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....
I was so excited when I found Wake at a local library because I'd heard so much about it and immediately began to read it, despite the fact I had about twenty other books from other libraries left to read that were due soon. I had a bit of trouble getting into the book at first because of the present tense style of writing and shifting between times, but once I was in I was hooked. I absolutely love paranormal books, and until that point I hadn't encountered much dreamwalking in teen books, but what I had read before was nothing like this. Janie couldn't helped getting sucked into other people's often nasty dreams, which was a really original idea that I wished I had thought of. It was a power that was more of a curse. Then came the part that really got me interested. Janie wasn't the only dreamwalker... and then there's Cabel, the boy she ends up sharing her secret with (who is also sort of mysterious.) Overall, the style the book was written in, the darkness of the story, and the frequent switching of scenes sort of gave me the feeling of being lost and confused, but curious, which I suspect is the author's intent. But so many questions went unanswered... Now I really want to read Fade (see countdown on sidebar)!!! (Sorry if you thought this was so disorganized, but I didn't intend for it to be a real review.)
Wake Book Trailer:
In case you were wondering, here is the contest (it ends in less than an hour, so I doubt posting this will do much good): http://lisamcmann.blogspot.com/2008/10/freaking-huge-contest-o-thanks.html
More Contests (You saw this coming, didn't you?):
- Terri Clark (author of Sleepless!) is giving away a bunch of books, too many to list here! The winner will be chosen on November 28th (Black Friday). - http://terriclark.livejournal.com/60952.html
- Presenting Lenore is giving away the entire Gemma Doyle Trilogy (signed!!!) The contest ends at 9 PM on December 5th. - http://presentinglenore.blogspot.com/2008/11/book-giveaway-signed-gemma-doyle.html