Monday, August 6, 2012

Review: Wake

Title: Wake
Watersong #1
Author: Amanda Hocking
Release Date: August 7, 2012

Goodreads Description:
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.

My Thoughts:
Wake is the first book in Amanda Hocking’s new Watersong series. I read Amanda Hocking’s My Blood Approves series and somewhat enjoyed them. The lack of editing really bothered me but I felt there was a good story in there so when I got the chance to read this book early with the Southern Book Bloggers ARC tour I jumped on it. I figured that since this book wasn’t self-published that the writing and editing would be better and that I would really be able to see what Amanda Hocking was capable of.

Unfortunately, I didn’t love this story like I was hoping. I read the book rather quickly but once I finished it I wasn’t left with any emotions about it. I didn’t care that the story ended. I wasn’t dying to know what happened next. The book didn’t make me feel anything.

Wake is a quick and easy read. It doesn’t have a complicated plot or storyline.  It’s not a story that takes a lot of thinking to read. I easily read it in one day. Now, I’m sure you’re wondering if I read it that quickly why didn’t I love it? Well, it’s like I said the story just didn’t make me feel anything. It’s not that it was a bad book. I just didn’t become emotionally invested in the story.

To be more clear here’s a couple of things I didn’t like about Wake. First, it felt like I was kept in suspense only to discover that I knew the answer from the beginning. I kept thinking that it couldn’t be the obvious answer but it turns out that it was. So even though I was somewhat in suspense the whole book, I shouldn’t have been. My initial instincts were correct. There wasn’t more to the story or if there is it wasn’t revealed in this book.

Second, I didn’t care for any of the characters. Gemma and Alex were okay but I felt like we didn’t really get to see enough of Alex to understand his character. I didn’t understand a lot of the choices the characters made. They didn’t make sense to me. As far as lead character goes, Gemma was okay. Not good or bad just average. For the most part I found her forgettable.

Now, obviously there were some things that I did like. Like I said before the story was a quick read. It was a pretty fast paced story and for the most part it held my attention.

In my opinion, Amanda Hocking’s Wake is an average book, definitely not the best, but far from the worst. I am hoping that there is more to the mystery than what we learned in the first book and that the next installment will be better than it’s predecessor.


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