Book Review: Wake by Lisa McMann

December 8, 2010 Young Adult Book Reviews 0 ★★★

Book Review: Wake by Lisa McMannTitle: Wake by Lisa McMann
Series: Dream Catcher #1
Published by: Simon Pulse on December 23, 2008
Genres: Urban Fastasy, Young Adult
Source: Bought
Format: Paperback
Pages: 210
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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....

Also in this series: Fade, Gone
Also by this author: Fade, Gone

“Wake” is the first book in the Dream Catcher Series by Lisa McMann. Reading the synopsis in the back of the book got me really interested in this story. Entering someone’s dream, I’m sure, has always been a secret wish of many people out there. I suppose I should have looked at the pages before I thought about reading the book. The style of the book is written based on time frames, not chapters, and the sentences are short and non-descriptive. At first, I thought I would be highly entertained by all the crazy dreams that the main character, Janie, gets to see, but most of the dreams aren’t really the focus of this book and it’s more about Janie, her power, how she adapts to it and what she does with it.

Most of the dreams were about drowning or falling, which weren’t very descriptive or interesting, and others were about sex, which, again, weren’t very vivid. There were some freaky dreams that the author didn’t delve into much, except for the male lead’s dreams, Caleb. What I did find it interesting was the way Janie entered people’s dreams and how it works, a very unique style by Lisa. The romance between Janie & Caleb is okay, keeping you interested in the story enough, but it’s very few and far between, with most of the good stuff saved until the end. I didn’t like how choppy a lot of the sentences, story lines, and “chapters” were, but I suppose that was a theme the author was trying to convey and it works for some people, but I’m not a big fan of it. Honestly, I was about to give up on the book halfway through book but I stuck it out until the end, and I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised.

When the realization of Janie’s power finally comes into play, her romance with Caleb finally blossoming, and things were starting to make more sense, I finally got into the book. In the beginning, it feels like just another sad teenage story where you do feel bad for Janie and you see all the troubled minds of her friends and classmates, but it’s not until the end that the story really becomes a page-turner. I feel as though the author spent too much time with the background story, filling it with fluff that wasn’t really necessary, and not enough time on the romance between Janie & Caleb and of Janie and her powers. There were a few surprises and sharp turns in the book that I enjoyed, and if it weren’t for the ending I wouldn’t have given the book a B-, but with that said, I am slightly interested in reading the second installment in this series, “Fade”. Lisa McMann does a good job at leaving the story at a nice ending that makes you want to read more, so I’ll give her that and I’m hoping “Fade” will dive into more of Janie and her powers and also, the romance that is blossoming between her & Caleb.

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