Friday, July 20, 2012

{Review} WAKE by Amanda Hocking + Author Interview!


The Watersong Series #1
by Amanda Hocking
Publication Date: August 7, 2012
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Pages/Format: 320; Hardcover, e-book, Audio book
Source: ARC from publisher

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.
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Wake is an exquisite and intense introduction to Amanda Hocking's new series, Watersong! Amanda has already proved she's mastered the art of original storytelling in her unforgettable Trylle Trilogy, and the trend continues in Watersong.

Wake is written in third person perspective, more prominently switching between sisters Gemma and Harper Fisher, throughout the whole novel. The style gives readers the opportunity to see beneath the surface of both sisters as they dance around danger in the form of three beautiful strangers. Penn, Lexi, and Thea are the epitome of evil and it's quite easy to hate them. They ruinously burst into Gemma's life and hometown, Capri, without any regret for the trouble they cause. 

Amanda keeps the mystery rolling throughout the novel. Even when the truth comes out about what Gemma becomes and what Penn, Lexi, and Thea want with her, the puzzle still isn't complete. The characters are mostly kept in the dark and it's interesting that they have gut instincts about the danger that surrounds them, but they never actively do anything about it until it's too late. Gemma finally tries to take a stand against Penn, Lexi, and Thea, and the strength she keeps under wraps peeks through. The scenes where Gemma, or even Harper, speak up and make their suspicions known are heart-pounding and just plain awesome!

Wake is graced with not one, but two love interests. For Gemma, it's Alex, the sweet, geeky boy next door who is so unlike Amanda's usual male leads. Harper, on the other hand, is blessed with a love-hate relationship with slacker Daniel, who is much more like the usual male lead in teen fiction. Gemma and Harper are complete opposites so it's no surprise that their love interests would be as well.

The vow that Wake ends with is enough to wish for Lullaby, book two of the Watersong series to get here a little faster! Amanda will no doubt push the story past its limits in surprises and action.

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Welcome to Lovey Dovey Books Amanda! Can you tell us three fun facts about yourself?

Thank you for having me! Three Fun Facts:
  • I have 8 tattoos.
  • I’m allergic to pineapples.
  • I’m afraid of trolls.

For those who haven’t yet read any of your novels, how would you describe your writing in three words?

Legible, English, Paranormal

Your newest novel, WAKE, will be the first in a new series. What differences or similarities from The Trylle Trilogy can readers expect in The Watersong Series?

Both series have paranormal elements, and romance, and they’re kind of coming-of-age stories. The Trylle Trilogy focused on Wendy, but the Watersong Series focuses on two sisters, Gemma and Harper. Gemma and Harper also have a lot more danger in store for them than Wendy had.

Based on the WAKE excerpt from your World of Amanda Hocking website, readers will be privy to not just Gemma’s perspective, but that of her neighbor, Alex. Do you think the third person perspective will affect how much, or how little, readers will be able to connect with the characters?

I knew that I wanted to write this series in third person because I wanted to have access to different things. With Trylle, there were some things I wanted to do, but I couldn’t because you could only see things that Wendy saw. I think writing this series in third person will allow the reader to see more of the characters, and what motivates them to do certain things.

What are your biggest hopes for The Watersong Series?

I just hope that people enjoy it at least as much as they’ve enjoyed the Trylle books.

Thank you for stopping by Amanda! Any parting words for your biggest fans?

Thank you for being so supportive, and I hope you keep enjoying my books!

About Amanda:

Amanda Hocking is the USA Today bestselling author of the Trylle trilogy and six additional self-published novels. After selling over a million copies of her books, primarily in eBook format, she is widely considered the exemplar of self-publishing success in the digital age.
*author photo courtesy of Mariah Paaverud*
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  1. Great post! I've been wondering about this new book so thanks for giving us a glimpse :)


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