Dissapointing Sirens: A Review of LULLABY by Amanda Hocking

Lullaby  Lullaby
Amanda Hocking
290 pages
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Release Date: November 27th, 2012
Source: Hardcover from Publisher
Rating: OKAY

Harper only wanted a safe, normal life. But when her younger sister Gemma runs off with a dangerous clique of beautiful girls, Penn, Thea, and Lexi, everything changes. Vowing to get her sister back no matter what the cost, Harper must face dangers unlike any she’s ever experienced. Fortunately, she has Daniel by her side, a gorgeous guy who’s devoted to helping her find her sister—and who’s immune to the girls’ dark powers.

While Harper searches for her sister, Gemma struggles to adjust to her new life. Gemma’s powers are growing by the day, and the longer she lives with her new “sisters,” the harder it is to resist entering their magical world. It’s a realm both dark and beautiful, and where she’s plagued by strange hungers and unspeakable needs. Just as she’s drifting far away from her old life, Harper and Daniel find her…but no one can deny how much she’s changed. All she wants is to return to her family and the mortal world, but how can she do that when she’s become something else entirely—and will they still love her once they learn the truth?

  If you are looking for a good review, filled with praises for LULLABY, the second installment in the WAKE series, I suggest you go elsewhere, for here lies my terribly sad review of Lullaby by Amanda Hocking.

  LULLABY starts off right were WAKE ended. That’s usually a good thing in a book right? But for Lullaby, it wasn’t that great. I’m not the type of person to criticize a book, usually every book I read is pretty good, but sadly, Lullaby didn’t even make it to my okay list. It’s hard for me to find something good to say about the book, I mean, by the time I turned the last page I found a reason for me to hate all the characters, except for one. Nearly all of them were annoying. Lullaby isn’t exactly action-packed, it just talks a lot on the characters fake feelings.

    I don’t know what happened in LULLABY. Amanda Hocking’s writing just went down the wrong path, or maybe that’s how it always was, and I just didn’t realize it when I picked up WAKE. I’ve heard alot of people say that they didn’t like the way Amanda Hocking wrote, but I just didn’t listen. Mainly because I wanted to see for myself. Somehow Ms. Hocking knows how to make gruesome parts seem like taking a stroll. You know how when a important character dies or is excited, you feel something? Well, I didn’t feel anything towards the characters. The only character that was probably given a lot of thought into would be Daniel, he was the only that really seemed alive, the others were all seemed fake, because none of them had any feelings, they were all kind of like robots. Robots with powers.

  So now I need some help, should I read the third book, TIDAL, or not? It’s kind of difficult for me to make the decision, so a little help would be great.

   If you really liked WAKE and Amanda Hocking’s writing style, LULLABY is for you. But for everyone else, you should definitely go pick up something else. Something like FALLING KINGDOMS. Now that was an awesome book.

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    Little Miss Becky

    December 15, 2012

    Great honest review. I happen to agree about Hocking's writing and her character building. After reading her book, Switched, I didn't feel at all compelled to pick up anything else by her.

    Hey, we can't love all the books, right? ;)

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    Amber Elise

    December 15, 2012

    I read Switched and was impressed for all of fifty pages, then I stopped caring about the world, the characters and the story. Maybe it was the writing the turned me off. Thanks for your honest review!

    Amber Elise @ Du Livre

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    YA Novelties

    December 15, 2012

    Amanda Hocking is one of those authors who is hard to get into. Her plots are extremely well done, but then that's all that is really going for her. I remember reading her Trylle series, like the people above, and found it stupid until the final book.

    I'm somewhat disappointed with this because I really enjoyed Wake, but it seems like Lullaby isn't worth reading. Sorry that you didn't enjoy this book, and hope that your next read is much better!

    -Angie @YA Novelties

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    December 15, 2012

    I must say, this doesn't surprise me. I'm not really a fan of this author.

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    December 20, 2012

    I liked Wake. 3 stars :)
    I'm so sad to see you not liking this one :/ I think you should still read the third book though, for some reason.
    Thanks for the honest review :)

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    December 21, 2012

    After reading Switched I was excited for Wake… if she could to sirens what she did to trolls… but I wasn't that impressed with Wake. In fact, the ending annoyed me so much I decided to not go on with the series. Which sucks :\

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    January 22, 2013

    Thanks for the review. I was debating getting this one cause I have wake and really liked that one. But I'll totally have to pass now or just get it from the library.