Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Review: Wake by Amanda Hocking

Summary from Goodreads:
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.




Wake has been on my TBR list for a very long time bust I never got around to buying it. Then I found a copy of it for £1.50 and it was just fate. 

The story that Amanda Hocking has created is one unlike I have read before. I was unfamiliar with the "creatures" that we encounter in Wake. I had heard of them and knew what they did but I had never read a book about them before. It was a wonderful change from the normal types that are so very overused in most young adult books today.

There is a bit of mystery in the book. We know little about Penn, Lexi and Thea and you become captivated in wanting to find out more about them. I was glued to the book just so I could find out who they are and what they wanted with Gemma. 

Amanda Hocking has a wonderful style of writing that is engaging and easy to follow. Her characterisation in Wake was phenomenal and it was clear that each character stood on their own two feet and wanted to be seen as an individual. I can't emphasis enough how important it is for characters to be different and not to blend together to form one. Penn, Lexi and Thea in particular were very well developed and had different personalities and you could make distinctions between them.

The story is told from the point of view of Gemma and her sister, Harper. The narrative switches between them and, thanks again to Hocking's style of writing, it was very easy to follow and you could tell the difference between the voices of the two characters. We get to see how the two sisters are alike, and at the same time they are almost the complete opposite of one another. It was just wonderful to read from the point of view of both of them and I think it was important to get to read from both of their perspectives in order to understand the feelings and motivations of them individually. 


When I finished Wake I was just dying to read the next book. It was addictive, page turning and brilliant. A must read!



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