Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Review: Wake (Watersong, #1) by Amanda Hocking

Fall under the spell of Wake—the first book in an achingly beautiful new series by celebrated author Amanda Hocking—and lose yourself to the Watersong.

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.

I'm just going to say it....Amanda Hocking can do no wrong.  Each and every one of her series that I've gotten the chance to read instantly sucks me in and refuses to let me go.  I was smarter this time around and decided that when I bought this series opener, that I was also going to pick up the second installment as well.  It's always a risk when you're unfamiliar with the series and whether or not you'll like it, but when it comes to Hocking's writing I have more than a little faith.  I wasn't disappointed.

So Hocking is pretty much making her way through the fantasy genre and trying to hit on at least all of the main characters.  She's already dealt with vampires in her My Blood Approves series, trolls in her Trylle series, and now sirens in Watersong.  I'm not sure what she'll move on to next, but for now I'm hooked on the sirens.  I always enjoy how she introduces her characters.  It never feels like she's setting a stage for readers, but instead feels like you're in on the action as well.  Gemma, Alex, Harper and Daniel were all fantastic.  The bombshell trio was not.  They're great characters, but thanks to Hocking's talent, she's already got me on board and well aware of how bad these girls really are.

I'm thrilled that Hocking's talent isn't going anywhere anytime soon, and really looking forward to continuing on with this series.

I gave Wake (Watersong, #1) 4 shamrocks!!!!

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