Wake – Amanda Hocking

Wake - Amanda Hocking

Original book title: Wake (Watersong #1)
Author: Amanda Hocking
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Year of publication2012
Format: Audiobook
Duration: 7 h 49 min
Language: English

This book is part of my 2016 reading challenge!

This is the story about Gemma, a young girl who loves to swim. During one summer she meets three mysteries girls – Penn, Lexi and Thea. And one night, Gemma’s ordinary life changes forever.

This is the first book in the Watersong series by Amanda Hocking. I haven’t read anything by Hocking before, so I didn’t know what to expect.Unfortunately, I didn’t like this book so much. The only thing I did like was the plot, I thought it was intriguing, but sadly Hocking didn’t pull through.
The story is so slow; it felt as if for the majority of the novel nothing was happening. It was a bit frustrating because the “mystery” or the big “secret” was so obvious, so when the characters were confused, I got annoyed.

My other problem with this book was the main character, Gemma. She irritated me and I found her to be kind of dumb. She wasn’t thinking straight, her thoughts were all over the place and I really couldn’t relate to her at all. Her sister, Harper was also a bit irritating, but not as much. Some chapters were from her point of view and that was actually interesting, but unfortunately it didn’t really help the story much. The best part with Harper was that she was practical and responsible which was needed.

There was some love in this book as well, but oh dear what a mess. The relationship between Gemma and the boy next door, Alex was weird and awkward and I really didn’t feel the love! There was no spark and the romance was flat! It was just not real to me!

Harper had some love too, with a boy named Daniel. Their relationship was kind of cute actually. They had a spark.

The writing was kind of a mess too. Honestly, it didn’t appeal to me at all. Can’t really tell why more than it wasn’t good. Maybe it was the fact that I had difficulty in understanding whose point of view the story was told from, as if Hocking didn’t know herself.

I might continue with the series, but I am not sure.