Review: Wake by Amanda Hocking

Posted on Friday, August 17, 2012 8:16 PM

Format: Hardcover

Pages: 309

Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin

Series: Watersong Book # 1

Buy this Book: Amazon

Audiobook Preview: HERE

From Goodreads:

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 have read quite a few of books by Amanda Hocking (I absolutely LOVE the Hollow series) so when I read the summary for this book and saw the gorgeous cover, I just knew that I had to have Wake on my bookshelf. 

In Wake we follow sisters Gemma and Harper.  Harper is the older, more mature one and Gemma is the younger, more reckless one.   Gemma is a swimmer that is hoping for the Olympics, she trains in the mornings but for fun she loves to go to the Bay for a nightly swim.  Harper tells her countless times that it’s dangerous for her to go out swimming alone at night, but of course Gemma doesn’t listen. 

Three tourist girls, Penn, Lexi and Thea; girls who everyone around town feels strangely suspicious of starts showing up at the Bay where Gemma goes for her nightly swim and even though they don’t talk to her, Gemma can feel that there is something strange about them and once they have their sights set on her, there’s no deterring them.  Gemma is about to find out just how strange the girls truly are.

Although from the first few chapters of this book, it was completely obvious to me what the girls were, I still really enjoyed this book.  I loved that we got the background story on how the girls came to be what they are today.  Ms. Hocking’s writing is flawless and the story flows wonderfully, I can’t wait to find out what happens next in Lullaby.


I know some ladies wouldn’t mind if I ran around without clothes, but—“

“You can’t protect people from themselves.”




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