Wake


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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....



About the Author

Lisa McMann is also the author of Wake. She lives with her family in the Phoenix area. Read more about Lisa at http://lisamcmann.com or be her friend at http://www.myspace.com/lisamcmann.


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I'm not a big fan of books written in present tense. I've read some great books in this format, but it takes a few pages to get me in to it. This one hooked me right from the start. The book starts out with Janie sitting in the library about to be pulled in to some random person's subconscious. For Janie, it's like walking by a wind tunnel and getting sucked in whenever someone nearby starts to dream.

The story is faced paced but also easy to follow. The characters are well rounded, the dialog is fun. I've noticed a trend with current Young Adult (YA) top picks and that's that the main character's parents are basically non existent. In this book I think it's fitting. There is something going on with Janie's mom and I want to keep reading to know what it is. Having absent parental figures tends to create a more self sufficient character and that's a trait I like to see.
Great read and I can't wait to pick up the next to installments of this series.

4 comments:

Laurie T. said...

I think you'll really enjoy Fade!

Jessica Kennedy said...

Fade is darker than Wake though. And I'm looking forward to what's in store for Janie in Gone.

I really love this series because it's so original.

Michele Emrath said...

That's interesting what you said about present tense...What is it that makes you shy away from it? Why do you prefer past tense (I assume)? As a broadcast journalist, I automatically write in present tense, but find it easier to make things track in past tense in novel-writing. So I get stuck in a limbo, doing a lot of editing! Curious about your thoughts...

Michele
SouthernCityMysteries

L.J. Boldyrev said...

I probably shouldn't have said I'm not a big fan of present tense. Laurie Halse Anderson is one of my favorite authors and she writes in the present. It really depends on the writer. I've found that some books in present tense tend to sound too minimalistic for my tastes. Bland. Quick.

He says this.
I say that.
We kiss.

I'm a romantic. I need more. Anderson does a great job with it. Her books are fast paced,but still power-packed with emotion and character. I thought Lisa McMann did an excellent job with this one as well.

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