a quick read with entertaining and engaging characters, with magic that I’m not already totally overexposed to. What more could you want? This genre is completely saturated, I’m so glad to see that there is actually still room for some originality.
Go ahead and check out Time to Wake and get yourself a female protagonist who doesn’t fall into all the usual stereotypes and traps. I’m excited to see what she does next.
4/5 ghosts 👻👻👻👻
Since publishing this review the sequel Not Right Now has been released.
For more female written fantasy check out The Purest Form of Chaos
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