I am excited to be one of the first stops on Amanda Hocking's Wake Tour. As part of the tour I get to share with a special guest post by Amanda as well as a giveaway for a copy of her newest book: Wake the first book in her newest triology called Watersong.
Here is Amanda with her playlist for Wake:
Playlist Florence + the Machine - "Never Let Me Go"
I finished writing Wake in mid-2011, and this song didn't come out until October 2011. But as soon as I heard this song, I felt like it was written specifically for the book. Really, all of "Ceremonials" fits with Watersong, and everyone should go listen to it immediately.
Amos the Transparent - "Greater than Consequence"
I really love this song. I thought of it as Gemma's song in the book, especially in the chapter called "Peace." I listened to it on repeat while writing that chapter.
Katy Perry ft. Kanye West - "E. T."
For reasons I don't completely understand, I was obsessed with this song last summer. Like obnoxiously can't-get-enough-of-it obsessed, and I wrote Wake last summer. So I can't listen to this song now without thinking of Wake.
Danny Elfman - "The Truth"
When I write, I listen to film scores sometimes. With Wake, it was a lot of the score for the film The Next Three Days. This was my favorite song from that album, and there are several places in the book that I feel like this would really fit.
Oceanship - "Hotblack"
Remember that part in the book where Gemma is swimming away from the cove, and then she runs to Alex's house, and she asks him to remember her? This is the song that would be playing.
Imogen Heap - "Little Bird"
Imogen Heap has such a lovely voice, and this is sorta how I imagined Lexi's voice sounding.
La Roux - "In for the Kill"
This is kinda Penn and Lexi's theme song.
Silverchair - "Mind Reader"
I love Silvchair so much, and Young Modern is an immensely underrated album. "Mind Reader" is my favorite song from the album, and it also serves as Harper's ringtone for Gemma. But the song says something about their relationship, too.
Cute Is What We Aim For - "Time"
Don't have much to say about this song. It just seems to fit. <---
Thank you Amanda for sharing! I am looking forward to going back through the book and listening to the songs you picked to accompany it!
For those of you who haven't met Amanda before....Where have you been??? Here is a brief bio:
Amanda Hocking : I live in Minnesota with my dog, two cats, two fish, and my roommate/assistant/platonic lifemate, Eric. I actually live in Austin, a.k.a. SPAMTown, USA. They invented SPAM here, and the town is quite proud of it. (Here’s a vlog with a fun tour of the SPAM museum: here.)
I do many things, most of them lame and boring, but the thing I get paid to do is write young adult books.
All three books in my Trylle Trilogy - Switched,Torn, and Ascend - were originally self-published, but were re-released with St. Martin’s and Pan Macmillan internationally with new bonus content in early 2012. The trilogy has also made the USA Today Bestseller list, the New York Times Bestseller list, and was recently optioned for a film by Media Rights Capital with District 9 screenwriter Terri Tatchell adapting the books for screen.
St. Martin’s and Pan Macmillan recently acquired my new young adult four-book series Watersong, with the first book Wake coming out in August 2012. My zombie series, The Hollows, is being adapted into a graphic novel by Dynamite.
I also enjoy Red Bull, Jim Henson, Batman, Jane Austen, Star Wars legos, and I absolutely hate long walks on the beach out of my intense fear/hatred of wet sand.
Now for the giveaway! Amanda is offering a paperback copy of her latest book, Wake to one lucky winner. This contest is open to U.S. residents only. To enter fill out the Rafflecopter. See Contest Policies for all details. Good Luck!
Now for my review:
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.
Hardcover, 320 pages
Expected publication: August 7th 2012 by St. Martin's Press
Three and a half Stars: A dark spin on an old mythological creature.
Gemma floats in the calm sea, gazing at the blanket of stars above her head. She is at home in the water and loves to swim in the bay at night more than anything. At sixteen,
Gemma is an exceptional swimmer with high hopes for her swimming career. A light flashes from the shore. Gemma looks over to see the three strange and beautiful girls who recently came to town dancing in the flickering shadows of a fire. Where did they come from? For reasons she cannot explain, those girls give her the creeps! Gemma hurries home and puts them in the back of her mind. She has more important things to think about these days: swimming and her unexpected feelings for the geeky boy next door, Alex, who also happens to be her sister's best friend. Gemma continues to swim
as often as she can by the moonlight enjoying the tranquility, but one night the three girls beckon to her and she is compelled to go to them. Beside the fire, they insist she drink from a canteen. Gemma refuses, but a look from Penn the leader, and Gemma seemingly hypnotized sloshes back the terrible drink. The next morning when Harper discovers Gemma is missing, she flees to the beach, to find Gemma bruised and battered on the shore. Relieved, she proceeds to chew her sister out. Gemma isn't able to clearly explain what happened on the beach. Once Gemma returns home, she begins to feel like something is off. Meanwhile, boys are missing in the town and there is an air of distrust surrounding the three beautiful girls. What happened to Gemma on the beach?
What I Liked:
- I appreciated the depth in the characters that Ms. Hocking creates. At the center of the story is a pair of sisters, Gemma and Harper. Harper is responsible, protective and a control freak who sacrifices fun in order to maintain her grades and take care of her sister and father. Gemma is a free spirit, at home in the water, swimming morning noon and night. The secondary characters are just as entertaining from the geeky boy next door, Alex, who is a techie and still has Transformer bed sheets on his bed at eighteen. He is sweet, shy and a total nerd. Daniel the seemingly bad boy with no ambition lives in a boat at the dock. This scruffy guy is a diamond in the rough. Brian, the girls' dad is also enjoyable. I laughed at his protective gestures and some of his lines to the prospective beaus made me laugh. They reminded me of my dad in my teenage days. I loved getting to know all of these wonderful characters.
- My favorite aspect of this book was the sister bond between Gemma and Harper. The two sisters look after each other and their dad since their mother was injured in an accident seven years earlier. I completely identified with Harper and understood her need to protect and mother Gemma. I am the big sister and I feel the same about my sister, no matter how old we get. Ms. Hocking nails perfectly the intricate and conflicts that come from that unique sisterly relationship.
- I liked that this book presents two romances: one for each sister. Both relationships are in the beginning stages full of the awkward hesitancies and magnetic pulls that come with a budding romance. These romances take there time in building. I especially loved the way Harper starts off disliking Daniel since he appears to be a bad boy with no ambition. The attraction starts off as antagonistic and slowly moves toward sparks. These are always my favorite types of romances.
- The three girls are mysterious, dark and you just know they are bad news from the first page. I liked the way Ms. Hocking keeps you guessing as to exactly what these girls are. They appear to be some type of paranormal beings, but you don't learn their secrets until the second half. Once they reveal themselves, I was pleased to find they were something a bit different. I also appreciated that Ms. Hocking crafted her characters from mythological lore.
And The Not So Much:
- My biggest complaint for this book was just as the story was moving and beginning to crescendo it chops off with a cliffhanger leaving the reader feeling a bit cheated. I would like to have seen the book extend out instead of ending so abruptly. Luckily, the next installment is due out in Winter 2013.
- Even though I loved the budding romances, I wanted more, especially when it comes to Harper and Daniel. The relationship was just beginning to flame and then the book ends. I love slow builders, but this didn't have quite enough development for my taste. I hope that in book two there is more movement between the two.
- I would have liked just a touch more information on the three girls. Their abilities were fully coming to light at the end of the book, but again the book ends abruptly before the reader can learn all their secrets.
Wake is a fast and entertaining read with wonderful characters and an old, dark danger. Ms. Hocking again surprises us with her own unique paranormal creations. She definitely has a knack for giving the reader something different. This is the first book in what is sure to be a thrilling series. Look for book two Lullaby in November 2013.
“Out there, under the stars, the water seemed like it went on forever. The bay met the sea, which in turn met the sky, and it all blended together like she was floating in an eternal loop.”
“The trip to the bay seemed to go quicker than normal. Pedaling seemed easier. Gemma felt like she was floating on a cloud. One simple kiss from Alex had somehow made the whole world lighter.”
“Being out with a boy was a much more favorable alternative than being hurt or dead.”
“Sometimes Harper got so wrapped up in taking care of everything, her father and the house and making sure that Gemma was in line and safe, she forgot that she actually loved her sister. The truth was that Harper would be lost without her.”
“It’s like I always say---you can tell a lot about a person by the books they check out.”
“I guess what I’m trying to say is that you can’t live somebody’s life for them. They have to make their own choices, and sometimes all we can do is learn to live with them.”
I received a copy of this book courtesy of the author as part of a tour. I received no compensation for my review and all opinions are my own. The quotes are taken from an ARC copy.
A big thanks to Ashley over at Bookish Brunette for having me on the tour.