Review: Wake By Amanda Hocking

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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.

Overall Thoughts:
This was the first book I'd ever read by Amanda Hocking, but it definitely won't be the last! I completely fell in love with this story!

Wake is about a sixteen year old girl named Gemma who is strong, beautiful, and a competitive swimmer. All of these characteristics cause three mysteriously alluring women - Penn, Lexi, and Thea - to choose her to become like them. A siren. Gemma has always been one to push the rules but never break them so when she starts breaking curfew and hanging out with those three girls, her older sister, Harper, becomes alarmed, especially because she doesn't trust them. She gets extremely protective of her sister and tries everything to prevent her from going to them. The sirens have the beauty of any goddess, the voice of any angel, and the confidence to do anything. Once Gemma starts hanging out with them, she discovers that she does as well. When they demand for her to runaway with them, she's torn because of her love for her family and boyfriend, Alex, and then people start to disappear...

What I liked about this book:
I found each and every character to have depth and were well personalized. The author did an amazing job with getting us familiar with each one, from the main character (Gemma) to a supporting character (Marcy, Harper's antisocial coworker and friend).

Also, I really loved each relationship. Gemma and Alex's relationship wasn't like most Young Adult love. It wasn't fast and instant, it was slow and cute. It wasn't cool and uber-romantic, it was shy and adorable. Even though Alex was described as a total hottie, he was still self-conscious but protective of her. On the other hand, Gemma and Harper's relationship was so strong it was admirable. They're complete opposites, but they also complete each other.

What I disliked about this book:
There wasn't really anything I disliked about this book, other than how unsettling the ending was. Don't get me wrong, I loved the ending! I was just mad... because it ended and it wasn't a "happily ever after" kind of ending. Gr.

I read this book within a day because I physically and mentally couldn't put it down.


Carmen Shaw


Carmen N. Shaw is currently a biology major at Georgia State University. She is the owner and developer of the book blog, Understanding Carmen's Story.

1 comment:

  1. Oohh great review! I'm even more excited to read it now that I know what to expect:)


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