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?
LULLABY, book 2 in the Watersong series by Amanda Hocking, progresses the story about a girl who becomes dragged into the life of a siren that lives to kill. The story moves forward at a pace much like the first book, only allowing for some greater depth and deeper emotion. As I said in my review of WAKE, if you liked Hocking’s Trylle series, you will find even more to love about this one. If you don’t care for mermaid/siren stories, but appreciate contemporaries about growing up and finding love in dire situations, you may still find something to like here.
I found myself liking LULLABY more than I did the first book, WAKE. This book doesn’t suffer that “second book syndrome” that many series do, perhaps because the first book felt like it was mostly build-up with very little actually happening (other than exposition of the characters) until the very end. Yes, the series still feels like it’s building up to something bigger, and with each page you turn you feel like maybe, just maybe, on the next page that “something big” will happen… but it doesn’t. Not to say that what is occurring within these pages isn’t exciting, there’s just the ever-present feeling that “something more” should be happening.
I found myself liking Gemma more within these pages than I did Harper. That’s a complete 180 from how I felt while reading the first book. In these pages, Harper spends most of her time looking for ways to get Gemma back from the sirens and trying to push away a boy who she is definitely attracted to (in order to keep him “safe”, go figure). But it’s the time we spend with Gemma that enthralled this reader. Watching her come to terms with her new siren status and living with the girls (in a house that they have overrun with the owner still in it, no less) gives her some depth as a character that was not present in the first book. She is completely alone, and you can sense her fear over what she may become. Surprisingly, a sympathetic companionship of sort develops between her and another character, which also lends to greater depth about the history of the sirens. Yay for depth about the mythology! That’s JUST what I was hoping for out of this story! Was it enough? Not really, but it gives me the hope to look forward to more in future installments.
Once again, the book finishes off with a major climatic scene, providing a couple of twists to the story (that may change everything) and (although to a lesser extent than book one) a teeth-grinding cliffhanger. And almost as a signature touch of Amanda’s, there are also some creeptastic scenes scattered throughout that easily compete with the most horrifying parts of book one. Which characters live and which do not is up in the air… Although certainly not the most exciting mermaid/siren story out there, I have gotten invested in these characters enough that I absolutely MUST know what becomes of them.
So if you are already a fan of Hocking’s earlier works and have already read the first book in this series, I recommend that you pick up book two, LULLABY, when it drops in stores. Much like the covers become better and more beautiful with each installment, so too does the story itself.
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