Thursday, August 2, 2012

Wake by Amanda Hocking: Review and Audiobook Sample

By: Amanda Hocking
Released: August 7, 2012
Source: ARC from BEA 
Purchase the Book: Amazon
*A copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review 

"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." (Summary from

Wake is a great beginning to a creepy new series by Amanda Hocking. I was really excited about this book for months because I will read anything that Hocking writes and Wake turned out to be a book that was hard to put down.

Gemma and Harper are sisters and pretty different from one another. Gemma loves to swim while Harper is the responsible one. Harper was very overbearing and uptight for most of the book which made me like Gemma a lot more. Gemma's life is changed though when she meets the mysterious new girls. Penn, Lexi, and Thea arrive at the same time as bad things begin to occur in town.

This book had several other great characters as well. I especially loved Alex and Daniel. Alex is the dorky boy next door who Gemma is beginning to grow closer to. While Daniel lives on his boat and Harper can't stop running into him.

The plot picks up immediately which made this a book that was easy to finish quickly. Although some things could get predictable, other moments definitely took me by surprise. I especially enjoyed the last half of the book the most though. The concept and the mythology that Hocking uses is so interesting and quite scary. I loved how it was all explained clearly and set up but there was still some mystery surrounding it.

The only problem I had with this book though was the writing style. It's written in third person point of view and bounces back and forth between following Gemma and Harper. It took me a while to get used to it but also I found that I wanted to know what was going through Gemma and Harper's minds at certain moments. Overall though I really enjoyed Wake and will definitely be highly anticipating the sequel.

My Rating:

*Now check out the sample of chapter 1 of the Wake audiobook: HERE


  1. Wonderful review. This novel sounds fantastic, and the cover ROCKS. Now I can’t wait to read it. ;-)


    Check out my books!

  2. I have to read this one for an upcoming tour and now I'm really excited to read it. It sounds like a great read! I am concerned about the switching point of views though because that normally doesn't work well in YA books but I'm still willing to keep an open mind about it.

    Thanks for the awesome review!

    1. Thanks Alexa! Hope you like it! I usually enjoy alternating pov but I don't think it worked all that well in this case.

  3. Great Review!
    I've seen a bit about this book, and it sounds interesting. Plus the cover is pretty :)
    I might have to give this book a try!

    Magen Corrie

    1. Thanks Magen! I love the cover for this book, it's so gorgeous!

  4. I'm reading this now and liking what I have read so far. Great review, I'm excited to finish it now... *scurries off to read*

    Teresa @ Readers Live A Thousand Lives

  5. oh I'm really glad you liked this one! I have a copy of it, but I didn't like Switched at all so I'm a tad bit hesitant to read Wake... but since you loved it, I'll give it a try. :)

    great review, Traci!

    ashelynn @ gypsy book reviews.

    1. Thanks Ashelynn! I actually loved Switched but I hope you enjoy this one more!

  6. I am reading this one very soon. Great review! I'm really looking forward to it now!!

  7. It's a good read and a page turner. I love Amanda Hocking's novels, and I got the first one on an introductory offer. If the others ever come out on special, I'll probably buy them too, but in my opinion, they're a little pricey. That is what keeps me from buying more.

    Look at Belden


Thank you so much for leaving a comment! :)