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Wednesday, July 3, 2013

{Book Review} Wake (Watersong #1) by Amanda Hocking

Wake (Watersong #1)
by Amanda Hocking
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Released: August 7th 2012
Genre: Fiction- YA: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, Mermaids
How I got it: Bought

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.

Review: Gemma is a regular girl who likes to swim and is stumbling through a budding romance. Of course she has her own family problems, her mother no longer lives in their house due to an accident that caused brain damage. This has left her sister, Harper, taking on the mom role and thier Dad basically a single father.
Gemma's strength and passion for the water call to Penn, Lexi, and Thea. For me Gemma was a strong, caring and stubborn character. Her loyalty to her friends and family was a great quality and also a weakness. Harper was also a strong character, shouldering the role of caregiver to Gemma and to a lesser extent their father. She carried the weigh of the world on her shoulders contently worrying and trying to take care of everyone, but not letting anyone take care of her. I felt this stemmed from unnecessary guilt she carried over the car accident that wounded their mother.
Very indepth and believeable charaters. Their love interests are also well done, but not as indepth as the main charaters. I would love to learn more about Daniel. as he seems different from other folks yet this is only kind of hinted at.
The plot is well done dropping peices of drama and action right where they are needed to move the story along. I liked the bits of mythology mixed in with MS Hockings own world building aspects. I felt Ms Hocking dished out an enticing story that sucked me in and made me invested in these charaters she created. I can't wait for book two.

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