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Wake (Watersong Series #1)

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

33 out of 43 people found this review helpful.

Wake is an exquisite and intense introduction to Amanda Hocking'

Wake is an exquisite and intense introduction to Amanda Hocking's new series, Watersong! Amanda has already proved she's mastered the art of original storytelling in her unforgettable Trylle Trilogy, and the trend continues in Watersong.

Wake is written in third person...
Wake is an exquisite and intense introduction to Amanda Hocking's new series, Watersong! Amanda has already proved she's mastered the art of original storytelling in her unforgettable Trylle Trilogy, and the trend continues in Watersong.

Wake is written in third person perspective, more prominently switching between sisters Gemma and Harper Fisher, throughout the whole novel. The style gives readers the opportunity to see beneath the surface of both sisters as they dance around danger in the form of three beautiful strangers. Penn, Lexi, and Thea are the epitome of evil and it's quite easy to hate them. They ruinously burst into Gemma's life and hometown, Capri, without any regret for the trouble they cause.

Amanda keeps the mystery rolling throughout the novel. Even when the truth comes out about what Gemma becomes and what Penn, Lexi, and Thea want with her, the puzzle still isn't complete. The characters are mostly kept in the dark and it's interesting that they have gut instincts about the danger that surrounds them, but they never actively do anything about it until it's too late. Gemma finally tries to take a stand against Penn, Lexi, and Thea, and the strength she keeps under wraps peeks through. The scenes where Gemma, or even Harper, speak up and make their suspicions known are heart-pounding and just plain awesome!

Wake is graced with not one, but two love interests. For Gemma, it's Alex, the sweet, geeky boy next door who is so unlike Amanda's usual male leads. Harper, on the other hand, is blessed with a love-hate relationship with slacker Daniel, who is much more like the usual male lead in teen fiction. Gemma and Harper are complete opposites so it's no surprise that their love interests would be as well.

The vow that Wake ends with is enough to wish for Lullaby, book two of the Watersong series to get here a little faster! Amanda will no doubt push the story past its limits in surprises and action.

Originally posted on Lovey Dovey Books
*ARC provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review*

posted by Candace-LoveyDoveyBooks on August 7, 2012

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16 out of 35 people found this review helpful.

Not good

This was terribly disappointing. So glad I'd read the Kirkus review and went with the library for this. Nonentity of a main character. And stupid. If you were told details of the Greek curse ruining your life, wouldn't you at least try the library? The sister is such an...
This was terribly disappointing. So glad I'd read the Kirkus review and went with the library for this. Nonentity of a main character. And stupid. If you were told details of the Greek curse ruining your life, wouldn't you at least try the library? The sister is such an unimaginative stock character - overprotective in-lieu-of-mother sister. Hocking does manage to make her more annoying than most. I can only hope this is the author's punk rock nose thumb at mainstream publishing. But I doubt it and I won't be returning to the series.

posted by JeyScot on August 19, 2012

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  • Posted January 29, 2013

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    This is a YA or Young Adult novel. It's also the first in the Wa

    This is a YA or Young Adult novel. It's also the first in the Watersong trilogy.

    The teaser for this book is really what caught my interest. A supernatural creature book that wasn't teenager vampires, werewolves, or witches. I won't spoil it, but I was pretty sure I knew what the creatures were, and I was right.
    I expected more from this book. It was disappointing to me. I have read several other YA supernatural stories, and not all from authors I love. This one lacked the essential balance between the normal human world and supernatural world. Ninety percent of this tale felt like I reading a normal teen type story, nothing out of the ordinary. The balance doesn't have to be fifty-fifty but does need enough supernatural stuff in it to move the story along into the paranormal.
    Beside this, I had a few issues with the story. Things that seemed to not fit, and make the story a bit more sluggish. For one, I have no problem with an omnipotent narrator, but what is wrong with saying her Dad left for work, instead of Brian left for work. It took me a few times before I adjusted to using his name instead of Dad or father. It was a little confusing at first.
    Secondly, your a creature that has lived for centuries and you can't risk being discovered, but you can't dispose of a dead body? Thirdly: What was the purpose of having the brain injured mother in the book? To me her character just wasn't needed. A simple sentence or two could have filled in necessary facts. Number four: Teenagers have gone missing and you let your child go out alone after dark. Finally, number five: Why would any adult let their daughter going swimming, not only alone, but at night, in the bay, where she could drown, or get attacked by a shark? Seriously? I know he feels guilty about not being around as much as he is needed, and about Gemma, not having a Mom, but there is a difference in being a responsible adult, and being a little too hands off.
    This story could have been so much more, but in my opinion, fell way short of the mark. A few changes to the story and it could have been a much better teen tale, without anything paranormal in it. I will not be reading the other books.

    8 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2013

    My apologies to all of those who enjoyed this book, but I just c

    My apologies to all of those who enjoyed this book, but I just can't recommend it. Gemma and Harper are the flattest characters I've seen in some time-- always on one note. The villains are a bit better, but when you don't care that the main character is in danger, even great villains can't save a book. I found myself skimming after a while, and that irritated me, because I bought this book (based on the customer reviews, in fact) and my book budget is pretty tight.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 15, 2013

    **2 Stars** MY OVERVIEW: I had such high expectations for this

    **2 Stars**

    MY OVERVIEW: I had such high expectations for this book upon reading the synopsis. I have also heard great things about the author. However, I was very disappointed with Wake. 

    PROS: I liked Harper and Daniel’s relationship and how it changed through the book and the experiences they went through. 

    CONS: Gemma was annoying. She also wasn’t a believable character. There are three girls that creep her out and yet she goes to hang out with them. Then, once they tell her that she is a Siren, Gemma is all, “Ok, cool – wait, no I don’t want to be one.” There isn’t ever a point where she doesn’t believe they exist and that it is not possible. I also felt like it was set up for something bigger to happen with Daniel, but it didn’t. 

    MY FINAL THOUGHTS: The book just fell flat. I don’t plan on reading the rest of the series, however I will pick up another book by this author. 

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2013

    Eck

    This book is not the best it just seems like something is missing. I liked the idea with the sirens but it was lacking it could have been better.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 15, 2012

    Good but slightly boring.

    When I started this book, I loved the whole build up with the three mystery girls and the romance between Gemma and Alex and Gemma's sister, Harper and Daniel. But, I got bored after Gemma finds out about the sirens and she doesn't get any straight answers and she's not sure what to do. I felt like the book was kind of dragging on and on over the same thing. Very different from any of Amanda Hocking book I've read, because I can never put them down. This one was an exception for me. Hopefully the second one is more enticing!

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2013

    Have not read/AlexandGemma

    As I've already seen, Ssome ppl have already mentioned the "stolen" characters Alex and Gemma from the Fallen Star series. I have read that book, it was great, but that doesnt or shouldnt take away from the ratings

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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