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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Tor (16 Aug 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1447205723
  • ISBN-13: 978-1447205722
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 2 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 35,035 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amanda Hocking is a lifelong Minnesotan obsessed with Batman and Jim Henson. In between watching cooking shows, chasing around her small menagerie of pets, and drinking too much Red Bull Zero, she writes young adult urban fantasy and paranormal romance.

Her New York Times best-selling series the Trylle Trilogy has been optioned for films. She has published fifteen novels, including the Hollows and the Watersong series. Frostfire - the first book in her newest trilogy, the Kanin Chronicles - will be out on January 6, 2015.

To learn more you can follow her on Twitter - http://twitter.com/amanda_hocking or visit her blog: http://amandahocking.blogspot.com/ or find out news at her Facebook fan page: http://www.facebook.com/amandahockingfans, and her Website http://www.worldofamandahocking.com/

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Amanda Hocking is 28, lives in Minnesota, had never sold a book before April 2010 and has now sold her millionth. She is now 'the most spectacular example of an author striking gold through ebooks’ – Observer. Amanda is an 'Obsessive Tweeter. John Hughes mourner. Batman devotee. Muppets activist. Unicorn enthusiast. Please see more at worldofamandahocking.com

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Sam on 21 Aug 2012
Format: Paperback
Wake is the first novel in the Watersong series. Full of mysteries and fluffy romance, Amanda Hocking will captivate fans with this new and exciting world.

Gemma is a swimmer. She loves to swim, especially at night at the far end of the beach. When three beautiful girls start appearing around town, Gemma doesn't feel safe. Most people think the girls are just ordinary tourists hanging around the beach for the summer, but they've got a secret. One that will change Gemma's life forever.

I enjoyed Gemma's character and personality, she was fun and unpredictable. Her sister, Harper, however, wasn't the most easiest of characters to get along with. Harper is fiercely protective with no sense of adventure of whatsoever. There were a few moments in the books when I felt like Harper could have just dived into the deep end, I wanted her to dive in the deep end. But, she didn't. Typical, boring Harper.

The romance wasn't bad, it was cute, nothing too heavy. I liked the relationship between Gemma and the-boy-next-door, Alex. Alex is a complete nerd but looks gorgeous and owns an amazing body. He blushes and he has a slight cowlick, but, damn it, who cares? It made him more realistic, a more believable character, not like some other YA guys who are flawless.

Putting aside Alex and Gemma, and moving on to Gemma's older sister, Harper, and Daniel, a guy who lives on a boat near where Gemma and Harper's dad works. To be perfectly honest, I enjoyed reading more about their relationship than Gemma and Alex's. Daniel made me laugh so much! The flirting was adorable! But knowing Harper she would never go for a guy who hasn't got his life sorted out and lives on a boat. Seriously, this girl needs to live her life, open her eyes....and go out with Daniel.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By YeahYeahNoh TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 15 Jan 2013
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Before reviewing this I have to declare that I'm probably not atypical of the readership expected for this novel, being middle-aged and male!
I read the Trylle trilogy a while ago, which were quite entertaining. Better than a lot of YA fiction, but not up to the standard of (say) the Hunger Games trilogy, for example.
This book is the start of a new series, and certainly ends leaving the reader wanting to know more, which is clearly a good idea if you're writing a book 2! It revolves around two sisters, one of whom is caught into a supernatural nightmare. I don't want to give away any of the plot, but there's some good interplay between the characters who are quite well drawn for a novel of this type. There's a smattering of romance, some mildly gruesome scenes, and a plot which encourages that 'I'll just read the next chapter' thing.
All in all, a good start to a new series, and whilst it wouldn't make my favourite books of all time list, I'd not be telling people to avoid it either. Worth a punt if you've not tried the author before.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Me, My Books and I on 20 Jan 2013
Format: Paperback
I'm a big fan of Amanda Hocking's books and I've really been looking forward to finding out where this new series would take me.

The prologue seemed dark and a little bit scary and I wasn't expecting this at all, in fact the whole book was a lot darker than I thought it would be. When sisters Harper and Gemma were introduced it was clear that there was some friction between them, they had very different personalities and Harper seemed motherly towards Gemma (the reasons for this were explained further into the story). I was keen to see how things would evolve for them throughout the book.

There were a couple of relationships in the storyline, firstly between Gemma and Alex (boy next door) and also Harper and Daniel (a guy who lives on a boat), out of the two couples I felt more interested in Harper and Daniel and I'm really looking forward to seeing how that progresses in the next book.

The mysterious three girls - Penn, Thea and Lexi - were what made this book so eerie, although I had figured out what they were I couldn't wait for the moment to arise when all would be revealed.

I struggled to get into the first half of book, it just took too long to capture my interest and felt a bit flat. I was disappointed by this because I really do love the other books by this author, I suppose I had expected to feel the same as I did for her previous series (completely hooked from the very first page). However, the second half was where it got exciting - I found myself speeding through the pages to find out what would happen so in the end my faith was restored.

The night that changed everything for Gemma was strange and when it was mixed with the disappearances of local boys and girls I just knew something dark and deadly was going on.
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As part of my quest to go outside my reading comfort zone I decided to buy this book.

I have to say i was pleasantly surprised by it. Although the writing is a little immature in places, I recognise that the author is trying to get inside a young girls head, and speak from that POV.

Having said that the story, the characters, the pace and a little mythology thrown in made it an excellent read.

I will be buying the series and look forward to reading more from the author.
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