Monday, June 10, 2013

Wake by Amanda Hocking Review

Publication Date: August 7, 2012
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Format: Hardcover
Page Count: 320 pages
Source: Bought
Series: Watersong #1


Fall under the spell of Wake—the first book in an achingly beautiful new series by celebrated author Amanda Hocking—and lose yourself to the Watersong.

Gorgeous. Fearless. Dangerous. They're the kind of girls you envy; the kind of girls you want to hate. Strangers in town for the summer, Penn, Lexi and Thea have caught everyone's attention—but it’s Gemma who’s attracted theirs.  She’s the one they’ve chosen to be part of their group.

Gemma seems to have it all—she’s carefree, pretty, and falling in love with Alex, the boy next door.  He’s always been just a friend, but this summer they’ve taken their relationship to the next level, and now there’s no going back.  Then one night, Gemma’s ordinary life changes forever.  She’s taking a late night swim under the stars when she finds Penn, Lexi and Thea partying on the cove.  They invite her to join them, and the next morning she wakes up on the beach feeling groggy and sick, knowing something is different.

Suddenly Gemma is stronger, faster, and more beautiful than ever. But her new powers come with a terrifying price.  And as she uncovers the truth, she’s is forced to choose between staying with those she loves—or entering a new world brimming with dark hungers and unimaginable secrets.


More of a 4.5 rating.

GAHH! That was amazing and the feels... I can't even. I loved Amanda Hocking's books since I first read the Trylle Trilogy and when I heard she would be writing a new series I was really excited. This was way different than I thought it would be. Before reading this I thought mermaids were like sweet and pretty and nice who sing songs under the ocean. Basically The Little Mermaid. But no, these are bat shit scary and crazy.

I just really want to thank Amanda Hocking for not torturing us too much. She writes these amazing books and releases them like three months after the first one. The writing style, brilliant as always.

Wake is told in third person, dual points of view. Harper and Gemma. Gemma and Harper are sisters, Gemma being 16 -the youngest, and Harper being 18 -the oldest. They both live with their dad but not their mom. Before Wake their mom Nathalie was in a car accident and was left with permanent mental and physical disabilities, as well as memory loss. Because of this their dad Brian had to find a group home for Nathalie.

Harper was by far my most favorite character in this. Since Gemma and her live without a mom, Harper is a caring and sometimes overprotective older sister. For the most part I did not like Gemma at all. She's just way to irritating and does stupid stuff. She doesn't always listen to her sister and something always bad happens. On one of my notes I wrote down -which was a month ago- "Gemma is stupid and I want to set fire to her." Either something Gemma did really pissed me off or Gemma did do something stupid. I'm going to say both.

Other than sirens, mermaids, and sisters, there is a bit of romance. Okay now I think of it, 'a bit' is an understatement. Alex is Gemma's love interest and Daniel is Harper's love interest. Alex lived next door to Gemma and Harper for the past ten years and Gemma never really had a major crush on him until suddenly. Daniel has shaggy, dirty blond hair, hazel eyes with flecks of blue in them, and a muscular frame with a tattoo of a tree on his back. That tattoo *fans myself.* Alex and Gemma's relationship to me seemed dull and at some points awkward. Harper and Daniel's relationship is flirtatious and such a tease. Daniel is always asking Harper to go on a date and she always said no GAH! Their relationship is so flirty and she knows she wants him!

In conclusion, I do recommend you all read this and read other Amanda Hocking books. I cannot wait to read the second book and *crossing my fingers* I hope there will be more Harper and Daniel scenes.


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