Saturday, July 28, 2012

Wake Blog Tour: Emilia's Review on Wake + Giveaway!

Author: Amanda Hocking
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Release Date: August 7, 2012
Format: E-galley
Pages: 322
Source: BB Blog Tour
Rating: Escapable
Series: Watersong #1
The Other Books: Lullaby, Tidal, Elegy
Challenge: None
Extras: Website, Trailer (Coming Soon!)
Seek: Amazon, Goodreads
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.
I love this cover! The girl is haunting and beautiful. On some water covers that go around, most of the girls look like they're dead. On this cover, she looks fierce and like she's part of the water. It fits perfectly with Gemma.
Penn, Thea, Lexi, and Arista had been in town since the weather started warming up, and people assumed they were the first tourists of the season. But nobody really knew exactly who they were or what they were doing here.

All Gemma knew was that she hated it when they came out here. It disrupted her night swims. She didn't feel comfortable being in the water, not when they were out in the cove, dancing and singing and doing whatever it was they did.
This e-galley was provided to me from Amanda Hocking for the Wake tour, hosted by Bookish Brunette. Thank you!

Now, I only read a few things from Amanda Hocking. Some of them I really enjoyed and others that I didn’t quite like. I do know one thing about Amanda though, she's a great storyteller. So, when I heard about Wake, I knew I was going to be in for a good story. I didn’t, however, think it was going to be my favorite book of Amanda’s.

This isn’t a mermaid tale. If you are looking for the Little Mermaid, Ariel, you are not going to find her in this book. These mermaids are crazy scary, oh, and they aren’t even mermaids. They’re sirens. When I think of sirens, I think of those crazy girls in the water, that were singing and killing men, on Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. These are the type of sirens we have in Wake.

At first, I actually thought Gemma was a mermaid. She loves to be in water, and goes out for late night swims in the ocean. Turns out, she is just human that loves the feel of the ocean. However, her being out there, she does catch the attention of some tourists. These three girls always want Gemma to go for a swim with them, but Gemma can tell there’s something off about them.

When Gemma does become one of them, there so many emotions she has to go through to decide her fate. It is really a life or death type of decision. There also romance between Gemma and her sister's friend, and she only wants him to like her for her, and not because she's a siren.

My favorite character was Harper, Gemma’s sister. You get her point of view in the story as well as Gemma’s. I liked and disliked Gemma, but Harper stood out to me. She is very motherly to her family. Their mother is out of the picture, not in a bad way though. She just can’t be the mother that they need right now. Harper takes care of Gemma and sets rules for her, but you can really tell she only loves Gemma.

Most of my favorite parts of Harper are whenever she’s around Daniel. Ah, Daniel :).

Ah the ending. I did not expect the sirens to change. I can’t explain what I mean by that, but once you read the story, you are going to be shock as well. Also, Gemma's final choice is heartbreaking. Then, I felt Harper’s pain and determination to protect Gemma. All in all, I really loved this book and can’t wait to read Lullaby.
Lullaby is the next book in the Watersong series. When I first saw this cover, before reading Wake, I didn't get why there were golden feathers. After reading Wake, I adore the cover. Can't wait to see what happens to Harper and Gemma.

Lullaby is set to release out on November 27, 2012. For more info, check out Goodreads, Amanda's blog, or the series website.
Sorry guys I meant to put this giveaway up but had some things to do!

There are so many chances to win a copy of Wake. Check out the rest of tour stops |HERE|.
Here on The Story Seekers, we are giving away an Advanced Reading Copy of Wake.

On Amanda's blog, she is doing a Under the Seapalooza event with lots of fun things to 

celebrate Wake's release. Check it out and join in the fun |HERE|.

Official Rules for Giveaway:
This giveaway is only for the US.
You must be 13 and older to enter.
Giveaway is from July 28 - August 17, 2012.
Follow the instructions in Rafflecopter to enter.


  1. No way do I want to be a siren, haha.

  2. No I wouldn't want to become a siren. Sure it would be nice to be strong and fast and pretty, but luring guys in the water to kill them is way too high a price for that. So I will pass.

  3. NO! Absolutely not since they're killer sirens:)

    Thanks so much:)

  4. No way! I would never want to be a siren. That's like asking to be a killer. I just want to read about them! lol

  5. Nope, no way I would ever want to become a siren!

  6. I think I would want to be a siren, apart from killing people, it would be different. Reading about anything mythical and magical gets me so psyched up that I want to be that for weeks on end. If anyone offered me to be one of those beings, and I was all hyped on it, I would totally take it in a heartbeat. Becoming something you only read about in books, that would be so spectacular. Seeing into something you didn't believe was real, I mean, who wouldn't? Even not becoming something would be pretty amazing.

  7. *Hillary Reyna* I'm so glad there's another giveaway! And that there's a chance I could win something. Thanks! :) I'm also glad I got to read this review. More insight equals more clues about the book and let's me know what others thinks. Can't wait to read!

  8. I loved Harper best and Daniel, too. (Hot stuff!) I probably like Harper because I'm a big sister whose had to deal with irresponsible younger sibs who don't know how to use a phone to tell their family where they are.

  9. no. I'd miss everyone too much. being in the water all the time.

  10. No, I don't think it would be for me. Thanks for the giveaway!

  11. Yes, I think it would be amazing to live underwater (:

  12. No, I don't think I would want to become a siren. I would miss everyone a lot.

  13. No, unless I could bring my family.

  14. No way! Unless I could bring my boyfriend with me :D Then I might consider it.

  15. Hmmm.... It depends on whether I could change my fins to legs when I wanted, how long I would live (I wouldn't want to live forever, it would get lonely), and whether or not I had to kill people.

    Thanks for the giveaway and review! :D

  16. No, I would miss cheeseburgers and shoe too much! lol

  17. I don't think I would want to be a siren.I wouldn't want to out live all my family and friends. Thanks for awesome giveaway!

  18. No I do not think I would choose to be a siren, I want more than just that world ;=D but I sure happy to read a siren's story.

  19. Ah! Probably not, but if the love of my life were one then i would have to think about it!