Lullaby Review

Title: Lullaby
Author: Amanda Hocking
Series: Watersong #2
Publishers: Tor
Publication Date: 06 December 2012
Source: Pan Macmillan South Africa
Format: Paperback
Pages: 292
Rating: 3.3 Stars
Reading Timeline: 02 September 2018 - 03 September 2018



Goodreads Synopsis:


Beautiful but deadly, their song won’t let her rest.

Gemma had to disappear with Penn, Lexi and Thea after a night of incredible violence on the island. She can still barely come to terms with her new affinity with the ocean – and the siren powers that go with it. Now she’s been transformed, Gemma has no choice but to leave all she loves behind. She swears she won’t lose her humanity, but the call of the sea is maddening and compulsive.

Harper won’t give up on her missing sister. The search draws her closer than she’d like to bohemian Daniel, but she could really use his help. They’d almost given up, until a small news item tells of a horrific murder in a nearby beach town, and Harper thinks she’s found the deadly group. But can Gemma’s curse be reversed – and what if she doesn’t want to come home



Book Review:
Pre-Reading Thoughts:

I really enjoyed reading Wake a couple of months ago (you can find my review here) and I am really intrigued in seeing where this series goes.

Thank you so much to Pan Macmillan South Africa for providing me with a copy of this book. Just a small disclaimer for those reading this review. I have received this book for free. Please note that this does affect my opinion in any way. All thoughts are my own.

Writing Thoughts:

Hocking's writing in this book didn't really capture my attention. It felt like the writing was struggling to pull me in. The pacing was good and made itself well known as I moved through the book quickly but I felt as if it lacked the little extras. I missed some of the details that usually pull me into her books.

Plot Thoughts:

The plot felt as if it was more for a filler novella than for an actual book. It seemed like nothing was truly happening on the pages. Overall, I think what did happen was significant but it can happen in a lot fewer pages. The exploration of the siren's curse was interesting and I think that how everyone comes together also speaks a lot of their character.

Character Thoughts:

This novel doesn't really explore the depth of Gemma's character. We get to see how she deals with certain things but beyond that, I didn't really feel any development on her part. I really enjoyed the chapters with Harper and the gang. A lot more seemed to be happening with them and we actually get to feel Harper's angst to some degree.

Final Thoughts:

Overall, the book wasn't that bad. I had some moments that I enjoyed but there were others that I felt indifferent towards. The writing wasn't as catchy as it usually is but the pacing was still on point helped to guide the reader through the tough moments. I thought that Hocking did a great job in developing Harper's character and her role in the story. Overall, I didn't mind this book. It has some merit to it and I am intrigued to see where the story goes from here. Thank you so much to Pan Macmillan South Africa for providing me with a copy of this book.

Yours in Reading,
Melleny

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