WAKE by Amanda Hocking | Review

Title: Wake

Author: Amanda Hocking

Book #: 1 in watersong series

Publication: August 2012 by Tor

Pages: 309

Rating: comjbine_images


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.

Synopsis from Goodreads

“I guess what I’m trying to say is that you can’t live somebody else’s life for them. They have to make their own choices, and sometimes all we can do is learn to live with them.” 

Okay, let’s be honest here.. The basic – if not only reason I bought this book was because of it’s cover!

And I’m so glad I did!

This is the first book in the watersong series, consisting by wake, lullaby, tidal and elegy.
First thing I loved about this book was the relationship between Gemma and her sister, Harper. Harper is the big sister and since they are growing up without a mother, she has taken the role of taking care of her little sister. They have a love-hate relationship, since Harper is overproctively trying to control Gemma, but we can see that they care about each other deeply and would do anything for one another. I enjoyed every character in the book, with Haper’s love interest being my favourite, even though he didn’t have that big of a part in the book.
The point of view is switching between Gemma and Harper, which is done in a very smooth and nice way; I enjoyed reading both POVs! The pace of the book was somewhere in the middle I would say. In the beginning it was not very action packed, without being boring either. As the story continued it was becoming more and more intriguing, but was a bit too predictable for me, which is why it lost half a star.
All in all, an excellent first book in a series I will definately continue with!

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Also there’s a pretty cool book trailer:

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