Author: Amanda Hocking
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Release Date: August 7, 2012
Edition: Hardcover (309 pages)
Genre: YA Fantasy; Mermaids
Cover Review: It's blue! Need I say more?
Tagline: Discover a world of breathtaking beauty, immortal power-and terrifying secrets.
Series: Watersong #1
Main Character: Gemma
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.
This was actually the first book about mermaids that I've ever read and I'm actually surprised to say that I enjoyed it. It was so good! I especially liked how they were just "mermaids", they were sirens. Sirens are a type of mermaid that are immortal. They are absolutely beautiful and they lure people into the water by their singing. They actually feed off the people that they lure into the water. I enjoyed how mythology was incorporated into the story.
We follow Gemma in her little town where not much ever happens... until recently. Three girls showed up in town and a few people have gone missing, or worse, turned up dead. Gemma finds it strange, but it seems as if no one else does. Gemma used to be the prettiest girl in town until these girls showed up. Boys seem to follow them everywhere. These 3 girls seemed to have developed an interest in Gemma.
Gemma has been swimming for as long as she can remember. She hopes to go to the Olympics one day. Every night she goes to the lake for a midnight swim by herself, until one day the three girls ask her to join them at their party in the cove. Gemma doesn't exactly accept, it seems as if she was told she must accept. She joins the girls and ends up drinking something suspiscious. We later find what this drink really was.
Gemma's next door neighbor, Alex, really likes her. You can tell right from the beginning that there was going to be some sort of romance. The only problem was that Alex is Gemma's older sister's best friend. So of course, Harper (Gemma's older sister), is quite concerned when they start dating. I found Harper to be annoying at times, although I think she really cared about Gemma and she always wanted what was best for her. She felt as if she had to protect her ever since her mother's accident.
I found this book to be filled with twists and turns. I loved how there was a real mysterious aspect to this story. I felt like the beginning of the story dragged on a bit, but the pacing later definitely made me forget about the beginning. I just couldn't stop reading it.
I liked how it was kind of like a dark, mysterious novel although it wasn't at the same time. I'd highly recommend it.