Since the dawn of human civilization, two warring factions of near-immortals - the descendants of the gods of old - have been secretly shaping its destiny. Amanda's small clan champions progress and peace, while their powerful enemy, the Doomers, propagates ignorance and war. Descending from a single goddess - the only one to survive the ancient cataclysm that wiped out her kind - Amanda's clan members are forbidden to each other. When the rescue team returns with Amanda and the chained Dalhu to the keep, Amanda is not as thrilled to be back as she thought she'd be.
Between Kian's contempt for her and Dalhu's imprisonment, Amanda's budding relationship with Dalhu seems doomed. Things start to look up when Annani offers her help, and together with Syssi they resolve to find a way for Amanda to be with Dalhu. Onboard the Anna , Amanda suspects that something fishy is going on. But when her investigation of the peculiar all-female Russian crew fails to uncover anything other than more speculation, she decides it's time to stop playing detective and face her real problem - a man she shouldn't want but can't live without.
When Andrew is forced to retire from active duty, he believes that all he has to look forward to is a boring desk job. His glory days in special ops are over. But as it turns out, his thrill ride has just begun. Andrew discovers not only that immortals exist and have been manipulating global affairs since antiquity, but that he and his sister are rare possessors of the immortal genes. Problem is, Andrew might be too old to attempt the activation process.
But fate may force his hand. Andrew and Nathalie's love flourishes, but the secrets they keep from each other taint their relationship with doubts and suspicions. In the meantime, Sebastian and his men are getting bolder, and the storm that's brewing will shift the balance of power in the millennia-old conflict between Annani's clan and its enemies. The new ghost in Nathalie's head remembers who he was in life, providing Andrew and her with indisputable proof that he is real and not a figment of her imagination.
Convinced that she is a Dormant, Andrew decides to go forward with his transition immediately after the rescue mission at the Doomers' HQ. Fearing for his life, Nathalie pleads with him to reconsider. She'd rather spend the rest of her mortal days with Andrew than risk what they have for the fickle promise of immortality. Andrew's acclimation to his post-transition body isn't easy. His senses are sharper, he's bigger, stronger, and hungrier. Nathalie fears that the changes in the man she loves are more than physical.
Measuring up to this new version of him is going to be a challenge. Carol and Robert are disillusioned with each other. They are not destined mates, and love is not on the horizon. When Robert's three months are up, he might be left with nothing to show for his sacrifice. What would you do if you stopped aging? The ex-DEA agent doesn't know what caused her strange mutation, only that if discovered, she'll be dissected like a lab rat.
What Eva doesn't know, though, is that she's a descendant of the gods, and that she is not alone. See all 5 questions about Wake…. Lists with This Book. Jul 25, Kristi rated it did not like it Shelves: I picked this one up because the premise sounded so intriguing, but ultimately I thought it was pretty disappointing. The third-person present tense narration really got on my nerves after a while, and the story was told so choppily that I found it hard to really get involved. Not to mention the ridiculous twist towards the end Spoiler: Her formerly-goth-loser-but-now-suddenly-hot classmate with crazy nightmares turns out to be an undercover cop pretending to be a dealer in order to bust a huge I picked this one up because the premise sounded so intriguing, but ultimately I thought it was pretty disappointing.
Her formerly-goth-loser-but-now-suddenly-hot classmate with crazy nightmares turns out to be an undercover cop pretending to be a dealer in order to bust a huge drug operation run by another classmate's father. Apparently there's a sequel, and maybe it explains more, but I don't think I'll be reading it. View all 24 comments. The writing style is peculiar and won't be everyone's cup of tea. It definitely takes some time to get used to it. But once you get over the present tense 3rd person narration and choppiness, you realize this style actually makes the book more intense and fast moving.
The love story is equally powerful and touching and certainly differs from your standard paranormal romance formula. Lastly, kudos to Lisa McM 3. Lastly, kudos to Lisa McMann for skillfully weaving dream-catching into a very fascinating story. After the 3rd reading it is, understandably, not as exciting, but still stands out as a fresh and unique work of YA fiction and retains its affecting power.
View all 15 comments. Feb 14, Morgan F rated it it was ok Shelves: I do not understand this book. I do not understand the writing style. I do not understand the plot. And I sure as hell do not understand the appeal.
Everything about this book was choppy, weird, and over in a blink of an eye. Come to think of it, it was reminiscent of a dream, the foggy kind you forget immediately upon waking. The writing was unnecessarily blunt and in the 3rd person, both of which I consider poor writing decisions.
I felt alienated from the story, and I never understood who was I do not understand this book. I felt alienated from the story, and I never understood who was acting or who was speaking. Janie and Cabel were both hot messes. One minute, they were giving each other longing glances, and the next they would huffily avoid each other. I do not even know what to think.
Props for McMann for being original, I guess, but at least a formulaic plot is comprehensible. But I don't expect to enjoy them. Mar 10, Karin rated it it was amazing Shelves: She first noticed it happening when she was eight-years-old. Janie has witnessed everything from the typical falling dream and standing naked in front of a crowd dream to World War II battle dreams.
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Most of the time she is just an observer. The close proximity of the other girls caused her to experience their dreams and not get any rest for herself. Anytime someone around her is asleep - she gets sucked in - at school, on the bus, driving down the road, etc. All she knows is that she loses feeling in her limbs and becomes paralized. The more frightening the dream, the faster the numbness occurs. Janie has an alcoholic mother, an unknown father, and is extremely poor.
She lives on the "wrong" side of town and has one loyal friend. A new addition to her life is Cabel. He lives in her neighborhood and seems to be a loner. She has several interactions with him throughout the book, but their lives become intertwined when she has to let him know about her problem while they are on a school trip together and she is stuck on a bus for several hours with her napping classmates being sucked into one dream after another the whole way.
Cabel must help her through. This is a comfort to Janie as well as a new stress. She grows to like Cabel very much, but when she begins to get sucked into his gruesome dream and hears some particularly damning rumors about him, she questions her feelings for him. With the help of an unlikely person she meets at the nursing home and some books from the library , Janie begins to gain a little control over her "curse.
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Your heart will go out to her and cheer as she makes her way through life given the obstacles she must overcome. View all 9 comments. Feb 17, Kat Kennedy rated it really liked it Shelves: This book is short, sweet and simple. I think it's the simpleness of the story that gives it the most charm. There are no intricate or twisted plots. Nor is than any great climatic action to this story. It is a gradual growing of a girl and a boy as they learn to deal with an unusual psychic ability together and face their nightmares. There isn't much to say about this book. There isn't much plot or pacing to speak of though it doesn't drag on.
It's hard for this book to drag on because there simp This book is short, sweet and simple. It's hard for this book to drag on because there simply isn't much of it. I read it in three hours. The characters are complex, compelling and well crafted. Though the character of Cabel has convinced me of one thing that I had already suspected.
In literature, we like our men obsessive. We like them to be doggedly persistent in their chase of our heroines. It's not enough that they summon the courage to attempt to speak or interact to them. It's not enough that they put themselves or their hearts on the the line. They must win us, well and truly. They have to be obsessed and consumed with us. I think it's a sad reflection on the high expectations that we have on men today, but Cabel is different from the norm.
Because you can actually understand why he would risk everything for the female main character. He's reasonable, lovable, and flawed.
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Over all, I love this story though it's not one I'd pick up to read over and over again. It's a nice story to have read and enjoyed. I look forward to reading the sequel. View all 6 comments. I've read countless YA novels in this past year, but Wake is by far my favorite. To be perfectly honest, it's not the story that I like so much - it's very interesting and well thought out, but it was the writing that blew me away. In her review, Tatiana called McMann's writing style flawless, and I must admit I was very intrigued by her choice of words at the time.
I understand now exactly what she meant. Wake has a steady rhythm that you can almost feel in your bones while reading. I adore its simplicity and unpretentiousness. Lisa McMann's writing is every linguist's dream. Linguists are usually very sensitive when it comes to language economy, and we especially dislike redundancy.
There isn't a single part that is redundant in Wake. In Delirium, the MC leaves the house in the middle of the night to go to an illegal party and warn her best friend about a raid. While she is on her way to perform this very important task, Lauren Oliver takes the time to describe the streets, and even trash cannes she walks by. Writers tend to dilute their stories with descriptions and unnecessary facts.
In literary theory, those parts of a text are called catalysts. The sentences are clean and short, almost bare. From my strictly structuralistic point of view, that makes them almost perfect. I'm in love with this book. I can't wait to read the rest of the trilogy. View all 7 comments. Jun 08, Tabby rated it did not like it Shelves: It's like a sequence of dreams with a little plot that's it!! The only reason I finished it was because I was curious to see if it changed. It so didn't and i'm so not reading the sequel, yeah it's so bad i'm not even giving it a chance.
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View all 4 comments. Oh… this was bad. I already had low expectations, because it was a random cover buy, but it surpassed them?. The plot seemed so interesting… but the writing was so choppy. The characters were underdeveloped and there wasn't even a plot… it was just bad. I enjoyed the incorporation of lucid dreaming. I liked the first few pages? The character of Janie seemed interesting before I realized she was never expanded upon? The writing style was so absurdly choppy. Like I get stream of consciousness writing. Then the fragments were just broken up further with divisions in time.
Then broken into itty chapters and spliced together paragraphs. None of the characters were ever expanded upon. I never learned anything about Janie other than how inconvenienced she was by her circumstances. What does she want? What does she enjoy? There was no plot.
Just Janie walking through random dreams and becoming more and more upset by them. But I expected her to have an idea of how to fix it, discover some horrible secret about someone, meet someone else with the same ability-- anything. There was just no plot. Random things just kept happening. What was that romance even? It came out of nowhere. There's a whole scene where Janie determines someone is a lesbian because they are dreaming of another female with huge cartoon-esque boobs.
Like just seriously massive tits. And then it becomes a joke that continues the rest of the novel In conclusion: Mar 05, Heather rated it really liked it Shelves: First read in February of , Wake is one of those rare gems that I keep coming back to. In spite of the later ruin of the series, truly Gone was atrocious, Wake still possesses some element of reading magic for me. Quick read status or no, Wake can boast of containing not one, but two fantastically imperfect characters, a unique and heart breaking supernatural element, and a mystery that never dulls, even after multiple re First read in February of , Wake is one of those rare gems that I keep coming back to.
Quick read status or no, Wake can boast of containing not one, but two fantastically imperfect characters, a unique and heart breaking supernatural element, and a mystery that never dulls, even after multiple re-reads. The writing is sparse, befitting of the story, and is rather lovely in its own cold, lonesome way.
I would recommend Wake to anyone, just stop the series after Fade. I don't love it as much as many of my Goodreads friends but this could be because I started out listening to this and finished the last pages in book form. I'm glad I did so because I can say that I liked this book loads more in audio format. I'm fairly sure the writing style just wasn't doing it for me.
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You know when you are trying to write a paper for school and you are a couple pages short? You start playing around with the margins, change the font around, block quote a few times, and ta-da! You're suddenly at the length requirement. That's what this book felt like--a substandard research paper. Sure, it was enjoyable but when you hold it up against other YA lit, it falls short because it's missing something. Also, though I enjoyed the development of Janie and Cabel's relationship, it was lacking the attraction for me. The pacing is lightning speed--I think someone could read this in an hour and a half, no joke.
I'll finish this series because the story is interesting and it won't take much time. Honestly, though, I'm sorry to say I could really take it or leave it. Mar 17, William rated it liked it Shelves: But Wake does create something different: A pleasant surprise with this novel was its set-up for a sequel: Twilight this is not, but Wake has an opportunity to send a few young readers toward the darker streets traveled by Dennis Lehane and Patricia Cornwell , which is company, I think, of higher caliber.
I think I'm too old for this young adult book. The Children of the Gods Paranormal Romance: Dark Stranger the Dream: New and Lengthened Edition by I. If you have the old version or even just a sample, Amazon will not update the file unless you request it in an email.
This is the world of the Children of the Gods by I. Lucas is an amazing writer with a brilliant mind and has quickly been added to my favorite author list. Amanda Dokani's neuroscience lab, but it fails to predict the thrilling yet terrifying turn her life will take. Syssi has no clue that her boss is an immortal who'll drag her into a secret, millennia-old battle over humanity's future.
Nor does she realize that the professor's imposing brother is the mysterious stranger who's been starring in her dreams. Since the dawn of human civilization, two warring factions of near-immortals - the descendants of the gods of old - have been secretly shaping its destiny. Leading the clandestine battle from his luxurious L.
Descending from a single goddess, clan members are forbidden to each other. And as the only other immortals are their hated enemies, Kian and his kin have been long resigned to a lonely existence of fleeting trysts with human partners.