August 1, 2015

Awake Blog Tour: Excerpt + Giveaway

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Awake by Natasha Preston! Today I have a excerpt from the book and some great teasers to share with you - and don't forget to enter the giveaway! 

Be sure to check back tomorrow for an EPIC giveaway that you won't want to miss!

Author: Natasha Preston
Genre: YA Thriller
Release Date: August 4, 2015
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire


Don't miss the latest gripping, high-stakes thriller from Wattpad sensation Natasha Preston, author of the runaway hit The Cellar.

Scarlett doesn’t remember anything before the age of five. Her parents say it’s from the trauma of seeing her house burn down, and she accepts the life they’ve created for her without question—until a car accident causes Scarlett to start remembering pieces of an unfamiliar past.

When a new guy moves into town, Scarlett feels an instant spark. But Noah knows the truth of Scarlett’s past, and he’s determined to shield her from it...because Scarlett grew up in a cult called Eternal Light, controlled by her biological parents.

And they want her back.

Once everything was ready it was time to get dressed for the ceremony. I was taken back to the house, and I was instructed to have a bath and get ready in the dress set out on my bed.

I did as I was told because there was little else I could do right now. After soaking in a bubble bath, using most of it up as my own little screw you, I got out, dried and went back to my room.

Unsurprisingly the dress I was to wear was full-length and white. It was pretty and thankfully not a slim fit so I would be able to run properly in it. I held it up—this is what I’m supposed to die in. Not many people knew what their last outfit would be. I instantly hated it.

I pulled it over my head. It fit me perfectly. It had long, loose fitting sleeves, a modest neckline, and waves of material on the skirt. I pulled it and was satisfied when I could stretch both arms out to the sides.

There were no shoes, and I was afraid I’d have to run through the forest barefoot but there wasn’t a lot I could do about that. I couldn’t ask for shoes and have them question why I’d need them if I was getting in a lake. Besides, I’d run barefoot over a bed of nails or hot coal to get away.

I looked in the mirror and took deep breaths to calm my nerves. I could do this. I was strong.

“Scarlett, are you ready?” he called.

Time to fight for my life.


Two things entered my mind as every member of Eternal Light stared at me from the meadow. One, no matter how hot it was outside it never warmed the water enough for it to not be cold. And two, if this didn’t go to plan I would be dead in forty minutes.

Since they’d stood up and opened their eyes they hadn’t stopped staring at me.

I pretended to look around, turning my body so I could take a few unnoticed steps back towards the other side. Running in water wasn’t easy and I would be slow to get out, giving them plenty of time to make it around the lake. I had to give myself as much time as I could. At least they would be further away as they called upon nature to accept and cleanse me for the final time.


Soon I had to run for my life in a cold, wet dress. I had no idea how long it would be before I could change. Or how cold it was going to get in the forest at night.

In the distance I could just about see their lips moving but I had to strain. Some of them had their eyes closed again. Why couldn’t they all do that? My heart started to pound. How long would they chant for, and why hadn’t Noah called me yet? Had someone realised that he’d slipped away? He said they’d be so focused on what they had to do to that he didn’t see a problem with getting away. I couldn’t be so confident—this was my life on the line.

UK native Natasha Preston grew up in small villages and towns. She discovered her love of writing when she shared a story online—and hasn’t looked back since. She enjoys writing romance, thrillers, gritty YA, and the occasional serial killer.

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  1. The scariest book I ever read were anything by Stephen King. I've read them all.

  2. I would say it was The Hot Zone: The Terrifying True Story of the Origins of the Ebola Virus by Richard Preston. I couldn't put it down but it terrified me.

  3. Sorry I really haven't read any scary books yet but I have read creepy books not scary though. Thank you for the great giveaway.

  4. The scariest book which I read was The Ruins. Dreadfully so. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

  5. Snap. Well I try to avoid scary books... I remember reading the Chamber of Secrets for the first time in elementary school. The bit where Harry is wandering around at night and hears the snake really scared me.

  6. I find ALL of Stephen King's books scary.

  7. It would be IT or Salem's Lot by Stephen King!

  8. Definitely all of Stephen King's books! ;)
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  9. The scariest book I ever read were by Stephen King, first book was Carrie.

  10. It's honestly been awhile since I've read a scary book. The last set of books I remembered that were scary were in middle school/early high school age.

  11. I haven't read any yet but I've heard about Bad Girls Don't Die series and it's been on my want to read list for so long!