Wake (Watersong #1)
by Amanda Hocking
What is it about:
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.
What did I think of it:
I will confess I thought this would be a nice read.
I read another book by Hocking which was nice, so I expected about the same from Wake.
Luckily I was proven wrong in my assumptions: Wake is a really great book.
The story is as much about Gemma's older sister Harper as it is about Gemma. The way both girls deal with the blows life has dealt them is a large part of the story and I found it very intriguing to see how both handle their problems in different ways.
I must say my concern switched back and forth between Gemma and Harper. One moment I was cheering on Gemma, the next I could understand Harper so much better. The dynamics between the two sisters is very well written.
Otherwise the story is very cool and even creepy at times. Even though I could pretty much guess what the deal was with Penn, Lexi and Thea, Hocking managed to put enough suspense and creepiness into the story I was hooked from start to finish. Overall the story was solid and engaging.
The ending surprised me and left me yearning to read more, so you can bet I will get my trotters on the next book in this series soon.
Why should you read it:
It's a cool and suspenseful Paranormal YA read.