I was impressed with OneMinuteBooks’ review of Grace Awakening for a couple of specific reasons. Of course, I like that she’s enthusiastic in her praise, but specifically, I love that she GETS it.
She understands that since Grace is the narrator, the reader has only as much information as Grace does. (Well, they get a little more, as they get to peek in on those 3rd person mythic realm dialogues that Grace doesn’t know about). Yes. This is confusing. Yes. This was intentional. Yes. This means you are Grace, in all her confusion.
I like that the reviewer gets the mythical allusions, and understands the purpose behind not telling the reader straight out. Yes. You’re supposed to be smart enough to be able to look this up yourself (with the help of the glossary at the back). Yes. I expect that you are smart enough to figure out that there is another story happening, beyond the one that Grace knows about. Congratulations on discovering the puzzle pieces that Grace doesn’t understand! Reading between the lines and interpreting the additional clues take skill! Grace hasn’t figured it out. I’m glad when readers can! 😀
Once upon a time I was told “Grace Awakening is Twilight for intelligent girls.” I think this is true. Most people will get the surface story, but there is a lot more at play here than is apparent on the surface. It makes me happy when someone not only gets it, but actually appreciates that it’s there.
Followers of Athena, I salute you! This book was written for you!
Thanks Amanda for understanding what Grace is all about. After a couple of weird reviews this week when I suspected the reviewers hadn’t actually read the book, this gave me faith in the process again. Not everyone will get it, or like it, but there are more out there who do!