Friday, August 17, 2012

Book Review: Wake (Watersong #1) by: Amanda Hocking

Release Date: August 7, 2012
from St. Martin's Press
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Source: Received an ARC as a part of an unofficial ARC tour hosted by Sarah @ Inklings Read.

"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."

My Thoughts:

Wake is the kind of book that while I was reading I was engrossed and could not put down, but once I did put the book down there was no overwhelming desire to pick it back up again. It’s not that the story was bad, it was actually quite good, but there was nothing about it that left me constantly thinking and obsessing over it. However, this could be because I have been hooked on contemporary romance lately and this is a paranormal book.

I have not read any mermaid books before, and while this is not about mermaids, it is along those lines and I have to say that after this I may have to look into reading more of them. The story was pretty original and I really liked the paranormal aspect of the story. I won’t tell you what that aspect is, because it should stay a surprise. I also really enjoyed the Greek mythology background in the story. I am a sucker for anything that has Greek mythology in it.

The characters in Wake were genuinely likable, but sometimes they drove me nuts. Harper is a bit too tight laced for my taste. She really needs to loosen up and learn to live a little. I understood why she felt the way she did, but that did not stop me from wanting to shake some life into her. Gemma, Harper’s sister, had a tendency to be a bit ungrateful. She came off as very self-centered and everything had to be about what Gemma wanted to do. Both girls do show growth over the novel, which is one of the things I really enjoyed about it. Harper learns to loosen up but keeps her determination while Gemma learns to be selfless while still standing by what she believes. I did enjoy that the main focus of the book was on the relationship between the sisters and the events that occur to them as opposed to a solely romantic relationship, but the romance involved was cute too.

My favorite character was actually Daniel, Harper’s love interest, although not much love really happens but I don’t know how else to explain him. He initially comes off as a slacker living on his boat; however I found him to be the most mature character in the book. He never has a problem staying focused and when something goes wrong he immediately jumps in to help. Also, he was a very funny character and had some pretty good one-liners. I really enjoyed the way he put up with Harper’s crap and I wish she could see past the “guy who lives on his boat.”

In a world where so many YA books are written in the first person, it was refreshing to pick up a book that was written in the third person. I liked that it switched from Harper to Gemma and even to Daniel and Alex sometimes. It was interesting to watch what was happening to Gemma both from Gemma herself and from Harper’s outside perspective. While it took a bit to get used to, the writing style was very good.

Wake was my first Amanda Hocking book, but I highly doubt it will be my last. Wake was a great story with believable characters and it even had some humor and romance thrown in. While it did not draw me in the way I would have liked, it was still a fun read. I will definitely be reading the next installment in this series. 


  1. I haven't read any book about mermaids myself, but as you say I'm currently reading a lot of contemporary books so maybe I'll leave this one for later! :)
    Great review! :)

  2. Ohhhh mermaids sound amazing! Never read a book about them! Awesomesauce review! I have been meaning to read this one - has been on my TBR list for a while. I'll just have to push this up! LOL ;p

    ~ Maida @ Literary Love Affair

  3. I love love looovve mermaids-or any fantasy, for that matter. The cover looks beautiful, the plot interesting-I might have to pick it up! Review was great. :)

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  4. I don't really read mermaid books, or books dealing with mermaids, except for the Madly series by M. Leighton. Which is amazing! However, reading this fantabulous review :) I believe I will have to give this book a try!!
    The cover is beautiful and I loved your review! It was amazing!!

    Magen Corrie
    ~Corrie the book, crazed girl

    1. Gahhh I need to read the Madly series. I love M Leighton, but first I wanna read her Blood Like Poison books :)

  5. Nice thorough review! I haven't read it yet, but you make it sound delightful. Thanks!

  6. ooh, this sounds so good!! This cover is even prettier than the other. :) I'm a new gfc follower.

  7. Thanks for your review :)
    I enjoy the paranormal genre in terms of TV/movies but have yet to read a book. This series looks like a good place to start.

    And the cover is pretty.

  8. I saw this book in the store and it appealed to me I was a bit on edge about reading it as I don't really like books with mermaids however from your review and loads of others I really want to give it a try and it will be my first book by the author I really want to try one of her books :)

    1. I was wary because of the mermaids thing too, but I ended up enjoying it a lot. Thanks for stopping by.


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