How did I get it?:
It was a present!


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.


I have had Wake on my TBR pile for ages now. I’ve always wanted to read more mermaid/siren books and I have to admit, that beautiful cover immediately pulled me in. I thought the synopsis was really intriguing too. I thought it was engaging from the start. I’m not necessarily sure that I’ll read the next one in the series. It’s not that it was a bad read, because I did very much enjoy it, but it just didn’t wow me. With my reading being limited at the moment (because of university) I’m trying to get through the books I already own before adding more to my collection. That said, perhaps I shall return to this series in the future. Let me know if you think I should!

Wake follows alternative point of views from Gemma and Harper who are sisters. Gemma has caught the attention of three gorgeous girls who have got a reputation for being a little strange. The girls have invited Gemma to join their group but it comes at a price. Gemma’s life will never be the same again and she has some important decisions to make.

I really liked the characters in this book. I loved that Harper cares so much about her sister, even if she’s slightly overprotective! I also loved that there wasn’t insta-love flying around with the relationships in the book. The relationships were cute and there wasn’t a love triangle in sight. I always appreciate that!

I think the mythology in this book was very well written and I certainly found it intriguing. I was very impressed with Amanda Hocking’s writing. I’d definitely read more from her. As I mentioned, I hadn’t previously read any mermaid/siren books before. I definitely want to read books with the same topic!

Would I recommend it?:

A lovely, quick read. Well worth reading if you’re interested in mythological books!

5 thoughts on “Wake

  1. I bought this from Book Depository’s 50 books 50 hr sale. Good thing because I felt the same way. It wasn’t WOW but it wasn’t too bad either. Although I disliked Gemma’s character, I liked Harper better.

    Good luck with uni!

  2. I’ve been meaning to read a mermaid story for a while, especially since Deep Blue came out, they sound awesome and definitely a new direction in the Fantasy genre for me!

  3. Glad to see you liked this book better than I did! If you liked Wake, I think you’ll also enjoy The Syrena Legacy series by Anna Banks! It’s always about “mermaid’s”, but the execution is a lot better imo.

  4. ooo I’ve wanted to read a mermaid based book for a while now, this one sounds like a good one and I’m almost sure I read something by Amanda Hocking and liked it despite the fact that I can’t remember what it was lol!

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