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Swimming Under the Stars: A Review of WAKE by Amanda Hocking

Posted by on July 30, 2012

Wake (Watersong, #1)

Amanda Hocking
320 pages
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Release Date: August 7th, 2012
Source: ARC from Publisher

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

  Sixteen-year-old Gemma is care-free, pretty, and loves late night swims at the bay. But lately she’s been having company. Strangers in town for the summer: Penn, Thea, and Lexi spend the nights singing and dancing on the cove. The three beautiful girls manage to persuade Gemma to join them one night, and when Gemma wakes up groggy the next morning she can tell something’s wrong. Now Gemma is faster, stronger and more beautiful than ever, and now the pull of the water has strengthened. Uncovering the truth about her new “powers” Gemma must choose between staying with those she love or joining Penn, Thea, and Lexi.

  Amanda Hocking has created a story filled with monsters, water, and long-ago, ancient curses. Her writing style isn’t as good as some of the books I’ve read from other authors, but the plot really swept me away – especially because I’ve never read any mermaid novels before. I really liked all of the characters but Daniel was my favorite, he was funny and helpful in some parts. Wake is told from third-person point of view, giving us a better detail of the world. In some parts I think that Gemma was super mean to Harper – her over-protective older sister, and that irked me as I have siblings of my own.

  I can’t wait for the sequel, Lullaby, in The Watersong series. The ending of Wake was a sort of cliffhanger that left a lot of lose threads and unveiled some new twists I never saw coming. The cover for Wake is really nice compared to Lullaby (there’s nothing wrong with Lullaby’s cover, I just think Wake is prettier).

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  1. I'm glad to hear that you enjoyed Wake overall. I should be reading this by the weekend and I'm looking forward to it :-) This will be my first foray into Amanda's work, and since it deals with mermaids, it should be interesting at the very least!

    Great review :-)

  2. I've been really curious about this. Not sure if mermaid books are my thing though. will probably give this a try! Thanks for the review!

  3. You've never read any mermaid books before? *heart dies* If you want more, my favorite is the LOST VOICES trilogy by Sarah Porter for something darker, and the FINS series by Tera Lynn Childs for something lighter. LULLABY is up on Edelweiss! I just snagged it :) WAKE is really fancy and shiny in person!!

  4. Thanks for your review :)

    I, too, have never read a mermaid book before. But this one sounds really interesting and the cover is really pretty. I entered for this one many times in the Under the Sea hop. *fingers crossed*

    Series are a double-edged sword for me. If I like the book, I don't want it to end and look forward to the next in the series. But it's hard to wait for the next one especially if the preceding book has loose ends or a cliffhanger. Sometimes I think maybe I should wait until I have the complete series but that could take a while. And what if I don't like the 1st in the series? Then I waited and collected the books only to be disappointed.

    Ok — I'll stop rambling now :)

  5. I am torn. I enjoyed your review and it makes me want to read this. But I have read this author a few times before and was only so so on the books. I am not sure yet if I will give this a try.

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