Monday, March 29, 2010

WAKE by Lisa McMann

Wake (Dream Catcher, #1)
by Lisa McMann (Goodreads Author)
Wake (Dream Catcher, #1)

published March 4th 2008 by Simon Pulse

Hardcover, 210 pages

literary awards:
South Carolina Book Award Nominee for Young Adult (2009), ALA Teens' Top Ten (2009)

1416953574 (isbn13: 9781416953579)

Ever since she was eight years old, high school student Janie Hannagan has been uncontrollably drawn into other people's dreams, but it is not until she befriends an elderly nursing home patient and becomes involved with an enigmatic fellow-student that she discovers her true power.

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K: This month's pick was WAKE by Lisa McMann. We've been on a YA kick lately and this sounded like a fun read. I definitely rate it a Georgia Peach. (There are NO spoilers in the discussion below so read freely!)
C: Me too!
K: I was a little thrown at first by the third person present POV but I got used to it pretty quickly.
C: Yeah, it was different but I loved it.
K: I love all things paranormal anyway so the dreaming aspect was very cool. Plus, it only took an hour to read since I couldn't put it down!
C: (nods) And I loved the character of Cabel.
K: That's my son Caleb's nickname from us ever since a cake decorator misspelled his name as Cabel for his birthday! Okay, back on track...I loved how the mom was a complete alcoholic because I didn't see any other way for Janie to do what she did if her mother had been functional.
C: Yeah, that was convenient but there was no other way for her to be out of the house that much. 
NOTE from Kristi: That's about all I'll give away as I don't want to give any spoilers but this is a super quick and super fun read. Also, Christy read the second one, FADE, and told me it's even better than the first so that's next on my list! 
Anyone else read the whole series yet? What did you think?

Random Movie Recommendation by Kristi:
District 9 
It's not often that a sci-fi movie is nominated for a best picture Oscar but this one did. My hubby and I both loved it and it's interesting food for thought. I'd love to hear your comments if you've seen it.  Until next time... 


  1. I really did enjoy this book!! This was actually the first YA book I've read and have found the genre wonderfully enticing!! And hey, we didn't even get wild and crazy and close down any Starbucks...oh well, maybe next time!!

  2. I got Fade today and am starting it tonight! Love your new profile pic! :)

  3. Apparently, my husband watched D9 while I was sleeping so I can't add to that.
    But I loved WAKE! It took me a second to get used to the 1st person present tense too, but once I got into the book, I didn't pay attention to it. The second one is a little different. Eager to see what you two think of it.

  4. Lacey - I just read Fade last night and liked it a lot once I got past the improbability of a police officer putting a teenager up as bait. It was darker but I still flew through it and couldn't put it down...must get the last one!

  5. Ok I should've added this before but I actually enjoyed Fade better than wake, but then I like the darker stories. I did not however, find Gone to be as well written or nearly as interesting as either of the previous. It was an entertaining quick read, but I expected MUCH more for the finale of the trilogy.

  6. I really need to read this book! I've heard so many good things. Adding it to my HUGE list.