You know flat out that I bought this book based on the cover, right?
Wake - Amanda Hocking
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.
Now, I started this book while I was in the middle of Amanda's Trylle Series which ended up being just OK. They weren't great but they weren't horrible either and because I'm so indifferent to them I'm just not going to review them. But having read those and now this one I will say that I appreciate that Amanda truly is stepping outside of the box. With the Trylle series it was mainly about trolls and while other books mention trolls, how many do you know are written based solely on trolls? Hardly any. With this book I had no idea what the hell the super natural character was going to be and Amanda once again steps outside of the box with Sirens. Not mermaids, which according to one character in the book, don't exist. But Sirens, which are apparently people eating mermaids?
Now, if you find yourself saying, "What the hell, Sara? That sounds fucked up!" that's because it kind of is. When you really think about it- the Sirens essentially trick Gemma (a human) into "partying" with them and she wakes up on the beach with no memory and it turns out she's a Siren. Which, doesn't sound so bad because she's a great swimmer as it is and now she's a super duper fast swimmer so she's thinking this isn't so bad. But THEN- bodies are discovered totally mutilated and the Sirens aren't just mermaids, they turn into these horrid birds (this is where I was all, "What the hell, Amanda?!") and they eat people.
It's all so weird I don't know what to tell you about it other than it was bizarre. Then you have two romance story lines kind of happening and just as it starts getting good and you get some action- book is done. It ends with a cliff hanger and her annoying sister vowing revenge and it's just so weird.
But you know I'm obligated to buy the other books in the series because I hate cliff hangers and now I have to know what happens. Damn you, Amanda Hocking for woo'ing me with your fancy covers.