Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Really Did Put Me To Sleep. REVIEW: LULLABY by Amanda Hocking


Lullaby (Watersong, #2)
by Amanda Hocking

2.5 Stars (2 on Goodreads)
Published November 27, 2012 by St. Martin's Griffin

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?Prepare to fall under the spell of Lullaby, the second book in the Watersong series from New York Times bestselling author Amanda Hocking.
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We have a case of Second Book Syndrome yet again. Filler, filler, filler. But it's not you say? I'll give you that she is now shacked up with the sirens in a psychological brainwash of a mansion with a guy, but that's about it. Gemma is trying to stay away from everyone, again. She's trying to be a siren, again. And she isn't doing anything other than having a pity party for herself, again. Her sister Harper is running from her feelings toward Daniel, again. Daniel is persistently pursuing her yet again. Alex is trying to find her and is the only interesting character this installment with the exception of the smart mouth Marcy. Hocking really needs to bring her to the forefront of the next novel. This book was mainly filler, with a lot of mythology explanations included. 

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The plot progression... was about two inches. We don't know more about the gods and we still don't get an appearance from them in this book. Gemma hasn't developed and the Daniel/Harper relationship is still in simmer mode. Daniel's ability to resists the Sirens is never addressed or answered. The scenes meant to be terrifying and shocking were tame and expected.

One redeeming quality was a treasure trove of back story on Penn and the other sirens. Hocking delves into what it means and how it feels to become one. 

The last section of the book is where things really started to get interesting and Alex is a key component of that. I don't want to spoil the good part for you but it does lead to some tension, heartbreak and the lead in for book three.

So I still think the series is worth reading, and Lullaby is worth the time for the extended back stories and mythology explanations. But if you are looking for plot development, romance building or real dialogue then you may just skip out and wait for book three. 

PS - word of caution: there is some graphic violence that in my opinion is unsuitable for under 16.