Title: Wake: A Watersong Novel
By: Amanda Hocking
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication Date: August 7, 2012
Amanda Hocking takes you deep into a new world with the first book in the Watersong series. Beautiful. 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, Thea, and Lexi have caught everyone's attention. But it's Gemma, they've chosen to be part of their group. Sixteen-year-old Gemma seems to have it all - carefree, pretty, and falling in love with the boy next door. But her greatest passion has always been the water. Lately she's had company for her late night swims. Penn, Thea, and Lexi spend their nights dancing, singing, and partying on the cove - and one night Gemma joins them. When she wakes up groggy on the beach the next morning, she knows something has changed. Suddenly Gemma is stronger, faster, and more beautiful than ever. As she uncovers the truth about her new mythical powers, Gemma is forced to choose between staying with those she loves or entering a dark world brimming with unimaginable secrets.It took me all of two days to read this book and even that was two days too long. If I didn't have work, a household and kids to take care of I would have had this read within hours. I absolutely LOVED this. The characters, the story line, everything. The only part that suck was that now reading it before the book is out I have to wait until next Winter before book number two is released.
The story draws you in by making you love the main character, Gemma, from the beginning. You're intrigued at how dedicated and how much she loves swimming and her love for the water and you love how her romance starts with boy next door, Alex. It wasn't until the middle of the book when I started to like her older sister, Harper. She's a tough cookie and is the backbone to their family. She's like a mother to Gemma since their mom is in a mental institution. In the beginning I thought, "Wow can we get anymore paranoid?" but in the end Harper won me over because all she really wants is to protect her sister and for good reasons. The fact that she started her own little romance in this story helped me like her a bit more too, lol.
There are Sirens (mermaid like) in this story which always wins me over as one of my favorite movies is The Little Mermaid. How Amanda Hocking went in detail as to how the three Sirens came to be gave you enough information to know that they were no good and why they needed and wanted from Gemma.
How book one ended left you with your mouth hanging open, but I guess that was exactly the point because now I'm anxious to read what happens next, I can't wait!
Disclosure: All opinions are my own. I received Wake at no cost for the purpose of this review. No other compensation was received.