Saturday, November 17, 2012

REVIEW: Wake by Lisa McMann


Janie has a problem. She gets sucked into other people’s dreams, and she’s seen enough to last a lifetime. Since she can’t tell anyone without ending up in a padded room, she lives her life of solitude, trying to cope with a curse she hates and can’t control. But when she falls into a nightmare that chills her to the bone, she has nowhere to turn as she finds herself in a new role…a participant.

Title:  Wake
Series:  Wake
Book #: 1
Author:  Lisa McMann
Approximate Book Length:  225 Pages
Recommended Reader Age:  16+
Sexual Content:  Mild


I read the blurb for this book and thought it was interesting, so I picked it up. It took me a little while to start it, but once I did, I was hooked! It’s a fast and easy read, though structured in a slightly different way than I’ve ever seen a book. It’s written in segments with time stamp headings. It actually demonstrates the time that passes while she is trapped in a dream, as well as how long it takes her to recover. Frankly I didn’t much pay attention to the headings; everything you really need to know is in the text.

It starts out just following an ordinary girl who has a few extraordinary experiences, but then she falls into a dream where she’s an active participant rather than just an observer, and things change. She finds an unlikely friend who becomes so much more, and finds a new way to go about her life and put her “curse” to good use, but it takes a heavy toll.

Lisa McMann paints Janie in such a light that she seems like a normal teenager, and yet so different at the same time. Her relationships feel real, her plight totally believable, and you can’t help but feel for her. The things she gets involved in and the ending are just “holy crap” worthy.

In Conclusion:

Wake is a very different and unique young adult story that introduces you to a character you’ll feel so invested in, you’ll want to read the whole trilogy straight through back to back. It’s a wild ride through the life and mind of a girl as she truly comes to terms with herself and her gift.



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