Friday, February 22, 2013

Wake (Watersong #1) - Amanda Hocking

Wake (Watersong, #1)Fall under the spell of Wake—the first book in an achingly beautiful new series by celebrated author Amanda Hocking—and lose yourself to the Watersong.

Gorgeous. Fearless. Dangerous. They're the kind of girls you envy; the kind of girls you want to hate. Strangers in town for the summer, Penn, Lexi and Thea have caught everyone's attention—but it’s Gemma who’s attracted theirs. She’s the one they’ve chosen to be part of their group.

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 first Hocking! I was SO excited to read this, and I definitely wasn't disapointed.

As it turns out, Wake isn't about mermaids as I'd previously thought. I'm not going to tell you what it's about though. That'd be giving away a major spoiler, although, the signs are pretty obvious once you eliminate the whole mermaid thing.

While reading Wake, there was one question on my mind: Gemma, Gemma, Gemma. What are we going to do with you? On one hand, I enjoyed Gemma's character - she reminds me of my little sister: determined and stuboorn. On the other, however, I found Gemma to be extremely annoying at times, and I really just wanted her to make up her mind, for the most part. One thing that bothered me about this story relating to Gemma was that we don't see much of her social life, besides swimming and being at home, her social life is seemingly non-existant, and it threw me off a bit. Although, this could just be me picking at something that doesn't need to be picked at. Gemma's lack of social life didn't deter from the plot, or the pacing, of this first novel, and I was extremely happy for that.

Harper is someone that I can definitely connect with. I see a lot of myself in her, actually, which is why she's my favorite character. I enjoyed reading from Harper's point of view more than I enjoyed reading from Gemma's. She just seemed more "with it" for lack of a better phrase. And, she works at a library - my dream job.

Anyway, I'm going to quit talking about the characters now, and actually get to the recommendation part. If you like mysteries about creatures, teenagers, and the paranormal struggles of first love, this book is definitely for you. 4/5

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