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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.
The characters are memorable and I enjoyed reading about them. From the very beginning I was rooting for Gemma and Harper. I knew the sirens were after one of them, and I was so scared for whomever it was! I actually haven't been this 'frightened' of what was happening in a book for a long time. It was a nice change to be literally on the edge of my seat the entire time.
I really enjoyed Alex's character. He is the literally the boy next door and he's an all around good guy. I loved the relationship he had with Gemma and I was rooting for them the entire book. I also enjoyed Harper and Daniel's relationship. I thought it was very good for Daniel to help Harper "loosen up" a bit and not take everything so seriously. I hope in further books of the series that we get more Harper and Daniel. Just saying. Penn, Thea & Lexi are the sirens and they absolutely terrifying. Every time they were in a scene I got very tense and was so worried about the other characters. These girls were nuts! They are like Mean Girls on steroids. I would definitely not want to meet them anywhere!
I had a bit of an issue with the writing style, just like I did with the "Trylle" series. It's just my personal preference though. I just felt like the book skipped around a bit, it even skips from point of view in the middle of a page sometimes without warning and that threw me off. However, I was able to pick right back up and continue reading. I also felt that in a few scenes, Ms. Hocking could have gone into further detail, but she didn't. Again, that's my personal preference, but I just wanted to include that in my review.
Overall, I really enjoyed the uniqueness of this book. I would definitely recommend to any Amanda Hocking fans!
WAKE is book one of THE WATERSONG series. Sixteen-year-old Gemma loves the water. Whenever she's in the ocean, she feels calm and at home. She's pretty, carefree, and has a huge crush on Alex, the boy next door. Then three extremely beautiful girls show up and express interest in having her be part of their group. Gemma at first is leery but can't deny the appeal of being around them. But there is a price to being beautiful and alluring.
I really loved this story! Gemma is the good girl who tries to do the right things. Her only rebellion is her late night ocean swims. Hocking does a great job showing us Gemma's hunger to be in the water and also her struggle to not fall under the influence of the beautiful, model-like girls who show up.
The romance between her and Alex starts off slow. You're not sure if his increased interest of Gemma is due to her or her sudden change. This change is at times fascinating and other times borderline creepy.
The relationship I really loved was between Gemma's older sister Harper and the bad-boy Daniel. I could relate with Harper as I'm also the oldest in my family and felt responsible for my sisters. Harper is torn between living her own life and taking care of her family. Daniel is hot and I feel misunderstood. I can't wait to see where this relationship goes. I'm hoping it will continue in the second book in the series which will come out in Winter 2013.
Also there's hints of a family secret too. Why is Gemma and Harper's mother put away? What exactly does she know?
And the sirens, Penn, Lexie, and Thea would put the Mean girls to shame. They are hauntingly beautiful and also deadly. Greek mythology has it's own unique take on the truth behind the girl's allure.
This twist on modern day sirens sinks it's teeth in you and doesn't let you go. Can't wait for the next book!
2. Winning twist on modern day sirens
3. Great dialogue
4. Characters you care about
5. Another winning tale
I’ve gotta say—this story connected with me more than I expected due to the fact that the MC, Gemma, is a competitive swimmer with Olympic dreams, who has felt a lifelong pull to the water. Um, yeah—that was the story of my teenage years. Although Hocking doesn’t quite get the swimmer lingo down (I had to laugh at her phrasing at some points), she accurately describes what it is like to be the kind of person who just can’t get enough of the water. She and her sister live in Capri, a seaside town, and their story begins in the summer before Harper goes to college, with Gemma at a point in her life where she is entering a relationship with the now-hot neighbor, Alex (her sister’s best friend!) and finds herself blossoming in looks and talent. Harper is the over-protective older sister, who, though she has some good reasons for it, has an inner struggle that I TOTALLY relate to. Oh my GOSH, seriously, this was the OTHER story of my teenage years—looking out for my budding little sister who got into too much trouble. I completely connected with every feeling, even though Harper is a lot better of a person on the inside than I was. She loves her sister and has her best interests at heart, and I was almost teary-eyed remembering those strong emotions. I have no idea if Hocking is an older or younger sister, or if she even HAS a sister, but let me tell you, she NAILED this relationship. Talk about tugging my heartstrings. So, in a huge way, their relationship and love for each other really is the driving force behind the book.
The catalyst is when Gemma begins to attract the attention of three powerful, beautiful, and strange girls who have descended upon the town for the summer months. We get to see a little bit of what is going on behind-the-scenes with them, but overall, the story unfolds as Gemma gets pulled further and further into their nasty web of manipulation and cunning. At times, these villains seemed not scary, but rather reminiscent of the way Goosebumps (R.L. Stine)villains could end up being—just gruesome and gross. But, in spite of the almost-silliness, I still totally HATE all of them. As I read I just was screaming at Gemma to GET AWAY. In the end it becomes evident that there’s a lot more than meets the eye with these three (Transformers reference=intentional).
Add to the mix some great chemistry between not only Gemma and Alex, but Harper and a new boy she is not sure she likes, plus a family history that just makes your heart ache, and you’ve definitely got a recipe for a fantastic new series. It only took me a couple of days to read this, and I am attached enough to this bunch that I am anxious for the next book to come out next year. Get your hands on this now!
My only problem with the book and this comes with a warning is the very detailed way in which the blood and gore is described. Though this book is a YA novel I would like to warn people now that if they are bothered by that sort of thing then read this book with caution!
Over all, wake was a great book that took me no time to read. I will definitely pick up the next book in the trilogy, lullaby, as soon as I can. Amanda Hocking is a fantastic author and her work should definitely not go unnoticed.
I have always like mermaids; in fact, The Little Mermaid was my favorite fairytale growing up, for that's how my fascinating with mermaids started. Theses mermaids or Sirens as they're called in the books, are pretty creepy. They're beautiful but evil.
I couldn't stand the main character, Gemma. I found her to be insufferable. She was self-centered, whiny and towards the end treated the people who wanted to help her like garbage. She was just awful. She was impossible to relate to or even like.
Her sister Harper on the other hand, I loved. The story should have been told from her point of view, she cared more about what was going on around her than her own issues. She was kind, unafraid to ask for help and she tried to take care of everybody. And the relationship that begins to build between her and Daniel was just adorable.
Alex was another great character, he was attractive but didn't realise it so the whole book wasn't like "oh my boyfriend is so hot and he knows it so he flaunts it constantly" (If that were the case I would have thrown the book -.-). He actually cared about Gemma even though it seemed like all she cared about was what was going on in her own world.
Penn, Thea and Lexi are the bad girls in this story and they come off as evil and vicious and all around unlikeable which is fine since they are supposed to be that way. It's not a good thing when the main character comes off in this manner as well.
Harper, Daniel and Alex were my favorites. Mainly because they were the only ones who weren't obnoxious or annoying or downright evil.
The story did flow well but like I said it didn't grab my attention as well as it should have. I guessed what the three girls were pretty early on and the crimes that were committed were no suprise for me when it was revealed who was doing it.
If you want to read this book go for it, I in no way think it's a terrible book. It's just not as great as it could have been. You may love it but it really just wasn't for me
Review: I really enjoyed this book, it was an easy Audiobook to listen to and it was great to listen to now because it is summer and I have been watching some of the Olympic swimming. So everything just kind of fell into place.
I was surprised at how well Hocking pulled me in, I was immediately drawn to both Gemma and her sister Harper, even though they are two completely different types of people. The suspense was masterful! I had some idea of what was happening and then I was completely thrown off guard by details.
At first I thought I was reading another love story with supernaturals in it, but in reality this was so different, yes there is a love story and yes there are supernaturals, BUT this was far closer to a horror movie than a frilly, make you swoon supernatural love tale....
The characters are great. Harper, Gemma's sister, is the protector. Gemma is the fearless jock, and Penn, Lexi, and Thea are hot and just plain creepy. It was a good mix to have.
I think that if you like focus on the supernatural in a creepy way, this is for you. If you are looking for a love tale, there is a little of that but...not really. Either way, great summer read.
While the plot didn't amaze me, I was intrigued. I hate to say this, but there is only so much you can do with a story about sirens. It was everything I expected it to be, and very little more. Now, don't take that the wrong way. I did enjoy it; it just didn't break the mold.
Gemma was a decent character. She was strong and beautiful-- perfect bait for a gang of deadly sirens. I know the majority of the story focused on Gemma and her plight, but I was really more interested in Daniel. He was mysterious and fun. He had this aura of bad-boy swirling around him that had me hooked from the beginning. Alex was that "boy next door" kind of character, which worked well with being Gemma's love interest. Gemma's sister was also decent as far as foils go. Overall, the characters were all balanced out and did a nice job of supporting one another-- but I'm still team Daniel.
What review of a book about mermaids would be complete without mentioning the main characters? These sirens were not all singing crabs and sunshine. These girls were hard-core. Penn is certainly the most vicious of the three. Talia came across as aloof and uninterested. I'm sure there will be more to that in future books. What I did enjoy about this book is that the focus really wasn't on sparkling mermaid tails. Yes, it was mentioned a few times, but not as much as you would think. There was certainly an underlying mystery that was more prevalent to the plot. The mythology that was subtly introduced was also used in a very clever way. I am curious to see how Gemma and the other unravel that mystery in future books.
Overall, Wake was a fun read. It was quick and had enough romance to make it a page turner. (Very clean romance by the way.) I feel like this was a nice introduction to the upcoming books, which will probably have more plot twists in store.
In the beginning of the book, we are introduced to a situation involving the main character, Gemma, with the following line, from page 3 of the ARC: "The engine made a bizarre chugging sound, like a dying robot llama . . ." O.o Immediately, from the first line of the first chapter, I was interested. Hocking's writing isn't the best. The woman needs a "show vs. tell" poster on her wall and she needs to learn how to distinguish between the two. But her writing didn't distract from the story, even though it was bland.
Gemma isn't the strongest female protagonist in the books; it took her quite a while to fight for what she believed in instead of being pushed around. The strongest aspect of Hocking's characterization, however, which is still quite great, is the sisterly bond between Gemma and Harper. Hocking knows what character traits clash, and she put them into the sisters. At first, I had a hard time believing they had as much of a connection as Hocking told us they did. However, as the novel progressed, I got a better taste of how they clashed and argued but also loved and cared, which is how the real thing works. Characterization is one of Hocking's strong points. I also enjoyed the little romances on the side, between Gemma and Alex, and Harper and Daniel. Gemma's and Alex's relationship was a bit unbelievable as well in the beginning, because Hocking told us about their backstory, and it was like we'd missed the entire foundation of their relationship. It took some warming up to get used to it, but once I did, I really enjoyed it.
Harper's and Daniel's relationship was more enjoyable for me than Gemma's and Alex's, because we got to watch it grow from the beginning. Early on, Harper, ever-so-practical, wasn't looking for romance and was therefore blinded to all moves made by men. Her relationship with Daniel was one that blossomed from there. At first, I didn't even realize they were going to have a romance. It seemed like Harper wasn't going to be able to break free of her chains and realize that love was possible for her, even with her sister, school, jobs, etc.
Reading the first hundred pages was strange: the thing that I was waiting to happen, the one that was written on the back of the book, didn't happen until nearly the end of this section. I thought it was going to happen right away. I felt like Hocking included too long of an exposition to the novel. The first hundred pages were a bit dragged out, but there was a lot to introduce, so I guess that justifies a little bit of it. The ending was intense. The organization of Wake was also better than Hocking's Trylle trilogy. The tension was barely there in the beginning, but it built and slowly crescendoed up to the finale, which was explosive and interesting. I only wish I had the next book right here next to me so I could read it as well!
I am very excited to read the next book in the Watersong quartet. Wake was a nice, smooth siren story with unique mythology and lovable characters. I thoroughly enjoyed it.