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Wake (The Watersong Quartet #1)

3.71 of 5 stars 3.71  ·  rating details  ·  14,541 ratings  ·  1,832 reviews
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 the
Kindle Edition, 309 pages
Published August 7th 2012 by St. Martin's Press (first published July 24th 2012)
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I used to think mermaids looked like this:

Only to realise they're actually like this:

Yep. Officially creeped out of sirens and mermaids in general.

Pretty girls that can turn into mermaids? Yep, I can deal with that.
Swimming skills enhanced? I can deal with that as well.
Breathing underwater? Go for it.
Can sing creepily and lure guys? Maybe a bit weirded out, but still doable.

Get peckish and decide to EAT HUMANS???!!!

Kadbury(Young Readers)
Let me be blunt I'm not a huge fan of this novel.

I'm going to write a different review for this one because I feel like it ...

The Positives

Harper : I loved Harper! She's Gemma's sister and some chapters are from her point of view. She's a practical and responsible character that I could connect to easily.My main problem is the fact that she wasn't the main character! Harper had so much more spark than Gemma that I was waiting to read her point of view (POV)

Harper and Daniel's relationship: I lov
Mimi Valentine
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

I've only read two-thirds of the Trylle Trilogy so far, but that has already been enough to make me fall in love with Amanda Hocking's books! Her creatures? They're always beautifully captivating, and that's no different in this first book for her brand new Watersong series!

Right off the bat, my favourite thing about this book is the sister relationship between Gemma and Harper. As a girl with her own adoring big sis, I couldn't help but smile at the accuracy — especia
Amanda Hocking always finds a way to lure me into her completely unique stories. She has such a creative mind, and Wake is no different. She takes a creature we all know and makes them dangerous, more so than normal and I loved every bit of it.

Wake revolves around two sisters: Gemma and Harper. Gemma lives for swimming and being in the water. She's beautiful and carefree. Harper on the other hand has resumed the role of "mom" and constantly is working hard and looking out for her family. One nig
Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
3 stars and an extra star for the terrifying mermaids... errr, sirens.

Some of you may have noticed that I’m not around much lately. That’s because it’s summer, I live by the sea, and I can’t resist spending every available moment at the beach, which made this the best and the worst time for me to read Wake by Amanda Hocking. On the one hand, it’s a perfect summer read, but on the other, I keep expecting an evil siren to show up and eat me while I'm swimming and generally minding my own business
3.5 out of 5 rating

I am always fascinated by mermaid stories (I just know its because of my love for The Little Mermaid) and that flows over into a love of siren stories as well.

I really liked the characters in this story. Harper was the older sister with the tough outer shell. She's had to step up to become the mother-like figure, protective and worrying, and can't let anyone see the softer side of her. Gemma is the typical younger sister--more relaxed and free except with her hobby of swimmin
Clover Donovan


"Sirens exist, Mermaids don't." - Penn "Wake".

Thanks to St. Martin's Griffin for sending me an ARC of "Wake" by Amanda Hocking! I was wary on reading another Amanda Hocking book because I really didn't like Switched, but I didn't request Wake. St. Martin's sent it because I'm on their reviewer list, so I was surprised to see it in my mailbox last week. After looking over the synopsis and reading the prologue, I decided to go on another Hocking adventure and this adventure I truly e

I don't know where to start or what to say about it all without giving away spoilers.

Don't get me wrong, if you have half a brain you can figure out what it's about. And I liked the general story idea, I really really did, but the execution of the idea left me angry and going, "WHAT THE FUCK?!?!"

I can say that this is another one of those stories where the heroine is dinosaur-shit deep in a massive life-threatening murderous mess and what does she do? What does this brain-trust do?

I can't
sunset shimmer
This review is also available over at my blog.


Actual rating is 3.5 stars.

So this book is round three of my Mermaid Marathon (even though this is a book about sirens, but still). Starting it, I expected the worst, after seeing quite a few negative reviews for it. And also because Hocking's other novel that i read, Switched, was painfully bad. I had low hopes for this book, but I read it anyway because I do like siren YA books. Imagine my surprise when I actually ended up enjoy
Sleepless Bookworm
Nov 09, 2014 Sleepless Bookworm rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: No One
So, so stupid, I can't believe I managed to get through the whole thing. Mind you, I did skip past some paragraphs of Harper's POV. She was so annoying it was making my brain bleed.

I thought the premise of the story sounded interesting, but the writing was just horrible. I'm really disappointed, I really like Amanda Hocking's "The Hollows" series.

Oh well.
I'm going to delete Wake from my e-reader and hopefully never think about it again.
Katie (Kitkatscanread)
Gemma is a very beautiful girl & loves the sea. It gives her freedom, and she feels safe there. Gemma then starts falling in love with the boy next door, Alex, who was always the best friend, but this summer, they have decided to take their relationship to the next level. Harper, her sister, has a caring bone inside her, and has looked after Gemma ever since their Mum had a terrible accident. Three strange girls have arrived in town. They are fearless, gorgeous and enticing, and although the ...more
If I could have abandoned this book, I would have. I have talked all year in booktalks to my students about the current popularity of mermaids and the like in young adult books. It is not my trend of choice, but the students in my Book Club decided that we would try a mermaid book so I struggled through our book of choice, Amanda Hocking's "Wake." Though the concept had potential, the story was banal, poorly written to the point of being laughable, predictable, and yada yada yada.

Let's start wit
Gemma vive en el pueblo costero de Capri, junto con su padre Brian y su hermana mayor Harper. Sus días transcurren tranquilos y mas ahora que es verano, por las mañanas va a la piscina a entrenarse y a la caída del so,l baja hasta la bahía a darse un baño nocturno. Le encanta el agua y nadar. Su meta es poder ir algún día a las olimpiadas y parece que cada vez esta mas cerca de conseguirlo.

Además este verano hay cosas que han cambiado, Gemma por fin tiene coche, aunque sea una chatarra, y ha emp
Well. I couldn't finish this book. And the fact that I couldnt finish it doesn't mean that there's nothing to look forward to it. So keep in mind that my opinion is based only on the first 139 pages of the advance reader's copy of this book.

I like Amanda Hockings' writing, but this book really didn't do it for me.

I got until page 139 of 309 (from arc) and I am still waiting for the story to take off. Only after 120 pages something finally happened, but the problem was that "that something" wasn'
Kristi-The Book Faery
Wake by Amanda Hocking was no surprise, I got exactly what I expected: pure imaginative brilliance! I’ve followed Amanda since the early days when ‘My Blood Approves’ series was full of grammatical errors and you know what? I didn’t care! The story line was just that good that I bought one after another on my Kindle and wanted to cry when the series was over. Then Hollowland came along and The Trylle Trilogy and a few others and things just kept getting better and better.

Amanda is a natural bor
Whitley Birks
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Ah, what can you say about Wake? I’m not really sure. The best I can come up with is to damn it with faint praise. It was very…booky. It left little impression on me, although it was an easy enough, quick read. The whole thing was extremely straightforward and lacked any sort of plot or passion.

The first half of the book was romance. Just straight-up romance. To be fair, it was pretty cute romance. But there was no drama to it. It was the sort of romance t
I read this book in about a day, while (ironically) in my pool. I've noticed a recent increase in mermaid books, but what I loved about Wake was that it wasn't necessarily about mermaids, but rather about sirens, which a lot of the books seem to be more about. This book doesn't even disguise how awful the sirens are either.

What I love most about taking a pre-existing myth or idea is that there are so many ways to twist it into your own. The sirens in Wake are different from the mermaids in Lies
Tiffany Michelon
I got an advance copy of Wake on Wednesday, and I read it in a day. I just love the way Amanda Hocking builds her characters. She has a way of making you care about each of them. she doesn't write 2 dimensional characters. Even the ones who barely make an appearance in the story, you feel like you know them. And she has a way of writing budding romances that makes me hold my breath and really root for that first kiss.

The only downside to getting the book before the August release date... how mu
Ok, I totally love siren stories. Donno why, but the idea of breathing underwater just fascinates me so much, it's right there up on my favorite superpowers next to flying and being able to finish "1000+ pages books".

What I really liked about this book was the premise. You have sirens, pretty girls, pretty boys, a murder mystery, a curse. What could go wrong? Well, it did, but not everything.
First, the mystery was not much of a mystery, you can pretty much figure out the sirens did it and it's n
Gemma loves the water and takes a nightly swim in the ocean. Only problem is three other girls have noticed her beauty and love of the water. Three girls that used to be a group of four... Three girls that are very creepy and seem to be stalking Gemma. Gemma's sister, Harper, doesn't want Gemma anywhere near them. Harper is a very protective older sister and takes care of Gemma, ever since their mom got in a horrible car accident and is now living in a care home. Gemma is a dedicated swimmer pla ...more
“Three and a half Stars: A dark spin on an old mythological creature.

Gemma floats in the calm sea, gazing at the blanket of stars above her head. She is at home in the water and loves to swim in the bay at night more than anything. At sixteen, Gemma is an exceptional swimmer with high hopes for her swimming career. A light flashes from the shore. Gemma looks over to see the three strange and beautiful girls who recently came to town dancing in the flickering shadows of a fire. Where did they com
Kat (Kindred Dreamheart)
No! Omg, I am so upset at how this played out. This may be my first ever one star of a novel I actually finished. No let me be fair....two stars. The beginning was okay. I just really didn't like the twist and ending. And the "baby sexy" voice of the narrator made me grind my teeth. Ugghh!

I listened to the audio version. The voice of the narrator was extremely irritating. However if you get a hardcover, paperback, or ebook and actually read the novel you'll be spared.

I hope I don't ruin it for
Check out more of my reviews at ***Singing and Reading in the Rain***!

Wake isn't your normal mermaid book. It isn't a normal mermaid book where the protagonist embraces his/her nature as a mermaid. It's much more creative than that. Wake is an internal battle against what Gemma has become, and she's trying to fight the fact that she's become a siren. I don't know why I haven't read Amanda Hocking's Trylle trilogy because after what I've seen here, I know I want to see more from Amanda Hocking in
Jessica (priceiswong)
Overall, I liked this book. This book was just what I was in the mood for.
It started out as a lighthearted book about a young girl named Gemma, who loves the water. Everyday she finds herself in it whether she is at swim practice trying to beat her best time, or swimming in the bay. I love the mystery in this book surrounding the strange trio of girls Penn, Lexi, and Thea. The romance was also kind of cute. Mainly because I liked the love interest, Alex, who was this nerdy guy a couple of years
I was really hoping for a good story and this just isn't it. I won't do a plot summary because that's available on plenty of other reviews. I'll just say that evisceration, flies, and maggots crawling on dead bodies is not my ideal book. How is that "achingly beautiful" as the book description claims?!? There's no resolution at the end of this and (after skim reading the second book) not at the end of the next in the series either. In fact, that one even talks about eating hearts. Yeah....Enough ...more
I didn't like this as much as I thought I would. It was good, but I don't know. The characters just didn't really click with me.
A book about mermaids, sirens and beautiful and compelling characters is always an intrigued one. When I read the synopsis, I knew one or two things would be kind of standard. The song, the blood-sucking and the bossy attitude around people.

The truth is that I was very curious to see if the author would have some surprises for us. Something to make the book stick to our heads and maybe even gasp. And I did gasp, but for the wrong reasons.

But let me rewind a little.

I enjoyed reading the book beca
Penny Raspenny
This book seemed like a prologue.

I feel that we could cut down almost 2/3 of the book and make some very nice first chapters with the rest. But a whole book? Nah. I mean, exactly half of the book was only about introducing the characters and seeing their everyday lives. And I am not exaggerating here! We were endlessly following Gemma to her swimming practices and night swims, and Harper at the library and the docks to take lunch to her father.

We understood with what kind of mermaids, sorry, I
Sisters Gemma and Harper are having an all-right summer vacation: Gemma, a champion swimmer, is doing great times and has caught the eye of Alex, the cute boy next door, while Harper is getting ready to start college and is flattered by attention from Daniel, a grungy guy who lives on a houseboat. But Gemma has also gained the interest of a group of mysterious, beautiful girls spending the summer in their tourist town ... and that interest may be dangerous to everyone she cares about.
I read thi
As some of you may know, I’m a huge Hocking fan. I first discovered her books when I bought my first Kindle almost two years ago. I was hooked! I devour every book of hers as soon as they are released. Here’s the thing, though, I’ve never read a book with the whole mermaid/siren thing going on. I’ve seen a lot of them around, but they just haven’t appealed to me. However, I knew as soon as I saw Wake that it was going to be my first in the genre. Admittedly, there was a little fear that I wouldn ...more
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Amanda Hocking is a lifelong Minnesotan obsessed with Batman and Jim Henson. In between watching cooking shows, taking care of her menagerie of pets, and drinking too much Red Bull Zero, she writes young adult urban fantasy and paranormal romance.

Her New York Times best-selling series the Trylle Trilogy has been optioned for films. She has published fifteen novels, including the Hollows and the Wa
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Other Books in the Series

The Watersong Quartet (4 books)
  • Lullaby (Watersong, #2)
  • Tidal (Watersong, #3)
  • Elegy (Watersong, #4)
Switched (Trylle Trilogy, #1) Torn (Trylle, #2) Ascend (Trylle, #3) My Blood Approves (My Blood Approves, #1) Fate (My Blood Approves, #2)

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“You really do hate me, don't you? I mean, destroying someone's ice-cream cone? That's vicious."
Her cheeks reddened. "I didn't see you there. Honestly." She wiped at his shirt more frantically, as if she could prevent it from staining if she rubbed hard enough.
"Oh, now I see your plan, and it's far more devious than I thought." Daniel smirked. "You were looking for an excuse to grope me.”
“I could win you a goldfish."

"I don't think that's be fair to the goldfish," Gemma said. "I've had about a dozen of them, and they all seem to die within days of me getting them."

"Oh, yeah." Alex smiled crookedly. "I remember you making your dad bury them out in the backyard."

"They were my pets, and they deserved a proper burial."

"I better be careful around you." Alex stepped back from her cautiously, giving her a wide berth. "You're a goldfish mass murderer. I don't know what you're capable of."

"Stop!" Gemma laughed. "I didn't kill them on purpose! I was little. I think I overfed them. Out of love, though."

"That's even scarier," he teased. "Do you plan to kill me with kindness?"

"Maybe." She narrowed her eyes at him and tried to look menacing, making him laugh.”
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