Monday, January 18, 2010

Review: Wake by Lisa McMann

Paperback, 224 pages

Publisher: Simon Pulse

Released: Dec 23 2008

ISBN: 978-1416974475

Recommended for: all YA readers

Teaser quote:

Carrie sits up in her sleeping bag and screams.

Janie screams too, but it catches in her throat.

Her voice is horse.

Her fingers are numb.

Her body shakes from the nightmare.

My rating: 4 /5

My thoughts:

Ever since Janie was a kid, she knew she was different. When in close enough proximity to someone who's sleeping, she gets sucked into their dreams (or nightmares). She finds it frustrating to be only an observer. Since discovering her "talent", she can't enjoy sleepovers and is even finding school hard now that she's older and people are falling asleep in class! When Caleb comes into her life, he is exactly what she needs. As he learns more about her ability, he shows her she has more control than she thought. And Caleb, well, he sure isn't the type of person she thought he was!

All this talk about the upcoming release of Fade had me running to the store to start with book one of the series, Wake. The writing style (short, choppy sentences told in third person) had me a bit worried in the beginning but didn't take long to get used to and soon enough I was hooked! This is a real page turner that makes for a quick read. Set aside a few hours to read this as, once you pick it up, you won't want to put it down. Then as soon as you finish, you'll be looking for books #2 (Fade) & #3 (Gone - to be released Feb 9 2010).

I would have given it a 5 but there was one part of the plot that bugged me. You know when something happens/doesn't happen & you are scratching your head wondering why the character did/didn't do something that seemed so obvious, ya that happened. I'm sure it'll come up in Fade but still, why say nothing here?! Grrr.


  1. The more I hear about this book the more I want to read it. I have a copy but I'm so busy with review books. Great review and I agree I hate it when character's don't do the obvious thing. It is frustrating.

  2. This is in my TBR pile...I think I might be moving it up on the list! Thanks for a great review!

  3. I dont have this book, yet! It sounds very good and i like the cover. I like all the covers of the series! :)

    Great review, you really got me interested in the book!

  4. Guys - seriously set aside a few hours, it'll suck you right in! You can thanks me later LOL.

  5. Wake was probably my favorite of this trilogy. Enjoy the rest.

  6. This sounds promising -- I've been in the mood for a book that would thoroughly suck me in. :-)

  7. Great review! I loved this book too, though I agree that, err, some parts did leave me wondering "why can't she just do _____?!" :P

  8. This sounds good! I'm adding it to my list for YA reads.
    I notice in series books that some stuff is not explained until later