Wake, Amanda Hocking Review.

Name - Wake.
Series - The Watersong Series, #1.
Author - Amanda Hocking.
Publisher - St. Martin's Press.

Rating - Five Stars.

Synopsis 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 secret.

I've never read anything of Amanda Hocking's up until this book, but I've heard so much about her that I had high expectations. This book really does deliver an amazing storyline. I loved Gemma's character instantly, she's really passionate about swimming, she's wrapped up in her family and she's falling in love with the boy next door whether she knows it or not. She's attracted to the water, entranced by it. Even after swim practice she still sneaks out to take nightly swims where she feels most free.

Gemma's world gets turned upside down when the three most mysterious and flawless girls take notice in her. No one knows where they came from or why they're in their small town, but no one seems to feel comfortable in their presence and those who are seem to be hypnotized and hanging on their every word. The mood of the book begins light but as the story gets deeper as does the darkness. Gemma's world isn't the only one that gets turned upside down. Her sister, Harper is like a mother to Gemma and Harper has her own storyline within the story that is really captivating. Harper is always looking out for Gemma and is one step behind her the entire way, as well as their boys, Alex and Daniel. Some parts of the book, like the parts where Gemma and Harper fall in love were my favorite, but I also loved the mythological parts.

After spending a night with Penn, Thea, and Lexi, Gemma wakes up after being unconscious with no real recollection of what happened the night before. Soon after that Gemma begins to notice herself changing, she becomes stronger and faster than ever. Gemma looks to the girls to find answers only to find that she's stuck in a curse she has no way out of. The girls make it seem so innocent at first, but Gemma begins to notice her surroundings, she begins to notice the recent amount of missing people and deaths in their quiet town. Gemma does everything she can to resist the urge to join them in their quest and to give into the Watersong. She doesn't want to be like them, she finds it repulsive, but the ending becomes a showdown where Gemma has to make a decision that changes everything. The myths surrounding the girls says that they need a fourth member, and they refuse to let Gemma walk, as does the curse that is already in tact.

I really enjoyed this book and highly recommend it. It's everything wrapped into one and it's just an extremely well written story that's sure to draw you in. I can't wait for the next one!

Release date: August 7th, 2012.


  1. Thanks for the review! I can't wait to read this one.

  2. Sounds really good! I like that Gemma has a sibling- we don't see that often enough in YA. I really want to read this book now. Thanks for the great review.


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