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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.
I really enjoyed Amanda Hocking’s Trylle Trilogy, so when I found out about Wake and that it was about mermaids, I was very excited. Wake wasn’t exactly what I expected it to be. The first almost 3/4 of the book were kind of slow and I didn’t feel like there was much to the book about the mermaid/siren aspect. It didn’t really pick up until the last bit of the book.
As for Gemma, I didn’t care for her a whole lot. There were points were she was ok, but for the most part, she wasn’t very bright and didn’t make the best of decisions. At one point, yes I know she couldn’t control what she did exactly, but other points after that she should have made better choices. Her sister Harper, has a much better head on her shoulders than Gemma did and she was the protective older sister. She annoyed me a lot at first because she sounded like she was trying to be Gemma’s mom.
I’m not exactly sure why the group of girls was disliked so much, other than the fact that they were seen as creepy. There was no reason given other than that. Would you stop your sister from hanging out with someone because they were creepy to you? You might express your opinion on them, but you can’t really forbid someone from seeing a person because you think they are creepy, in my opinion.
The end of the book really started to pick up, and I will continue this series because I want to know what is going to happen and how things will be resolved, but I can’t say it is going to be at the top of my list. The story does have potential to be a really good series and hopefully the next book will be faster than this one.
As for the narrator, she was mostly a good reader, but there were parts I didn’t care for, like how she made Harper sound so whiny. She actually drug out the words into an annoying whine.
On the slow side, characters only ok, wanted more, series has potential.