Monday, July 30, 2012
ARC Review: "Wake" by Amanda Hocking
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
From Goodreads: "Lose yourself in the magic of Watersong, an unforgettable new series about two sisters who nearly lose their lives - and their loves - when they fall under the spell of three beautiful but deadly sirens.
First in a four-book paranormal romance YA series from bestselling author, Amanda Hocking."
While I have followed Amanda Hocking success story for months, if not a year now- from a young writer rejected hundreds of times to a self-publishing author sensation- I must admit that this was the first book of hers that I have read, however, it will be by no means my last.
I think that Amanda's greatest strength is writing of entirely relateable and likable characters- from Gemma, a passionate young girl trying to find her place in the world, to her sister Harper, a girl who has been forced to grow up too quickly and who is constantly putting others before herself, to the boy next door Alex, who you can't help but find cute and charming despite all of his awkwardness.
That being said, I wish that the story line of this book had been more unique. I personally found it to be far too similar to Elizabeth Miles "Fury" series (which I will be posting reviews of later this summer)- from three strange and mysterious girls showing up in a small town, to them showing an interest in an everyday average girl, to the eventual transformation of the girl in some way, shape, or form. At times I felt that the only difference between the two books was that this book dealt with sirens, primarily water beings, while the other dealt with the furies, more so terrestrial beings.
Furthermore, overall I found the book to be quite a bit more juvenile than I had expected- in its writing, its characters, and in the plot. At times I forgot that the characters were 18 years old because they acted as how I would gauge 15 and 16 year olds would- not as soon-to-be college students would.
All in all, despite my complaints I did still find this book to be quite enjoyable and as mentioned, this will by no means be my last Amanda Hocking written read! Furthermore, I do plan to continue to read this book to see what she has in store next for the gang!
I received this book from the publisher to read and honestly review. I was not compensated in any way for said review.