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Wake by Amanda Hocking

Tuesday, August 7, 2012
Synopsis: 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.

Review: Amanda Hocking’s YA novel Wake is an exciting new beginning to a much anticipated series. Gemma lives in a world where swimming is everything to her and every moment spent in the water is another step closer to going pro. Harper, Gemma’s older sister has a unique (mother daughter) relationship with her younger sister and the arguments between them are real and relatable. Anyone who has a sister can definitely identify with these two characters. Harper is definitely my favorite of the two sisters throughout the book. Her relationship with Daniel is hilarious! The circumstances in which they come across each other are fun and entertaining.  The chemistry between them is really what made me love Harper, she’s tough, big on authority but loving when it comes to her family.

One of the things that I loved about Wake was the beautiful yet dangerous idea of sirens in Gemma and Harper’s hometown. Hocking’s sirens are definitely not the Disneyesque idea of mermaids in fact they’re not really mermaids at all, but rather follow more closely to the original mythology of sirens.

I really enjoyed Hocking’s story Wake, but I found myself slightly more interested in Gemma and Harper’s everyday life and the relationships they carried with Alex and Daniel rather than the fantastical idea of killer sirens. The characters were unique and refreshing. That said, Gemma’s character felt a bit bland compared to Harper. I found myself easily entertained with Harper, rooting for her, while Gemma came off a bit too boring.

Another thing that threw me off about this book was Hocking’s writing style. It didn’t flow as well as I would’ve liked it to. There were details throughout the story that seemed unnecessary and didn’t really contribute to the overall idea of Wake’s plot line.

Overall, Wake was fascinating and it was definitely a different read from the Hollowland series and The Trylle series, which remain my favorite thus far from Hocking.

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