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.
The inaugural title in the four-book Watersong series by Hocking (the Trylle series) will please her fans and likely win her new ones. Sixteen-year-old Gemma Fisher is happy she s a star on the swim team, her family is loving and supportive, and the crush-worthy boy next door returns her interest. The only downside: three gorgeous but creepy new girls who have her in their sights. One night, Gemma is lured into joining the girls at a campfire by the water; she wakes up the next morning bruised and battered with no clear memories of what happened, but discovers she has supernatural healing abilities and is a far better swimmer than she realized. The girls tell Gemma stories of gods, goddesses, and curses that are actually blessings, but Gemma (rightly) suspects that some important information has been left out. While Hocking s writing isn t always polished (the foreshadowing can be painfully heavy), the well-structured story and strong characters carry readers over the rough spots. A cliffhanger ending sets up the next book, Lullaby, due six months later. Ages 12 up.
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I really enjoyed this book and the second one! The third one should come out soon!! I hope...
If you are into supernatural books like this you might also like “hush, hush" by Becca Fitzpatrick. That one of the best series I have read!!!!!!
It didn't really keep my interest that much. I mean, I love Hocking and her work, but towards the end, and if it wasn't this specific book, then it was one of the others in this series, I got so bored of it, I couldn't finish. I mean, when you're a writer and you write A LOT of books and different series, you will have that one series that isn't as good as some of your other work. I should know, as I am also a book writer.
What the heck?!
I've read Amanda Hocking's other stories and I can't say enough good and exciting things about them! When I originally checked this book out, I was thrilled to be reading another one of her stories. I was ready to dig right in. Little did I know the long, long, loooooong intro which didn't tell me anything about what the story was going to be about. Yes, I read the short summary but from reading the beginning (maybe the first 50 pages) I had no clue how on earth this could be related to what the summary said. Even after finishing the book, which was a struggle at some parts over others, I had a confused idea about who the story was actually about, what the point was, and how anyone would be interested in a scattered boring story? I had even checked out Lullaby which is the next book in the series because I thought I'd read this one too fast from being extremely good...
What a let down. It depressed me more than anything! I will not be reading Lullaby and hope readers seek help after having to scarf down the emotional pitfall and morbidness to this book.