Review: Wake (Dream Catcher #1) by Lisa McMann


Goodreads Synopsis:

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.

My Review

Plot: Wake is an intriguing story, with a unique concept, a roller-coaster of a romance, and plenty of plot twists. Janie has the ability to jump/get forced into other people’s dreams. You can imagine this would cause quite the dilemma for any one person to handle. Janie struggles to live her day-to-day life, keeping her secret hidden from those around her, which proves more and more difficult for her as she grows closer to Cabel (the newly made handsome boy who lives down the street from her, with secrets of his own).

The Romance: A tumultuous, yet adorable romance brews between Cabel and Janie that leaves the reader hooked on finding out what the end result will be, especially as more and more secrets are kept between the two. Though their back and forth romance becomes frustrating multiple times throughout the book, the overall end result was more than satisfactory.

A Few Setbacks: Throughout the book, I kept waiting and waiting for my questions about Janie’s abilities to be answered, but the answers never came. In fact, more questions arose as the story progressed. There also wasn’t really a clear climax in Wake which was a little disappointing. I was expecting some kind of suspenseful ending or something, but it never came. I can only hope that most of the plot development is meant to happen in the next book, titled: Fade. Book two is currently in my possession, review to come. 🙂

Overall, I would definitely recommend reading Wake. The concept of dream “catching” is completely unique and the story’s style is gripping for the reader, with continuous romance throughout.

You can buy Wake anywhere that sells books, or on Amazon here!


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