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.
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!
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.