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Gone: A Wake Trilogy Novel – Lisa McMann
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December 20, 2010 posted by Kiona

Gone: A Wake Trilogy Novel – Lisa McMann

“He reaches toward her, his fingers black and bloody, his eyes deranged, unblinking. Janie is paralyzed. His cold hands reach around her neck, squeezing tight, tighter, until Janie has no breath left. She’s unable to move, unable to think. As his grasp tightens further around Janie’s neck, his face turns sickly alabaster. He strains harder and begins to shake.

Janie is dying.

She has no fight left in her.

It’s over.”

Gone is the startling conclusion to the Wake series. It picks up not too long after Fade, with Janie and Cabe enjoying a lazy vacation with Cabel’s family. But Janie is still haunted by the things she read in the green notebook. Her fears only multiply as she finally meets her father…as he is dying in the hospital from some sort of brain tumor.

Gone is the most difficult book in the series to read. Janie is forced to make many difficult decisions and seeing the pain she goes through is heart-wrenching. As before, Cabe is there for her through it all, but this book largely departs from the romance of the previous two and focuses more on Janie’s inner struggles.

This book ended up being my least favorite in the series. Not because of how depressing it is, though. I found that aspect very realistic and it is refreshing to read a book where everything doesn’t fall into place for the heroine. Janie is legitimately faced with a tough decision and that doesn’t just go away because she finds her Prince Charming.

What I do dislike, though, is the way Janie acts in the book. I understand that she’s frightened and that she faces two terrible options. But in the process of trying to decide what’s best for herself, she strings Caleb along. She knows she has to let him go, but she doesn’t want to, so she ends up sending him mixed signals, at times pushing him away and at times pulling him closer. Though this is believable, it can be annoying to read about and goes on for too long. At one point, I just wanted to shake Janie and tell her to make her decision. Similarly, Caleb also refuses to address his problems, which seems ridiculous given the strong relationship they’ve been cultivating.

Beside that, I enjoyed learning more about Janie’s roots. Her father is very interesting and provides missing pieces to the puzzle that is Janie’s life. I am glad we also get to learn more about Janie’s mother. She becomes a real person instead of just the strange drunken woman in the bedroom.

This book is a little more quiet than the first two. The only conflict is Janie’s. There’s no outside adventure or forces that Janie and Caleb must fight against. The dreams are fewer and exist solely to help Janie, rather than allowing her a chance to help others. The ending is satisfying, though bittersweet. Gone really brings the Wake series full-circle and provides a definitive conclusion, but leaves the reader feeling like it was the right time. Though it’s sad to leave Janie’s world once and for all, she is on a clear path to the best future she can manage.

Pages: 224
Publication Date: February 2010
Rating : ★★★½☆

Teaser Quote: “I just need some time and – and some space. For a little while. At least until something happens with Henry. Okay?” She tilts her head up. Meets his eyes again. They stand there, face-to-face, each studying the other.

Fade: A Wake Trilogy Novel – Lisa McMann
Book Reviews
February 8, 2010 posted by Nikki

Fade: A Wake Trilogy Novel – Lisa McMann

Some nightmares never end.

For Janie and Cabel, real life is getting tougher than the dreams. They’re just trying to carve out a little (secret) time together, but no such luck.

Disturbing things are happening at Fieldridge High, yet nobody’s talking. When Janie taps into a classmate’s violent nightmares, the case finally breaks open – but nothing goes as planned. Not even close. Janie’s in way over her head, and Cabe’s shocking behavior has grave consequences for them both.

Worse yet, Janie learns the truth about herself and her ability – and its bleak. Seriously, brutally bleak. Not only is her fate as a dream catcher sealed, but what’s to come is way darker than she’d feared…

Janie has slotted into her new life as an undercover detective well. It seems to give her a sense of purpose, that her gift is being used for the greater good. But it does have its downsides – like not being able to be seen publicly with Cabe. They’ve been an item for a while now and they’ve never even been on a real date. Janie’s friends don’t know that she’s even involved with someone. That part really sucks.

But it’s necessary, and they both know it. That doesn’t make it any easier, though. Especially when Janie gets assigned to a case that entails Janie trying to seduce a teacher. Someone at Fieldridge High is doing the dirty with students, and Captain wants Janie to find out exactly who it is.

And Cabel hates every single second of the assignment. When Janie gets herself into a bit of trouble, Cabel does something that only adds to her already big pit of bad.

As if having to seduce her teacher wasn’t enough, Janie starts noticing that stuff with her body isn’t working quite right either. She does some digging and stumbles across a piece of information that breaks her already busted heart.

Although it’s only 248 pages long, a whole lot happens in this novel. Janie and Cabel take their relationship to several places of unchartered territory. I’m sure girls all over the country will swoon, scream in despair, sigh in relief, and throw their books against bedroom walls as the events unfold before their eyes.

McMann has mastered the art of ‘less is more’ and crafts her tale in surprisingly few words. Her writing style is unique, enjoyable, and more than a little addictive. The narrative moves along at an engaging pace and never once did I find myself wanting to skip over paragraphs, sentences, or even single words.

With just the right amount of romance, heartache and suspense, Fade is a real page-turner. I recommend that you set aside a block of time before beginning this one, though,  because once you start, there will be no stopping till you hit the end.

Janie and Cabel’s world is one that I love to lose myself in. I am one hundred per cent invested in their story and I can’t wait to see what happens next.

Publication year: 2009

Pages: 248

Rating:: ★★★★★

Teaser Quote:

“Are you familiar with these?”

Janie smiles, reaches inside her bag, and pulls out an identical package.

“Excellent.” Captain nods. “Cabel. What’s your job?”

“Watching in agony, sir.”

Captain supresses a smile.