At the end of Wake, teenager Gemma has fled her sister and boyfriend to go live her new (though unwelcome) immortal life as a siren with the other three mythical creatures who are part mermaid/part bird-monster. She doesn’t have many options, and though she doesn’t want to be a monster as she can definitely observe from the actions of siren Penn, she doesn’t want Penn or the other girls to kill her family or Alex.
Since she didn’t tell Harper or Alex why she had to leave, they are now trying desperately to figure out what happened to her — even just what she IS — and where she could have gone. They are determined to bring her back. Of course, readers know that won’t do much good, but we go along with the pair as they look for Gemma. At the same time, readers learn how Gemma is faring and what she’s having to do to stay alive, which isn’t pleasant.
Amanda Hocking has written another interesting page turner to follow Wake, and the series is pretty good; I think it’s her best work, having also read her Trylle trilogy, starting with Switched. I don’t feel positive, however, that there is a good reason for her to draw this series out into four whole books; it feels at this point that it could really be wrapped up fine in a third book, but I guess we’ll see.
Rated: High, for younger readers, moderate for adults; for two uses of strong language, some other crude and moderate language, and some brief makeout scenes and non-detailed references to sex. There is also some violence, and though brief, it is gory and disturbing.