Fade (Wake Trilogy) by Lisa McMann

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Fade (Wake Trilogy) by Lisa McMann

Category: Teens
Rating: 4/5
Reviewer: Rose Corbyn-Smith
Reviewed by Rose Corbyn-Smith
Summary: I enjoyed this book, but not as much as Wake, the first in the trilogy.
Buy? Maybe Borrow? Yes
Pages: 272 Date: August 2010
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Books
ISBN: 978-1847387363

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Janie's story continues. Still unable to control her abilities as a dream catcher, her latest case is proving difficult. Somebody is preying on the students at Fieldridge and the violent and haunting nightmares that Janie has no choice but to watch yield few answers. Being forced to keep her relationship with Cabel secret is putting a serious strain on the pair, and when Janie learns of the terrible consequences of her powers, she wonders if Cabe is just one more of the many sacrifices she'll have to make.

I thought this was a strong sequel to Wake. It managed to keep all the elements of the first book that I enjoyed so much; the original plot, the tension and Janie's wonderfully deep character. I was once again instantly on Janie's side, facing the many hardships with her, really believing and feeling her emotions. Her relationship with Cabe felt real, and I loved Cabe. He was a total dream guy, with all the characteristics of a great book boyfriend; the tortured past, the sexy looks, how he cared for and looked after Janie. But his character felt a little flat - the story focused so much on Janie, Cabe became kind of one-dimensional; he became limited to just reacting to Janie, never having any plot or story of his own.

The plot was interesting and surprising: things happened that I really didn't expect. The development of Janie's abilities and relationship with her dead mentor, Martha Stubin added a much darker tone to the ending, so I'm really looking forward to seeing how that plays out.

I'm not sure whether I like Lisa McMann's writing style; the clipped sentences work well with my idea of Janie's character, but that means that there is no gorgeous descriptions or smooth, flowing passages, which is something a lot of other paranormal romances include by the bucketful. That's one of the reasons why I've suggested borrowing rather than buying this book; it's not the type you'd want to read over and over again. That aside, it's a really original read that I did enjoy, and I will be looking out for Gone, the final book of the Wake Trilogy.

I'd like to thank the publishers for sending a copy to The Bookbag.

Recommendations: If you enjoyed this, then I'd suggest the Midnighter's Trilogy by Scott Westerfeld.

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