So mermaid novels are not exactly my thing but as I keep saying Kindle freaking deals man. I generally have a rule that if I've heard good things about a book and I see it as a deal, I get it. So when I saw Wake as a kindle deal, I couldn't pass it up. I've seen several booktubers mention it before so why not?
Gorgeous. Fearless. Dangerous. They're the kind of girls you envy; the kind of girls you want to hate. Strangers in town for the summer, Penn, Lexi and Thea have caught everyone's attention—but it’s Gemma who’s attracted theirs. She’s the one they’ve chosen to be part of their group.
Gemma seems to have it all—she’s carefree, pretty, and falling in love with Alex, the boy next door. He’s always been just a friend, but this summer they’ve taken their relationship to the next level, and now there’s no going back. Then one night, Gemma’s ordinary life changes forever. She’s taking a late night swim under the stars when she finds Penn, Lexi and Thea partying on the cove. They invite her to join them, and the next morning she wakes up on the beach feeling groggy and sick, knowing something is different.
Suddenly Gemma is stronger, faster, and more beautiful than ever. But her new powers come with a terrifying price. And as she uncovers the truth, she’s is forced to choose between staying with those she loves—or entering a new world brimming with dark hungers and unimaginable secrets. (description from GoodReads)
So as you can see the description is... well cheesy to say the least. And to be perfectly honest the novel felt the same way. Every aspect of it felt 'meh.' It wasn't bad enough that I disliked it but I didn't really feel anything about it. I wasn't excited to read it as it was frustratingly slow paced, so I pretty much forced my way through it. If I'd hadn't finished university and had nothing to do I think it would have taken me forever to read it or I would have given up.
The problem is there is no mystery or intrigue as to what is happening to her. You know the deal from the synopsis so it's very frustrating to spend the entire book watching her try to figure out what is happening. The characters are all fairly one dimensional so yes there is a love interest. And yes there is a sister and her love interest, but none of them were very interesting. I did like the background of the mother. Her situation very rarely happens in books and I liked that it was mentioned, and even that it wasn't the main focus of the book.
I believe that this is the first book in a series, and I will say that the ending did promise for better books in the future but to be perfectly honest I doubt I'll continue. I just didn't really care about any of the characters enough to want to read more. Maybe mermaid books just aren't for me? I should probably stick to assassins.