Book Review: WAKE by Lisa McMann

For seventeen-year-old Janie, getting sucked into other people’s dreams is getting old. Especially the falling dreams, the naked-but-nobody-notices dreams, and the sex-crazed dreams. Janie’s seen enough fantasy booty to last her a lifetime.

She can’t tell anybody about what she does — they’d never believe her, or worse, they’d think she’s a freak. So Janie lives on the fringe, cursed with an ability she doesn’t want and can’t control.

Then she falls into a gruesome nightmare, one that chills her to the bone. For the first time, Janie is more than a witness to someone else’s twisted psyche. She is a participant….


In an over saturated market of paranormal ‘series’ books, WAKE is a treat. Great story line and true-to-life characters make this an enthralling read. Teenage drinking, drug use, and language play a role in this novel which makes it one of the more edgier YA’s in my opinion.  Though sex is not an issue, a captivating romance reels you in.

Likes:

Length: A fairly short read. After just finishing BEAUTIFUL CREATURES (576 pages), the 210 pages were somewhat of a relief. Especially considering there are two other books in the series.

Characters: Teenagers in real situations. Likable.

It actually ends! Several ‘series’ books out there leave you hanging for a whole year for the next installment. WAKE wraps up nicely while still letting you know there’s more to come.

Plot: I love books that have me guessing or even fuming sometimes. This one does both. Excitement=staying up ’til one AM to finish!

Dislikes:

Language! The F-word to be exact. I would have recommended this to more people had this expletive been left out the several times it was used.

WAKE was published in 2008, with the second book FADE, and third book GONE, published in 2009 and 2010. I picked up FADE from the library this morning and I can’t wait to dive in!

Stay tuned for reviews on the rest of the series.

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Wow, I actually think I saw the query for this book being shopped around one of the query feedback blogs awhile ago! I could be wrong, but it seems like I did.

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Funny… I was just at the book store and I picked this book up, set it down, picked it up, set it down. Decided not to take a chance, but I guess I should have! I’ll have to check out the library and see if they have it.

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Just a warning though–it’s a lot racier than your typical YA. I just finished the second book and it gets into some pretty adult stuff. And she uses the F-word a ton. Just so you know…

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You’ve summed up my thoughts on the book. I love long books, but it was nice, for once, to finish one in a few hours. Haven’t read the sequels yet.
.-= K.M. Weiland´s last blog ..Antagonists Don’t Have to Be Evil =-.

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I’m reading this now. Randomly picked it up at the library. Strange to come across a review for it while not even looking. Shall have to come back when I’m finished reading :) )
eden tyler´s last [type] ..Best of Writing in 2009-

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