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Wake (Watersong Novels #1) by Amanda Hocking
Wake (Watersong Novels #1)

Jenna DeTrapani, August 7, 2012

Admittedly, WAKE is the first book I've read by Amanda Hocking. I've only recently picked up her Trylle series and to this day they still remain untouched. I plan to change that soon after having read the first entry in her Watersong series. I enjoyed it enough to be intrigued about the trilogy that made the author a super star of sorts in the publishing industry.

WAKE is a story about not just the girl, Gemma, but two sisters who live near the water. One the eldest, Harper, is your typical, average teenage bookworm, while the youngest, Gemma, is the star athlete, beautiful and seemingly destined to become a siren (because she's beautiful and loves to swim, follow me?) The entire novel is treated as a build-up to Gemma's ultimate decision: will she remain human or embrace her new, siren self?

Sounds pretty basic, right? Well, that's because it is. But woven into the overall story are sub-plots that are thrown in to add a bit more 'oomph' to the overall package. WAKE is told from the alternating point of views of Harper and Gemma. While written in third person, you still follow the thoughts and emotions of these two characters. Harper's side-story involving her and an older man who lives on a boat is perhaps the sweetest element within these pages. I just wanted to follow her along a bit more to see if there would be any progress. Gemma's story involving her new romance with Harper's best friend and boy next door, Alex, is also cute. She's beautiful and he's a geek... (Aww!)

Things get a bit gruesome when mysterious disappearances plaque the local area. Young men go missing, and eventually all heck breaks loose when one such young man (conveniently the best friend of Gemma's 'would-be' boyfriend) is found, apparently (and descriptively) mauled/eaten to death. Ew.

While I wish that I had felt more of an emotional connection to the two girls -Gemma was just too pretty and blah and Harper was just too smart and blah- and the middle was a bit slow, it was the fairly intense climax about 3/4 of the way through that propelled me through these pages. (That translates to: OK characters, good story, slow middle, seriously fast-paced ending.) The book also finishes off with a rather abrupt cliff hanger, one that will have many readers itching for more.

Oh, and I would be remiss if I didn't mention the three sirens, Penn, Lexi and Thea. Think 'Mean Girls' who kill. Nuff' said.

The first in a new 4-book series, WAKE is a good contemporary choice for any fan of mermaid/siren lore. I just don't know how or if it will stack up to her previous series.
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