Publisher: Simon Pulse.
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.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.
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....
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!