Book Review: WAKE

wake coverAuthor: Amanda Hocking

Number of Pages: 320

Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin

Release Date: August 7, 2012

“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.”


The fantasy genre holds a special place in my heart, most likely due to my love of Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings. That’s why I was so excited to read this novel, because it mixes modern-day with a very fantastical subject: mermaids and sirens. I haven’t read many books concerning this topic, so I was eager to dive right in- if you’ll excuse the pun. 🙂

One of the big positive aspects of this book for me was the diversity in characters. All of their personalities were very different and unique. For example, Gemma was more carefree and wild, while her sister Harper was very cautious and focused on the future. I found myself relating to Harper quite a bit as I read this novel, mostly because we’re both planners, worriers, and workers at libraries. My favorite character is by far Daniel, the young man who lived in a boat by the docks. He was kind, full of wisdom, and seemed very genuine and real to me. He had an interesting background and he made conversations with others very entertaining to read.

The author merged real life and fantasy together smoothly and easily as the plot progressed, and there weren’t any events that seemed very spontaneous or random. All of the details matched up and every event had its purpose. However, I felt as though the ending was lacking a bit. It was very abrupt and did not really feel like it was a closing of any kind. I understand that it had to be open because it is a series, but it stopped right in the middle of the action. Others might enjoy it, but it was too sudden for my liking.

Overall, Wake was a very good fantasy novel. If you are a fan of YA or mythology of any kind, then I recommend this series. There is a good chance that I will be reading the sequel in the future.

My Rating: :0) :0) :0) :0) 4 out of 5 smileys.

Would I recommend it to a friend?: Yes.




5 thoughts on “Book Review: WAKE

  1. I quite enjoyed this book when I read it back in June. I know what you mean about the abrupt ending—have you read any of Hocking’s other books? If I remember correctly, her Trylle trilogy had a tendency toward that as well. I’d read those books a couple of years ago, and I remembered being surprised as how much I’d enjoyed them. When I found out Hocking was writing about sirens, I couldn’t pass it up!

    I like your description of Daniel — it’s very apt, and I agree that he did feel incredibly genuine and real 🙂


  2. I’m glad to hear this book is good, I have been meaning to read it for a while; ever since I bought the sequel for five dollars (I really need to stop doing that).
    I think it’s great when you can relate to characters, because I think you find you invest more in the outcome of their story. Or at least that’s the way it is with me. 😛
    Disappointing endings are always annoying. I can get why authors do it – to stretch out the story and make it a series – but it just leaves readers frustrated.
    Hopefully the second book ends on a better note 🙂


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