Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Wake by Amanda Hocking Tour: Giveaway and Excerpt

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Wake (Watersong #1)
by Amanda Hocking
Expected Pub: Aug 7, 2012 by St. Martin’s Press
Beautiful. Fearless. Dangerous. They’re the kind of girls you envy; the kind of girls you want to hate. Strangers in town for the summer, Penn, Thea, and Lexi have caught everyone’s attention, including the eye of practical Harper. But it’s her sister, Gemma, they’ve chosen to be part of their group.

Sixteen-year-old Gemma seems to have it all – carefree, pretty, and falling in love with the boy next door. But her greatest passion has always been the water. She craves late night swims under the stars, where she can be alone yet belong to the sea. Lately she’s had company. Penn, Thea, and Lexi spend their nights dancing, singing, and partying on the cove–and one night Gemma joins them. When she wakes up groggy on the beach the next morning, she knows something has changed.

Suddenly Gemma is stronger, faster, and more beautiful than ever. As she uncovers the truth about her new mythical powers, Gemma is forced to choose between staying with those she loves or entering a dark world brimming with unimaginable secrets.
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Lullaby (Watersong, #2) - the second book in the Watersong series follows Harper and  Gemma as they go even deeper into a dark new world.
Coming November 27, 2012

PhotobucketAmanda Hocking : I live in Minnesota with my dog, two cats, two fish, and my roommate/assistant/platonic lifemate, Eric. I actually live in Austin, a.k.a. SPAMTown, USA. They invented SPAM here, and the town is quite proud of it. (Heres a vlog with a fun tour of the SPAM museum: here.)

I do many things, most of them lame and boring, but the thing I get paid to do is write young adult books.

All three books in my Trylle Trilogy - Switched,Torn, and Ascend - were originally self-published, but were re-released with St. Martin’s and Pan Macmillan internationally with new bonus content in early 2012. The trilogy has also made the USA Today Bestseller list, the New York Times Bestseller list, and was recently optioned for a film by Media Rights Capital with District 9 screenwriter Terri Tatchell adapting the books for screen.

St. Martin’s and Pan Macmillan recently acquired my new young adult four-book series Watersong, with the first book Wake coming out in August 2012. My zombie series, The Hollows, is being adapted into a graphic novel by Dynamite.

I also enjoy Red Bull, Jim Henson, Batman, Jane Austen, Star Wars legos, and I absolutely hate long walks on the beach out of my intense fear/hatred of wet sand.
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My Thoughts
Gemma and Harper are sisters that seem to fight more and more. Harper is the eldest and feels it is her duty to protect and mother Gemma since their mother is unable to from the mental facility. Gemma just wants to swim in the bay and sneak a few kisses with her new boyfriend Alex. Swimming is her true passion and the new girls in town (Penn, Thea, and Lexi) seem a little to interested in her. They are beautiful but yet creepy and everyone makes way for them wherever they go,
The mythology is spot on and the story of the muse's daughter that become sirens is the basic story. Hocking fleshes it out and I really appreciate how she kept the purity of the original myth. I have always been a big Roman/Greek mythology fan and I always loved researching into the original stories. Much like fairy tales, there are different versions and slight tweaks that can change the entire premise.
I think you can gues that sirens play a large part in this book and they want to bring Gemma into their fold but Gemma is reluctant to join them. Hocking has made a very layered characters in this series and Gemma and Harper have their flaws.
I would recommend this one a great summer read. It made me long for the beach! Great paranormal and mythical elements are a strong point for Hocking and I am looking forward to Lullaby!  

Book Pairings

   “Is there something you want?” Gemma asked.

   Harper noticed when Penn’s dark eyes latched onto Gemma’s, her sister lifted her chin up higher, as if defying her in her some way. Then Harper saw something made her blood run cold – Penn’s eyes changed, shifting from near black to an odd golden color, remind Harper of a bird.

   Her weird bird eyes stayed locked on Gemma, but Gemma’s expression didn’t change, as if she didn’t notice the startling shift in Penn’s eyes.

   As suddenly as they changed, Penn’s eyes went back to their normal soulless color. Harper blinked and glanced around, but nobody else seemed to notice they change. They all just stared up at Penn, as if mesmerized, and Harper wondered if it’d just been in her imagination.

   “Nope.” Penn raised one of her shoulders, managing a seductive shrug. “I just wanted to stop and say hi. We don’t know many people here in town yet, and we’re always looking to make new friends.”

   Thea didn’t look like she wanted to make new friends, though. She stood off to the side, a bit back from Penn and Lexi. She twirled her long red hair around her finger, and wouldn’t look at anyone at the table.

   “You already have friends,” Harper said to Penn and nodded to Lexi and Thea.

   “You can always have more though, right?” Penn asked, and Lexi winked at Luke, making him giggle again.  “And we could definitely use a friend like Gemma.”

   Harper was about to ask Penn exactly what she meant by that, wondering what on Earth they could possibly want with her little sister, but Marcy cut her off.

   “Wait,” Marcy said through a mouthful of cheese curds. “Didn’t there used to be a fourth one?” She gulped down her food and stared up at them. “What did you guys do with her? Did you eat her? And then throw her up afterwards, because obviously, you guys are bulimic.”

   Penn shot her a glare so fierce, it actually made Marcy cringe. She lowered her eyes and pulled her cheese curds closer to her, as if she thought that Penn might steal them from her. 

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  1. I am reading the ARC of wake this week and it seems like a very interesting read. Looking forward to the rest of the series.

    Kate @ Ex Libris

    1. I really liked it! Amanda Hocking is a good writer and only getting better.


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