Wednesday, 6 October 2010

Wake by Lisa McMann (Young Adult, 9/10)

October 2009, Simon and Schuster
280 pages (roughly) Paperback, 
Review copy, part of UK Book Tours

Young Adult 

Teen romance and behaviour, strong language, moderate to strong romance in parts of the book, lots of intrigue. 

Summary from Simon and Schuster 
For seventeen-year-old Janie, getting sucked into other people's dreams at any given moment is getting tired. Especially the falling dreams, and the standing-in-front-of-the-class-naked ones. But then there are the nightmares, the ones that chill her to the bone… like the one where she is in a strange house…in a dirty kitchen…and a sinister monster that edges ever closer. This is the nightmare that she keeps falling into, the one where, for the first time, Janie is more than a witness to someone else's twisted psyche. She is a participant…

Nayuleska's Thoughts
This was a pretty neat concept, but it wasn't until near the end that I really liked this book. It's written in quite a unique style (I haven't come across it often). I think I got a bit put off by the language and situations Janie got in. I was thinking 'oh well, at least I read it' (Not thoughts I often feel about books). It was a readable book, I just wasn't really gripped for most of it. Until we get to near the end, where a fair part of the story is revealed. That sort of blew my mind away. I mean, Janie and Cabe had a bit of an odd relationship up until then, but when Janie learns some life-changing facts about Cabe, well, I was hooked! I then understood the rest of the book, why it was written like that (mostly, I'm guessing using knowledge as both a reader and a writer). I liked the end. I wouldn't necessarily re-read it, but I liked it. Fade is a different matter! 

Final Conclusion
Never judge a book until you reach the last page/chapter. You can be surprised. 

Be sure to check out my review of Fade, book 2 in Lisa's series. 

Lisa McMann can be found on her website here.


Dwayne said...

I actually liked this book - I liked Fade better though.

Nayuleska said...

I liked it once I knew what was going on, and got into it (near the end).

It's interesting that you also liked Fade better.