Saturday, August 25, 2012

Review: Wake - Lisa McMann

Where I got it: My collection
Rating: 4.5 stars  
Cover Rating: 5 stars (A bit creepy, but something I would definitely be interested by immediately. I like the glowing letters too.)
Genre: Young Adult
Publication Date: March 4, 2008
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Page Count: 210 p.
Buy it: Book Depository / Amazon
Add it: Goodreads

Janie started getting sucked into people's dreams at her first sleepover. She doesn't know why or how it happens, but she doesn't care for it. While she's in someone's dream though, her body is left behind, so it's not ideal for her to step in during school or in public. She can't tell people what she sees though. When Janie realizes that not only can she see the dream, but that she is in the dream. She starts to imagine what she can do. Maybe she can help people. That is if the dreams aren't nightmares so horrible they leave her numb.

This book was amazing. I really didn't think is was going to be this good. Lisa McMann crafted such an interesting idea revolving around dreams. Dream-state is a very curious thing, and I love twists on it. Janie was a pretty great character too. I also adored Cabel.

I completely fell in love with Cabel. He was such an interesting character and a genuine sweetheart. There's one part in the book, actually where my favorite line comes from, that just had me head over heels for him. He's just amazing. There are some points when Janie isn't too sure about him, and she has good reason to be hesitant. I loved finding out more about Cabel's life, even if some of it wasn't nice.

The whole being in other people's dream thing has been done, but not really like this. McMann took care to write about all the aspects of it. People's reactions, what Janie's body did while she was in a dream, the dreamscapes themselves, were all very well-written and described in detail. I could almost find myself in some of the dreams too.

Definitely, definitely check this book out if you haven't yet. I'm dying to read the next too, but luckily I own them so I will be doing that immediately. I'm so excited to see Janie's power grow and change and I would love to see more Cabel and more dreams.

First Line:
"December 9, 2005, 12:55 p.m.
Janie Hannagan's math book slips from her fingers."

Favorite Line:
"He's bawling."

1 comment:

  1. I may have to revisit this book. I read it a long time ago and wasn't too happy with it. For some reason I just didn't love it. I haven't even bought the last book.
    Your review makes me think I should give these books another try.


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