Review: Wake by Amanda Hocking

10586539 1 Review: Wake by Amanda HockingTitle: Wake
Author: Amanda Hocking
Publisher: August 7th 2012 by St. Martin’s Press
Format: Hardcover, 309 pages
Source: Publisher
3 owls Review: Wake by Amanda Hocking


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 is forced to choose between staying with those she loves—or entering a new world brimming with dark hungers and unimaginable secrets.

My thoughts

Gemma is practically a fish, spending all of her time in the water, including taking evening swims alone in the bay. During one of these swims, Gemma joins the 3 out-of-town mysterious-but-kind-of-creepy beauties who are partying on the beach. She drinks the ‘koolaid’ and wakes up different. Suddenly, she swims way better, looks more beautiful and even finds an occasional scale on her body.

Now, you and I know where this is going, but I was kind of surprised at how slow Gemma was to come up with any possible conclusion. Even with the other signs that I won’t mention here for spoilery reasons, I almost found it comical that she couldn’t figure some things out.

I really liked the characterization in Wake. The sisters reminded me of several other sister duos I know; the older one is overprotective of the younger one and the younger one hates it. Harper takes her job a little too seriously though, thanks to an ill mom who can’t do the mothering herself. Though we didn’t spend a lot of time with Brian, I liked him. He was a great dad, struggling to care for his daughters while avoiding their mom and her situation. I thought his attitude about Gemma was very believable. Their neighbor Alex, who had always been close friends with Harper, was perfect as Gemma’s love interest. There were no love triangles, just straight up crushing. My favorite, though, was Daniel, the local boy who caught Harper’s eye. He was so cute and had a great sense of humor. Penn, the leader of the sirens, was a perfect villain. She was easy to hate, with her snobbiness and flippant attitude for humans, but every once in a while, she would say something nice or seem to understand Gemma’s plight.

I think my favorite part was the siren lore, when we learned how they came to be and why they needed Gemma. I don’t know if that was standard siren mythology, or something new Amanda Hocking made up for the book, but I enjoyed it. There was a twist or two that I didn’t expect, which was nice. There were a few questions that remained unanswered, which is annoying. But, they will keep me eagerly waiting for the next book in the series.

I’m a fan of this cover. It really matches the idea of the book, and I like the little island in the background. Though I don’t actually recall a lighthouse in the story…

The sum up

Overall, a very entertaining novel with interesting characters and thorough world-building.

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  1. I really want to like all these mermaid/siren stories coming out right now but they just aren’t grabbing me.
    I will persevere!
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