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Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Book Reivew: Wake by Lisa McMann

Not all dreams are sweet. For seventeen-year-old Janie, getting sucked into other people's dreams is getting old. Especially the falling dreams, the naked-but-nobody-notices dreams, and the sex-crazed dreams. Janie's seen enough fantasy booty to last her a lifetime. She can't tell anybody about what she does -- they'd never believe her, or worse, they'd think she's a freak. So Janie lives on the fringe, cursed with an ability she doesn't want and can't control. Then she falls into a gruesome nightmare, one that chills her to the bone. For the first time, Janie is more than a witness to someone else's twisted psyche. She is a participant....
(Publisher's Website)

Can you imagine it? Every time someone near you falls asleep, you experience their dreams? This is Janie's life. She doesn't know what is wrong with her but she has been protecting her secret from everyone for a long time. From her alcoholic mother to her childhood best friend. School, especially study hall, is a nightmare - literally. Sleepovers? Let's just say, the things she learns about her friends, are things she really doesn't need to know.

She's never wanted anyone to know the truth about her, until now. Cabel has a secret of his own but Janie can't help wanting him. The romance that ensues isn't overpowering in the least and I think it adds a good dimension to Janie's character.

McMann's writing is very realistic and entertaining. I found Wake very hard to put down but it was also a very easy, naturally flowing read for me. Each chapter is broken down further into short snippets of time as you experience Janie's life along with her. The subtle change in fonts lets you know you are now within a dream without a lot of external explanation which I think helps the story move along at a good pace.

This book takes an interesting twist near the end and the ending leaves you wanting more. Good thing there is more :)

I would recommend this book to any YA supernatural fiction but also mystery fans.
5 stars.

Young Adult Fiction
Ages 14+
Simon & Schuster (SimonSaysTEEN.com)
Published March 2008
210 pages
Part of a Series: Wake 2008, Fade 2009, Gone 2010


  1. I LOVED this book. I didn't think it would be that good but then I started reading it!

  2. omg i saw this at the book store when i was preordering blood promise and i was gunna get it but then got something else instead.. i think im gunna go get it this weekend though! thanks for the review :D

  3. Awesome review! I love this book. I how 2 get FADE. Wake was awesome :D

  4. Great review! I loved this book too!

  5. This is another book I kind of had mixed feelings about. It had both good and bad qualities in my opinion. However, I would still probably read it again and I want to read Fade and Gone. Glad you liked it.


  6. Great review. This is on my list. I love that there are more books. Thanks.

  7. I loved the plot, but I found the point of view thing kinda weird. It almost sounded juvenile. But seriously, with the plot, I couldn't put it down either. And Fade was even better! Can't wait for Gone

  8. Great review! Now I want to read this book.


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