Wake by Amanda Hocking


An unusual YA, mermaid-type paranormal adventure

Wake (Watersong, #1) by Amanda Hocking

Reading Level: Young Adult
Release Date: August 7, 2012
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Pages: 320
Source: Amazon Vine
Reviewed By: Kate McMurry

Teenage Gemma is an ambitious, Olympics-quality swimmer. She lives in a small fishing town named Capri with her father, who works on the docks, and her older sister, Harper. Their mother suffered brain damage in a car accident and is not living with them. Harper is very protective of Gemma, who causes Harper great worry by taking midnight swims alone in the local bay in spite of the fact that several boys have mysteriously disappeared there.

The story occurs during the summer, tourist season. When three beautiful, teenage girls named Lexi, Thea and Penn arrive in town, something about them makes Gemma very leery when she sees them on the beach during one of her late-night swims. Penn invites Gemma to be part of their exclusive little group. Though she resists at first, Gemma gets drawn into an association with them that changes Gemma and brings about situations that are far beyond the worst trouble Harper could have imagined Gemma would get herself into.

This book is told from the point of view of both Gemma and Harper. I really enjoy YA stories with multiple points of view, and these two sisters are particularly interesting. This is a very atmospheric story, and the mystery of the three sisters is filled with enough danger to make the story something of a YA paranormal thriller. For those who love romance, there are two romances, one for both sisters. Thank goodness there are no love triangles! There is no dark and brooding menace about the male love interests, and even some use of humor, which is really refreshing.

A great start to a fun new contemporary, paranormal, romantic, adventure series! I rate this book as follows:

Co-Heroines: 4

Romantic Leads: 4

Fantasy World-Building: 4

Writing: 4

Romantic Plots: 4

Mystery/Thriller Plot: 4

Overall: 4

Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book through the Amazon Vine program.

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