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Watersong, #1

I have never read a book by Amanda Hocking but I have heard great things about Switched so I was very excited to read Wake. This book was filled with mystery, suspense and mythology as Gemma learns the deadly secret of the beautiful new girls in town. Gemma is a pretty girl in her own right who loves swimming in the water and has a budding new romance with the next door neighbor, Alex. When she meets Penn and her friends, things change and Gemma learns the hard way that being part of the in-crowd comes with a horrible price. My heart ached for her because she had to make some serious choices to protect the people that she loved even if meant sacrificing herself to keep them safe. She went from this character that was just a teenager with no real responsibilities to someone who had to make some very grownup choices.

Harper was a great character for me and someone that I could easily relate to. She was the older of the two sisters and stepped into a parental role when their own mother had a tragic car accident. She was just getting ready to go to college and step into her own life instead of taking care of Gemma when everything started to go terribly wrong with her little sister. I loved her interactions with Daniel, who lived on the dock, and I liked them as a couple in this story. It was interesting to me that Daniel was one of the few people that was unaffected by the feminine charms of Penn and her friends and saw them as a danger instead of just beautiful girls.

Wake is a great novel that makes me want to read more from Amanda Hocking. This book was very fresh, exciting and a roller-coaster ride until the very end. I loved the mystery involving the disappearances of the teenage boys in the town and how mythology played into learning Penn’s true nature. I’m looking forward to reading Lullaby, which is the next book in the Watersong series. There were a lot of unanswered questions left at the end of this novel and I want to see how Gemma and Harper get out of this situation that they are involved in with Penn and her friends.

Gemma has always loved the water and could never be away from it for very long. Young, pretty and starting a new romance with Alex, the boy next door, Gemma seems to have it all. The only bad thing is that Gemma has attracted the attention of Penn and her friends, three beautiful girls who have appeared mysteriously in the town of Capri for the summer. Gemma agrees to hang out with them one night and wakes up to find that things have drastically changed. She feels different, prettier and stronger than she ever has before which leads to a surprising discovery regarding her new friends. Also, with boys suddenly disappearing in town, Gemma believes that her new friends may be involved and she has stumbled into a dangerous world that she can’t get out of.

Book Blurb for Wake

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.

Night Owl Reviews Aug, 2012 4.50