Wake by Amanda Hocking

wakeBook 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: 3 STARS

Published: August 7th 2012

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

Pages: 309

This is my first book about mermaids (well not mermaids since they’re sirens) but mermaid type creatures. I had high hopes for it; I thought it would be a fun read about the dark and evil mermaids with a splash of summer lovin’. I was a tad disappointed. The book is not bad, in fact the storyline is pretty interesting but I just couldn’t get into it.

The PoV mainly jumps between the two sisters; Gemma (16) and Harper (18). These two are total polar opposites and so are they’re love interests. I really enjoyed the contrast between the two characters; they gave a different perspective of what was going on which was a bit fun. I really liked the relationship between the two sisters;

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they’re love for each other is really cute and admirable (I’m a big sucker for cute sibling relationships). But at the same time, Harper’s mothering of Gemma really did bother me at times. She’s an 18 year old who’s grown up way too quickly and feels she has to look at for her sister but sometimes her babying was really annoying! I could totally empathise with Gemma over her frustration sometimes. Both their love interests were pretty cute as well, they were of the pretty simple “hey I like you” sort without too much drama or angst. And while I did enjoy the switching between the view points of both sisters, I did not at all like it when it switched with other characters. For example there were moments when the point of view switched between Gemma and Alex with no transition mid-chapter. I hate that!! It’s confusing and kinnda takes me a second to really catch up.

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Then we have the three beautiful and mysterious girls; Penn, Thea and Lexi. I didn’t really get them. I thought that maybe they were written a little over dramatically. Right from the get-go the whole town is completely suspicious of them, even speculating that they murdered their fourth friend. This just seemed a little bit ridiculous to me! First off; it’s a holiday town so they get a lot of strangers around this time. Second, strangers would often come and go so jumping to the fourth chick has been murdered seems a little too quick. Also every time they were in a scene I felt they came off a little too obvious and over-the-top.

The pace of the story also really bothered me, it was really slow and not much happened until about the 60% point and then it slows down again until about 90%. I didn’t like this; I really enjoy books that jump straight into the action. This one just gave too much background and had too much preamble for my taste.

This is a take-it-or-leave-it type of book. There were some great parts but overall I think it felt a bit flat.

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