Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Release Date: August 7th, 2012
Source: ARC from Publisher
Rating: REALLY LIKED
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).