Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Wake by Lisa McMann Review - Ana

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....

The reason why I picked this book up was because I loved the cover. Now, I always make the mistake of judging a book by its cover and many of those times, the book has turned out good. But this time, I was disappointed. I tried so hard to like WAKE, but I just couldn't get in it.

The characters seemed very flat to me. Janie was an okay character, but not one that you would remember forever and when you would grab the book, you would say wow - this book had such a great protagonist. Cabel, I didn't know what to even think about him. I found that his character didn't make me love him. He seemed a bit weak for me.

But a good thing for this book is the cover. I absolutly love it. The pillow really does grab the readers attention and summerizes the entire book.

The ending was okay as well. Am I going to be reading the rest of the books in this series, no. But remember, only because this book didn't capture my interest, doesn't mean it won't capture yours. I've read many good reviews for WAKE and many people love the series. I guess it didn't work for me.

Overall, this book is a quick read since it's very short.


1 comment:

  1. That's a shame. :( When I read Wake I actually quite liked it, not because of the characters (you're right about Janie - she is quite flat, and spends a lot of time just moping) but because it was written in a very unique (almost verse-like) style that just seemed to keep you reading, and the premises were very interesting. I'll admit, though, the whole book is basically just a pity party for Janie, which is always a bad sign. As for Cabel, I wouldn't say the fact that he's "weak" is necessarily a negative thing - I thought it was great that he had flaws and wasn't your typical "perfect" love interest. He was more intriguing than Janie in any case. :P

    Since you're not going to read the other books, I'll let you know that Fade was actually better than Wake, but you're not missing out on anything at all by skipping the third book - it was... well, really quite dull. :P

    (On the other hand, it's nice to see a reviewer who offers some valid criticism, and not just a five-star rating on every book. :D)