Saturday, 22 December 2012

Lullaby by Amanda Hocking

The Watersong Tetralogy Reviews

Published: December 2012
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Series: #2 Watersong (sequel, Tidal coming “Spring 2013”, as per the back of the Lullaby)
Website: Author Blog 

             Gemma, the newest member of the siren quartet, has left Capri with the sirens to protect her loved ones. She learns about what it means to live as a siren, and what happens when you refuse the pull of the watersong. The hunger is swelling inside of her and her resistance will only last so long. Meanwhile in Capri, Harper, Daniel, and Alex search for Gemma and a way to break the curse, going on very little. Gemma desperately wants to return home, but there is no way the sirens will, or can, allow her to go back to her old life. Unless they want to replace her.  

            The cover of the book is nice, but it isn’t like the first book. With Wake you have the girl underwater, and while she doesn’t have a tail, you know something’s up. Lullaby has a girl standing on the rocks and she’s holding feathers. The feathers are obviously from the “bird-monster” form, though I don’t recall that form having yellow feathers. I know the cover is trying to convey the water and the air components, but it would have been better if the girl was interacting in some way with the water. While the “bird-monster” form is featured more in this book, it’s still really a book about mermaids. 

            In this installment we get to see more about what mermaids do-how they nourish themselves and how the live in general. We also get to see more of what is described as their “bird-monster” form, what is probably similar to a harpy. I enjoyed those moments a lot, though most of the book is them chilling out/arguing in human form. My favourite part of this book was when Gemma was living with the sirens. It was more interesting than when she goes back home. 

            This book has much better pacing throughout the story. The last book had a boring and slow beginning and this one is pretty consistent in delivering action or interesting dialogue. I did like the second book, and I could not bear to put it down...most of the time.  

            I still think the protagonist has a startling lack of personality. I think the author is trying to use a wide brush to make her “typical”, without actually describing what she thinks a typical teen is. And if you knew anything about teens *coughcough you’d know that there is no such thing as a typical teen. What do we know of Gemma? She thinks houses that have white painted/themed interiors are boring, and that she likes her blue room. And she swims. She likes the boy next door, though they do not share interests, at least none that I can remember. Alex is interested in what we would probably call geek culture (yay!) and he is a nice/helpful guy in general. Gemma does work hard at swimming, until she becomes a siren. So she’s dedicated, until she has to stop. And...nothing else.   

Harper and Daniel
            As I said in my Wake post, I liked these two characters a great deal. Both characters have personalities-unlike the protagonist-and they like each other. What I couldn’t stand is the constant back-and-forth between the two that happens in this book. Yes, she has to find her sister, so love would complicate the mix slightly, though he is already involved. What, are you going to tell him to forget the climax of the last book and go away? Returning Daniel’s calls doesn’t take much time or make things more complicated. You know if you call a boy you don’t have to get married, right? It makes me feel like Harper is being a jerk. And Daniel tries to take it in and accept that nothing will happen and Harper...gets upset? Well, what the hell did you just tell him?    

            I spoke with a teen who had read Lullaby with me, and she was also disappointed with the ending. Everyone ends up where they were in the beginning with very few variances, and a lame excuse for arriving at the conclusion is given. It left me asking, that with everything that had happened, that’s it? There is an amazing climax where you’re wondering how this will all turn out ends in disappointment.
For her, the ending upset her feeling about the book as a whole. For me, it’s a great book that has a sucky ending. It happens. 

            I highly recommend this book, and I would even go so far as to say that it is better than the first. If your teen book club has read the first book and enjoyed it, this book is sure to please (except maybe for the ending). I do not recommend reading this book before Wake, as I feel that authors establish stories right from the first book (though there are a few exceptions). It might be weird to jump in, wondering what/who these sirens/other characters are, and how they got where they are.


  1. I am really inspired by Amanda Hocking's books. I want to read her books, but I don't know why I can't bring myself to do it. After your review, I think I might give it a try.

    1. So far I haven't read anything else by her. I'd like to though-and I don't really know why I haven't either ha. She does paranormal romance that seems to be still pretty popular with teens.