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Not all dreams are sweet.

For seventeen-year-old Janie, getting sucked into other people's dreams is getting old. Especially the falling dreams, the naked-but-nobody-notices dreams, and the sex-crazed dreams. Janie's seen enough fantasy booty to last her a lifetime.

She can't tell anybody about what she does—they'd never believe her, or worse, they'd think she's a freak. So Janie lives on the fringe, cursed with an ability she doesn't want and can't control.

Then she falls into a gruesome nightmare, one that chills her to the bone. For the first time, Janie is more than a witness to someone else's twisted psyche. She is a participant …

Topics: Dreams, Female Protagonist, Supernatural Powers, Trilogy, Debut, Single Parent, High School, Outcasts, Love, Secrets, Drugs, Michigan, Angsty, Gritty, Spare, First in a Series, and Dysfunctional Family

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Not totally world-changing, but you could recommend this to teens who liked Twilight--it's "romantic and dramatic" as one girl asked me for.
And it's not as cringey.

Basic plot: a girl gets sucked into people's dreams if they fall asleep near her. This is a problem during high school of course because everyone is sleep-deprived. (ask me sometime to give you my whole rant about how teenagers would be so much less horrible if they didn't have to get up practically in the middle of the night to go to school)

Anyway, there is also a boy! And terrible parents! And mean rich kids!

The dialogue is pretty unbelievable, but you know, whatever.more
An extremely quick read thanks in part to the many small sections, Wake is the story of Janie Hannagan - a seventeen-year-old who slips in and out of other people's dreams. This volume is mostly setup for what looks like it will be a series or trilogy, so we're mainly introduced to the conceit and the characters. There's enough intrigue to keep us involved though as Janie struggles to control her "dream catching" and figure out what's going on with her would-be love interest Cabel who has the scariest dreams she's ever seen and is rumored to be a drug dealer. Terrible parenting is rife amongst the main characters, leaving most of the teens completely unsupervised which will appeal to the intended teen audience. Easy access to alcohol and other drugs seems to be standard as well. The second volume, Fade is already out and I'm looking forward to speeding through it as well. This would be an excellent read-alike for fans of Meg Cabot's Mediator and 1-800-WHERE-R-YOU series.more
Before I start this one, just know that I LIKED IT. I don't love it as much as many of my Goodreads friends but this could be because I started out listening to this and finished the last 30-40 pages in book form. I'm glad I did so because I can say that I liked this book loads more in audio format. I'm fairly sure the writing style just wasn't doing it for me.

You know when you are trying to write a paper for school and you are a couple pages short? You start playing around with the margins, change the font around, block quote a few times, and ta-da! You're suddenly at the length requirement. That's what this book felt like--a substandard research paper. Sure, it was enjoyable but when you hold it up against other YA lit, it falls short because it's missing something. (40 more pages)The central characters were well done but the brevity of the book made me want more in terms of plot development and several of the side characters were brought up but they didn't add much nor do we learn much about them. Frustrating. Also, though I enjoyed the development of Janie and Cabel's relationship, it was lacking the attraction for me.

The pacing is lightning speed--I think someone could read this in an hour and a half, no joke. I'll finish this series because the story is interesting and it won't take much time. Honestly, though, I'm sorry to say I could really take it or leave it.more
Actual rating: 1.5 - rounded up because I am apparently RIDICULOUSLY nice.

This book had promise. It seemed like it was going to be really cool. A girl who gets pulled into other people's dreams? Count me in.

Until I opened the book. It is broken up into this weird diary-esque style. Some sections have dates, some have times, some have dates and times. It is very inconsistent and it doesn't make for writing that flows.

And then it is written in third-person. OK, who has ever heard of a third-person diary?

The third point of the writing style that bothered me so much took me about 1/4 of the book to figure out. I couldn't put my finger on it. Something was off. And then it hit me like a lightning bolt. Present tense. The book is written in freaking PRESENT TENSE!

And then there is the story itself. It fell SO flat that I was just feeling very blah. I mean, with a main character named "Janie" can you really expect great things? The dream-sucking thing doesn't play much of an integral part, and there is this weird don't do drugs message and supblot added.

Oh, had to edit this to add. The romance? So forced. Nice break from the OMG I LOVE HIM I NEED HIM NOW mentality in most YA, but it went too far the other way and was forced and flat.

So overall? Big letdown. Will not be continuing with this series.more
Interesting concept--girl gets sucked into everyone else's dreams, whoever else is dreaming nearby. She can't control it, and people have some really strange dreams. But this book never gets beyond a cursory examination of that idea--it's just a long parade of setup with no payoff. Nothing happens. There's no explanation for what her gift (curse?) is, or how it happened, but eventually there's a dead woman who appears and tells her it's okay, and an implication that it will all be sorted out in the second book.

Which I won't be reading.more
Janie was 8 years old when she discovered that when she is close to someone who is asleep, she gets sucked into the dreams. She slowly starts to learn more about how to control it and then she meets Cabel who can speak to her in his dreams and remember it. Janie has never told anyone what she can do, nor even her mother, but is forced to told Cabel after he sees Janie getting paralyzed while getting into a dream. She gets to know Cabel better and learns that he is hiding something.

I hadn’t read many reviews about this before reading it and had vague idea about what’s it about. And what a mistake that was.

I had problems with the writing style which was choppy and there was lots of short sentences one after another and there’s date and time told when everything happens.

She sees it, vividly.
Cabel, leaving the house. Slamming the door.
The man on the steps, yelling. Following.
The punch to Cabel’s face.
The lighter fluid to his belly.
The fire and screaming.
The transformation.
pg. 168

It grew old very quickly and plainly started to annoy me pretty soon. It also made it sound like children’s book more than ya book. Actually my friend saw me reading it and seeing how the pages looked said that it looks like children’s book.

I absolutely loved that after reading few books from library about dreaming of course solves all the problems and she learns all about her gift and all. Why is it never that easy in real life? And the twist near the end is the most ridiculous and so not needed in long time I’ve read.

I believe this is the first in a trilogy but I’m not planning to read the rest. This was more than enough for me.more
different but it was interesting. i liked enough to continue the series.more
The summary of this novel had me really excited. I was prepared for a page-turning adventure about a girl that is able to be pulled in to the dreams of others. I was sadly disappointed. I understand the author of this novel wanted to be different and try to tell Janie's story in a manner that would give us the most insight into her life. I tried to overlook it, I really did. It is a NYT Bestseller, for crying out loud-- it MUST be good! Unfortunately, I was unable to embrace the format in which the story is told. For me, it was too choppy and inconsistent. I'm sure, if told another way, it would be an amazing novel. For me, it just failed to grab my interest.more
I wasn't sure when I started this book if I would like it, but I loved it. I read the entire book in a day. I love the interaction between Janie and Cabel. I love the story line in general. I was so interested in the story that I kept on reading the next book.It's rare for me to read the entirety of a book, much less two books in one day.more
I’ve seen this book on the shelves at libraries and bookstores for quite some time now. I finally picked it up, and I’m really glad that I did. Wake is an interesting story of a girl who falls into people’s dreams. I’ve always been fascinated by dreams, so the concept of the book really appealed to me. I wasn’t disappointed.Wake is not a long, drawn out story. It’s short and simple, but still deep enough to let you connect with the characters that matter – Janie and Cabel. I love Janie. She’s so real. She faces hardships that people go through every day, but she doesn’t whine about it. She finds a way to get through it while dealing with a strange psychic ability. That ability gets a little easier to deal with since she has Cabel. I love their relationship.This book has a steady rhythm and flows rather smoothly. McMann’s style is addictive. I would really love it if there were more books written like this. There are no major plot twists or real surprises, but it keeps a reader hooked. Wake is just a clear, concise novel that kept me entertained and left me satisfied. I enjoyed the story and the characters.I can’t wait to read the sequel.more
Talk about nightmares. Seventeen-year-old Janie is pulled into other people’s dreams. Sounds cool, except the dreams are usually the powerful, anxiety-ridden kind, and they make Janie blackout where ever she happens to be. When Janie starts seeing a really psycho nightmare that gives her a starring role, she needs to figure out whose it is and how to stop it.Wake is a fun, fast-paced book which will keep you up at night reading.McMann really knows how create great characters. Janie, with her unusual talent, is likeable and believable. Her plot is engrossing, and the romance is not typical. In fact, her hero has won a little following all his own. My only complaint is that the book isn’t incredibly deep. I love stories with layers, and Wake is very straightforward. But all in all, it is still a very enjoyable read.And it’s the start of a trilogy, so if you like this one, there are more…more
Ehhh. Ok, so I didn't really like this book. The idea was interesting enough. However, I didn't particularly like any of the characters... I didn't much care what happened to any of them. I thought the most interesting parts of the book were the best friend's past and the pasts of the people in the nursing home. Too many things and situations just seemed forced. There were so many misunderstandings that were completely ridiculous. I also thought it was rather anticlimactic. I do have to admit though, that my opinion of Wake may be skewed because I started it just after finishing The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting and Heist Society by Ally Carter. (Both of which were incredible.) I almost wish I had read this one first, as I think I would have enjoyed it slightly more. (I'm not normally a super picky reader.)more
WAKE by Lisa McMann is an interesting mix of paranormal romance and mystery. The structure of the novel is set up like a police report. Instead of chapters, there are dates and times that distinguish the different events. Also, it's written in third person present, which I rarely see. All these things make the book stand out even before getting into the real plot.Janie Hannigan can slip into others' dreams. She may not want to, but if she's nearby when they fall into a dream, she gets sucked in too. I thought this concept was very original. The way it is handled in the novel is excellent. Janie fights to stay out of the dreams, but she just can't do it. Then, we come to the mystery of Cabel. Cabel has horrifying dreams that Janie can't forget. The mystery of his story is just as intriguing as Janie's personal struggle. Plus, Cabel's a great guy you can root for, right along with Janie.While I really enjoyed WAKE, I thought some of the side characters were a little one-dimensional. I would have liked them to be a bit more fleshed out. Overall, worth a read.more
3.5 stars that I decided to round up instead of down because I really thought this book got really good towards the end. I thought the premise was good but through the first half of the book, I got a bit bored. The second half picked up and I enjoyed the Janie and Cabel relationship quite a bit.So on to the review. Wake is about a girl who has the uncontrollable ability to enter peoples dreams when they fall asleep in her vicinity. This is really hindering her relationships with friends since sleepovers are not something she can handle. Janie doesn't want to know whhat her friends dream. She hasn't been able to tell anyone her secret, especially not her alcholic mother who could care less really. The story progresses quite fast until we get to Janie's senior year and things get interesting. Janie gets involved with brooding Cabel but things take a turn when she inadvertanly wanders into Cabel's horrible nightmare. Quick easy read (read it about 3 hours) and its hard to write a blurb about the book since I'm not a publisher, but the only other thing I can say is that I think this is a great YA read. Much better than the others out there and I know that I will continue the story and see how Janie hones her "dreamcatcher" skills and what becomes of her and Cabel. The fact that I actually care about that says a lot about the progression as a couple in this book.more
I loved this book, despite the author's choppy writing style in various points in the book. Where this story really got me, was when Janie confronted Cabel about the burns he suffered at the hands of his father. I loved the twists, and I'm glad Cabe was finally revealed to be one of the good guys. Can't wait to read the second book. Definitely going to buy this series!more
Good book, leaves you wanting more!more
When I first started reading, I didn't think I was going to like this. I had to get used to the writing with all the short sentences. I got confused at times, when sometimes I was thinking the book was written in first person. Sometimes it would switch to what Cabel was doing and seeing instead of Janie, and I was just confused at times and had to go back and reread. Also in the beginning, I felt like there were some information that wasn't needed for the plot, but that could also be picked up later in the series.But other than that, I really liked this book! Janie comes from a poor family. It's just her and her alcoholic mother. Janie is trying her hardest to try and save money so she can go to college. She would work as many hours as she could at the nursing home she worked at along with trying to get good grades at school and trying to understand her power. I really admired that about her. I wish I had that kind of motivation.I absolutely loved Cabel and Mrs. Stubin. I would love to say more about them, but I don't want to get too deep into the book.The book was an easy read, which was very refreshing for me. I was interested all the way till the last page. I couldn't put this book down. When something ended, something else would pick back up and I just had to find out what was gonna happen next. I will definitely be buying the next book in this series.more
I had read Cryer’s Cross by Lisa McMann as soon as it came out and really enjoyed it. I have wanted to start her Dream Catcher series since then, but just never gotten around to it until now. I borrowed Wake from the library, read it in a day, then went and bought all three of them in paperback.Wake is the story of Janie. If she is a certain number of feet near someone who is sleeping, she will go into their dreams and nightmares. She can not control this and she can’t stop it. One day she appears in the nightmare of Cabe, who has repeating dreams of being burned alive then murdering his attacker. Janie is terrified but also wants to know more about Cabe and be able to help him. The two of them begin a friendship and Cabe learns what’s going on with Janie, which is something she has never told anyone.I loved both Cade and Janie. They were great characters who have been through a lot and they are both able to help the other heal. I was glad that Cade finally had someone to open up to about his past and Janie was finally able to tell someone about her strange ability.McMann had my attention from page one. The plot was quick and exciting and I loved how she brought to lonely, pained teenagers together. Wake was overall a great read and I can not wait to read Fade and Gone!more
WAKE, by Lisa McMann, was a thought-provoking, edge of your seat thriller that will keep you wanting more. The idea of unwillingly witnessing the deepest and darkest secrets of friends, family, even strangers, was intoxicating to read.I enjoyed the diary-like structure of this book. It helped create a timeline that was easy to follow and straightforward during the flashbacks and flash-forwards of Janie's life and her unusual gift. Also the quick and short sentence structure was strange at first but I really enjoyed this new approach. I felt like the story was always moving without too much fluff and descriptions to interrupt.This was the first young adult book I have read that has dealt with issues of poverty and inadequate family life. I felt a deep connection with Janie and her social situation. She did not have a lot of money and her mother was an alcoholic, but she persevered and had the drive to become something more. I think she is a great role model for teens by showing that anyone can make something of themselves no matter what his/her home or monetary situation is.Janie was definitely a force to be reckoned with. She achieved amazing grades and skillfully dealt with her more privileged classmates who taunted her. But she held the upper hand when it came to knowing everyone around her on an unspoken level. Janie endured the sick, twisted, and hilarious fantasy's of those who fell asleep in her presence. She knew more about these people then even they dared to understand. I enjoyed Janie's ability and desire to control it, it definitely made this story one of a kind.Janie and Cabel were such an unlikely pair. They grew up in the same school but never really got to know each other until a string of events pulled them together. The way McMann portrayed Cabel as a mysterious but alluring boy made my heart quicken with anticipation of who he really was.This book was phenomenal and exhilarating. I cannot wait to read the continuation of Janie's story in FADE and GONE.more
Mini Book Review: Delightfully unique quick read, that once I cracked the spine could not put down -- and I was sick. Loved the idea of going into peoples dreams and loved that Janie wasn't a love sick angsty teen. I am really looking forward to reading the rest of the trilogy. A realistic portrayal of teens in that they swear, have sex and drink. I was a teen once, I did that stuff, why do we want to deny that they do this, lets just help them keep safe while they do it. (Sorry off my high horse now - I'm sick and not at my best) I won't lie, the writing was a little choppy and not much in terms of character development, but I think it worked well for the story. It's just a good light story - go get yourself a copy, now off to hopefully get the next book in the series from Kiera - she's gotta have it. This really would be a good one for reluctant teen readers. 3.5 Dewey'sI purchased this at Indigomore
I actually rate this book three and a half stars.This is a super quick and super easy, but pretty decent read. I think it took me three hours total to read it. The sections are so small that they keep you reading. I found myself thinking, oh I'll just read another half a page, and then when I read it, oh this next section is short too... until I found that I propelled through this book.The writitng style of this book is broken and jagged, much like the dream state itself. I was not sure how I felt about it at first, but by the end of the book I didn't mind it. The story line was interesting. There weren't very many fully developed characters, but I think that is more because of the writing style than lack of ability. Although the sentences are short and not terribly descriptive for the most part, the dreams are descriptive. There are a few questions I would like answered, but hopefully I will find my answers in the next in this series. All in all I would recommend it for people who are looking for a decent light read.more
Okay, when I started to read this I started to get worried because I wasn't getting into the story. I've heard some pretty good things about this book and as a fan of all things concerning Dreams, I knew that I needed to check out this book. With that said, I am glad that this book did not disappoint! It wasn't AMAZING but it certainly was REALLY GOOD! The dreams that Janie is pulled into because of her "gift" were strange (like most dreams) but there were also a few others that really fascinated and creeped me out. I was worried that the book would only be about the dreams but when Janie started to get to know Cabel, the strange kid at school who has the freaky nightmares, the story just started to go into another direction, which I wasn't expecting but it turned out GREAT! I am excited to read the next book in this series!more
Love this trilogy! Although this book certainly isn't in the running for a Printz award, it somehow keeps you drawn into it! A bit of mystery, paranormal, thriller, and serious issues - a great mix. Can't wait to read the rest!more
This was an easy read. I finished it in 3 hours. I enjoyed it, it kept me interested. The relationship between Janie & Cabel was strange but ended up just right. Especially after you find out that they share the experience of having horrible parents. Janie's mom made me sad. Great bookmore
First Line: Janie Hannagan's math book slips from her fingers.Seventeen-year-old Janie Hannagan lives on the fringe in more ways than one. Janie lives with her mom, an alcoholic, and at an early age, Janie learned that she was responsible for her own welfare. And if she's near anyone when she falls asleep, she gets sucked into their dreams. It's all to invasive-- and all too same old, same old. She's trying to save money for college and works at a nursing home. She likes working there; old people usually don't sleep soundly enough to dream.She can't tell anyone about this ability that she can't control. They'd think she was a freak. So when she falls into a particularly gruesome nightmare in which she's a participant as well as a witness, she has no idea what she's going to do.This book is fast-paced and almost immediately hooked me. Janie is a very sympathetic character, and it was easy to get emotionally involved as she tries so desperately to stay out of other peoples' dreams. I'm looking forward to following this series to see what happens to her next.more
I really liked this book. The language made me give it only 4 stars, but other than the F word here and there, this was a good book. I liked the concept of going into peoples dreams. I did feel that the male Character did fall in love with her a little fast. Will be reading the next two books to see where they go.more
Not all dreams are sweet. For seventeen-year-old Janie, getting sucked into other people's dreams is getting old. Especially the falling dreams, the naked-but-nobody-notices dreams, and the sex-crazed dreams. Janie's seen enough fantasy booty to last her a lifetime. She can't tell anybody about what she does -- they'd never believe her, or worse, they'd think she's a freak. So Janie lives on the fringe, cursed with an ability she doesn't want and can't control.Then she falls into a gruesome nightmare, one that chills her to the bone. For the first time, Janie is more than a witness to someone else's twisted psyche. She is a participant....This is actually quite a sweet story. Surprised? I certainly was. The gruesome nightmare wasn't particularly gruesome either. The story focuses on Janie, how she copes seeing other people's dreams. The writing style is unique, written in diary format and very engaging. You follow Janie has she copes with her alcoholic mother, lesbian friends and confusing relationships. While doing this she tries to find ways to pull herself out of dreams and while doing so learns that she can help people with their dreams too. Despite not getting what I was expecting after reading the back of the book, I still really enjoyed this. I will be reading the next book very soon!more
Author: Lisa McMannPages: 224Source: Purchased from Barnes and NobleSeries or Standalone?: 1st book in seriesNot all dreams are sweet.For seventeen-year-old Janie, getting sucked into other people's dreams is getting old. Especially the falling dreams, the naked-but-nobody- notices dreams, and the sex-crazed dreams. Janie's seen enough fantasy booty to last her a lifetime.She can't tell anybody about what she does -- they'd never believe her, or worse, they'd think she's a freak. So Janie lives on the fringe, cursed with an ability she doesn't want and can't control.Then she falls into a gruesome nightmare, one that chills her to the bone. For the first time, Janie is more than a witness to someone else's twisted psyche. She is a participant....* * *Wake revolves around Janie, who has been able to step into people’s dreams since she was eight… whether she wants to or not. I thought Janie was a great protagonist. She had been forced to grow up quickly and become almost entirely self-sufficient. Her mother was an alcoholic, and she had never even met her dad. And she had been further hardened by having to endure everyone else’s nightmares, along with her own.This book had a very interesting premise, a story about dream catchers, but instead, it took a different turn than what I thought it would be. Instead of paranormal, it leaned more to the crime/mystery side.The story is told in short, clipped sentences, so if you are a reader who likes meaty books with description, this definitely isn’t for you. I myself wasn’t too fond of it, but after a while I got used to it. Because of the short narrative style, there isn’t much room for character development. As a result, the only memorable characters are Janie and Cabel, and of course, Captain, just because of her sheer absurdity.Cabel is an interesting character. He’s not your normal hunky doodle. Nope. He freaking works for the cops! How cool, yet weird, is that? But he’s got his own demons too, and scars (literally), that Janie helps him face.It’s a good, quick, face-paced read. Definitely for fans of mystery and crime novels, and even some not-so-hardcore paranormal fans.Other books in this series:Fade (2nd book)Gone (3rd book)Other books by this author:Cryer’s Cross (UNRELEASED)Plot: 3/5Cover: 3.5/5Writing: 3/5Uniqueness: 4/5Characters: 5/5more
Far fetched but interesting storyline. Well written.more
Wake is about a girl, named Janie who falls into other people's dreams. Unlike most books I've read, it's written in present tense. I thought that was pretty cool. I loved this book. I couldn't put it down.more
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Not totally world-changing, but you could recommend this to teens who liked Twilight--it's "romantic and dramatic" as one girl asked me for.
And it's not as cringey.

Basic plot: a girl gets sucked into people's dreams if they fall asleep near her. This is a problem during high school of course because everyone is sleep-deprived. (ask me sometime to give you my whole rant about how teenagers would be so much less horrible if they didn't have to get up practically in the middle of the night to go to school)

Anyway, there is also a boy! And terrible parents! And mean rich kids!

The dialogue is pretty unbelievable, but you know, whatever.more
An extremely quick read thanks in part to the many small sections, Wake is the story of Janie Hannagan - a seventeen-year-old who slips in and out of other people's dreams. This volume is mostly setup for what looks like it will be a series or trilogy, so we're mainly introduced to the conceit and the characters. There's enough intrigue to keep us involved though as Janie struggles to control her "dream catching" and figure out what's going on with her would-be love interest Cabel who has the scariest dreams she's ever seen and is rumored to be a drug dealer. Terrible parenting is rife amongst the main characters, leaving most of the teens completely unsupervised which will appeal to the intended teen audience. Easy access to alcohol and other drugs seems to be standard as well. The second volume, Fade is already out and I'm looking forward to speeding through it as well. This would be an excellent read-alike for fans of Meg Cabot's Mediator and 1-800-WHERE-R-YOU series.more
Before I start this one, just know that I LIKED IT. I don't love it as much as many of my Goodreads friends but this could be because I started out listening to this and finished the last 30-40 pages in book form. I'm glad I did so because I can say that I liked this book loads more in audio format. I'm fairly sure the writing style just wasn't doing it for me.

You know when you are trying to write a paper for school and you are a couple pages short? You start playing around with the margins, change the font around, block quote a few times, and ta-da! You're suddenly at the length requirement. That's what this book felt like--a substandard research paper. Sure, it was enjoyable but when you hold it up against other YA lit, it falls short because it's missing something. (40 more pages)The central characters were well done but the brevity of the book made me want more in terms of plot development and several of the side characters were brought up but they didn't add much nor do we learn much about them. Frustrating. Also, though I enjoyed the development of Janie and Cabel's relationship, it was lacking the attraction for me.

The pacing is lightning speed--I think someone could read this in an hour and a half, no joke. I'll finish this series because the story is interesting and it won't take much time. Honestly, though, I'm sorry to say I could really take it or leave it.more
Actual rating: 1.5 - rounded up because I am apparently RIDICULOUSLY nice.

This book had promise. It seemed like it was going to be really cool. A girl who gets pulled into other people's dreams? Count me in.

Until I opened the book. It is broken up into this weird diary-esque style. Some sections have dates, some have times, some have dates and times. It is very inconsistent and it doesn't make for writing that flows.

And then it is written in third-person. OK, who has ever heard of a third-person diary?

The third point of the writing style that bothered me so much took me about 1/4 of the book to figure out. I couldn't put my finger on it. Something was off. And then it hit me like a lightning bolt. Present tense. The book is written in freaking PRESENT TENSE!

And then there is the story itself. It fell SO flat that I was just feeling very blah. I mean, with a main character named "Janie" can you really expect great things? The dream-sucking thing doesn't play much of an integral part, and there is this weird don't do drugs message and supblot added.

Oh, had to edit this to add. The romance? So forced. Nice break from the OMG I LOVE HIM I NEED HIM NOW mentality in most YA, but it went too far the other way and was forced and flat.

So overall? Big letdown. Will not be continuing with this series.more
Interesting concept--girl gets sucked into everyone else's dreams, whoever else is dreaming nearby. She can't control it, and people have some really strange dreams. But this book never gets beyond a cursory examination of that idea--it's just a long parade of setup with no payoff. Nothing happens. There's no explanation for what her gift (curse?) is, or how it happened, but eventually there's a dead woman who appears and tells her it's okay, and an implication that it will all be sorted out in the second book.

Which I won't be reading.more
Janie was 8 years old when she discovered that when she is close to someone who is asleep, she gets sucked into the dreams. She slowly starts to learn more about how to control it and then she meets Cabel who can speak to her in his dreams and remember it. Janie has never told anyone what she can do, nor even her mother, but is forced to told Cabel after he sees Janie getting paralyzed while getting into a dream. She gets to know Cabel better and learns that he is hiding something.

I hadn’t read many reviews about this before reading it and had vague idea about what’s it about. And what a mistake that was.

I had problems with the writing style which was choppy and there was lots of short sentences one after another and there’s date and time told when everything happens.

She sees it, vividly.
Cabel, leaving the house. Slamming the door.
The man on the steps, yelling. Following.
The punch to Cabel’s face.
The lighter fluid to his belly.
The fire and screaming.
The transformation.
pg. 168

It grew old very quickly and plainly started to annoy me pretty soon. It also made it sound like children’s book more than ya book. Actually my friend saw me reading it and seeing how the pages looked said that it looks like children’s book.

I absolutely loved that after reading few books from library about dreaming of course solves all the problems and she learns all about her gift and all. Why is it never that easy in real life? And the twist near the end is the most ridiculous and so not needed in long time I’ve read.

I believe this is the first in a trilogy but I’m not planning to read the rest. This was more than enough for me.more
different but it was interesting. i liked enough to continue the series.more
The summary of this novel had me really excited. I was prepared for a page-turning adventure about a girl that is able to be pulled in to the dreams of others. I was sadly disappointed. I understand the author of this novel wanted to be different and try to tell Janie's story in a manner that would give us the most insight into her life. I tried to overlook it, I really did. It is a NYT Bestseller, for crying out loud-- it MUST be good! Unfortunately, I was unable to embrace the format in which the story is told. For me, it was too choppy and inconsistent. I'm sure, if told another way, it would be an amazing novel. For me, it just failed to grab my interest.more
I wasn't sure when I started this book if I would like it, but I loved it. I read the entire book in a day. I love the interaction between Janie and Cabel. I love the story line in general. I was so interested in the story that I kept on reading the next book.It's rare for me to read the entirety of a book, much less two books in one day.more
I’ve seen this book on the shelves at libraries and bookstores for quite some time now. I finally picked it up, and I’m really glad that I did. Wake is an interesting story of a girl who falls into people’s dreams. I’ve always been fascinated by dreams, so the concept of the book really appealed to me. I wasn’t disappointed.Wake is not a long, drawn out story. It’s short and simple, but still deep enough to let you connect with the characters that matter – Janie and Cabel. I love Janie. She’s so real. She faces hardships that people go through every day, but she doesn’t whine about it. She finds a way to get through it while dealing with a strange psychic ability. That ability gets a little easier to deal with since she has Cabel. I love their relationship.This book has a steady rhythm and flows rather smoothly. McMann’s style is addictive. I would really love it if there were more books written like this. There are no major plot twists or real surprises, but it keeps a reader hooked. Wake is just a clear, concise novel that kept me entertained and left me satisfied. I enjoyed the story and the characters.I can’t wait to read the sequel.more
Talk about nightmares. Seventeen-year-old Janie is pulled into other people’s dreams. Sounds cool, except the dreams are usually the powerful, anxiety-ridden kind, and they make Janie blackout where ever she happens to be. When Janie starts seeing a really psycho nightmare that gives her a starring role, she needs to figure out whose it is and how to stop it.Wake is a fun, fast-paced book which will keep you up at night reading.McMann really knows how create great characters. Janie, with her unusual talent, is likeable and believable. Her plot is engrossing, and the romance is not typical. In fact, her hero has won a little following all his own. My only complaint is that the book isn’t incredibly deep. I love stories with layers, and Wake is very straightforward. But all in all, it is still a very enjoyable read.And it’s the start of a trilogy, so if you like this one, there are more…more
Ehhh. Ok, so I didn't really like this book. The idea was interesting enough. However, I didn't particularly like any of the characters... I didn't much care what happened to any of them. I thought the most interesting parts of the book were the best friend's past and the pasts of the people in the nursing home. Too many things and situations just seemed forced. There were so many misunderstandings that were completely ridiculous. I also thought it was rather anticlimactic. I do have to admit though, that my opinion of Wake may be skewed because I started it just after finishing The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting and Heist Society by Ally Carter. (Both of which were incredible.) I almost wish I had read this one first, as I think I would have enjoyed it slightly more. (I'm not normally a super picky reader.)more
WAKE by Lisa McMann is an interesting mix of paranormal romance and mystery. The structure of the novel is set up like a police report. Instead of chapters, there are dates and times that distinguish the different events. Also, it's written in third person present, which I rarely see. All these things make the book stand out even before getting into the real plot.Janie Hannigan can slip into others' dreams. She may not want to, but if she's nearby when they fall into a dream, she gets sucked in too. I thought this concept was very original. The way it is handled in the novel is excellent. Janie fights to stay out of the dreams, but she just can't do it. Then, we come to the mystery of Cabel. Cabel has horrifying dreams that Janie can't forget. The mystery of his story is just as intriguing as Janie's personal struggle. Plus, Cabel's a great guy you can root for, right along with Janie.While I really enjoyed WAKE, I thought some of the side characters were a little one-dimensional. I would have liked them to be a bit more fleshed out. Overall, worth a read.more
3.5 stars that I decided to round up instead of down because I really thought this book got really good towards the end. I thought the premise was good but through the first half of the book, I got a bit bored. The second half picked up and I enjoyed the Janie and Cabel relationship quite a bit.So on to the review. Wake is about a girl who has the uncontrollable ability to enter peoples dreams when they fall asleep in her vicinity. This is really hindering her relationships with friends since sleepovers are not something she can handle. Janie doesn't want to know whhat her friends dream. She hasn't been able to tell anyone her secret, especially not her alcholic mother who could care less really. The story progresses quite fast until we get to Janie's senior year and things get interesting. Janie gets involved with brooding Cabel but things take a turn when she inadvertanly wanders into Cabel's horrible nightmare. Quick easy read (read it about 3 hours) and its hard to write a blurb about the book since I'm not a publisher, but the only other thing I can say is that I think this is a great YA read. Much better than the others out there and I know that I will continue the story and see how Janie hones her "dreamcatcher" skills and what becomes of her and Cabel. The fact that I actually care about that says a lot about the progression as a couple in this book.more
I loved this book, despite the author's choppy writing style in various points in the book. Where this story really got me, was when Janie confronted Cabel about the burns he suffered at the hands of his father. I loved the twists, and I'm glad Cabe was finally revealed to be one of the good guys. Can't wait to read the second book. Definitely going to buy this series!more
Good book, leaves you wanting more!more
When I first started reading, I didn't think I was going to like this. I had to get used to the writing with all the short sentences. I got confused at times, when sometimes I was thinking the book was written in first person. Sometimes it would switch to what Cabel was doing and seeing instead of Janie, and I was just confused at times and had to go back and reread. Also in the beginning, I felt like there were some information that wasn't needed for the plot, but that could also be picked up later in the series.But other than that, I really liked this book! Janie comes from a poor family. It's just her and her alcoholic mother. Janie is trying her hardest to try and save money so she can go to college. She would work as many hours as she could at the nursing home she worked at along with trying to get good grades at school and trying to understand her power. I really admired that about her. I wish I had that kind of motivation.I absolutely loved Cabel and Mrs. Stubin. I would love to say more about them, but I don't want to get too deep into the book.The book was an easy read, which was very refreshing for me. I was interested all the way till the last page. I couldn't put this book down. When something ended, something else would pick back up and I just had to find out what was gonna happen next. I will definitely be buying the next book in this series.more
I had read Cryer’s Cross by Lisa McMann as soon as it came out and really enjoyed it. I have wanted to start her Dream Catcher series since then, but just never gotten around to it until now. I borrowed Wake from the library, read it in a day, then went and bought all three of them in paperback.Wake is the story of Janie. If she is a certain number of feet near someone who is sleeping, she will go into their dreams and nightmares. She can not control this and she can’t stop it. One day she appears in the nightmare of Cabe, who has repeating dreams of being burned alive then murdering his attacker. Janie is terrified but also wants to know more about Cabe and be able to help him. The two of them begin a friendship and Cabe learns what’s going on with Janie, which is something she has never told anyone.I loved both Cade and Janie. They were great characters who have been through a lot and they are both able to help the other heal. I was glad that Cade finally had someone to open up to about his past and Janie was finally able to tell someone about her strange ability.McMann had my attention from page one. The plot was quick and exciting and I loved how she brought to lonely, pained teenagers together. Wake was overall a great read and I can not wait to read Fade and Gone!more
WAKE, by Lisa McMann, was a thought-provoking, edge of your seat thriller that will keep you wanting more. The idea of unwillingly witnessing the deepest and darkest secrets of friends, family, even strangers, was intoxicating to read.I enjoyed the diary-like structure of this book. It helped create a timeline that was easy to follow and straightforward during the flashbacks and flash-forwards of Janie's life and her unusual gift. Also the quick and short sentence structure was strange at first but I really enjoyed this new approach. I felt like the story was always moving without too much fluff and descriptions to interrupt.This was the first young adult book I have read that has dealt with issues of poverty and inadequate family life. I felt a deep connection with Janie and her social situation. She did not have a lot of money and her mother was an alcoholic, but she persevered and had the drive to become something more. I think she is a great role model for teens by showing that anyone can make something of themselves no matter what his/her home or monetary situation is.Janie was definitely a force to be reckoned with. She achieved amazing grades and skillfully dealt with her more privileged classmates who taunted her. But she held the upper hand when it came to knowing everyone around her on an unspoken level. Janie endured the sick, twisted, and hilarious fantasy's of those who fell asleep in her presence. She knew more about these people then even they dared to understand. I enjoyed Janie's ability and desire to control it, it definitely made this story one of a kind.Janie and Cabel were such an unlikely pair. They grew up in the same school but never really got to know each other until a string of events pulled them together. The way McMann portrayed Cabel as a mysterious but alluring boy made my heart quicken with anticipation of who he really was.This book was phenomenal and exhilarating. I cannot wait to read the continuation of Janie's story in FADE and GONE.more
Mini Book Review: Delightfully unique quick read, that once I cracked the spine could not put down -- and I was sick. Loved the idea of going into peoples dreams and loved that Janie wasn't a love sick angsty teen. I am really looking forward to reading the rest of the trilogy. A realistic portrayal of teens in that they swear, have sex and drink. I was a teen once, I did that stuff, why do we want to deny that they do this, lets just help them keep safe while they do it. (Sorry off my high horse now - I'm sick and not at my best) I won't lie, the writing was a little choppy and not much in terms of character development, but I think it worked well for the story. It's just a good light story - go get yourself a copy, now off to hopefully get the next book in the series from Kiera - she's gotta have it. This really would be a good one for reluctant teen readers. 3.5 Dewey'sI purchased this at Indigomore
I actually rate this book three and a half stars.This is a super quick and super easy, but pretty decent read. I think it took me three hours total to read it. The sections are so small that they keep you reading. I found myself thinking, oh I'll just read another half a page, and then when I read it, oh this next section is short too... until I found that I propelled through this book.The writitng style of this book is broken and jagged, much like the dream state itself. I was not sure how I felt about it at first, but by the end of the book I didn't mind it. The story line was interesting. There weren't very many fully developed characters, but I think that is more because of the writing style than lack of ability. Although the sentences are short and not terribly descriptive for the most part, the dreams are descriptive. There are a few questions I would like answered, but hopefully I will find my answers in the next in this series. All in all I would recommend it for people who are looking for a decent light read.more
Okay, when I started to read this I started to get worried because I wasn't getting into the story. I've heard some pretty good things about this book and as a fan of all things concerning Dreams, I knew that I needed to check out this book. With that said, I am glad that this book did not disappoint! It wasn't AMAZING but it certainly was REALLY GOOD! The dreams that Janie is pulled into because of her "gift" were strange (like most dreams) but there were also a few others that really fascinated and creeped me out. I was worried that the book would only be about the dreams but when Janie started to get to know Cabel, the strange kid at school who has the freaky nightmares, the story just started to go into another direction, which I wasn't expecting but it turned out GREAT! I am excited to read the next book in this series!more
Love this trilogy! Although this book certainly isn't in the running for a Printz award, it somehow keeps you drawn into it! A bit of mystery, paranormal, thriller, and serious issues - a great mix. Can't wait to read the rest!more
This was an easy read. I finished it in 3 hours. I enjoyed it, it kept me interested. The relationship between Janie & Cabel was strange but ended up just right. Especially after you find out that they share the experience of having horrible parents. Janie's mom made me sad. Great bookmore
First Line: Janie Hannagan's math book slips from her fingers.Seventeen-year-old Janie Hannagan lives on the fringe in more ways than one. Janie lives with her mom, an alcoholic, and at an early age, Janie learned that she was responsible for her own welfare. And if she's near anyone when she falls asleep, she gets sucked into their dreams. It's all to invasive-- and all too same old, same old. She's trying to save money for college and works at a nursing home. She likes working there; old people usually don't sleep soundly enough to dream.She can't tell anyone about this ability that she can't control. They'd think she was a freak. So when she falls into a particularly gruesome nightmare in which she's a participant as well as a witness, she has no idea what she's going to do.This book is fast-paced and almost immediately hooked me. Janie is a very sympathetic character, and it was easy to get emotionally involved as she tries so desperately to stay out of other peoples' dreams. I'm looking forward to following this series to see what happens to her next.more
I really liked this book. The language made me give it only 4 stars, but other than the F word here and there, this was a good book. I liked the concept of going into peoples dreams. I did feel that the male Character did fall in love with her a little fast. Will be reading the next two books to see where they go.more
Not all dreams are sweet. For seventeen-year-old Janie, getting sucked into other people's dreams is getting old. Especially the falling dreams, the naked-but-nobody-notices dreams, and the sex-crazed dreams. Janie's seen enough fantasy booty to last her a lifetime. She can't tell anybody about what she does -- they'd never believe her, or worse, they'd think she's a freak. So Janie lives on the fringe, cursed with an ability she doesn't want and can't control.Then she falls into a gruesome nightmare, one that chills her to the bone. For the first time, Janie is more than a witness to someone else's twisted psyche. She is a participant....This is actually quite a sweet story. Surprised? I certainly was. The gruesome nightmare wasn't particularly gruesome either. The story focuses on Janie, how she copes seeing other people's dreams. The writing style is unique, written in diary format and very engaging. You follow Janie has she copes with her alcoholic mother, lesbian friends and confusing relationships. While doing this she tries to find ways to pull herself out of dreams and while doing so learns that she can help people with their dreams too. Despite not getting what I was expecting after reading the back of the book, I still really enjoyed this. I will be reading the next book very soon!more
Author: Lisa McMannPages: 224Source: Purchased from Barnes and NobleSeries or Standalone?: 1st book in seriesNot all dreams are sweet.For seventeen-year-old Janie, getting sucked into other people's dreams is getting old. Especially the falling dreams, the naked-but-nobody- notices dreams, and the sex-crazed dreams. Janie's seen enough fantasy booty to last her a lifetime.She can't tell anybody about what she does -- they'd never believe her, or worse, they'd think she's a freak. So Janie lives on the fringe, cursed with an ability she doesn't want and can't control.Then she falls into a gruesome nightmare, one that chills her to the bone. For the first time, Janie is more than a witness to someone else's twisted psyche. She is a participant....* * *Wake revolves around Janie, who has been able to step into people’s dreams since she was eight… whether she wants to or not. I thought Janie was a great protagonist. She had been forced to grow up quickly and become almost entirely self-sufficient. Her mother was an alcoholic, and she had never even met her dad. And she had been further hardened by having to endure everyone else’s nightmares, along with her own.This book had a very interesting premise, a story about dream catchers, but instead, it took a different turn than what I thought it would be. Instead of paranormal, it leaned more to the crime/mystery side.The story is told in short, clipped sentences, so if you are a reader who likes meaty books with description, this definitely isn’t for you. I myself wasn’t too fond of it, but after a while I got used to it. Because of the short narrative style, there isn’t much room for character development. As a result, the only memorable characters are Janie and Cabel, and of course, Captain, just because of her sheer absurdity.Cabel is an interesting character. He’s not your normal hunky doodle. Nope. He freaking works for the cops! How cool, yet weird, is that? But he’s got his own demons too, and scars (literally), that Janie helps him face.It’s a good, quick, face-paced read. Definitely for fans of mystery and crime novels, and even some not-so-hardcore paranormal fans.Other books in this series:Fade (2nd book)Gone (3rd book)Other books by this author:Cryer’s Cross (UNRELEASED)Plot: 3/5Cover: 3.5/5Writing: 3/5Uniqueness: 4/5Characters: 5/5more
Far fetched but interesting storyline. Well written.more
Wake is about a girl, named Janie who falls into other people's dreams. Unlike most books I've read, it's written in present tense. I thought that was pretty cool. I loved this book. I couldn't put it down.more
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