Friday, February 14, 2014

Wake by Amanda Hocking

Title: Wake

Series: Watersong series #1

Author: Amanda Hocking

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

Date Published: August 7, 2013

Pages: 320 (hardback)

Genre: YA fiction, fantasy

Age Range: 11+


Gemma Fisher 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 she’s falling harder for him every day.  But Gemma doesn’t know that her ordinary life is about to change forever.

Penn, Lexi and Thea are strangers in town for the summer—and they’ve been watching her.  Three sisters with mysterious powers, they invite Gemma to join their exclusive circle, and it changes her in ways she never imagined.  Suddenly she’s 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 Watersong series isn't as great as Amanda Hocking's Trylle series, but it's still enjoyable and quirky. Amanda Hocking does write some unique novels, her first series being about vampires, her second about trolls, and now, she's taken to writing about sirens.

Though this book isn't as good as Switched it is still enjoyable. The mystery as to why teen boys have gone missing keeps you interested throughout the book, and also Gemma's crush on her best friend, and next door neighbor, Alex. Gemma is a fun girl with a hyper personality, while her sister, Harper, is cautious and worrisome over her father and younger sister. Harper had to slip on her big-girl shoes after their mother died and has taken care of the family ever since. 

As Gemma goes on a journey to find out what is happening to her, Harper is dragged into the world that her sister is now unwillingly apart of. She won't stop until she has her sister back safe and sound. 

The writing for this book is good, there is a few descriptive part where Harper comes across a few dead bodies but other than that the writing isn't detailed. It's a quick and simple read. And though it might not keep you on the edge of your seat like Switched did, it is still a fun book. The characters are great; Gemma and Alex are my favorites. And I love how connected Gemma and her sister seem to be. The plot is also good, going through twists and turns until the end.

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