Review: WAKE and FADE by Lisa McMann


I had heard so much amazing things about Lisa McMann's book, Wake, but it's only just now gotten into my book hungry little hands. It was just as wonderful and thrilling as everyone said and I am glad I waited for the sequel Fade to come out so that I would not have to find out what happens next.

Wake by Lisa McMann
YYYY out of 5

Janie is a pretty typical seventeen year old high school student, except for the fact that she falls into other people's dreams. Yes, whenever someone falls asleep near her, Janie gets sucked into their dreams, including the ever-popular falling dream, the going-to-school naked dream, and some dreams she would just rather not ever be a part of.

She knows she can't ever let anyone in on her secret or she'll be declared a freak forever. However, when she falls into the terrible nightmares of a classmate and he finds out the truth about her "seizures," the pair are soon united and Janie becomes catapulted into a crazy web of dreams and nightmares, as well as a bit of romance. A romance that truly squeezes my heart for I feel that it is one of most honest and touching realtionships that I have read in a while.

The thrills of this page turner are continuously thrown at the reader and the unique plot concept is what really makes the book jump off the shelf as Janie goes from being a voyeur in her borrowed dreams to becoming an active participant as she gets sucked into Cabel's nightmares. Then Janie finds out about her "powers" and she makes the incredible decision to use it for the greater good thus ensuring her a brighter future despite the bleakness of how her abilities are draining her very life.

This was a great book. It has everything you could want in a book. A Mystery, some much needed romance, alot of drama and dysfunctional relationships on all ends - You won't be able to put this book down. I read it overnight because it was that great. I kept wanting to know what was going to happen next. I thought this book was going to be a kinda scary, which I don't really enjoy scary, and yes it was a little freaky but just enough to interest you, but not enough to make you stay away and avoid dreaming....


**MILD SPOILERS AHEAD, SO IF YOU DON'T WANT TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENS IN WAKE. PLEASE STOP....YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED**


Fade by Lisa McMann
YYYY out of 5

As Fade begins, Janie is coming into her own. She is finally feeling kind of good about herself: she has a (secret) boyfriend, she's working out as well as working on controlling her powers, and she has a sense of purpose in life thanks to her job with the police. Soon, Janie is put on a case involving a suspected sex predator at her high school, and she gets in way over her head. This tests her and Cabe's realationship and it brings out a side in Cabe that Janie is not prepared for or understands.

Then to make matters worse she learns the bleak truth about being a dream catcher--The very bleak truth that Janie knew was coming but tried very hard to face. You admire her even more because she does not let this fact change anything and she is determined to help the police department any way that she can, even if it puts her in a very dangerous position...very dangerous indeed.

I was engrossed with Fade just as much as I had been with Wake. There were moments especially in the last few chapters that had me truly scared, shocked, surprised and screaming out loud. It grabbed me and would not let go until the last page was read. Just like Wake it has everything you could ask for in a book. Mystery, romance, drama and dysfunctional relationships that are slowly on the mend. A must read for anyone who read Wake.

Here is the book trailer that many have seen, but deserves a mention.



11 comments:

  1. OH man those were some exciting books! I just couldn't stop reading. My family was looking at me weird when I finally emerged from my room!

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  2. And yet another series to add to my reading pile. Thanks

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  3. I have to read these books now. Thanks for the awesome review!

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  4. Okay- I skipped the spoilers part...
    Should I drop everything & read WAKE?

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  5. Marie these books are really great. I cannot believe that I waited this long to read Wake. The story line is original and you get so attached to the characters. It is a wonderful read :)

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  6. These both look so good, I can't wait to check them out.

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  7. It is a thrilling rid.e no really, I loved Fade the most though much darker and scarier... it was incredibly hard to put it down.

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  8. What a great review. I'm adding these to my reading list... I think they would generate a lot of great discussion for me and my teen. Thanks for the rec!

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  9. I personally really didn't enjoy WAKE. But of course, books always generate different opinions. Great review, though!

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