Thursday, June 17, 2010

Review: Wake by Lisa McMann

Title: Wake

Series: Dream Catcher

Book #: One

Author: Lisa McMann
Source: Library 
Published: 2008

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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Amber's thoughts:
I wasn't really sure what to expect from this one. The premise sounding promising, but I've been wanting to read this one for some time now, and I was worried that I would be disappointed. Instead, I found myself captivated by the originality and intriguing story of Wake

If you like lengthy books with wordy descriptions, this probably isn't the book for you. The best way I can describe McMann's writing is concise. Each chapter is written in a series of time entries, causing the plot to jump around a bit. After the first few chapters or so, I got used to her style and didn't mind it. It's a short book, and it only took me a couple of hours to finish it.

While there is some pretty heavy language throughout the novel, it wasn't too excessive. For me, it made the book more realistic. What police officer do you know that doesn't curse every once in a while? There are also several sexual scenes, but none of them are too explicit. Still, I would probably recommend this one to older teens. 

How cool is the idea of being a fly on the wall during someone else's dream? Sure, it would be pretty terrifying, but you have to admit it's a cool concept. I really enjoyed the way McMann described the "seizures" that overwhelmed Janie whenever she was sucked into someone's dream. I also loved the relationship between Cabel and Janie. My heart soared every time Cabel showed up. He was definitely my favorite character, even though I liked Janie as the protagonist.

Overall, Wake is definitely a book I will be recommending to my friends. Creepy yet fascinating, Janie's supernatural ability kept me riveted throughout the read. I simply must get my hands on the next book, Fade!



Adriana said...

I thought Wake was an okay book. I liked Fade so much better though, so you should definitely get that one soon.

Marce said...

Go get Fade and read it now :-)

This was a great series, I throughly enjoyed it, finished the series last month.

Christina T said...

I really liked Wake too but I haven't read the rest of the series.

I just read today that Miley Cyrus may be in the film version. Not exactly who I'd picture for Janie!

I hope you enjoy the rest of the series. Nice review!

Cindy said...

I loved Wake and am glad you enjoyed it :) Great review! I must read Fade now!