Review: Wake (Dream Catcher #1) by Lisa McMann
Author: Lisa McMann
Series: Dream Catcher #1
Publisher: Simon Pulse, an imprint of Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: March 4, 2008
For seventeen-year-old Janie, getting sucked into other people’s dreams is getting old. Especially the falling dreams, the naked-but-nobody-notices dreams, and the sex-crazed dreams. Janie’s seen enough fantasy booty to last her a lifetime.She can’t tell anybody about what she does they’d never believe her, or worse, they’d think she’s a freak. So Janie lives on the fringe, cursed with an ability she doesn’t want and can’t control.Then she falls into a gruesome nightmare, one that chills her to the bone. For the first time, Janie is more than a witness to someone else’s twisted psyche. She is a participant. (Cover and synopsis from Goodreads)
There are a lot of mixed reviews for Wake among my friends and other reviewers on Goodreads, but I ended up liking it quite a bit. I read almost all of it on a couple of plane trips, and I was engrossed enough that I didn’t realize a flight attendant was speaking to me at one point. I loved all the fantastic twists (I think I cursed out loud on the plane a couple of times), and I just think it’s a really cool story.
I liked Janie, but I really loved Cabel. He had such an intricate back story, and although a lot of it was predictable (I figured out a lot of what was going on with him before it was revealed), I thought it was interesting for this story. And I really feel like in the next couple of books we’ll find out some more interesting stuff about Miss Stubin and Janie’s mother. I just really think there’s more to her mother than being a lazy drunk (at least I hope there is!).
A Few Drawbacks…
At times, the writing style was a bit cumbersome. I wanted the format to change pretty early on, because it felt repetitive and I just knew that it would get boring if something didn’t change. But luckily, the story started getting a lot more complex and McMann threw in quite a few twists, so even though the format didn’t change, it didn’t feel as repetitive.
And there were a few awkward lines, such as “She is miserable.” I think that it could have been conveyed in a better way, through her body language or dialogue, rather than stated like that. (As they say, “Show, don’t tell”!)
I also wish that the scary parts had been more scary, or at least lasted longer. There were some major creepy parts, but I wanted more. But there were quite a few funny parts sprinkled into the story as well, which I enjoyed.
My rating for Wake by Lisa McMann:
4 big stars. It was a quick, engaging read and I can’t wait to read the rest of the series!