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Wake (Dream Catcher #1)

3.76  ·  Rating Details  ·  68,766 Ratings  ·  4,936 Reviews
For seventeen-year-old Janie, getting sucked into other people’s dreams is getting old. Especially the falling dreams, the naked-but-nobody-notices dreams, and the sex-crazed dreams. Janie’s seen enough fantasy booty to last her a lifetime.

She can’t tell anybody about what she does – they’d never believe her, or worse, they’d think she’s a freak. So Janie lives on the frin
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Published January 20th 2010 by Brilliance Audio (first published March 4th 2008)
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DEC 2014 EDIT: As I'm tired of having some of the same arguments, I'll be editing my review as well as pasting in some more of my musings as to why I didnt like this book from the comments section.

God, this book was terrible.

I don't even know where to begin, there was so much wrong with this book. So I'll just dive straight into the actual writing style:

This book.
Was so.
Damn choppy.
That most sentences.
Were only.
Words long.

Seriously? The writing was so cut up and cho
Brigid *Flying Kick-a-pow!*
*Hello, this is me rewriting a bunch of my reviews because I keep reading my old reviews and hating them. So, I just want to flesh out some of them a bit more and make them a little less trollish in some cases. So here we go.*

It's been a long time since I read this so I can't say I remember a ton about it. I just know that, unfortunately, I was sorely disappointed. Here's the thing: this book had a great concept. I am a nerd when it comes to the idea of dreams. Just the very concept makes me fee
Dec 04, 2013 Kristi rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, major-letdown, fantasy, ugh
I picked this one up because the premise sounded so intriguing, but ultimately I thought it was pretty disappointing. The third-person present tense narration really got on my nerves after a while, and the story was told so choppily that I found it hard to really get involved. Not to mention the ridiculous twist towards the end (Spoiler: Her formerly-goth-loser-but-now-suddenly-hot classmate with crazy nightmares turns out to be an undercover cop pretending to be a dealer in order to bust a huge ...more
Feb 02, 2012 Tatiana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009, ya, urban-fantasy, 2010, 2012
3.5 stars

A surprisingly good YA book, a perfect mix of romance, paranormal, and mystery. The writing style is peculiar and won't be everyone's cup of tea. It definitely takes some time to get used to it. But once you get over the present tense 3rd person narration and choppiness, you realize this style actually makes the book more intense and fast moving. The love story is equally powerful and touching and certainly differs from your standard paranormal romance formula. Lastly, kudos to Lisa McM
Morgan F
I do not understand this book.
I do not understand the writing style.
I do not understand the plot.
And I sure as hell do not understand the appeal.

Everything about this book was choppy, weird, and over in a blink of an eye. Come to think of it, it was reminiscent of a dream, the foggy kind you forget immediately upon waking.

The writing was unnecessarily blunt and in the 3rd person, both of which I consider poor writing decisions. I felt alienated from the story, and I never understood who was
Mar 16, 2008 Karin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Janie gets sucked into other people’s dreams. She tries to stop it, but can’t resist the overwhelming pull. She first noticed it happening when she was eight-years-old. Janie has witnessed everything from the typical falling dream and standing naked in front of a crowd dream to World War II battle dreams. Most of the time she is just an observer. Even if the dreamers ask for her help, she can’t manage to do anything.

Janie’s life has been hindered by this "curse." She found out early that sleepov
Kat Kennedy
Apr 17, 2010 Kat Kennedy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is short, sweet and simple.

I think it's the simpleness of the story that gives it the most charm. There are no intricate or twisted plots. Nor is than any great climatic action to this story.

It is a gradual growing of a girl and a boy as they learn to deal with an unusual psychic ability together and face their nightmares.

There isn't much to say about this book. There isn't much plot or pacing to speak of though it doesn't drag on. It's hard for this book to drag on because there simp
Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
I've read countless YA novels in this past year, but Wake is by far my favorite. To be perfectly honest, it's not the story that I like so much - it's very interesting and well thought out, but it was the writing that blew me away. In her review, Tatiana called McMann's writing style flawless, and I must admit I was very intrigued by her choice of words at the time. I understand now exactly what she meant. Wake has a steady rhythm that you can almost feel in your bones while reading. It’s very h ...more
Apr 17, 2011 Caris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011, young-adult
It was my goal to start this review with an inspirational quote from Freddy Krueger. As it turns out, though, almost everything he says is pretty much uniformly stupid and generic. I am quite disappointed.

Freddy, see, was one of my babysitters. I grew up with this monster who invades the dreams of teenagers. This guy who tacks the word “bitch” onto every other sentence and jumps at the chance to send his tongue through the receiver of a telephone. A few years ago, I decided to watch the entire m
Feb 20, 2012 Heather rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009, ya, faves, 2012, wishlist
First read in February of 2009, Wake is one of those rare gems that I keep coming back to. In spite of the later ruin of the series, truly Gone was atrocious, Wake still possesses some element of reading magic for me. I suppose it doesn’t hurt that it only takes two hours to read either. Quick read status or no, Wake can boast of containing not one, but two fantastically imperfect characters, a unique and heart breaking supernatural element, and a mystery that never dulls, even after multiple re ...more
Before I start this one, just know that I LIKED IT. I don't love it as much as many of my Goodreads friends but this could be because I started out listening to this and finished the last 30-40 pages in book form. I'm glad I did so because I can say that I liked this book loads more in audio format. I'm fairly sure the writing style just wasn't doing it for me.

You know when you are trying to write a paper for school and you are a couple pages short? You start playing around with the margins, cha
The light, spare prose in Wake takes getting used to, and while compulsively readable, doesn’t always match up to the weight if its subject matter, or the potential gravity in some of its characters. But Wake does create something different: a mix between the fantastic-premise-meets-teen set-up of books like Twilight, and plot devices that will gather fans of Sixth Sense and Ghost Whisperer. However critical you want to be, there is no getting around that where Wake improves over similar books i ...more
Mar 04, 2015 Sarah rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
I think I'm too old for this young adult book. I just didn't like the abrupt sentence structure and simplistic thought process of the characters. To me, it just isn't well written and the characters aren't bright. Janie is seventeen and has been dealing with getting into other people's dreams for years. She hates it, can't control it, and wonders how she will ever survive. Oh, and then the boy Cabel comes along. He's trouble (maybe) and Janie does the typical teenage angst thing by liking him, g ...more
Emily May
Jun 11, 2011 Emily May rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pnr, young-adult, fantasy, 2011
I best get this review out of the way before I start the second book in the series: Fade. In short, the story is about Janie, a girl who finds herself dragged into the dreams of those sleeping around her - a big problem, as you can imagine, in the majority of high school classes. With no idea why she has this strange ability, Janie begins to discover that, not only can she see the dreams happening, she can also interfere and change what happens.

I really liked the story and, surprisingly for a yo
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Randstostipher "tallnlankyrn" Nguyen for

Dreams can usually be categorized as our source of entertainment while we are sleeping. Although we sometimes may not remember them, they often take us on a journey that we may (or may not) want to happen. For Janie Hannagan, though, dreams are her worst nightmares.

Not like any other normal teenage girl, Janie witnesses the dreams that anyone within close proximity is dreaming. Of course, she doesn't really want this to happen
Temi Panayotova
Jan 30, 2016 Temi Panayotova rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Добре признавам - началото на историята беше доста нескопосано написано. Но след това всъщност историята става не само интересна, но и с доста голям потенциал за развитие в другите 2 части - довечера започвам 2-рата - четат се за няколко часа - доста отпускащо. :)
Mar 29, 2010 Tammie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I liked the idea behind the story okay, but there were more F words in this YA book than any of the adult novels I've read. It just wasn't necessary. This book contained a lot of content that just wasn't appropriate for teen readers. I'm also not a huge fan of the writing format. I'm not sure if it wasn't just to cover up the fact that maybe the writer isn't all that good at writing.
Jan 26, 2011 Cory rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I wonder why I keep doing this to myself. I could be doing Calculus homework. I could be writing my novel. Instead, I devote my time to reading badly written YA fantasy. Perhaps I just like to procrastinate.

I wish these authors would quit being so crafty. It's like they only focus on the first few pages of their books. Conveniently, those first few pages are the ones that show up on the book previews.

Luckily, I didn't have very high expectations for Wake. It was just sitting on my desktop and I
Jaine has a gift! Or rather a curse!! She can watch other people's dreams, if anyone in her proximity is dreaming, she get's sucked in his dream, she can't avoided it. And then she meets Campel and realises that not only she can watch his dreams but participate in them.
The experience of reading this novel whould be safe to say that can only be compared with a thrilling and scary ride on a VERY fast rollercoaster (and this comes from someone who absolutely LOVES rollercoasters)! This is probably
Mary Lynn
Mar 29, 2009 Mary Lynn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Finally picked this book up at Barnes and Noble last night and once I started reading I couldn't put it down. Well, okay, I slept for awhile last night, but I didn't sleep very well, actually, and I had some really odd dreams... Just finished the book. I haven't been that totally consumed by a book, YA or not, in a really long time. Loved it!!

Highly recommend this book for anyone who likes fast-paced, well-written, and extremely original young adult fiction.

Lisa McMann is definitely a talent to
Hmmm… this probably shouldn't be a review but "private notes" since it's mostly some semi-random thoughts thrown together. But I'm trying to be a good scout and leave at least "some" impressions in every review so when I come back a year later, I can remember the reasons for my rating.

I can't give this book more than 3 stars because I found it too short. I don't know about the rest of the trilogy but this definitely reads as part of one. The plot wasn't about anything spectacular and there's not
Oct 26, 2008 Kristi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What an enthralling story! I can’t wait for the rest of this series! I’d heard good things about Wake and I wasn’t disappointed at all!

Janie has a gift, although it seems to be more of a curse. She can visit people in their dreams, well actually she is sucked into peoples dreams, and it is rather impossible to escape. She fist discovers her talent at the age of eight, but doesn’t realize the magnitude of her ability until she is older.

Janie grew up in Fieldridge, Michigan. Her mother is an alcoh
May 24, 2010 Kristy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Kristy by: Arlene Sweet
This would technically get 4.5 stars...I am bouncing back and forth between giving it five..... oh man, feel the presure....
This book was so good. It was devoured in 1 day, 1 sitting at that.

Janie is a dream hopper, not her own, but everyone else's. No explanation, no rhyme or reason, she just is. It is beginning to take over her life and frigthen her... but, she realizes that she can help the dreamer. I don't know what to say without giving away too many details, but w-o-w!
I am super stoaked t
Jan 02, 2015 Abida rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

If I were able able to describe this book two words, it would be; Dull & Boring. I was expecting this book being full of adventure and crazing mental drama. Instead I read a book with great characters but had a horrible plot. Honestly this could have been so much better if there were some action and real drama happening in this book

When I finished the book I didn't even realized that reached the climax. The book felt so incomplete. Like the height of this book was so stupid and pointless. W

May 26, 2008 TheKBSeries rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone looking for a beautiful love story backed up with an intriguing plot
Shelves: favorite-books
I found this book at Barnes and Noble months before it was supposed to be published!!

It was hilarious! I was just looking through the YA section and found this book. It looked so good! I regret that I didn't try to buy it that day. Gosh! Anywho, I went home to found out more information about the book and author and found out that it hadn't been published yet! Yet, I found it at Barnes and Noble! I really really regret not buying it that day!! Geez! That would have been cool!

I emailed Lisa tell
Petra Sýkorová
Na knihu jsem byla zvědavá od chvíle, kdy jsem ji objevila, ale chtěla jsem si počkat na český překlad.

Zkuste si představit, že se propadáte lidem do snů. Myslíte, že je to super? Ani náhodou. Janie to totiž nemůže nijak ovládat a tak se ocitá v nejrůznějších nočních můrách lidí, kteří v její blízkosti usnou. Nemůže se z nich dostat ven a prožívá všechny hrůzy spolu se snícími. Kromě toho to Janie v životě nemá vlbec jednoduché. Její matka jí matkou zrovna není, žije z ruky do úst a moc kamarádů
Mar 19, 2009 Michael rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2009
What if you had the ability to enter into other people's dreams? One first glance, it seems like it might be a pretty cool little power and insight into your friends and family.

And while having this ability may seem cool to Janie Hannagan at first, we quickly find that it's more a burden. Janie is constantly aware of being sucked into people's dreams becuase in doing so, she falls asleep as well. Couple that with the dreamer potentially realizing Janie is there and has seen some subconsious desi
Dec 30, 2009 Michelle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Older teens and adults
Recommended to Michelle by: Faith
Shelves: young-adult
17-year-old Janie has a secret.
She enters people’s dreams.
She doesn’t want to, but she can’t stop it. And it’s really annoying when it happens when she is at school, or work, and especially when it is a nightmare. Things get complicated when she befriends Cabel. Some of his dreams are about her. And some of his dreams are frightening. When they end up in a dream together, they learn each other’s secrets. Can they help each other?

This was a quick, enjoyable read. Due to some language and mature s
Apr 28, 2016 Cristina rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Tenía muchas ganas de hacerme con esta trilogía y, dado que ya está descatalogada, me llevé una alegría cuando la conseguí de segunda mano. Poco me iba a durar.

Debo decir que el argumento es muy interesante y atractivo, tiene mucho potencial y llamó mi atención por su originalidad. Sin embargo, la forma en está redactada la historia lo estropea por completo. Adopta forma de diario con entradas por fecha y hora, momentos en los que la protagonista es abducida por los sueños de las personas que se
Diane ϟ [ Lestrange ]
A girl who was getting sucked into other people’s bad dreams? Very intriguing!
And others 'wet' dreams?

Talk about voyeurism. Yikes!


I felt like I’m in a bad reception misty nightmare all the way through.
Um. Not exactly 'nightmare'. More on, bad reception misty 'monotone dream'. Yeah, that’s it.

The third-person narration didn’t help me get involved to the story. I don’t like how its written. I dunno of its bad writing or it is just dang choppy that the writing drove me insane.
It took me a while t
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  • Deadly Little Lies (Touch, #2)
  • Sleepless
  • Shadow Hills (Shadow Hills, #1)
  • The Body Finder (The Body Finder, #1)
  • Burn Bright (Night Creatures, #1)
  • Raised by Wolves (Raised by Wolves, #1)
  • My Soul to Keep (Soul Screamers, #3)
  • Give Up the Ghost
  • Bliss
  • The Back Door of Midnight (Dark Secrets, #5)
  • The Haunted (The Hollow, #2)
  • Sea Change
  • A Certain Slant of Light (Light, #1)
  • Shift (Shade, #2)
  • The Devouring (The Devouring, #1)
  • Eternal (Tantalize, #2)
  • Haunted (The Mediator, #5)
  • The Demon's Lexicon (The Demon's Lexicon, #1)
Lisa McMann lives and writes in the Phoenix area. Her books include the NYT bestselling THE UNWANTEDS series (Book 5, Unwanteds: ISLAND OF SHIPWRECKS, comes out Feb 3, 2015) and the YA paranormal WAKE trilogy. Other books include the VISIONS trilogy, CRYER'S CROSS, DEAD TO YOU, and Infinity Ring: The Trap Door.

You can find more info at Lisa'a website,, interact with her on Facebook
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Other Books in the Series

Dream Catcher (3 books)
  • Fade (Dream Catcher, #2)
  • Gone (Dream Catcher, #3)

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“That was the goth stage, where I decided I'd never get the girl of my dreams because of my scars. Not to mention my hairstyle. (pause) But then she slammed a door handle into my gut. And when a girl does that to a boy, it means she likes him.” 289 likes
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