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.
“That, of course, isn’t the worst part of the curse,” Thea explained with a wry smile. “Every man would fall in love with their voice, their lovely appearance, but no man would ever get past that. They’d never really know the girls for who they actually were, never really love them. It would be impossible for any of the four girls to ever really fall in love and be genuinely loved in return.”
The story begins in the town of Capri with missing young boys, an almost eery, evil feel to it. Gemma and Harper are sisters with a remarkably close bond even though they are polar opposites. it’s quite obvious who the younger more carefree sister is as well as which is the overprotective and practical older sister. While Harper (the older sister) is the responsible one, and Gemma (the younger one) is more daring yet their opposite dynamic comes across believable and enjoyable. Gemma and Harper have a responsible loving father as their guardian, yet he works long hours and desperately mourns the loss of the wife he once knew.
Wake is a mesmerizing and strong debut novel in a new series that combines Greek mythology and sea creatures with an unexpected twist. The story switches POV between Gemma and Harper. So you’ll get the perspective of both younger and older sister.
I was immediately drawn into Gemma and Harpers life and was eager to get to know the secrets behind the dark mysteries and secrets held inside the pages of Wake. I was fascinated with Gemma’s goal to become an Olympic swimmer, considering the Olympics are continuing while I read this novel. She’s driven and determined to beat any obstacles that get in her way of accomplishing her life long goals…..that is until life gets in the way and throws her a huge curve ball. Three captivating and beautiful females enter the town of Capri, and never leave Gemma’s life the same after.
“But what if I…” Gemma trailed off and lowered her eyes, thinking of Harper, her parents, Alex. She lifted her head, meeting Penn’s eyes. “I don’t want this.” “Then you will die,” Penn said. She shrugged, as if she couldn’t care less, but her voice was hard and her eyes burned. “If that’s what you wish, then so be it.”
The beautiful females Thea, Lexi, and Penn are the ones that bring an evil feel with them wherever they go despite their charming good looks. The three of them are the quintessential meaning of the word “Siren“. They’ve set their sights on Gemma and they wont relent until they get the missing piece of the puzzle that they’re in dire need of as Sirens. This book ends on a minor cliffhanger and I’m anxious to see how Amanda Hocking brings the conclusion to the storyline she has set up between, Gemma, the Sirens and the savior role that Harper will need to portray.
Both Gemma and Harper have romantic love interests in the story, that I enjoyed getting to know but I found that to be not only a surprising twist but something to look forward to in the next book to come!
“I could win you a goldfish.” ”I don’t think that’s be fair to the goldfish,” Gemma said. “I’ve had about a dozen of them, and they all seem to die within days of me getting them.” ”Oh, yeah.” Alex smiled crookedly. “I remember you making your dad bury them out in the backyard.” ”They were my pets, and they deserved a proper burial.” ”I better be careful around you.” Alex stepped back from her cautiously, giving her a wide berth. “You’re a goldfish mass murderer. I don’t know what you’re capable of.” ”Stop!” Gemma laughed. “I didn’t kill them on purpose! I was little. I think I overfed them. Out of love, though.” ”That’s even scarier,” he teased. “Do you plan to kill me with kindness?” ”Maybe.” She narrowed her eyes at him and tried to look menacing, making him laugh.”
To my surprise this book was dark, and gritty, just the way I prefer it to be, even though I wasn’t expecting a mermaid book to be so dark, it was pleasant surprise though. I enjoyed the quick pace of the story as it unfolded and never did I feel bored or as if I wasn’t part of the story. Amanda Hocking has the special talent of captivating her readers from the first page and holding their attention relentlessly until the very last page. I thoroughly enjoyed Wake, and although this is my first novel I’ve had the pleasure of reading by Amanda Hocking it most certainly will not be my last.
The story will be a favorite amongst mermaid fans with a flair for the darker, grittier reads intertwined with romance. At times I found the plot to be predictable, however I’m fully confident that had a younger reader have read Wake it would have been less predictable since its geared for YA readers. I recommend this book for mythology, mermaids, and darker romance lovers. I look forward to discovering all the mysteries that have yet to unfold in the next installment Lullaby releasing November 27, 2012, just a few short months away.
ARC provided for review by St. Martins Press
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