Catching up on book reviews here – I have two more in the queue after this one. According to my Goodreads account, which I actually update regularly, I finished Wake way back on September 30th. Thankfully writing has been my excuse for not reviewing – I’ve been writing up a storm.
Wake is the first book in a new series by Amanda Hocking – it’s the first series that is being released by a major publisher, as all of her other books were first indie published by Amanda herself. I admit that I idolize Amanda Hocking, I do, I am a silly fan girl over her and her successes, and I have been following her writing career since way back before she hit the big time and it has been interesting and thrilling seeing how she progressed to the level she’s at currently.
Here is the Goodreads synopsis:
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.
I am a sucker for teen paranormal romance, and Amanda Hocking does them better than most writers I have read in the past few years. She really gets the dialog down – her characters actually sound and act like teenagers, not the adults that they are striving to be one day. Another thing that I like about her stories is that she includes parents in them. Do you ever notice that in a lot of YA books, the parents are glaringly absent, whether an excuse for their absence is given or not?
In Wake, both of Gemma’s parents are heavily involved in the story, and I appreciate that, because we all know that most teenagers have parents constantly lurking and in their business.
The story itself was great – another wonderful thing about Amanda Hocking is that she seems to be using new creatures that aren’t currently popular. Her Trylle series was about trolls, the Wake series is about sirens, or mermaids as some people think of them. Although I am a die hard fan of vampires and zombies, it is really nice to read about something else after a while.
The next book in the series, Lullabye, is coming out next week – hopefully I will get that one soon and it will be just as good, if not better than Wake.