Book One in the Watersong Series
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|Format:||Electronic Book Text, 356 pages|
|Published In: ||United Kingdom, 13 September 2012|
The first book in Amanda Hocking's Watersong Series
The inaugural title in the four-book Watersong series by Hocking (the Trylle series) will please her fans and likely win her new ones. Sixteen-year-old Gemma Fisher is happy-she's a star on the swim team, her family is loving and supportive, and the crush-worthy boy next door returns her interest. The only downside: three gorgeous but creepy new girls who have her in their sights. One night, Gemma is lured into joining the girls at a campfire by the water; she wakes up the next morning bruised and battered with no clear memories of what happened, but discovers she has supernatural healing abilities and is a far better swimmer than she realized. The girls tell Gemma stories of gods, goddesses, and curses that are actually blessings, but Gemma (rightly) suspects that some important information has been left out. While Hocking's writing isn't always polished (the foreshadowing can be painfully heavy), the well-structured story and strong characters carry readers over the rough spots. A cliffhanger ending sets up the next book, Lullaby, due six months later. Ages 12-up. Agent: Steven Axelrod, the Axelrod Agency. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Gr 7-10-Gemma loves the water. She's on the swim team, and even when she's not swimming for sport, she's floating in Anthemusa Bay late at night, enjoying the peace, the quiet, and the magical feeling of the endless ocean. Her family doesn't understand. Her father lets her go-as long as she's home by curfew-but Harper, her overprotective older sister, worries way too much. Harper fears things like drowning and kidnappers, while what she should really worry about are the four beautiful girls who arrived in their small coastal town of Capri just before tourist season started. Teenagers begin to disappear in nearby towns. Harper should question why there are now only three of the unearthly beauties, and she should be terrified that they've taken an interest in Gemma. This first in a projected quartet is a paranormal romantic thriller based on mythological creatures-sirens. It's sure to capture readers' interest with its tightly woven plot, descriptive writing, and realistic characters. While not really a mystery, there are unknown elements that will keep readers guessing and riveted to every page right up to the end. Order extra copies of this novel, because it won't stay on your shelves long.-Heather Miller Cover, Homewood Public Library, AL (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.