The paranormal Awakening (4.5), by Kate Austin, creates a dream-like atmosphere from the first page that continues to a thoroughly satisfactory ending. Francesca Bond knows two primary emotions: fear and the determination to accept no help. Exhausted from working two marginal jobs, she is attacked while walking home late at night and finds herself at a mysterious house called Mystic Hearts. Legend says a person enters and comes out a year later, rested and healed. But for Francesca, the ending will be different. Filled with vividly felt emotion, a love of reading, unexpected turns and wonderful, fresh characters, this is a book readers wouldn't be able to put down.