Today is my stop on the Wake blog tour, hosted by the fabulous BB Book Tours!! I am excited to be able to take part in such a fantastic tour. If you missed any of the stops, you can see the full schedule by clicking on the tour banner above. So, what do I have on my stop you ask? I have my review and a giveaway of a finished copy of the book provided by the author!! Awesome right?
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- Publisher: St. Martin's Press
- Publication date: 8/7/2012
- Pages: 320
- Source: ARC provided by the author for review/ blog tour
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.
Mermaid books seem to be very in lately. They have been touch and go with me, but this was one that I really enjoyed. I was a bit put off by the third person POV at first, but it worked well for this book. Usually it makes it hard for me to really "get" the characters, but I felt like I got to know them all pretty well. I liked the darker themes of this story and the steady moving plot. I was very interested to know where things would go. I wanted to know more about the the three mysterious girls and why they wanted Gemma.
Gemma is a swimmer and in general a good girl. She loves to swim and she is really good at it. She lives with her dad and her sister. She goes off at night to swim in the the bay because it makes her feel good. She likes just being under the open sky at night in the water swimming for fun, not for practice. To me, Gemma is pretty much a normal girl with just a slight obsession with swimming. That is until she falls in with Penn, Lexi, and Thea. They do something to her and they want her to join them. She does everything she can to fight it, but the lure may be too strong to resist.
The secondary characters are great too. I really liked Alex. He is really sweet. I really wanted to get to know him better. Harper rubbed me the wrong way for a while, but eventually grew on me. At first I couldn't stand how she treated Gemma and acted like her mother instead of an older sister, but I get why she did. I just wanted her to relax a little bit once in a while.
This was a great mermaid story. I liked how different it was and that it was dark and creepy. These three girls are monsters, predators, something to be feared. They are also beautiful and can lure you in easily. I liked getting to know how they came to be and why they want Gemma so much, why it's so important for them. I liked the relationships that we see between Alex, Gemma, and Harper. How Gemma tried to resist the three girls even knowing what the consequences might be.
This is a fantastic book and I am really looking forward to more of this series. I loved the mystery and intrigue of it, the creepy undertones, the creative story. The romance was there, but not overwhelming. This book kept me turning pages and wanting to know what Gemma would do. Amanda Hocking's venture into the mermaid genre has lured me in for sure. 4 out of 5 stars
**UPDATE: Wake is also available as an audiobook you can listen to a sample by clicking here. I love audiobooks, so it's great to know that this is now available.
I also have the book trailer in case you want to watch it. It's really good.
Now onto the giveaway!! Amanda is offering up one finished copy of Wake! US only. Ends 8/24/12
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