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Wake is the first book in a new, never-before-published series by million-copy bestselling author Amanda Hocking. Fall under the spell of the new Watersong series and lose yourself in the magic.

Gemma Fisher lives an ordinary life in the quiet seaside town of Capri, where she shares a close bond with her sister Harper and a budding attraction with her gorgeous neighbor Alex. But everything changes when three stunningly beautiful girls arrive in Capri and seem to cast a spell the whole town.

After a chance encounter with them, Gemma wakes up alone on the beach with no memory of what happened, and a sneaking suspicion that they somehow bespelled her.

Now Gemma has a host of new powers she can't control or understand. She's growing more beautiful every day, and she has a strange effect on men that makes them unable to resist her, especially when she sings. But shes also overwhelmed by strange cravings that feel all wrong, and she begins to suspect the girls have a dark side that goes beyond anything she ever knew existed.

The girls, she discovers, are sirens and now shes about to enter a strange new world brimming with dark beauty, and unimaginable secrets.

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"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

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

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

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"A breath of fresh air in the young adult paranormal market." That Bookish Girl Blog

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"Amanda Hocking is an author whose storytelling skills keep getting better and better." Bewitched Bookworms

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"Amanda Hocking surpasses all expectations." Smart Bookworms

About the Author

Amanda Hocking is a lifelong Minnesotan. She is the author of the USA Today bestselling Trylle trilogy and six additional self-published novels. 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.

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Jenna DeTrapani, August 7, 2012 (view all comments by Jenna DeTrapani)
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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Candace @ LoveyDoveyBooks, July 20, 2012 (view all comments by Candace @ LoveyDoveyBooks)
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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.

*ARC provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review*
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781250008121
Author:
Hocking, Amanda
Publisher:
St. Martin's Griffin
Author:
Barber, Nicola
Subject:
Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Magic
Subject:
Children s-Science Fiction and Fantasy
Edition Description:
Young Adult Fiction
Series Volume:
No. 1
Publication Date:
20120807
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Language:
English
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in 1 lb
Age Level:
from 12 up to 17

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"Review" by , "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."
"Review" by , "Hocking hits all the commercial high notes....She knows how to keep readers turning the pages."
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"Review" by , "A breath of fresh air in the young adult paranormal market."
"Review" by , "Amanda Hocking is an author whose storytelling skills keep getting better and better."
"Review" by , "Amanda Hocking surpasses all expectations."
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