Monday, January 7, 2013

Review: Lullaby by Amanda Hocking

Lullaby (Watersong #2)
by Amanda Hocking

Release Date: November 27, 2012
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Pages: 280
Genre: YA Sirens
Source: ARC
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Harper only wanted a safe, normal life. But when her younger sister Gemma runs off with a dangerous clique of beautiful girls, Penn, Thea, and Lexi, everything changes. Vowing to get her sister back no matter what the cost, Harper must face dangers unlike any she's ever experienced. Fortunately, she has Daniel by her side, a gorgeous guy who's devoted to helping her find her sister—and who's immune to the girls' dark powers. While Harper searches for her sister, Gemma struggles to adjust to her new life. Gemma's powers are growing by the day, and the longer she lives with her new "sisters," the harder it is to resist entering their magical world. It's a realm both dark and beautiful, and where she's plagued by strange hungers and unspeakable needs. Just as she's drifting far away from her old life, Harper and Daniel find her...but no one can deny how much she's changed. All she wants is to return to her family and the mortal world, but how can she do that when she's become something else entirely—and will they still love her once they learn the truth?

Since Gemma ran off with the sirens, Harper and Alex have teamed up to bring Gemma home no matter what it takes. They do some research on sirens but find no way to kill them or free Gemma. It seems almost impossible but Daniel also agrees to help. Alex puts up missing person ads all over the web and Daniel checks the newspapers.

Gemma is fighting against her siren nature as hard as she can but it is making her sick. She hates the sirens but suffers through to keep Harper and Alex safe. I'm not sure what I would do if I was Gemma. She is in a really bad position as she will need to feed or soon die. I would never want to take an innocent life but her hunger and survival instinct begins to just take over. One of the sirens is somewhat friendly and helps her with advice on how to do this as few times as possible to survive. The other two girls are horrible and selfish and enjoy the way they live. They manipulate a human that they stay with and are really brutal at times.

Harper and Alex eventually get a lead to Gemma. Then a bit of drama occurs but like with the first book this isn't action packed. It is slow and steady and mostly full of emotions. Usually I'm not one for a slower read but I do love the relationship between Gemma and Alex and the beginning relationship of Harper and Daniel. Although we barely get a little bit more of a glimpse into Daniel, I am excited to learn more about him. I find the sirens gruesome and look forward to seeing how Gemma will break free of their bind. Not too much further development with the series but it does end kind of sad. 

Daniel said. "Can you really afford to turn away somebody that wants to help you get her back?
Especially someone that doesn't think you're insane for believing in weird-ass bird-monsters?"

"Alex, you don't trailed off, because if she kept talking, she would cry, and she didn't
want to cry.
"I have known for years," Alex said. "You've always been kind, considerate, smart, determined, and
stubborn. You have a good heart, and you'd never let anybody change you. That's part of why I fell in
love with you."

"My point is that nothing is unstoppable, and the T. rex wasn't as great as he thought he was. I mean, what were those little arms for?" Marcy pulled her arms back into her sleeves, so her hands made short imitation T. rex arms, and she wiggled them back and forth. "What an idiot."

Rating: 4/5


  1. I have heard so many mixed reviews on this series I wasn't sure if I wanted to try it or not. I am really glad you are enjoying it so far!

    Nice review. :)

    1. Yeah it is a bit slow and different from the author's other books but I'm enjoying it. I wouldn't say it's my favorite of hers but I do like the sirens. They are different and gruesome and Alex is a sweet boy next door character.

  2. I read Wake and really enjoyed the ending the most, and hoped that this one would be more action packed and thrilling, but by your review I gather it's not :( Although I enjoyed the blossoming relationship, I'm not continuing on with this series.

    1. Yup not so action packed. Maybe the next book? But I can understand not wanting to stick through to see. The blossoming romances are great though!

  3. I still need to read this. I feel so suckish that I haven't gotten to it yet. I got behind on my reading last year and didn't get to it and now I am still trying to fit it in. I really liked Wake and the novella Forgotten Lyrics, so I am looking forward to this.

    1. Oh yeah you just reminded me I still need to read Forgotten Lyrics!

  4. I won a copy of Wake and I still have to read it. Have yet to read a mermaid book although I am super curious as to how they use the restroom and most importantly how they have sex...

    1. LOL! Someone actually started a discussion about that on my goodreads group. Not sure how that works! LOL I'm guessing they don't have sex when they have a tail but when they shift back to human form.

  5. Like kindlemom I have read a lot of mixed reviews on this series. I don't think I will read them but I do love the covers and I'm glad you liked this one!

    1. The covers are stunning! I really like the cover for Tidal!

  6. Okay, I skimmed this because this is one of the books I want to go into without expectations. I really liked the 1st book, so I can't wait to finally get to Lullaby! :)

  7. I have yet to read this series but I hear nothing but great things about it. I am very intrigued by the concept and by the unique characters. Can't wait to see how it all turns out! Glad you enjoyed this!

    Fantastic review, Jennifer! :)

    ~ Maida @ Literary Love Affair


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