Author: Amanda Hocking
Release Date: August 7, 2012
Wake is the first novel in the Watersong series by Amanda Hocking.
Truthfully, I only bought the book because I thought the cover was awesome; the holographic effect is a nice touch. I had passed this book many times in my local bookstore, but the summary just didn't seem that intriguing. I recently snatched it up online because of all the buzz online about the series, what with Tidal currently being released.
There seems to be such a plethora of mermaid/siren books out on the shelves (Of Poseidon being my favorite) that Wake seemed pale in comparison.
This book was okay, definitely not head-banging-amazing, but not terrible. I personally do not like books told from 3rd person omniscient or 3rd person anything; I like to warm up to one character and stay in that character's mind. Hopping around from person to person results in me becoming very discombobulated and chafed. It's just not my cup of tea.
With that said, I'd like to explain my other reasons for not loving Wake:
The relationships were not fluid enough for me and felt too superficial. For example, Harper and Daniel. Harper was just a stubborn donkey-butt in general and Daniel was too much of a sweetie-pie for her. Seriously, I felt absolutely no connection between them...I only felt the need to knock some sense into a certain someones head.
Penn, Lexi, and Thea. Every interaction involving them suggested a bad Lifetime movie, sort of like "Bad Girls Club" meets "Mean Girls." Totally wrong.
Although, I didn't enjoy the story, I felt empathy for Gemma and *sigh*, yes, Harper. Their mother's mental condition was a realistic element and it served well in the story.
Overall, I'm giving Wake a 3.5/5 because the story was too trite for my taste, the relationship's were only skin-deep, and everything was just too cheesy. But this would serve as a 'Meh' quick read.