Lullaby by Amanda Hocking

Posted April 4, 2013 | 15 Comments

Lullaby by Amanda HockingLullaby
Author: Amanda Hocking
Series: Watersong #2
Published by: St. Martin's Press
Publication Date: November 27, 2012
Format: eBook
Pages: 290
Source: Purchased
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Now that Gemma Fisher has inherited Penn, Lexi, and Thea's curse - and all the strange new powers that come along with it - she has no choice but to run away with them. Devastated that she has to leave everyone she loves behind, she's still determined not to give in to the unspeakable hungers that plague her.
Unfortunately, they're growing stronger every day, and she's not sure how much longer she can resist.

Harper won't give up on finding her sister Gemma, vowing to get her back no matter what the cost. The search draws her closer to too-gorgeous-for-his-own-good Daniel, and tests her fiercely guarded independence like never before. She's always been the strong one who everyone else depends on.... Can she let herself depend on Daniel?

As Gemma and Harper plunge deeper into a magical world they barely understand, it becomes painfully clear that Gemma's old life may be lost forever. But can she still hold on to her humanity?

Alright, here we go. First of all, I want to say that I’m a big Amanda Hocking fan. I’ve read all of her books up to this point and loved them all, so of course I was excited to read Lullaby, the second book in the Watersong series. As much as I want to say that I loved this one too, I can’t. Now, don’t get me wrong. I did like Lullaby, but it seemed more like just a filler book in the series. You have no idea how much it pains me to say that, but that’s how it felt  to me.

The book picks up the day after Wake left off, and it’s still told from Gemma and Harper’s POV. Gemma is a siren now and took off with Penn, Lexi, and Thea in order to keep her friends and family safe. Team Siren! Gemma spends the majority of the book fighting what she is and everything that comes with it (c’mon, Gemma just eat his heart already!). I thought her POV was more interesting than Harper’s, but mostly when she was interacting with the other sirens. What can I say, I enjoy their evilness.

While Gemma was off with Team Siren terrorizing men, Harper, Alex, and Daniel were trying to find her and figure out what exactly she was. And this was the more boring part of the book, which consumed a good amount of the story. Maybe it just felt like it was a lot because it was slow. Either way, it didn’t impress me much. Even when they got Gemma back, it was like they did a bunch of nothing. It wasn’t until the end that things started to really get interesting, and then it ended.

As for the characters, I loved them when I read Wake, but I didn’t quite feel the love in Lullaby. I’m not saying that I disliked them, I’m just saying that they weren’t as good as they were in the first book. With the exception of one. The thing that I did love this book was Marcy, without a doubt. I loved her in the first book, but there was more of her and her surliness in Lullaby. The only quotes in the book I highlighted were a bunch from her. I’m guessing it’s because we are to similar…

“I feel like this is the time I’m supposed to come over and hug you,” Marcy said from where she sat behind the desk. “But I’m not really the hugging type.”

“You want comforting, talk to your boyfriend or your dad or Gemma. You want the truth, talk to me.”

I know this seems like a review full of negatives, but I really did like it. It’s just hard, because it wasn’t up to par with what I expected, especially since I liked the first book so much. Does it make sense to enjoy something, but be disappointed with it at the same time? To be completely honest, I probably wouldn’t have liked it as much as I did, had I not been familiar with and loved the characters already.

There are two more books in the series, the next one being Tidal. I’m going to go into it with lower expectations, but I still have hope that it’ll kick butt. I have faith!

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15 responses to “Lullaby by Amanda Hocking

  1. Okay, I haven’t read this series, but you’re intriguing me! I’m glad you filled it with negatives because I like to hear my warnings before I read anything. She sounds like a great writer 🙂

  2. I’ve been meaning to read this one for so long! I enjoyed the first book and even though everyone agrees that Lullaby isn’t as good, I still need to continue the series. But even then, the only character I really liked was Daniel. I hope he’s around a lot in this one.
    Lovely review!

  3. You have more patience than I. I read the first one last summer and I liked it but didn’t love it. I just wasn’t that impressed and I don’t think I want to continue the series. Not that it was bad but just because it wasn’t great either. I was expecting more and now after reading your review, I am even more firm in not going on. I hope the next book works for you.
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    • Christy

      You should read her Hollows series. LOVE it! I do like this series so far, but it’s probably my least favorite of hers.

  4. Okay I had to scan through most of your reviews only because I haven’t read the first book yet but I wanted to see what you thought of this one. I have heard so many mixed reviews about the first book I really wasn’t sure if I even wanted to start this series. I sort of have a love hate thing going on with books about sirens/mermaids/whathaveyou.

    So…I still don’t know about this one! Gah! I think I bought them both. Maybe I will just wait until the third comes out before giving it a try? I don’t know! So many great books out there..sometimes it is hard to decide what to read next.
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    • Christy

      Wake was actually my first mermaid/siren book and I liked it a lot. I liked this one too, but it wasn’t on the same level as the first one. I’m sure Amanda will bust it out on the next book. This was definitely a lot of filler though.

  5. I have read most of Hockings works but skipped this series, and I am sad this came off as filler. To many times this happens to middle books. I totally get that you loved it, but also know what you mean about not up to par..especially compared to some of the other second books we have read in the past 6 weeks. Thanks for sharing and I think you did a great job of explaining what you felt.
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  6. I haven’t read any books by Amanda Hocking yet. And while I like the sound of some of the others and hope to eventually read them one day, this series isn’t on my tbr. And if the second book falls down, then I doubt that I’ll ever be starting it. Great review though Christy
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  7. I have read one of Amanda’s books when I first started blogging and I really enjoyed it. I got wake as an audio book a while back but I haven’t listened to it yet. I think I will do that soon because I have been looking to start listening to more books because I havent had as much time to read lately. Stupid law school and bar exam prep. It’s been ruining my blogging life. lol

    I only skimmed your review because I didn’t read the first book yet, but I totally know what you mean about reviews when they seem full of less than positive things. I always want to qualify my review and be like,
    I didn’t hate this book! Im just trying to be honest.”
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