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.
©2012 Amanda Hocking (P)2012 Macmillan Audio
The Narration was awful. It made me cringe to listen to it. It made the whole story seem whiny and overdramatic.
Way too overdramatic.
First off, if you are older than 14, don't buy this book.
I don't think anything could have made this story better. Narrator does her best with truly awful material but her rendition of the dialogue makes me cringe.
Think Twilight, even more badly written, with fish.
I read the reviews before choosing this book and several reviews commented on how young the book is. I realized after listening to the book, it isn't the story, it's the narrator. The narrator tries very hard to add in voices and make an enjoyable listening experience. However, I felt as though I was listening to a book for small children. Keep in mind that the characters are 18 and 16. Many times I found myself being pulled out of the story due to the performance. It was unbelievable that the characters would talk like children. The narration is so distracting that I had a difficult time following the story line. Very disappointing.
The Narrator is simply awful...she sounds like a birth control/feminine hygiene commercial narrator with her perpetual "questioning" tone. It's just annoying, and they had her do the second book as well. Big disappointment. She also makes all the guys sound like Mr Ed.
Amanda Hocking is amazing. I loved all her other series. This one almost makes me think it was written by someone else. I just don't feel her in it at all. Maybe it was just the horrible narration that threw me off, but it just felt like it came from a different writer. The story is not that bad, even though other reviews say it is. I think the weak characters and narration is what killed it for a lot of people. But they are just blaming the storyline because they just can't quiet put there finger on it.
Better narrator, someone that can make the characters sound more their age and "cooler" like in My Blood Approves
Maybe....with a good screen writer
Mother of 3, grandmother of 6, retired nurse and substance abuse counselor. Thrilled to have the time to read or listen to books again.
i guess some may like this book but you need to be 15 years old to enjoy it. appears to be written for a very young reader as it is extremely immature and lacks any sophistication for the adult reader. the ending appears to set it self up for another book to follow so i'm hoping to remember the authors name in order not to purchase it by mistake.
the narrator was annoying, she need much more practice with different voices.
Obviously love to read!
The book was a little juvenile, but lets be honest, that is the intended audience. It was still a good story and at least Amanda had the courage to step away from vampires and wolves.
I have enjoyed her books as inbetweeners and some I truly loved. I will read more of her books, and I truly enjoyed the hollow men series. I wouldn't mind more of those. The bottom line is that it was good enough to keep me turning pages and moving along enjoying the story. Which is more than I can say for a few of the top selling books, that I have read.
Yes the audio version was way better and allows you to kick back and close your eyes!
This book is like her other books and maybe the Wicked Lovely Series.
Ya, she always does a great job.
This is a fun book with mythical creatures!
As a "good" book, no. For people that listen to the number of books a week/month that I do, yes. It is cute and entertaining.
I have listened to all of them and preferred the others.
No. They swam off to live their lives and it should stay there.
I really liked it. Not sure how to rate it as far as other books I have read.
I like the way he told the story.
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