Saturday, November 14, 2009

Wake by Lisa McMann

Wake by Lisa McMann.
Publisher: Simon Pulse.
Pages: 210.
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....
I liked this a lot more than I had thought I would. I knew it had to be good- it was on the New York Times bestseller list. I have actually tip-toed around this series for a really long time, because I hear all kind of mixed things. But when I saw it at the library, I jumped for the chance to read it and for my own opinion.

The writing style annoyed me so much at first. Everything was short. Not detailed. Kind of like this. And it was aggravating me so much. But as I continued to read, I kind of just .. forgot about it. It’s own weird way, the choppy sentences completely worked with the spicy edge that the story has.

And the edge? Loved it. I don’t read too many young adult novels these days where it’s not completely censored. The characters cussed quite a bit, which they should’ve considering their situations. I liked that nothing was candy-coated and sweetened for publication’s sake.

Getting a glimpse into the dreams of the people surrounding Janie was really helpful. Though I literally never have dreams like the people in Wake, they were incredibly entertaining and I felt so much sympathy towards Janie for having to endure that. Especially Cabel’s dreams, which freaked the crap out of me from just reading.

Overall, I really liked it. I liked Janie and Cabel, and the twist of Cabel’s “job” at the end. I liked visions of dreams that Lisa writes for us. I liked the raw normalcy of regular high school students, since you don’t see that a lot in stories nowadays. I’d definitely recommend this to any paranormal fans. And I’ll be adding these books to my Christmas list for sure!


  1. Great review. Interesting point about the choppy sentences. That would drive me crazy too, but if it worked... I am keeping this on my wish list.

    Elie (Ellz REadz)

  2. I LOVE this series, can't wait for GONE. LOVE Cabel*blush* lol

  3. I want to read this book !!!! It sounds awesome :)