“Fall under the spell of Wake—the first book in an achingly beautiful new series by celebrated author Amanda Hocking—and lose yourself to the Watersong.
Gorgeous. Fearless. Dangerous. They’re the kind of girls you envy; the kind of girls you want to hate. Strangers in town for the summer, Penn, Lexi and Thea have caught everyone’s attention—but it’s Gemma who’s attracted theirs. She’s the one they’ve chosen to be part of their group.
Gemma seems to have it all—she’s carefree, pretty, and falling in love with Alex, the boy next door. He’s always been just a friend, but this summer they’ve taken their relationship to the next level, and now there’s no going back. Then one night, Gemma’s ordinary life changes forever. She’s taking a late night swim under the stars when she finds Penn, Lexi and Thea partying on the cove. They invite her to join them, and the next morning she wakes up on the beach feeling groggy and sick, knowing something is different.
Suddenly Gemma is stronger, faster, and more beautiful than ever. But her new powers come with a terrifying price. And as she uncovers the truth, she’s is forced to choose between staying with those she loves—or entering a new world brimming with dark hungers and unimaginable secrets.”
– Taken from Goodreads (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/10586539-wake?bf=1000&from_search=true)
This book begins with a very creepy scene which, at the same time, made me curious to keep reading. However, this book couldn’t really hold my interest. The characters weren’t really developed, and the plot was not that compelling either.
Gemma, the main character, was not able to make me empathize with her. I couldn’t really care whether she lived or died. Harper, her older sister, was another shallow character, in my opinion. Because the girls didn’t exactly have a mother, Harper ended up taking on that role. This could’ve been nicely explored, but, instead, Harper keeps freaking out for every little thing, which was really annoying.
Plotwise, it was nothing to write home about. The thing with mermaids books is that the existence of mermaids has to be well explained. In this case, the author made a choice that didn’t go down too well with me. Moreover, I didn’t appreciate the information dump halfway through the book, and I have some doubts regarding the mythology (especially towards the later books in the series, I did peek at some reviews).
I finished this book a few days ago, but only today was I able to sit down and write the review. Because there wasn’t anything memorable about this book, I don’t have much to write about it. This is a series that I don’t plan on finishing, as neither the characters nor the plot compel me to keep reading it.
Rating: 1.5 out of 5