Wake Unto Me

Title: Wake Unto Me  
Author: Lisa Cach
Publisher: Speak
Publication Date: March 31, 2011
paperback, 304 pages
ISBN 978-0-14-241436-1
genre: YA, paranormal romance
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Summary: 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.

Wake Unto Me by Lisa Cach came highly recommended on twitter by Savannah from Books With Bite. Since I'm a fan of paranormal, I thought this book might be a good fit for me. This story is centered around an unusual girl named Caitlyn Monahan.  She has been plagued with nightmares for years. No one seems to get her. Caitlyn is offered a scholarship at a prestigious school in France, the Chateau de la Fortune. From almost the moment that she steps foot in France strange things start to happen to her. A mystery that crosses time starts to unfold. 
I really like the setting of this book. Who wouldn't want to go to France and live in a castle? It also gives off an aire of mystery and a sense of history as well. The castle is turned into a boarding school. Caitlyn is also surrounded by an interesting group of people. Some of her fellow classmates are even royalty. The headmistress is very mysterious as well.
Lisa Cach did a great job with the paranormal element of Wake Unto Me. I found myself quite often wondering what was real. One of the things I liked most about this book is that it takes place not only in the present day but also in the past.  There is quite a bit of mystery that not only surrounds the Chateau de la Fortune but also some of the castle's past residents. I liked the historical element in this novel. I found it very interesting and intriguing. It has a great deal of mystery but at times it is a bit predictable. I'm not sure if there is going to be a sequel or not. Lisa Cach definitely left the possibility open.

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