Published: August 7, 2012
Blurb: 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.
Gemma has confidence and a love for the water. When boys begin going missing, Gemma’s sister, Harper, forbids her to go on her nightly swims in the bay.
The family dynamic stands out in this book. Harper has practically raised Gemma since their mother’s accident. Both girls live with their father. He’s not very present, unless something happens. He’s guarded with this feelings, and you never really know how he is coping. The sisters are pretty close, and I admire their relationship.
The creepy girls in town annoyed the hell out me, but also freaked me out. They are almost stalker-ish. They are used to getting what they want, and Gemma proves to be difficult for them.
Daniel and Alex are the dominant male characters. Alex is worried about the sudden change in Gemma’s character. Daniel keeps bugging Harper for a date. These are loyal guys and willing to do what they can to help the girls. Although, I wonder about Daniel’s past and why he can resist the call.
All in all, I did like this book, and will be picking up Lullaby. It’s a great spin on mermaids. They aren’t content all the time. They are deadly, and monsters. The only question left is, what will happen to Gemma?