Wake by Lisa McMann 


Wake (Wake, #1)
by Lisa McMann
Pages: 210
My rating: A+
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.
Janie’s already crappy life changes at the age of 8 with her first dream disturbance. More accurately, it’s like a dream hijack. Janie’s dreams are not hers. They belong to everyone around her and she can’t figure out how to make them stop. Just when her world seems like it can’t possibly get any worse, she befriends Cabel and shares her secret. Can she trust him?
Oh. my. god. Amazing! This was one of those books that I totally picked because the cover intrigued me. I couldn’t sleep last night, so I started reading, since it was due back at the library soon. I devoured this. I was done with it in 2 and half hours.
Wake is written in an unusual style. McMann wrote it almost like a diary entry, but from the 3rd person, if that makes any sense. Each entry is headed with a time stamp instead of a date. I loved that Janie was such a real character with believable flaws. I could totally put myself into her shoes, and I was totally rooting for her. And Cabel? Complete literary cougar crush here. When I read one of the first interactions that they had in the book, I actually had to set it down for a second. Too bad he’s only 19. And fictional. This book was so full of surprises. I’m not one of those people that guess the endings of books or movies very often, but I think this would surprise anyone. I totally did NOT see the ending coming.
Go read this. Now. I’m totally bummed that I have to wait for book 2 and 3 from the library. If I wasn’t on a self-imposed book-buying ban (I’m broke, but I like to make myself think I created limits), I would totally run out and grab these from the book store.