Book Review: Wake by Lisa McMann

WAKE by Lisa McMann
Series: Wake Trilogy, #1
Publication Date: March 4th 2008 by Simon Pulse
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Summary: 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.

Review Overview:

  • Couldn’t put this book down once I started
  • Great chemistry between Janie and Cabel
  • Looking forward to reading the rest of the series

Based on what I’ve read on GoodReads, you will either love this series, or not like it at all. I happen to fall on the love it side. I didn’t really know what to expect before reading this book except for the fact that my best friend, Loreal, just happens to love Lisa McMann and this series. Once I started to read, I couldn’t put this book down as much as I tried.

I pretty much read straight through. It was overall a pretty quick read. WAKE is refreshingly short and it packed the right amount of punch to leave me satisfied. I absolutely love the idea of lucid dreaming and dreams in general because there really still is so much more to learn about the genre. Ever since taking AP Psychology in high school, I’ve had a great interest in lucid dreaming. I’m not exactly sure if you would categorize this as paranormal or fantasy. Janie’s “power” or ability or whatever you want to call it is really the only fantastical elements of the book. Other than that, it reads just like any other contemporary with a bit of mystery sprinkled in.

I really got into McMann’s writing style. Her sentences are kind of abrupt and choppy but I had no problem with this. I was motivated to keep going to learn more about Janie and the recent creepy dreams that she’s been having. Furthermore, I had to admit that Cabel was another motivation for me to keep on reading. I really enjoyed reading their interactions even if it seemed that their relationship progressed really fast. Despite the fact that it did seem like insta-love, their chemistry let me overlook that aspect.

Overall, I really enjoyed WAKE and I look forward to reading the rest of the series. I’m so glad to have picked this one up because I definitely had been missing out.


  1. I have FADE sitting on my bookshelf and just haven’t gotten to it. Maybe because I haven’t read WAKE yet, though it sounds like I need to check it out. Thanks for reminding me about this book!
    Happy Reading!
    Mary @ Book Swarm

  2. Ah. I was going to say, I’ve heard some pretty negative things about this book and series. Which is probably why I’ve never bothered to check into it. But maaaaaaaaybe. :eek:

    1. Well the book isn’t that long…. so if you do decide to read it, you won’t be investing THAT MUCH time, if you end up not liking it.

  3. hehe im in the latter group, i’m surprised i got through the series because i didn’t really like any of the books :P
    I’m glad you liked it, and great review! :)

  4. Yeah, this book definitely didn’t work for me. :( The concept is super cool, though, and I’m glad you got some enjoyment out of it!

  5. I. TOLD. YOU. :P

    Super glad you enjoyed it! I love Cabe and Janie. Good job on your attempt at contemporary.

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