When I Wake
Maya Whitaker lives and breathes ballet. On stage, wrapped in music and the movements, she knows who she is. After an argument with her stepfather leaves her financially cut off and forced to quit, she’s completely lost. It’s how she finds herself at an illegal blackout party: one minute she’s drowning in a kiss from a complete stranger, the next they’re running from the cops.One night is all it takes to pull her so far from herself that she may never get back. The cops have her best friend—the one she left at the party when she ran. Worse, after her escape, Maya witnessed an unspeakable crime, and the cops have the evidence to prove it. She’s about to spend the rest of her life in a cell. Unless she becomes their informant. They want her to get close to the guy behind the party, was responsible for the meth and moonshine that were there, the guy she was kissing in the dark.Charlie Hollier has deep roots in Little Chicago. Moonshine has been in his blood for generations, and he has the scars to prove it. But he never wanted this life. Before the fire, he was saving for college and then medical school—he always was uncannily good at stitching up bullet wounds. But then he pulled his parents’ bodies out of their house and held onto his siblings as they watched it burn to the ground. There was only one thing to do after that. Now he’s running the family business. He’s not trying to take it straight the way his dad was, either. He’s biding his time and taking care of the people he’s got left. He just needs to stay alive long enough to take out the people responsible for putting his parents in the ground. Then Maya walked out of the party and right into his life. She’s no good for him. She’s another person he has to keep safe, one more weakness that his enemies can exploit, and a new distraction that could get him killed. After all, Charlie’s made it this long because he knows what most people are too scared to admit to themselves: there is no future for someone like him. And she makes him wish that could be different.Set in present day, in a world where prohibition was never repealed, When I Wake tells the story of two people from different worlds, falling in love despite how wrong they are for each other.

When I Wake Details

TitleWhen I Wake
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJan 1st, 1970
PublisherB+B/HarperCollins
Rating
GenreYoung Adult, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Dystopia, Romance

When I Wake Review

  • Elizabeth Norris
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to everyone who has waited patiently for me to finish this book. I wrote the first draft in a little over two months. But this is the book of my heart, and it has taken a great deal of research, blood, sweat, and tears to do the story justice. I have pages of notes, and I have written and rewritten so many scenes. The story takes place during present day, but with an alternate history starting with prohibition which means I got to remake almost 100 years of our nation's history and how Thank you to everyone who has waited patiently for me to finish this book. I wrote the first draft in a little over two months. But this is the book of my heart, and it has taken a great deal of research, blood, sweat, and tears to do the story justice. I have pages of notes, and I have written and rewritten so many scenes. The story takes place during present day, but with an alternate history starting with prohibition which means I got to remake almost 100 years of our nation's history and how that might affect the world.But WHEN I WAKE is first and foremost the story of two people from totally different families, backgrounds and upbringings, who in any normal circumstance wouldn't have had enough in common to say more than hello: Maya Whitaker and Charlie Hollier. They were both so real to me from the beginning, so complex and with so much history that for a while I had notes about them covering a whole room in my apartment. All this is to say, it's taken so long because I want to make sure the story comes out right. That's where you come in. I have a draft and I'd like to share it with some beta readers and get your thoughts. If you're interested, you can sign up here: https://mori.com/earlyaccess/wheniwakeHere's an updated description:Maya Whitaker lives and breathes ballet. On stage, wrapped in music and the movements, she knows who she is. After an argument with her stepfather leaves her financially cut off and forced to quit, she’s completely lost. It’s how she finds herself at an illegal blackout party: one minute she’s drowning in a kiss from a complete stranger, the next they’re running from the cops.One night is all it takes to pull her so far from herself that she may never get back. The cops have her best friend—the one she left at the party when she ran. Worse, after her escape, Maya witnessed an unspeakable crime, and the cops have the evidence to prove it. She’s about to spend the rest of her life in a cell. Unless she becomes their informant. They want her to get close to the guy behind the party, was responsible for the meth and moonshine that were there, the guy she was kissing in the dark.Charlie Hollier has deep roots in Little Chicago. Moonshine has been in his blood for generations, and he has the scars to prove it. But he never wanted this life. Before the fire, he was saving for college and then medical school—he always was uncannily good at stitching up bullet wounds. But then he pulled his parents’ bodies out of their house and held onto his siblings as they watched it burn to the ground. There was only one thing to do after that. Now he’s running the family business. He’s not trying to take it straight the way his dad was, either. He’s biding his time and taking care of the people he’s got left. He just needs to stay alive long enough to take out the people responsible for putting his parents in the ground. Then Maya walked out of the party and right into his life. She’s no good for him. She’s another person he has to keep safe, one more weakness that his enemies can exploit, and a new distraction that could get him killed. After all, Charlie’s made it this long because he knows what most people are too scared to admit to themselves: there is no future for someone like him. And she makes him wish that could be different.Set in present day, in a world where prohibition was never revealed WHEN I WAKE tells the story of two people from different worlds, falling in love despite how wrong they are for each other. <3
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  • mith
    January 1, 1970
    Looooved!! Can't wait for everyone else to read this. ------THERES BEEN NEWS AND SIGN UPS FOR BETA READERS AND AN UPDATED BLURB AND ALL IS RIGHT IN THE WORLD.im SO EXCITED NOW.-------Okay it's been 2015 for more than a month now--obviously--and I'm worried because there's still no news of this. aaaaaaaaaaa-------OKAY.IT'S BEEN 2015 FOR A MONTH NOW.What I meant to say before, back when I was in the old ages of 2014 (ew), is that this book is still too far away.I'm gonna need a blurb (a better one Looooved!! Can't wait for everyone else to read this. ------THERES BEEN NEWS AND SIGN UPS FOR BETA READERS AND AN UPDATED BLURB AND ALL IS RIGHT IN THE WORLD.im SO EXCITED NOW.-------Okay it's been 2015 for more than a month now--obviously--and I'm worried because there's still no news of this. aaaaaaaaaaa-------OKAY.IT'S BEEN 2015 FOR A MONTH NOW.What I meant to say before, back when I was in the old ages of 2014 (ew), is that this book is still too far away.I'm gonna need a blurb (a better one, excuse you), a release date... and maybe a cover or something. Is that too much to ask for?-------Yoo...2015 is way too far away.
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  • Amber (Books of Amber)
    January 1, 1970
    Yes, I am probably about to let Liz Norris ruin my life again. But I will love it.
  • Therese
    January 1, 1970
    EDIT: In case anyone comes across my review and goes "yeah, it is weird that she's gone MIA!", I just want you to know that you have nothing to worry about. She's very much alive and well, and still works in the publishing industry. Liz Norris was just a pen name.Okay so this is weird (and a long shot) but has anyone heard from this author lately? She also wrote the "Unraveling" series. All her social media has been dead for over a year now, and there was no previous hints on them that she was g EDIT: In case anyone comes across my review and goes "yeah, it is weird that she's gone MIA!", I just want you to know that you have nothing to worry about. She's very much alive and well, and still works in the publishing industry. Liz Norris was just a pen name.Okay so this is weird (and a long shot) but has anyone heard from this author lately? She also wrote the "Unraveling" series. All her social media has been dead for over a year now, and there was no previous hints on them that she was going away or anything. And she was supposed to have this book coming out too. This is not about me being impatient and wanting to read "When I Wake", I'm just genuinely concerned.
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  • Natalie (Never trust a duck)
    January 1, 1970
    Not much to go off of, but I'll take what I can get.
  • Ari
    January 1, 1970
    Aaaaannny moment now. Will this be out already? I can't wait for it!Later Edit.. Did some cat eat this book or what? If people kept saying how good it was, why isn't it out so many years later? *sigh*
  • Luke
    January 1, 1970
    Long wait will be worth.Gimme!
  • Sierra Abrams
    January 1, 1970
    guys i've been dying for this book. any news on it???
  • Stacee
    January 1, 1970
    Sweet sparkling pandas, this was amazing.
  • Akshaya V
    January 1, 1970
    awesome writing.
  • Jordan (The Heart of a Book Blogger)
    January 1, 1970
    This review and more can be found at The Heart of a Book Blogger.I had the lovely privilege of beta-reading Liz Norris' When I Wake. Guys, you are going to want to be on the lookout for this one. It was wonderful. There's rich world-building and great characters and a swoony romance. I can't wait to read the final version!
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  • Debbie
    January 1, 1970
    Although I didn't get to read the ending while beta reading because the app behaved oddly on my cell,I loved this book. When I Wake is a unique world with pretty fantastic character development.
  • Bohlokwa
    January 1, 1970
    love it so much looking forward for other one
  • Ornella (Nyx)
    January 1, 1970
    It's Elizabeth Norris, need I say more?
  • Sofie
    January 1, 1970
    I will not be leaving a star review because I've only read the manuscript, and I want to rate the finalized book.
  • Donna
    January 1, 1970
    Ooh, a cross between Winter's Bone? AND by the author of Unraveling?Yep, I'm in. :D
  • Jenn
    January 1, 1970
    I loved this so much. I can't wait for everyone else to fall in love with it as I did. It was fabulous.
  • Steph F
    January 1, 1970
    I need this book in my life now. I've missed Norris' awesome writing.
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