Book Review – Wake

wakeBook: Wake (Watersong Quartet 1) by Amanda Hocking
Original Release Date: January 1st 2012
Genre: Fantasy
Reading Format: Ebook
Edition: Dutch edition by Luitingh-Sijthoff, released in 2013
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars



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 thought Wake was an mediocre first installment to a series. I have never read anything with mermaids before, and I’m not sure if this is the greatest book to spark a great mermaid interest. The book clearly has its weaknesses.

The book is written in third pov. I don’t mind if there are switches between characters, but I do prefer those switches between chapters or scenes instead of in a scene that leaves me wondering whose thoughts these are. Luckily this only happened 3 times. I missed a line break in those moments in the format of this ebook.

Plot wise the book wasn’t very strong in parts. For instance the hostility everyone seems to have towards the group of three girls that are tourists for all they know at that point. The only reasons seem to be that they are really pretty and don’t interact much with others. Not a great reason to think these are bad girls or up to something. I mean, jealous much? This hostility could have been set up a lot better by things actually happening and the other characters actually seeing the girls do something wrong, but very little happens in the first half of the book. And that is a shame. It could have build up the tension a lot better.

I would have liked if the plot had started earlier. More on the mythology and the sirens would have been great. Also I would have liked getting to know more about Penn, Lexie and Thea. I hope this happens in the next book.

The characters are okay. The only character that stood out to me was Daniel. He was an easy going, natural character. The two main characters Gemma and Harper I had trouble connecting with. Both could use more deepening out. They are pushed very heavily into roles and have a hard time breaking loose from them. Also the supposed best friendship between Harper and Alex was non-existent. Besides mentioning they are best friends there are no signs in the book that they are more than just neighbors. There is no connection between those two characters at all. It is a shame because it could have enriched this book a lot.

Their history with their mother was interesting, but I’m not entirely sure how I feel with how it was approached. I think I would have liked there to have been more explaining as to their mother’s situation to get a clearer picture of what is going on with their mom. It was kept somewhat vague.

Despite that this was a fast read and I did enjoy reading it. I own the next book so I’ll be reading that and seeing if any of the above issues I had with it get better.

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