Wake – book review


Wake is the first book in the enchantingly beautiful Watersong series, written by Amanda Hocking.

16 year-old Gemma seems to have all she has ever wished for. She’s pretty, carefree and falling in love with Alex, the boy next door. She loves swimming (particularly late at night in the bay) and has had a pretty normal life. That is, until three new girls show up in town…

Gorgeous, fearless and dangerous; Penn, Lexi and Thea have come to the town for the summer. They seem to be grabbing everyone’s attention, but the one they really want is Gemma.

Gemma has no idea why these three girls are here and what they want, but she intends on steering clear of the creepy trio and mind her own business. But one late night swim under the stars changes Gemma’s life forever…

While relaxing in the calming water of the bay, Gemma notices the three new girls having a party in the cove. They invite her to join them, and the next morning, Gemma finds herself on the beach feeling unsteady and nauseous. She knows something is… different.

Suddenly, Gemma is faster, stronger and prettier. But her new powers come at a frightening cost. As Gemma unravels the truth, she is forced to choose between staying with those she loves and risking everything, or entering a world of unimaginable secrets…

I was surprised by how much I enjoyed reading this book. At first, I was a little sceptical at what Wake would be like. I’ve never read a mermaid-type book like this before and I was unsure of how predictable the storyline might be. After reading this book, all I can say is that I absolutely loved it! I really liked how Wake explored most elements of the siren myth and how this wasn’t pretty – it’s a case of kill-or-be-killed, and what Gemma chooses defines her life. All the characters in this book were vividly different from each other. I loved how Gemma and Harper cared for each other like true sisters, and I adored watching the relationship between Alex and Gemma blossom. The twists in the storyline were also part of what made the book so gripping, and the end of the book was a cliff-hanger, which I love! I can’t wait to read Lullaby, and I’d give Wake by Amanda Hocking a score of 8.5 out of 10.

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