Listened: August 2016
The Watersong Quartet series
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.
Being a Pisces, I feel this pull towards all things water-related. That being said, I actually kind of hate the water. I mean, I love a nice bath or hot tub or swimming pool. And I love beaches and being near the water, but I don’t like being IN the water. Chalk it up to too many stories about the Loch Ness Monster, but my understanding is that we can never explore ALL the depths of the oceans so who knows what’s lurking under there!
Anyway, I think my pull to water is what made me buy the first couple books in this series. I loved the ideas of mermaids! Turns out this book isn’t about mermaids at all, but it was still a pleasant surprise. I loved living vicariously through Gemma as she swam and swam. I loved her relationship with her sister, Harper, as well as with the boy next door, Alex. I listened to the audiobook (which is a great way for me to read more of the physical books on my shelf, as logical as that sounds) and couldn’t quite stand the “pretty” girls … the narrator’s voice for Penn, who was supposed to talk in a babyish voice, was so annoying after a while. I think I would’ve benefited from just reading the book since I probably wouldn’t have taken such an annoying voice for her in my own reading.
However, this book did make for an interesting start to the series! As much as I hate cliffhangers, I loved the cliffhanger for this story and what has to happen in the next book. I look forward to seeing what happens in relationships, be it relationships for Gemma or Harper, but also their relationship with each other and with their father. Plus, there’s this HUGE dilemma that I don’t want to spoil and what will happen with that??
I loved the mythology of the story (one of my favourite classes in university!) and I think this is a great introduction to Amanda Hocking’s writing. This is the second series of hers on my shelf (well, I own the first two books in this one at least) and it made me look forward to reading more by her. And can I just say how beautiful the cover for this book is? I love underwater covers and this one is just perfect!