I’m trying to catch up on the Blood Magic Challenge books. I have one more to read after this and I am trying to finish them up before the great write-in that will be December. Here’s Hoping.
Wake by Lisa McMann is a very popular series in the young adult section. I have avoided it for years for one specific reason – I don’t usually enjoy books where dreamscapes are the central setting. I try, but I find dream pacing and plotting tedious or confusing in books when they are the central focus.
In Wake a young woman, Janie Hannagan, repeatedly gets pulled into the dreams and nightmares of those surrounding her. This causes her a great deal of mental duress. She isn’t safe at slumber parties, at school, or on trips with others. Because of this she has developed a very lonely lifestyle and has very few friends. Her self-sufficiency isn’t helped by the fact that her mother is a severe alcoholic.
Her eye is caught by Cabel, a boy who has reinvented himself this school year. The two bond and Cabel begins to realize that Janie isn’t ordinary. Their happiness is threatened when she gets an eye into his dreams and realizes he isn’t who he seems to be.
Wake had things I liked and hated about it. For starters it’s told in a very sparse and frenetic style of prose which is very readable. And quick… did I mention quick? I don’t think this book took me more than two hours to finish reading. The style lends itself to the chaos of the story very well, but it also hinders things. For example, the book was over with so quickly I cannot tell you who the characters really were. There was little development to be had in book one.
The story also suffered a bit from the brevity. Nothing seems to happen of any consequence. The climax seemed flat and simple. Besides that nothing is explained about Janie’s ability other than she has it and someone else does as well and it can be controlled. Okay, fine and good… but how did she get it? And how would anyone else know about it? I hope this is cleared up in book two, because I need the depth.
It’s not a bad book, I was solidly entertained… for two hours. It’s just like eating a bag of potato chips, before you know it it’s gone and you don’t walk away with any real nourishment. I feel like this brand of light paranormal would be more suited to a younger crowd who isn’t ready for anything heavier yet (since the heavier things in this book also seem underweight). I like it enough to go on to the second book, but it better be good.
4 out of 5 stars.