Book Review: Wake by Amanda Hocking


Gemma is a beautiful and talented 16-year-old who lives for the pool and coast. When three mysterious girls insist on an impromptu night out, Gemma’s life will never be the same.


  • The main characters and family dynamic are complex and believable as people.
  • I was drawn in by the mystery of Penn, Thea, and Lexi immediately.
  • The author’s version of mermaids is entertaining and kind of dark which I liked.
  • It took a while to get really exciting, but when it did, I didn’t want to stop reading!

Least Favorites:

  • One of the scenes near the beginning has inconsistent verb tenses that are confusing and disrupt the flow of the story.
  • The Daniel/Harper subplot is a little too predictable.
  • The audiobook performance was okay for the most part, but a few of the characters were read like caricatures. It was distracting.
  • The dialogue is often cheesy and generic, and it’s missing slang or other signs of authentic teen language.

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐

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