“Serra Elinsen’s debut young adult novel is inspired by the mythos of H.P. Lovecraft. The call of Cthulhu is nigh and the world’s fate hinges on the strength of one teenage girl. Can she stop the Great Old One from fulfilling his eldritch destiny? As Andi Slate falls deeper into the madness and mystery, one thing happens that she never prepared for: she also falls in love.”

In his house at R’lyeh, great Cthulhu lies dreaming… of her.

What would you do if you discovered you were the only one in the world with the hidden power to keep it from utter annihilation?

What if you had no idea what that power might even be?

Andromeda Slate, the self-proclaimed most ordinary girl in America, can’t figure out why the gorgeous but mysterious new boy at high school seems to hate her so much. It couldn’t have anything to do with the strange dream she had the night before he first showed up in class, could it? The dream where the very same boy rescued her from a giant, green, tentacled sea monster?

And it couldn’t have anything to do with that time she read aloud from that ancient tome of eldritch magic, the Necronomicon… could it?

Andi Slate never imagined she’d find herself in a situation where somehow she was the key to saving the world.

Her life is about to get a whole lot less ordinary.

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64 thoughts on “Awoken

    • Silly human, it seems clear to me that a Shoggoth already *has* eaten her and then assumed her form in order to unleash mind-shattering and soul-annihilating horror upon the world!

      Clearly this one is having a friendly competition with the one who ate Stephenie Meyer before she got into writing.

      • Expanding? No. Ruining, raping, sabotaging, vomiting upon. Those are the correct terms. Leave the Mythos to actual writers and forget about “moms extraordinaire”. Dear Miss Elinsen, I hope some day you realize the full extent of your folly and huge disrespect and apologize to those who truly have expanded Lovecraft’s work.

      • In what way is writing “Cthulhu’s uguu teen romance! <3" considered expanding upon instead of destroying it? Pathetic.

  1. “And it couldn’t have anything to do with that time she read aloud from that ancient tome of eldritch magic, the Necronomicon… could it?”

    Omg well that escalated quickly.

  2. Anyone claiming that this is somehow hurting/slighting/ruining Lovecraft or the mythos is BAFFLINGLY unaware of the piles of dreck which have been published as mythos over the past 80-odd years. Let’s just start with Derleth and see how we feel after reading that, let alone some of the abominations published in the 90s.

    If Ms. Elinsen knows how to craft a good narrative and write well, then she’s far beyond plenty of other mythos authors. So shut up, you naysayers, give the book a shot, read a heck of a lot more mythos and THEN judge whether she’s ruining Lovecraft.

    (Haven’t read this, don’t know if I will, but I have read a frak-ton of mythos writings, better and less well-known and the idea that this particular book could “pathe tic” or “raping” (really??!! Raping? That automatically destroys any legitimacy the commenter might want) is a crock of it. Anyone demanding an apology on behalf of other mythos writers or HPL should consider a stay in a sanitarium to treat their delusions of authority. AND anyone who looks down on this but owns any kind of Cthulhu paraphernalia other than intimidating statues should just sew their lips shut.)

    Good luck, Ms. Elinsen, it’s not my cuppa I think but neither are these “Lovecraftian” defenders.

    • Also, let’s reflect on the fact that the commentor “raping” this thread is named Caca Pizza.

      Teen romance can leave me cold (e.g. Twilight) or utterly charmed (e.g. Hex Hall & Cinder). As a teen librarian I can tell you I’ll be checking this out and recommending it to my horror- & love-struck teens based solely on the quality of the writing and storytelling.

      • Actually, my real name is Super Caca Loving Toilet Clogging Red Hot Pepper Bowels Titillating Pizza, but I figured it was too long. God bless you.

    • Yeah, raping. And I honestly don’t care about any legitimacy you may or may not grant me, who the hell do you think you are?
      As far as knowledge of the expanded Mythos, I think we naysayers are fine, thanks a bunch.
      And I’m all for funny Cthulhu paraphernalia, there is a difference between humour/parody and rape. Yeah, rape. Rape rape rape rape rape. Rape.

  3. I am sure me and my friend are your biggest german fans.
    We recommendet your book to everyone we know. AND we both are totally buing the paperback! Just … as for us, as your biggest german fans, will there be a possibility to get a kissed and signed first edition for it will always have a special place in our shelves!

    In eager anticipation
    Laura and Johanna

  4. Alright, I bought a physical copy (old school baby) and as a huge Lovecraft fan I think I’m going to enjoy this in more ways than one. 😉 Looking forward to getting it!

  5. I just ordered a copy of Awoken, can’t wait to read it. ^_^ I think the people saying mean things should just grow up. I tried to read Lovecraft myself and found that his ideas were good but his writing style was just bleh. It’s nice to see someone take those great ideas and give then a fresh and more modern perspective. Good luck Serra and don’t listen to the haters.

  6. What bullshit is this? REALLY?? REALLY?? Fucking piss this what it is. I’m sick of hacks like you mucking about with the lovecraft mythos. Fuck you and fuck your life you lost cause. Go back to being a mom you insipid scribbler.

    • STFU, troll!!! You obviously haven’t even read her book and still you have the nerve to hate on her just because she’s paying tribute to Mr. Lovecraft in her own way! I’m sick of you lovecraftian purists who keep dissing Serra just because she’s trying to do something different and unique. Maybe you’re just afraid that her book will be much better and more popular than anything Lovecraft ever wrote? GO CRAWL BACK INTO THE HOLE YOU CAME OUT OF IF YOU DON’T HAVE ANYTHING NICE TO SAY!!!!

      Please don’t listen to the ugly haters, Serra!!! They’re just jealous of your gift and your ability to see beauty beyond monstrosity. Your fans love you and that’s all that matters! Prayers and love!!!

  7. Hey, does anyone know how i can purchase this on the amazon in the UK. I tried finding it on my kindle, but it wasn’t there ( Really looking forward to this book

  8. Just waiting to see if my friend can order this at her bricks and mortar shop before resorting to Amazon. Really looking forward to seeing if the book lives up to my expectations.

  9. This is a joke, right? You made a bet with another author that you could write Twilight but with Cthulhu, and the other author put up a thousand dollars that you couldn’t… because that’s the only explanation that makes sense.

    • That’s closer to the truth than you might imagine. I won’t spoil it here but a bit of Googling should tell you the whole story.

  10. Just ordered “Awoken” at Barnes and Noble to ensure that it gets on their bestseller list. Had a heck of an argument about the grammaticality of the title with the sales associate. I intend to raise this issue with my syntax professor tomorrow. The Subjunctive? (Kudos to all Bioshock Infinite fans who get that reference)

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  12. Oh my Unspeakable Hastur…this is brilliant.
    Awful? Yes.Ooh my god yes. But i think that’s the genius of it: it’s so bad it’s good. Bloody F@CKING brilliant.
    I mean seriously, how do you WRITE stuff like that? How does ANYONE write something SO BAD it’s GOOD? I’m baffling bemused.
    Anyways, calm your tits guys. It’s enjoyably bad. Read it for the shits and giggles, then drown it out in alcohol if it makes you feel better.

  13. Stop Serra! You’re ruining the holy wonderfulness that is the miraculous Twilight series with your lame copy! Don’t rip off Bella’s beautiful and perfect design just because you aren’t creative enough to write out your own destined-to-be BellaxEdward couple.

  14. I live in the Netherlands, but I hope I can buy the book anyway. I think the story sounds great! I am also a bug Twilight fan, but this sounds even better!
    Hope you’re working on a sequel 😉

  15. This book is just the best thing I have ever read! Well done Serra, bless you! This is a book truly worthy of a creative writing award.

    i really hope the rumours of a sequel are true! Because that would make my day!


  16. Well, the preview chapter sounds great. But the intro text on this page here is a bit weird sounding….Its great at the beginning but at “giant, green, tentacled sea monster” its gettin quite gimmicky….a few less adjectives might sound more professional (Like “horrid sea monster”). I would also lose the whole next question.

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  19. I ordered my copy and then had to wait a whole week to start reading because I had my classwork to finish first… but then I started reading it, got to chapter 10 and realized I had to go to bed before I got off schedule and I was like “Well, shit! Here come’s what’s probably the best character in the book… save for later.”

    So far I love this book. It’s exactly what this world needs in the wake of the crap that’s being published in the last decade or so. This in refreshingly (hilariously) well written!

  20. Will there ever be a nook version for Awoken? My samsung tablet has a nook app that came with it. And I really like reading out of an e-reader more than a paperback. Save the trees ❤

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  22. Curses stay-at-home mom! Clearly this idea is just following in the vein of my very successful deep-sea mystery series ‘Ana Fisher: Merman Slayer’. May the nereids pick your bones in hell, sea-witch. 😛 You are worse than the fans on my forums questioning how mer-sex with ‘silver fish scales that dance like steel drums in zydeco music’ is possible.

  23. Awoken is an awful book. Your main character grates on me and I personally take major offence to that lack-luster whiny awful person you want people to slip into… She is petty and needs to grow a pair. The way you romanticize your Edward knock off’s ABUSE!! He is a horrible person as is your Bella knock off. The whole book was very hard to get through, but did prove entertaining at some parts… I laughed my ass off…. You are truly Awful Please NEVER make a sequel

    • I disagree completely,

      Andi is one of the most empowering role model for young women I have ever seen in literature.

      Where do people get the whole “Riley is abusive” thing? He’s just protective.I mean, there’s nothing wrong with protecting people you love right?

      I am personally eagerly awaiting for a sequel to Awoken.

    • Do you get how this book was made? Look up Nostalgia Chick, 50 Shades of Green. The book is a parody (of sorts). Played straight

      • Yes yes I do I was there….. and as a parody I still couldn’t get through all of it in one sitting because I hare the main characters and that just hurts……… maybe if Andi wasn’t so winy i could have probably have enjoyed it more also… I was hoping to get into drama fights with people thats why the first response. But I see now that no one wants to fight it out with me so I kind of just left it…… (also sorry if my spelling or grammer is bad my kindle’s keyboard is small)

    • That’s fair. If you didn’t find it to be an enjoyable parody, that totally makes sense. I found it enjoyable (mostly, it’s not without it’s flaws). It made me laugh. I hope you have a great day.

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  25. I hope you guys realize that this book is a PARODY of teen supernatural romance novels like Twilight, right? Ms. Elinsen is not a real person. It’s the pseudonym of the group of writers who worked together on a book that is INTENTIONALLY AWFUL. The joke is that there’s all the cliches of the genre, but the “dark and mysterious boy” is Cthulhu. The book is a parody passing off as the real thing.

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