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Lullaby (Watersong Series #2)

Lullaby (Watersong Series #2)

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by Amanda Hocking

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Harper only wanted a safe, normal life. But when her younger sister Gemma runs off with a dangerous clique of beautiful girls, Penn, Thea, and Lexi, everything changes. Vowing to get her sister back no matter what the cost, Harper must face dangers unlike any she's ever experienced. Fortunately, she has Daniel by her side, a gorgeous guy who's devoted to helping


Harper only wanted a safe, normal life. But when her younger sister Gemma runs off with a dangerous clique of beautiful girls, Penn, Thea, and Lexi, everything changes. Vowing to get her sister back no matter what the cost, Harper must face dangers unlike any she's ever experienced. Fortunately, she has Daniel by her side, a gorgeous guy who's devoted to helping her find her sister—and who's immune to the girls' dark powers.

While Harper searches for her sister, Gemma struggles to adjust to her new life. Gemma's powers are growing by the day, and the longer she lives with her new "sisters," the harder it is to resist entering their magical world. It's a realm both dark and beautiful, and where she's plagued by strange hungers and unspeakable needs. Just as she's drifting far away from her old life, Harper and Daniel find her...but no one can deny how much she's changed. All she wants is to return to her family and the mortal world, but how can she do that when she's become something else entirely—and will they still love her once they learn the truth?

Prepare to fall under the spell of Lullaby, the second book in the Watersong series from New York Times bestselling author Amanda Hocking.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

“Readers who devoured Wake will jump right into the second novel in the Watersong series as it picks up and runs. Pithy banter and humor interwoven with suspenseful supernatural and sweetly romantic elements will satisfy fans of this quick-moving, easy-to-read series.” —Booklist

“Hocking hits all the commercial high notes… She knows how to keep readers turning the pages.” —New York Times Book Review

“[Wake] will please fans and likely win new ones…the well-structured story and strong characters carry readers.” —Publishers Weekly

“There is no denying that Amanda Hocking knows how to tell a good story and keep readers coming back for more. More is exactly what they will be looking for once they've turned the last page.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Filled with mysteries, realistic characters and lots of action…Wake is the next great book. A worthwhile read.” —RTBOOKREVIEWS

“Hocking's novel effectively melds myth and contemporary teen life. High school, family, young love, and mythology all combine to create an easy-to-read paranormal suspense story that will have fans eagerly awaiting new installments.” —Booklist

“Amanda Hocking has a gift for storytelling that will grip readers and keep them wanting more…Entrancing.” —Library Thing

“Explosive and interesting… a nice, smooth story with unique mythology and lovable characters. I thoroughly enjoyed it.” —The Teen Bookworm

“Pure imaginative brilliance! Wake is full of thrills, eerie suspense and mystery… incredibly difficult to put down.” —The Book Faery

“Real and vibrant. A brand new series that reawakens everything we love in underwater mythology, Wake by Amanda Hocking will certainly leave you with the desire to pick up more of her titles.” —A Cupcake and a Latte

“An amazing story. . . ravishing yet explosive . I am enthralled with the amazing characters and fast-pace plotline. The thrill of the water, the history that propels the reader deeper, Wake is awesome!” —Books with Bite

“Entertaining and surprisingly dark. Amanda Hocking once again had me enjoying her writing and the world she created before my eyes.” —Millie D's Words

“Amanda Hocking is like a breath of fresh air in the young adult paranormal market.” —That Bookish Girl Blog

“Amanda Hocking is an author whose storytelling skills keep getting better and better.” —Bewitched Bookworms

“Amanda Hocking surpasses all expectations.” —Smart Bookworms

Kirkus Reviews
To feed or not to feed; that is the question that plagues Gemma as she attempts to make peace with her decision to live alongside her siren sisters while denying the more monstrous temptations that come part and parcel with the tail and the scales. Though confident in her decision to protect the ones she loves by leaving them behind, Gemma is increasingly unsure that she will be able to resist the powerful urge to kill in order to survive. Back on the homefront, Gemma's boyfriend, Alex, her older sister Harper, and Harper's boyfriend, Daniel, are doing everything in their power to find Gemma and figure out a way to get rid of the sirens--for good. Fortunately, the trio manages to rescue Gemma and bring her home to her ecstatic father. Unfortunately, none of them have a clue what they will do when a vengeful Penn, Lexi and Thea return to claim their "sister." The second installment of the Watersong series will likely satisfy fans of the first. There's considerably more action throughout this time around, and Hocking does a better job differentiating among the sirens and allowing each to become a more rounded, distinct character. Thea in particular intrigues as it becomes clear that, like Gemma, she too is a somewhat reluctant siren. That said, this second outing is unlikely to win new fans to the series. (Paranormal romance. 14 & up)

Product Details

St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
Watersong Series , #2
Edition description:
First Edition
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Product dimensions:
5.74(w) x 8.06(h) x 0.96(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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Harper woke up when the sun was just beginning to set, and squinted at the dim orange light streaming in through her curtains. For one moment—one brief, glorious moment—she’d forgotten about the night before, the night when her little sister had been attacked before turning into some kind of mermaid and disappearing in the ocean.

Then it all came back to her. Her head throbbed at the memory, and she squeezed her eyes shut.

After Gemma had swum away, leaving Harper alone on the dock at Bernie’s Island, Daniel had checked on Alex to make sure that he was all right. When they’d arrived at the cabin, Alex had been lying unconscious on the floor. Harper hadn’t seen what had happened, but it wasn’t hard for her to imagine.

A horrible bird-creature stood over him. Its mouth was filled with razor-sharp teeth, and massive black wings stretched out behind it. Then it had shifted, changing form into a different kind of monster—the beautiful Penn.

It was almost impossible for Harper to wrap her mind around. When Alex had come to, he’d been certain the things he remembered were a bizarre dream brought on by head trauma. But Harper and Daniel had been forced to tell him that it was all true. The monsters were real, and Gemma was gone.

Then, after all of that, Harper knew she had to go home and attempt to explain to her father what had happened, even though she didn’t understand it herself. Not that she could tell him the truth—there was no way any sane person would believe it unless he had witnessed it for himself.

So Harper told Brian that Gemma had run off with Penn and her friends. It was something close to the truth, but even that was still hard for him to comprehend. Harper stayed up all morning convincing her father that Gemma wasn’t coming home, and that was one of the hardest things she’d ever had to do.

But she knew things were only going to get harder. Harper didn’t even know what Penn and the other girls were, let alone how to stop them or how to get Gemma back.

Lying in bed all day wouldn’t solve anything, though. Harper rolled over and grabbed her cell phone from the bedside table, meaning to check the time, and noticed she had two missed calls from a number she didn’t know. Gemma had left her cell phone behind, so if she called, it would be from an unfamiliar number.

Harper’s heart dropped to her stomach. She’d been so dead tired that she’d slept right through her phone ringing. Harper hurried to check her voice mail.

“You have one new message,” the automated voice told her, and Harper cursed herself under her breath. If she’d missed a call from her sister, she’d never be able to forgive herself.

“Hey, Harper, this is Daniel,” his deep voice came through the phone.

Daniel,” Harper whispered, and put her free hand on her forehead, listening to his message.

“I got your number from the surly girl at the library. I wanted to make sure that you got home all right and see how you’re doing after … well, you know, what happened last night.

“I’ve been keeping an eye out for Gemma, like you asked me to. I took the boat out earlier, but I didn’t see her. I’ll keep looking, and I’ll let you know if I find anything.

“So anyway, give me a call later.” Daniel paused. “I hope you’re doing okay.”

When his message ended, she left her phone at her ear for a minute, even after the automated voice assured her that she had no other messages.

It was thoughtful of Daniel to call and check up on her, but Harper couldn’t call him back. The strange dalliance she’d had with him had to be pushed out of her mind. If he found out anything about Gemma, Daniel would let her know, but that was the only time she should be talking to him. Whatever was happening to Gemma came first. Harper had to deal with that before she could think of anything else.

Harper had slept in her clothes from last night, and they stank like the ocean and sweat. She grabbed a change of clothes, then crept across the hall to the bathroom in case her father was home. There was nothing more she could say to him about Gemma’s disappearance, but she knew Brian would want to keep rehashing it until it made sense.

She cleaned up quickly, then got dressed. She’d started to sneak back to her room when she glanced over at Gemma’s. Something about the sight of the darkened room broke her heart. Pausing at the doorway, Harper couldn’t help but wonder if Gemma would ever stay in this room again.

Harper swallowed the lump in her throat and shook her head, trying to shake off the feeling. Of course Gemma would stay here again. Harper wouldn’t stop searching until Gemma was home.

When Harper turned back to her own room, she nearly yelped in surprise. Alex was sitting on her bed, staring down at the floor and looking forlorn.

“Alex?” Harper managed once the beating of her heart slowed. “What are you doing here?” She stepped into her room.

“Oh, sorry.” He lifted his head and motioned toward the downstairs. “Your dad let me in. I came over to talk.”

She glanced back behind her, half expecting Brian to be standing in the hall eavesdropping, and then she shut the bedroom door.

“How did my dad seem?” Harper asked.

“Okay, I guess.” Alex shrugged, and she noticed a cut on his forehead, probably from whatever had knocked him out last night. “A little sad and confused. He asked me about Gemma, but I told him I don’t know where she is.”

She’d meant to call Alex so they could get their stories straight about what had happened to Gemma. The truth was that they didn’t know where she was, and that was as good an answer as any.

“So, what the hell happened last night?” Alex asked her directly.

“I have no idea.” Harper shook her head and sat down in the chair in front of her desk. “I don’t even know what those … those things were.”

“I can barely even remember what they look like anymore.” His brow furrowed as he tried to think. “Last night’s a weird blur of images that don’t even make sense.”

“That’s probably because you hit your head,” Harper said.

Alex seemed to think about it for a minute, then said, “No. I don’t think so. I remember everything really clearly until we were in the cove and that song started.”

Harper had actually forgotten about the song until Alex mentioned it. She couldn’t remember the words, but the melody surfaced, like a half-forgotten dream.

There were a few minutes in the cove that Harper couldn’t really remember, either. The events were a haze of confusion, though she recalled a longing and a pull toward the phantom song. Daniel had helped keep her from diving into the ocean the way Alex had, but that was about all she could remember until they were on the boat again.

“Did you swim to the island?” Harper asked, realizing that he must have.

“I think so.” He shook his head again. “I can’t really remember much. There was the song, then I was swimming, and then I was on the island. Those pretty girls were there, and … and Gemma. She kissed me…” He swallowed hard.

“Do you remember the creature?” Harper asked.

“The bird?” Alex asked, and she nodded. “Is that what it was? A really big bird?”

“It was more like a bird-monster,” Harper tried to explain. “But then it changed and turned into Penn.”

“So those pretty girls are some kind of shape-shifters?” Alex asked. “Because they turned into fish, right? Gemma and the girls turned into fish, then swam off?”

“Mermaids, I think,” Harper corrected him.

“This is so insane,” Alex said quietly, almost to himself, then he looked up at Harper, his dark brown eyes locking seriously on hers. “Stupid question time, but I have to ask. Gemma hasn’t, like … always been a mermaid, has she? This isn’t some family curse thing like on Teen Wolf?”

“No.” Harper smiled despite herself and shook her head. “No. There’s no history of mermaids or any other mythological beings in our family.”

“Okay. Good,” Alex said, then changed his mind and wagged his head back and forth. “Well, not really. If you knew what this was, it would be easier to deal with.”

“It certainly would,” she agreed.

“So you don’t have any idea what Gemma or Penn or the girls might be?” Alex asked.

“No,” Harper admitted regretfully.

“And you don’t know where they went?”


“So. How are we gonna get her back?” Alex asked.

“Well…” Harper took a deep breath. “We figure out what they are and how to stop them, then we find them and we take Gemma back.”


Copyright © 2012 by Amanda Hocking

Meet the Author

AMANDA HOCKING is the New York Times bestselling author of the Trylle trilogy and a lifelong Minnesotan. After selling over a million copies of her books, primarily in eBook format, she became the exemplar of self-publishing success in the digital age. Lullaby is the second book in her new Watersong series with St. Martin's Press.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love Amanda Hocking books! This book was 206 pages. This book really went into developin the characters and relationships. However, if you are looking for a lot of action you won't be totally disappointed, but it won't be an all out fight until the third book which will be awesome!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Watersong is a really good series. For the fans of the Trylle triology, I think it was a bit disappointing, but not because the quality of the writing is any less. Throughout the Trylle books you gain a sort of relationship with the characters, and I think it's a little bit harder to do that in this book. I loved how she included Greek mythology, and like Amanda Hocking I have always loved it. I'd definitely recommend the books, especially for people who don't read much.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lullaby follows Harper's quest to find her sister, Gemma, and save her from Penn, Thea, and Lexi. She is determined to rescue Gemma, and will do so no matter what. Meawhile, Gemma must try to adjust to life as a siren. She loves swimming, but she's not as ecstatic about feeding on mortal blood. This incredibly written sequel to Wake is filled with twists and turns that will keep you hooked. However, I was hoping it would be action packed. Despite this, it is a great read and I truly recommend it to fans of paranormal-teen stories. I'm definitely getting my hands on book 3!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lullaby is an awesome book! It has Gemma and Harper working together and we finally figure out what in the world is going on with everything so its a for real book in this series. I like it. It also had me turning and turning the pages.. by the time I was almost half way through I went ahead and bought book 3 Tidal so I wouldn't miss anything and I must say I'm really glad I found this series.. it has been very interesting and I love the mythology information as well.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am in the middle of this read and I am shocked when I started reading this book for I read more than one bad review about the book having a bad start. I have to say the book is just about as good as the first. When I was reading page 104 I started getting tired of the book but at page 111 the book went through many turns and twists and all my doubts about the reviwers stating that this book was bad vanished. This is an excellent read and you can really notice the character's changing. Gemma has gone through the biggest transformation of her life which might be ending shortly as Daniel, Alex, and Harper embark on a dangerous journey doing everything they can for Gemma and her father. This book has just the right amount of romance, mystery, hunger, desperation, violence and love. Gemma's mom also enters the story more often. Being on page 164 I am excited but nervous to see what happens next!! xoxoxo Hugs and Kisses ~voraciousreader123
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book! I really enjoyed the first two books so far. Ready to start the third book! Great series! Loved it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked the first book in this series, but I could not get into this one. It was extremely slow and boring, and went absolutely no where. I honestly skimmed most of this and I don't feel like I missed much. It is too bad, because I have enjoyed a few of her series. I think it could have been written as either one longer book or two rather than a trilogy, and would have made more of an inpact. I will still try out books from this author, but this one wasn't for me.
BooksWithBite More than 1 year ago
Diving in and I’m on a search for mermaids. If you have not read the first book, I suggest you do. This story begins right where the last book left off. Now, in the first book, the reader gets most of the story from Gemma’s point of view. In this book, the reader gets most of the story from Harper’s point of view, and then switching to Gemma’s. I didn’t mind the point of view switches being that they did flow well. As the reader, you never felt lost in what was happening in the story.  I like that you got plenty of details form both sisters without ever feeling lost or confused. Now, the love interest some what get a bit difficult. Both girls have a lost interest in which they love but being under the circumstance that they are under, their relationships began to take some tolls. Their barely making it through and I have this feeling that both of their relationships will be out to a test.  I’m anxious to see exactly where these girls will end up and if these guys will make the cut. Lots of stuff is happening and at this point, its up in the air. Both of the girls development within the story is good. I love that both girls grow quickly, learning and taking chances in what they need to do. I am a bit miffed that despite being sisters, they don’t really trust each other well. They both hold back a lot of stuff from each other. I think that if they told each other everything, things would be a whole lot easier. As I see it, they are just making it harder on themselves and everyone else around them. Lullaby is an great sequel. Surfacing for air, I felt this story had lots of amazing plots twist and turns that keeps the reader hooked to the story.Ambitious and superior in action, Lullaby is great.
manybooks-manylives More than 1 year ago
This book just made me fail a science text because I was reading it instead of studing! I loved it and I ove Amanda Hocking's writing. She makes it seem efforless and I can not figure out how she does it:/
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read this in one day! I can't wait for the third book! This book will keep you way excited
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A well written story and I can't wait for the next! But I feel there is much to be desired so I give Lullaby only 4 stars.
WhatsBeyondForks More than 1 year ago
The excitement that Wake ended with continues in Lullaby as you learn more about the Sirens. Gemma is trying so hard to hang on to her humanity, but the Siren urges within herself make it impossible. Some surprising things happen. I'm glad the author is letting these things happen. I love that you are provided perspectives from both Gemma and her sister, Harper. I can't say that I have a favorite at this point. I like them both for different reasons. When it comes to the guys, Daniel is my clear favorite. He has been since book one. 
Laffnvegas More than 1 year ago
I am a 50+ person that enjoys reading and loved Twilight, this series seemed interesting in reviewing so started with Wake the first of the series, it was good and I wanted to read more so purchased Lullaby. this was even better and kept me intrigued. I was actually disappointed when the booked ended because I wanted to read more. Now I am very much looking forward to reading number three "Tidal" when it comes out.
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Not a great or seriously thought provoking read. But for bubble gum book it's okay. Certainly lacks the power of other popular teen books. It's a quick light read.
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Emma was beautiful before Penn got ahold of her but now Emma was prettier than Penn. In what Emma and Alex had both thought was just a dream turns out that Emma and Alex really had been having sex with each other and not just in a dream. Alex had gotten Emma pregnant accidentally. "Your sexy with no bottoms on Emma now let me see you with no top." Sawyer said. The other sirens, Penn, Lexi and Hannah excluding Thea had discovered that a pregnant siren's milk and dripping wet vagina had power. Penn grabbed Emma's tit and squeezed it lightly causing a thin stream of milk to shoot out . "This baby will be quite helpful to have around especially if it's a boy." She said. A siren's approximate gestitation time is a week. "Siren's rarely give birth or get pregnant but when they do, the baby is born in the ocean with a tail." "This baby will not be useful once born and until it grows old enough you are not allowed to come back . If the baby is a girl you must sing the song of the sirens to her and create a siren heart in her by singing her name. If the baby is a boy then he will be Thea's next meal in four years. The child of a human and siren will be gorgeous but will not posses any magic that can do harm. If giving birth in human form your siren heart will die. Your tail will be lost but not beauty or power." 12 days later Emma's newborn was fast asleep in her bassinet. Emma picked up her unnamed sleeping daughter and sang the song of the mermaids not the sirens to her. It was a cryptic song but meaningful. "Are you, Are you, coming to the tree. They strung up a man they say who murdered three, wear a necklace of hope side by side with me. A bracelet of shells kept evil away. The dead man called for his love to flee. Bella Rose gave them hope and saftey she was a lovely girl who loved us back." Her child's name was Bella Rose. Bella Rose became Bella as she grew up.
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