Monday, February 25, 2013


The second book of the Wake Trilogy
By Lisa McMann

Cliff Notes
Janie found love, helped solve a case, and found a fellow Dream Catcher (a person who gets sucked into dreams) in the Wake. In Fade, she quits her job at the retirement center, and becomes a young detective with the police force. Captain Fran Komisky, of the police department, gets an anonymous call about a teacher at Fieldridge High who might be taking advantage of high school girls. Captain Komisky asks Janie to look into the allegations. As Janie takes the case she finds out that her deceased Dream Catcher friend, Miss Stubin, use to help out the Captain on cases. Janie is given Miss Sturbin notes and she discovers as she reads them the key to enhance her abilities as a Dream Catcher. While reading the notes Janie learns how to pull herself out of dreams, pause dreams, and how to scan for clues in dreams. As Janie is using her new found abilities she is discovering her eye sight is diminishing rapidly and the after effects of the dreams last longer.
Can Janie keep her love life, and solve a dangerous case while finding out the price it is to be a Dream Catcher?

My Skinny on the Fade.
Lisa McMann develops Janie into a strong main character. Janie slowly embraces her gift/curse, and allows Captian Komisky and Cabel to support her in her journey of being a new Dream Catcher.
A character that bugs me is Cabel, Janie's secret boyfriend. He is so moody and unreadable. Even though I understand he came from a abusive home, he handles things with Janie the wrong way. He defiantly isn't one of my favorite Male characters.
The movie rating for this book is PG-13 borderline R. There are love scenes, the F-bomb is used often (along with other colorful words) and other adult content. For example drugs and rape. Even though these things were in the book it is by far better then the first book. I promise the Fade will keep your heart pumping as you read.
I rate this book 4.5 out of 5 foxes.

Monday, February 18, 2013


by Lisa McMann

Cliff notes.
Ever since Janie Hannagan was eight years of age, she has had the ability to be sucked into dreams . Rest and dreams are not part of her life. The only dreams she can experience is that of others. When she falls into a dream she wakes to temporary blindness and full body numbness. Janie learns to feel the effects of going into a dream and finds a way to distance herself, or close a door; so she can break that connection of being sucked into a dream.
For 8 years Janie has been living a life of hiding from others. She has a drunk mother and only one true friend; Carrie Brandt. School becomes only a place of education and hidden fears of being sucked into dreams. Through out the book she finds out more about her abilities. One being she can talk to the dreamer.
 All Janie has ever wanted is to live a normal life. She finds a way to work in a retirement center, buys a car, and finds a love interest in Cabel Strumheller.
Will these things stay normal for her? When she sees hidden fears of those she cares for, or has no control of own body, she begins to doubt her ability for normalcy.

My Skinny on the Wake.
Lisa McMann did a wonderful job with Wake, she keeps the reader wanting to find out more about Janie's abilities. Also, Janie is one of those character that people can connect with. I love how Janie seems so strong but needs someone to care for her. It makes her character believable.
The only issue I had with the book was the way Lisa McMann wrote it. At first I was confused, but within 20 pages I started to understand her style of writing. With that said, she does not follow a chapter to chapter style. When you read Wake, it will read closer to a log of times and dates. The style of writing grew on me, and I soon turned the pages quickly.
I recommend this book for when you are in a reading slump or need a quick read.
The movie rating I would give this book would be PG-13. There is a little language, but the content of the book gears towards older teens.
All in all, Lisa McMann wrote a wonderful book that has original ideas.
I give this book 4 out of 5 Foxes.