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Friday, October 22, 2010

Wake by Lisa McMann

Author: Lisa McMann
Pages: 224
Source: Purchased from Barnes and Noble
Series or Standalone?: 1st book in series

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....

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Wake revolves around Janie, who has been able to step into people’s dreams since she was eight… whether she wants to or not. I thought Janie was a great protagonist. She had been forced to grow up quickly and become almost entirely self-sufficient. Her mother was an alcoholic, and she had never even met her dad. And she had been further hardened by having to endure everyone else’s nightmares, along with her own.

This book had a very interesting premise, a story about dream catchers, but instead, it took a different turn than what I thought it would be. Instead of paranormal, it leaned more to the crime/mystery side.

The story is told in short, clipped sentences, so if you are a reader who likes meaty books with description, this definitely isn’t for you. I myself wasn’t too fond of it, but after a while I got used to it. Because of the short narrative style, there isn’t much room for character development. As a result, the only memorable characters are Janie and Cabel, and of course, Captain, just because of her sheer absurdity.

Cabel is an interesting character. He’s not your normal hunky doodle. Nope. He freaking works for the cops! How cool, yet weird, is that? But he’s got his own demons too, and scars (literally), that Janie helps him face.

It’s a good, quick, face-paced read. Definitely for fans of mystery and crime novels, and even some not-so-hardcore paranormal fans.

Other books in this series:
Fade (2nd book)
Gone (3rd book)

Other books by this author:
Cryer’s Cross (UNRELEASED)

Plot: 3/5
Cover: 3.5/5
Writing: 3/5
Uniqueness: 4/5
Characters: 5/5



  1. New follower hoppin by, and great review!

  2. See I kind of thought about the way the book was structured too. I wasn't to thrilled with it, but I continued it. I actually liked Cabel's Character. Not so much Janie though. I need to do my review on it sometime. I'm a procrastinator.

  3. Hi, thanks for coming by and following, I am following you back! Cute blog :)

    - Dee, on the Hop from e-Volving Books

  4. I thought it was a great premise for a book also, but took a disappointing turn.. It was also not 'meaty' enough for me, and I finished it quite swiftly. None of the characters left an impression on me besides Cabel. And it was too happy..

    Great review! I agree almost whole-heartedly!

  5. Thanks for stopping by - I'm following you know as well!

  6. I highly recommend this incredible novel to all eager readers, and even to the reluctant ones. It is seriously one of my new favorite books. Everyone should immediately go out and pick up a copy for themselves before they're sold out. And after you finish Wake, look out for its sequel Fade.

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