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Don't miss the next chapter of Watersong, a bold new series that will enchant you, entrance you, and hold you captive under its spell Now that Gemma Fisher has inherited Penn, Lexi, and Thea's curse - and all the strange new powers that come along with it - she has no choice but to run away with them. Devastated that she has to leave everyone she loves behind, she's still d Don't miss the next chapter of Watersong, a bold new series that will enchant you, entrance you, and hold you captive under its spell Now that Gemma Fisher has inherited Penn, Lexi, and Thea's curse - and all the strange new powers that come along with it - she has no choice but to run away with them. Devastated that she has to leave everyone she loves behind, she's still determined not to give in to the unspeakable hungers that plague her. Unfortunately, they're growing stronger every day, and she's not sure how much longer she can resist. Harper won't give up on finding her sister Gemma, vowing to get her back no matter what the cost. The search draws her closer to too-gorgeous-for-his-own-good Daniel, and tests her fiercely guarded independence like never before. She's always been the strong one who everyone else depends on.... Can she let herself depend on Daniel? As Gemma and Harper plunge deeper into a magical world they barely understand, it becomes painfully clear that Gemma's old life may be lost forever. But can she still hold on to her humanity?


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Don't miss the next chapter of Watersong, a bold new series that will enchant you, entrance you, and hold you captive under its spell Now that Gemma Fisher has inherited Penn, Lexi, and Thea's curse - and all the strange new powers that come along with it - she has no choice but to run away with them. Devastated that she has to leave everyone she loves behind, she's still d Don't miss the next chapter of Watersong, a bold new series that will enchant you, entrance you, and hold you captive under its spell Now that Gemma Fisher has inherited Penn, Lexi, and Thea's curse - and all the strange new powers that come along with it - she has no choice but to run away with them. Devastated that she has to leave everyone she loves behind, she's still determined not to give in to the unspeakable hungers that plague her. Unfortunately, they're growing stronger every day, and she's not sure how much longer she can resist. Harper won't give up on finding her sister Gemma, vowing to get her back no matter what the cost. The search draws her closer to too-gorgeous-for-his-own-good Daniel, and tests her fiercely guarded independence like never before. She's always been the strong one who everyone else depends on.... Can she let herself depend on Daniel? As Gemma and Harper plunge deeper into a magical world they barely understand, it becomes painfully clear that Gemma's old life may be lost forever. But can she still hold on to her humanity?

30 review for Lullaby

  1. 4 out of 5

    Sana

    I fucking love this series so much and I want to be buried with this series, thank you. RTC never.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Amanda May Thai

    2 stars. To all you aspiring authors out there, what's the number one rule of writing? Show, don't tell. I really don't think Amanda Hocking's grasped this concept yet. Instead of telling us how the sirens' commands work, show us by making Gemma accidentally command someone. Instead of telling us how Harper's coping without Gemma, show us by making her fret about laundry or something. I usually have a pretty high tolerance of telling-not-showing, but this was a case I couldn't gloss over. Gemma ha 2 stars. To all you aspiring authors out there, what's the number one rule of writing? Show, don't tell. I really don't think Amanda Hocking's grasped this concept yet. Instead of telling us how the sirens' commands work, show us by making Gemma accidentally command someone. Instead of telling us how Harper's coping without Gemma, show us by making her fret about laundry or something. I usually have a pretty high tolerance of telling-not-showing, but this was a case I couldn't gloss over. Gemma has run away with the sirens, leaving Harper to cover her tracks and fix everything up with her dad. Alex is heartbroken and will do anything to find her. But how long will Gemma be able to survive before succumbing to the watersong and becoming a monster? I didn't rate Wake very highly (2.5), so I'm not quite sure why I decided to pick up the sequel, Lullaby. I think I was just fascinated by the sirens. Or maybe I couldn't resist the watersong. Whatever the reason, Lullaby, as I expected, was not very good. After battling with myself for a while, I decided to skim-read and not take it as seriously as other books. Therefore, this review will be brief, to-the-point, and divided into three sections for convenience. Characters I do not like Gemma. I just don't. I can't relate to her, she's bland, she's boring, and not very original. I do not like Alex. Again, he is bland, boring, with nothing very original about him. He and Gemma fell in love way too quickly for me to be able to believe in their relationship. I did like Harper, though not as much as in the first book. I can relate to her more because she isn't as reckless and more responsible and logical. I am intrigued about Daniel. The way he could (view spoiler)[resist the siren's song (hide spoiler)] makes me wonder what role he will play in the next book. I liked his and Harper's relationship because it was slower-paced, more realistic and slightly reminded me of the type of relationships I read about in fanfiction. Paranormalcy (not the book) I still like the sirens. The beauty contrasting to the monstrous deeds is very interesting to me, like a balance-the-scales thing. I am interested to find out how the curse breaks. But when Lexi used super-speed, I couldn't stop myself from rolling my eyes. We do not need to be venturing into Twilight territory filled with extraordinarily attractive humans with superpowers that have no logical reasoning behind them. The Technical Stuff (Writing and Plot) As I ranted on about above, Amanda Hocking violates the rule: show, don't tell. I could think of many, many instances where showing could have been used instead of telling. When Gemma is explaining the siren's song; when Harper is suffering from the loss of Gemma; when (view spoiler)[Bernie's funeral (hide spoiler)] is being explained; when Harper, Alex and Daniel are comparing Gemma-finding techniques; I could go on. Since I skim-read most of this book, I am literally opening the book to a random page, re-skim-reading it to find out what it's about, and listing what happens. Because there is A LOT of telling. Normally, when you skim-read, the information goes in one eye and out the other (that didn't really make sense but you get what I mean). I consciously missed fair few details that may or may not have been important. I sort of expected more things to happen, plot-wise. Over half of the book is taken up by Harper, Alex and Daniel looking for Gemma and trying to work out what she and the posse are. Of course, we readers know exactly what they are and what they do, but Harper, Alex and Daniel don't so we are forced to sit through their mythology Google searches and wild guesses. Fun. And to the ending, I congratulate you. Could you get any more cliché? I'm having flashbacks of New Moon. Even though I liked it less than Wake, I am going to finish the series, just because these books are mildly entertaining when you take them less seriously and skim-read. Actually, they'll just be a waste of my time. Maybe not. And yes, I can resist the watersong. I read these books willingly and out of my own curiosity.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Maggie ☘

    I enjoyed the first one in the series better. There was barely any plot here and I still don't care much for Gemme. The only character I'm somewhat interested in is Harper, her older sister. At least it was a fast read.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Tessa

    If you think the first book was uneventful, wait until you read this one. First half is full of angst, and Gemma whining about wanting to leave and not being able to. Second half is after Gemma decides to leave, despite all the logical reasons why she should not and she can not do so. Did I mention that in the first book she draws all sort of stupid conclusions so I kinda felt she was stupid? Well, be prepared, because this book does it's best to validate my point. Here, despite the fact that sh If you think the first book was uneventful, wait until you read this one. First half is full of angst, and Gemma whining about wanting to leave and not being able to. Second half is after Gemma decides to leave, despite all the logical reasons why she should not and she can not do so. Did I mention that in the first book she draws all sort of stupid conclusions so I kinda felt she was stupid? Well, be prepared, because this book does it's best to validate my point. Here, despite the fact that she draws the wrong conclusions, she also stops thinking for herself and let's the people around her make all the decision for her. The sirens are pretty much the same as well (the ending was just plain stupid). Getting to the part I had huge hopes for: Harper and Daniel. Harper stops betraying the family gene and ends up acting just as stupid and shallow as her sister. All the cliche interruptions between her and Daniel (phone ringing, person walking in on them etc.) were especially annoying. So annoying in fact that when they actually kissed I was so distracted that I didn't even notice they didn't got interrupted again. Hahaha... you caught me there author.... I freaking hate this! Oh, did I forgot to mention Alex? That's because he does nothing in this book besides actually being there. Huge achievement... Dropped series. The End!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Eleanor (bookishcourtier)

    I remember vaguely liking the first book, but this one was not for me. I think my reading tastes have changed. A lot. But even if you like the sort of paranormal romance genre, I don't think that this one is particularly well executed. I was looking for a quick, easy read, but I'm more exhausted from rolling my eyes than I expected. I remember really liking the siren elements about the first one, but here...there wasn't enough stuff to keep me interested. I'm not really that angry about it, ev I remember vaguely liking the first book, but this one was not for me. I think my reading tastes have changed. A lot. But even if you like the sort of paranormal romance genre, I don't think that this one is particularly well executed. I was looking for a quick, easy read, but I'm more exhausted from rolling my eyes than I expected. I remember really liking the siren elements about the first one, but here...there wasn't enough stuff to keep me interested. I'm not really that angry about it, even though I normally reserve one star ratings for books that make me fume, but two stars I feel is just too generous for this...book. T H O U G H T S - First off, the writing is just bad . We have super simplistic, over-dramatic-in-places writing style, which irritates me to no end. The dialogue, especially from the villains, was absolutely awful. Especially Penn. Her speech was trying to sound all evil and villainous, but it just came across as a sort of an unpleasant teenage girl. And the actions scenes were actually laughable. I remember reading something along the lines of "he punched her in the face", and not as an end line, but as a full blown sentence in a fight scene. Just...no thank you. - The characters were incredible in their ability to all feel the same. Not one was developed properly. Harper's one character trait is the fact that she is super overprotective of everyone. Gemma is headstrong. Penn is evil. Lexi is stupid. Thea is the only slightly more developed character of the bunch, but still not enough to redeem anything about this book. And all their reactions to everything just was so over the top. Also, this book totally ruined sirens for me. They just are girls who are obsessed with shopping and living in fancy houses and watching TV and it ruined the whole image of them being bloodthirsty monsters. Penn's character is so awful. She is supposed to be super evil, but she just comes across as petulant and dumb. - There was literally no plot. Like nothing happened. At least in the first book there were actually events. But here there was nothing but getting Gemma back far too easily, and then flopping about worrying about romantic relationships. It was all so out of proportion. The more important things in this book were boyfriends and all that lot, not the fact that there is a curse that could potentially hurt Gemma and a lot of others. Like, ya know? Priorities. This was just kind of silly and over the top and too focused on boys and not siren monsters. Nothing happened, it was poorly written, and is a poor example of its genre. I own quite a lot of this author's books, but if they're all like this I don't think I want to read any more. It was just not for me anyway, coupled with the fact that I didn't like the writing and the problems were just not something that I could ever be interested in. I don't mind, can even like, romance in books, but not when its the typical boyfriend drama that is so stupid and petty in a book like this. I would not recommend this one!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    Since Gemma ran off with the sirens, Harper and Alex have teamed up to bring Gemma home no matter what it takes. They do some research on sirens but find no way to kill them or free Gemma. It seems almost impossible but Daniel also agrees to help. Alex puts up missing person ads all over the web and Daniel checks the newspapers. Gemma is fighting against her siren nature as hard as she can but it is making her sick. She hates the sirens but suffers through to keep Harper and Alex safe. I'm not su Since Gemma ran off with the sirens, Harper and Alex have teamed up to bring Gemma home no matter what it takes. They do some research on sirens but find no way to kill them or free Gemma. It seems almost impossible but Daniel also agrees to help. Alex puts up missing person ads all over the web and Daniel checks the newspapers. Gemma is fighting against her siren nature as hard as she can but it is making her sick. She hates the sirens but suffers through to keep Harper and Alex safe. I'm not sure what I would do if I was Gemma. She is in a really bad position as she will need to feed or soon die. One of the sirens is somewhat friendly and helps her with advice on how to do this as few times as possible. The other two girls are horrible and selfish and enjoy the way they live. Harper and Alex eventually get a lead to Gemma. Then a bit of drama occurs but like with the first book this isn't action packed. It is slow and steady and mostly full of emotions. Usually I'm not one for a slower read but I do love the relationship between Gemma and Alex and the beginning relationship of Harper and Daniel. I find the sirens gruesome and look forward to seeing how Gemma will break free of their bind. --- Daniel said. "Can you really afford to turn away somebody that wants to help you get her back? Especially someone that doesn't think you're insane for believing in weird-ass bird-monsters?" "Alex, you don't know...one trailed off, because if she kept talking, she would cry, and she didn't want to cry. "I have known for years," Alex said. "You've always been kind, considerate, smart, determined, and stubborn. You have a good heart, and you'd never let anybody change you. That's part of why I fell in love with you." "My point is that nothing is unstoppable, and the T. rex wasn't as great as he thought he was. I mean, what were those little arms for?" Marcy pulled her arms back into her sleeves, so her hands made short imitation T. rex arms, and she wiggled them back and forth. "What an idiot." --- *I borrowed an ARC and this in no way affects my review*

  7. 5 out of 5

    Fanoon Janahi

    Amaaazing Book i don't know why but i never been into sirens stuff but in this book it just sounds real or i can imagine it ... this book really have many cute parts where you'll bee likee owww aaahh cuteee :') you can feel the character feeling there described perfectly ... not too detailed but over all its just a simple book ... i love the fact that Love is way stronger that the sirens stuff which basically shows that nothing can stop the way you feel towards that special person ... but seriou Amaaazing Book i don't know why but i never been into sirens stuff but in this book it just sounds real or i can imagine it ... this book really have many cute parts where you'll bee likee owww aaahh cuteee :') you can feel the character feeling there described perfectly ... not too detailed but over all its just a simple book ... i love the fact that Love is way stronger that the sirens stuff which basically shows that nothing can stop the way you feel towards that special person ... but seriously the water song series is waaay worthy reading soo if you like Sirens stuff you'll LOVE this book if you dont ... hmm you still have to read it xD

  8. 4 out of 5

    Brendy

    I really have some review to re do. That means i'll be re reading some of my faves : sweet!!!! But what I can say about this one it's that this story made me laugh, fall in love, fear and feel angry at the same time. A whole action movie where the mermaids aren't the sweetest thing just like Ariel made us believe!XD oh, and they have peaks!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Suneha

    2.5 Stars Lullaby is more of a background filler than an actual plot progression. The first half of the book is extremely slow, uneventful and boring as hell but the other half progressed mercifully quickly. I don't hate the book but I don't love it either. I'm not even sure I like it. The main reason why I picked up this book is because the sirens intrigued me and this is the first time I've come across such mythological creatures and I love Greek Mythology. Harper and Daniel were also one of the 2.5 Stars Lullaby is more of a background filler than an actual plot progression. The first half of the book is extremely slow, uneventful and boring as hell but the other half progressed mercifully quickly. I don't hate the book but I don't love it either. I'm not even sure I like it. The main reason why I picked up this book is because the sirens intrigued me and this is the first time I've come across such mythological creatures and I love Greek Mythology. Harper and Daniel were also one of the few reasons why I picked up this book. Gemma and Alex lack originality and they are the most boring, annoying, clueless, dumb and uninteresting individuals and couples I have ever read about. They fell in "love" way too quickly for me to grasp it. Gemma is so whiny throughout the book. It was really annoying. And did I mention that Alex practically did nothing other than just 'be there'. I mean, he was so useless and helpless throughout the book. I don't know why or how Gemma "loved" him. On the other hand, Harper and Daniel's relationship is so HOT! Harper is more tolerable than Gemma but the way she sometimes shunned Daniel really annoyed me. Other than that, I really liked her. And Daniel! What can I say? I have nothing to complain about him! He is very likeable, sweet and kind. The perfect hero! He is practically the only character in the whole book I truly admire and have no complaints about. I hope he stays that way throughout the series. The Sirens were totally badass! They were bitchy, rude and selfish as usual but I couldn't help but read more about them! I loved learning more about their history and the original siren, Aggie. I don't mean to be rude(even though I've done nothing but complain throughout the review), but I did not like Amanda Hocking's writing. I mean there's nothing very wrong with it but it was just too... plain. Her writing never really gripped me. Like I said before, I read this book because I wanted to know more about the sirens. Miss Hocking's writing was too simple and ordinary for me to like it. Even though I disliked the book more than I liked it, I will still continue to read the Watersong series because I want to learn more about the Sirens and how Gemma finally breaks the curse and escapes them.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Amber Keller

    Wow couldn’t stop reading it unfortunately it took me a minute due to work! I loved this book you feel like you are the characters! Sweet Gemma gets stuck into a terrifying world of sex, lust, swimming, and of course ripping boys hearts out! In this book Gemma is stuck with the horrible but beautiful siren girls and refuses to give in to their ways until one night she was almost raped she finally gave in to protect herself and ripped a guys heart out and ate it after she felt much better! Her si Wow couldn’t stop reading it unfortunately it took me a minute due to work! I loved this book you feel like you are the characters! Sweet Gemma gets stuck into a terrifying world of sex, lust, swimming, and of course ripping boys hearts out! In this book Gemma is stuck with the horrible but beautiful siren girls and refuses to give in to their ways until one night she was almost raped she finally gave in to protect herself and ripped a guys heart out and ate it after she felt much better! Her sister Harper is having a hard time coping with her sister leaving and a boy trying to win her heart they finally find Gemma and go to rescue her Gemma leaves with them and Alex her loving bf who they think might have the answers to how to break the curse! Why because he loves a siren and actually loves her for her not because of what she is! And Harper boyfriend Daniel won’t fall under the siren spell! The sirens come back after Gemma because she ran away with her sister Daniel and Alex and they agree to let her stay without harming anyone because they want to experiment on the boys who live there they don’t seem to go under the spell as well as others outside the town and they want to know why? After the 4th and everything calms down Gemma goes over to Alex’s and puts him under her spell and tells him he does not love her to protect him it kills her but it’s for his own good!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Vidhya

    So I wanted to know what happens after Wake and hence I got around to this book. Honestly it was an easy read. There was nothing intense or heart wrenching and the first half of the book was Harper trying to figure out where her sister was. But I liked Gemma and the sirens and Sawyer. There was so much happening with Gemma coming to terms with who she had become. The second half was ok and an easy read as well and leaves us with a cliffhanger. I think you can pick up this book if you like a bree So I wanted to know what happens after Wake and hence I got around to this book. Honestly it was an easy read. There was nothing intense or heart wrenching and the first half of the book was Harper trying to figure out where her sister was. But I liked Gemma and the sirens and Sawyer. There was so much happening with Gemma coming to terms with who she had become. The second half was ok and an easy read as well and leaves us with a cliffhanger. I think you can pick up this book if you like a breeze dead about sirens! Nothing bad, nothing great!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies

    I have one sister, and growing up, we fought frequently. As much fighting as we did, we never went so far as to actually try to murder one another like the sirens in Lullaby did. If I had to spend a couple of thousands of years in close proximity with a couple of sisters, completely with insanity and jealousy and rivalry, I'm pretty sure I wouldn't make it either. I have a theory as to why there aren't any more mermaids and sirens in the world these days. It's not because they're mythical creatur I have one sister, and growing up, we fought frequently. As much fighting as we did, we never went so far as to actually try to murder one another like the sirens in Lullaby did. If I had to spend a couple of thousands of years in close proximity with a couple of sisters, completely with insanity and jealousy and rivalry, I'm pretty sure I wouldn't make it either. I have a theory as to why there aren't any more mermaids and sirens in the world these days. It's not because they're mythical creatures, it's because they either kill each other until there are none left, or went extinct from their own stupidity. Natural selection has its uses. Sirens are like pandas, too dumb to actually survive on their own; I actually think pandas have an evolutionary advantage, since they make humans want to take care of them. They're too lazy and stupid to find their own food and to actually recreate, so they just sit there, look cute, and have us silly humans coo over them and do everything for them short of giving them panda Viagra...actually, scratch that, I think zoologists have done that too. I do have a point to make in this review, I swear. Sirens are beautiful, seductive...they also get humans into doing shit for them through their song and through seduction, but instead of keeping a low profile, they kill people in really obvious manners, grab ostentatious places to live, and generally make themselves a walking target for angry villagers to burn them out of town. I can't recall reading too many books and films about mermaids and sirens, but they're generally TSTL, and the myth is further perpetuated through Amanda Hocking's Watersong series. In this installment of the series, Gemma is now a siren after drinking Penn's concoction. She goes with the other sirens to live in a sumptuous beachside mansion, whose gorgeous owner, Sawyer, has been seduced by Penn into giving them carte blanche to everything he owns (see my note above on blending in, this is not inconspicuous in the least). Meanwhile, Gemma's sister Harper, her boyfriend Alex, and Harper's love interest Daniel are doing everything they can to look for her, including involving Harper's coworker Marcy, who is the most gullible person on the planet. Harper's almost-brain-dead mother somehow mysteriously knows that Gemma is with the sirens, and her dad Brian is being emo and moping around the house, never mind that he has one remaining daughter to take care of, a job that he needs to go to in order to keep the health insurance their family desperately needs to keep their mother in the health care facility. None of the characters in the book act in a realistic manner. The actions, speech, and overall feel of the book is very stiff. Harper isn't much of a character, she lacks personality in general, I understand that her character is supposed to be the "serious" one keeping the family together, but it seems like there's no personality to her at all. Gemma is too goody-goody and TSTL to be a good siren; the other sirens supposedly chose her, but they really picked a piss-poor candidate. If I were to choose someone to join a sorority, for example, I'd pick someone with a similar personality, who is somewhat malleable, and with whom I'd get along, not someone who hates the very nature of who I am and who resists everything I stand for. There are gaping holes in the plot, such as the inclusion of Greek mythology...if there were Greek gods and goddesses, where are they now? You can't include one element of a mythology and conveniently leave out the rest. The book ends too suddenly, and too easily, given what we know of Penn's personality. The most evil of the sirens should not have acted the way she did.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Bèbè ✦ RANT ✦

    Overall Rating: 3.5 stars Short Summary. After inheriting the curse of a siren and leaving her home and everyone she loved, Gemma Fisher begins her new life. Having beauty, magical power, and immortality scares her and she decides to treat it as a curse and not as a gift. However, one kiss will push her over the edge which makes her lose control of herself and everything she believes in. Her sister, Harper, decides that she will do anything that's in her will to find Gemma even if it Overall Rating: 3.5 stars Short Summary. After inheriting the curse of a siren and leaving her home and everyone she loved, Gemma Fisher begins her new life. Having beauty, magical power, and immortality scares her and she decides to treat it as a curse and not as a gift. However, one kiss will push her over the edge which makes her lose control of herself and everything she believes in. Her sister, Harper, decides that she will do anything that's in her will to find Gemma even if it means to leave everything behind and completely disregard the "Danger" sign that's over her head. The search might be long but having a gorgeous Daniel by her side helps and Harper is not sure how much longer she can reject her feelings for him. Thoughts. After I have read the first book in this trilogy ("Wake"), it very upset me because the story was unclear and made the reader ask a lot of questions. However, after reading Lullaby, everything was right on point and went perfectly with the first book. All of the characters remained the same and the book perfectly fit in with the story line and the feel of the action that was revealing. Overall, this could not have been a better book to follow Wake and I am very impatient to read the final Watersong Series book, Tidal which is coming out Spring 2013.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Penny Raspenny

    Actually 1,5* Again, nothing really happens in this book. The first part of the book is all about Harper trying to find Gemma by calling people on the phone (like, seriously?) and trying desperately not to get involved with Daniel because he will somehow distract her from finding her sister, even though he is the only helpful one in this situation (again, seriously?). As for Gemma, the first part is about her whining for being a mermaid and doing everything in her power to be miserable and weak, wh Actually 1,5* Again, nothing really happens in this book. The first part of the book is all about Harper trying to find Gemma by calling people on the phone (like, seriously?) and trying desperately not to get involved with Daniel because he will somehow distract her from finding her sister, even though he is the only helpful one in this situation (again, seriously?). As for Gemma, the first part is about her whining for being a mermaid and doing everything in her power to be miserable and weak, which of course can only lead to one possible outcome (I think we all saw that coming). The second part of the book is about Gemma not doing what she should and running of to the sunset with lover-boy and control-freak-sister. And by sunset, I mean back home where the sirens of course wouldn't think of searching for her (I will repeat, seriously? ) I will not even mention the ending because it only shows that the protagonists are incredibly stupid. But I think you never doubted this anyway. I will read the rest of the books because they are only two and they are really small, so the whole series will actually be like one big book. I am curious about what the series are supposed to be about and why they have so high ratings.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jenny

    Another creepy installment in this mermaid saga! I especially loved Daniel in this one!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Miranda

    I liked that this picked up right where the last one left off. It was like turning a page instead of switching books. Still like a cheesy teen movie which is kinda hitting the spot still. On to the next one!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Mandina

    So I had to check this book out from the library so that I could continue in the series and be ready to read the e-galley of the 4th one that I have. Now, I only gave the first book in the series a 3 out of 5 stars, but I liked this one even better than the first, and gave it a 4 out of 5. If you haven't read the first one, you might want to stop here, as there will be spoilers. So we're back with Gemma, who had to leave with the other sirens at the end of the last book, because they'd threatened So I had to check this book out from the library so that I could continue in the series and be ready to read the e-galley of the 4th one that I have. Now, I only gave the first book in the series a 3 out of 5 stars, but I liked this one even better than the first, and gave it a 4 out of 5. If you haven't read the first one, you might want to stop here, as there will be spoilers. So we're back with Gemma, who had to leave with the other sirens at the end of the last book, because they'd threatened to kill her sister, and her boyfriend Alex, if she didn't. So her sister, Harper, must go home and tell their dad that she ran away. But after all she'd seen, the terrifying bird creatures that the sirens could turn into, and the dead body of their island friend, Bernie. So now Alex and Harper are trying to do what they can to find Gemma, as well as figure out what was going on. They know there is something to do with mermaids, but what about the horrible bird creature? So they begin to do research, specifically at the library where Harper works. And that is when they find information about sirens. And they get a somewhat unlikely helper, Marcy, the unique girl that works with Harper at the library. Daniel is still trying to get through to Harper, it is so obvious to both of them that there is a spark, but Harper doesn't want to have to worry about Daniel. So, she tells him they need to stay apart. Meanwhile Gemma is trying to fight the curse, refusing to swim in the ocean or feed. But she gets sick, to the point where her hair is even falling out. While Thea seems to be more helpful now, Lizzie and of course Penn are still as evil as they seemed before. Finally Penn orders Gemma to swim. And soon Gemma begins to feel better. So her thought is to swim in the ocean and continue to try to eat regular food. Until a mishap occurs, where Gemma loses control. Around the same time, Harper and Alex, with some help from Daniel, figure out where Gemma probably is, and they go to try to bring her home. I won't go on, I'll leave the rest for you to read and find out. As my issues with the first book had to do with not knowing some things, we do now begin to learn some of the background of the sirens, and how they live. But we also get some new questions, questions that even Penn and Thea don't know the answers to, but feel the need to find out. I must say I'm glad I'm going to be able to go on to the next book as soon as I'm done with this review, because I need to know what is going on. Also, the cover of the third book? It is really good! And from that cover, I had some ideas of things that happened in this book, or an inkling of some things, so maybe seeing the 3rd cover was a bit of a spoiler or hint.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Silver

    After reading Wake, I basically devoured Lullaby right away. It bugs me to leave a story unfinished let alone a series, so I finished Lullaby in no time. But it took me awhile to gather my thoughts about this book. In some ways, I became more invested in the series. But at the same time, Lullaby didn't shatter my world. Lullaby suffers from second book syndrome. The book was more of a filler than a plot progressor. It had a cliffhanger at the end and there weren't really any "twists" to make the After reading Wake, I basically devoured Lullaby right away. It bugs me to leave a story unfinished let alone a series, so I finished Lullaby in no time. But it took me awhile to gather my thoughts about this book. In some ways, I became more invested in the series. But at the same time, Lullaby didn't shatter my world. Lullaby suffers from second book syndrome. The book was more of a filler than a plot progressor. It had a cliffhanger at the end and there weren't really any "twists" to make the story more unique. In actuality, the plot was more circular and stagnant. The plot was subpar, but the background development and world-building is what drew me in. Again, I found myself skipping to the scenes between Harper and Daniel. Their relationship is progressing (albeit no help from Dad and Jason) and I find their banter to be more serious and romantic than silly like in Wake. Harper learns to trust Daniel more and we get more incite on Daniel's connection to the sirens towards the end. Unlike Wake, Gemma stepped it up a notch. I used to think she was a weak and whiny character, but her actions and love for the people she cares about showed me maturity and responsibility. Gemma's caring, loyal, and determined. My respect for her grew in this book. I also got what I wished for from the first book! In the second book we get more details about sirens and what it means to be a siren. We also get closer to the topic of Aggie (the original fourth siren)'s death and how the other three became sirens in the first place. A better understanding about Thea, Penn, and Lexi's individual characters is given (no, not all of them are cold-hearted). Overall: More of a background filler, be prepared for the lack of plot progression. The characters are definitely more defined in this book and it's nice to delve more into the world of sirens and mythology.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Dinah Browne

    This book was so good, despite the comments that say so otherwise. Again, my only problem is that it should be longer -I read the whole book in a sitting. The end of this novel left me on a cliffhanger (kind of), and I can't wait to find out what happens next. I totally recommend this series to all readers out there.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Cecily Kyle

    A great continuation of the story. This is my kind of "magic" story, some of the genre can really bore me but I love the sexy yet scary mix. Really had me sucked into the story. Can't wait to read the next one! Great Read!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Addie R.

    3.5/5 Review also on my blog If you read my Wake review you’d know that I just thought it was okay, but fortunately I ended up liking Lullaby more! It didn't completely blow my mind and make me fall head over heels in love with it or anything, but I found myself growing onto the characters more, and there was more suspense and things actually happening! Now, that wasn't exactly true for the first half of the story since at the time, I was convinced this was just gonna be some filler book, but it e 3.5/5 Review also on my blog If you read my Wake review you’d know that I just thought it was okay, but fortunately I ended up liking Lullaby more! It didn't completely blow my mind and make me fall head over heels in love with it or anything, but I found myself growing onto the characters more, and there was more suspense and things actually happening! Now, that wasn't exactly true for the first half of the story since at the time, I was convinced this was just gonna be some filler book, but it ended up picking up and I started to really enjoy it as the story progressed. I loved Gemma already in Wake and that’s still the case in Lullaby. She was still her fun, up-beat and stubborn self, but this time, she’s a full on mermaid, and that was interesting to read about. Harper and Gemma end up having a lot on their shoulders in this book though. With Gemma struggling to control herself and fight her evil-siren ways trying to come out, and Harper stressing over finding Gemma and bringing her back home, there ended up being a lot of tense moments. In the last book, I honestly thought Harper’s chapters were dull and boring in comparison to Gemma’s, but now I found myself enjoying them more, especially since there tended to be more Daniel. ;) But anyway, Harper really grew on me in this book and proved to be one hell of a tough girl with her perseverance to do whatever it took to get her sister back. Daniel and Alex didn’t really stand out to me in Wake, and while I’m still not crazy about them, I did find myself growing onto them. And I’m really talking about Daniel. Alex was sweet, cute and nerdy, but Daniel was the one who really got my attention. There was barley any kissing (Mainly because there always had to be someone cock-blocking >.<), but there were still some hot tension with him and Harper. And may I just say that Marcy was so friggen awesome? I didn't pay much attention to her in the last book, but I just loved her dry humor and all her sarcastic remarks throughout Lullaby. One of the main focuses of this book I’d have to say though was the mythology. We got plenty of it in Wake, but in this book, Hocking gets deeper and we get to know even more about the curse, and it was all very interesting. And seeing Gemma struggle with her siren compulsions was interesting too. Gemma really had to fight hard against them and proved to be one strong willed girl in the process. Overall, I ended up really enjoying Lullaby, but I still thought something was missing. I’m not sure what it is, but there was something that had me struggle to enjoy this more than I would've liked to. The events leading towards the ending, though, were really intense. This was where the suspense really kicked in and had my heart pounding. Although, the last few pages just pissed me off. Yeah, I get that it was the right thing to do and blah blah blah, but I just felt like it was done to stir up more problems for the next book. Even though I won’t be looking forward to that… there are still some questions and some strings not tied up just yet that I’m looking forward to in book 3. An ARC was provided by ATW Tours.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Brad Sells

    If you have not read book one, Wake, I would recommend not reading this review until you have read the first. I lost myself to the watersong once again! Amanda Hocking created a sequel that was even better than its predecessor. LULLABY was filled with secrets, tons of actions, and more of the sirens! It's official: I am addicted to this series! LULLABY had so much action in it! Especially the ending. As we travel with Gemma and the sirens, we are introduced to more characters and more betrayals. If you have not read book one, Wake, I would recommend not reading this review until you have read the first. I lost myself to the watersong once again! Amanda Hocking created a sequel that was even better than its predecessor. LULLABY was filled with secrets, tons of actions, and more of the sirens! It's official: I am addicted to this series! LULLABY had so much action in it! Especially the ending. As we travel with Gemma and the sirens, we are introduced to more characters and more betrayals. And with action comes consequences, which leads up to this epic scene at the end! I'm honestly not sure how she did it, but Amanda Hocking raised the bar once again for this series (and for all of her novels). It's insane how much I loved LULLABY! Gemma is my favorite character out of this series so far! She's defiant, brave, and will always stand up for the people she loves. Gemma is just a great character all around. Harper is another great character, but sometimes annoyed me (but not a whole lot.) In fact, all of the characters were great -- including the evil ones. And by evil ones, I mean the sirens. The three sirens were so much fun to read about! Even though they are the bad guys, I love to hate them and hate to love them. The writing style of LULLABY sucked me into the story right away. I dived straight back into the world of the Watersong, and in it, the actions starts off with a bang immediately. The storyline drew me and wouldn't let me go until I had finished the novel. And now that I've finished LULLABY, I'm over here desperately wanting TIDAL so bad. Like, it's unreal. And can I just add that the end scene is one of the best end scenes I've ever read. So much stuff happened, and lots of things were revealed, and I'M FEELINGS ALL THE FEELS. Seriously, LULLABY has made my list of Top 12 Books of 2012! Overall, LULLABY was a great sequel on all levels. Amanda Hocking can do no wrong with YA novels! I highly recommend that you pick up this series! But prepared to be sucked in by the watersong.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Athina

    Lullaby! What a great title, right? I pictured the sea shining under the moonlight and a beautiful song sounding from the pit of the world, like magic, calling people to its trap. And yes, there was a song, and the gorgeous sirens and a beautiful night sky but once again, I felt like there was a wall between me and the story. I couldn't connect with the characters even if they were good characters. Harper too despite that she is a control freak. But there is this space between me and the story t Lullaby! What a great title, right? I pictured the sea shining under the moonlight and a beautiful song sounding from the pit of the world, like magic, calling people to its trap. And yes, there was a song, and the gorgeous sirens and a beautiful night sky but once again, I felt like there was a wall between me and the story. I couldn't connect with the characters even if they were good characters. Harper too despite that she is a control freak. But there is this space between me and the story that I don't really know where it comes from. I can't place the thing that keeps me distant, but something truly does. Maybe it's just that I find their reactions and dialogues kind of too much, too commentary and I'll dare to say fake (I'm sorry). It's like the characters are trying to explain us every move they make. But hey, they made a move, we get it! We need noting more than to see the move. So, maybe what really pushes me away is the telling vs showing. I believe that this series so far is telling us Gemma's story when all it had to do was to show us. And the thing is that Amanda Hocking has created beautiful scenes in this one too, but it's not enough to make me connect and tear down the wall that keeps me away. I keep thinking that if there were more developments, maybe I wouldn't feel so disconnected, but the pace is slow and on top of that the characters keep making foolish decisions. And I want to grab them by the hair and bang them on a wall praying that it will give then some new perspective! (Sorry but it is frustrating!) When your life is in danger the survival instinct kicks in and people can do all kind of things in order to stay alive. I'm addressing to you, Gemma! So I wasn't convinced. I think that's the best way to sums up my thoughts about Lullaby.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Lindsay Mead

    I have to say that this book is better than the first. There's much more going on and the story really takes a step forward in its overall progress. That being said, I do think that Wake and Lullaby could possibly been condensed into one book. Perhaps not, but some of the mundane activities that we watch the characters partake in really aren't needed. Then there was that whole scene with the Ouija Board-- was that filler, or was that groundwork for something to come? It was out of place to say t I have to say that this book is better than the first. There's much more going on and the story really takes a step forward in its overall progress. That being said, I do think that Wake and Lullaby could possibly been condensed into one book. Perhaps not, but some of the mundane activities that we watch the characters partake in really aren't needed. Then there was that whole scene with the Ouija Board-- was that filler, or was that groundwork for something to come? It was out of place to say the least. I also wish that the book hadn't given so much time to Harper's point of view (Gemma is a thousand times more interesting). Honestly, if I met her in real life, I'd push her in the water. Truly though, I really liked the book. It's a bit darker and more sinister than the first, which I liked. I've already downloaded the spin-off short story, Forgotten Lyrics, and I look forward to reading the next book in this series when it releases. I talk about this book and others on my YouTube channel, here: http://bit.ly/RN2j5n Recommended Yes/No Checklist Sex: No Gore: Yes Rape: No Magic: Yes Drugs: No Star Categories Romance: 3 Stars *Harper's romance is lead in this book and it was dull for me Action: 3.5 Stars *More than in book one Pacing: 4 Stars Writing: 3.5 Stars *Noticed several repeated phrases Plot: 4 Stars Overall: 4 Stars Protagonist Meter Damsel-*------*---Badass I rated both Gemma and Harper in this meter. Harper is the Damsel. She proved pretty worthless in a fight. Gemma apparently has all of this monster awesomeness going on, but she never really uses it.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Mia

    3.5 - 4 Stars Mermaids and magic, what could be better?! This started off a bit slow but the last few chapters were so gripping! I was losing kind of interest but then stuff started to happen and I couldn't put the book down! I'm really interested in this curse and I really want the third book to focus on that a lot more. I feel like this book only touched on it. There wasn't a lot of time spent researching about sirens or curses, it seemed like until the last few pages everyone was just taking thi 3.5 - 4 Stars Mermaids and magic, what could be better?! This started off a bit slow but the last few chapters were so gripping! I was losing kind of interest but then stuff started to happen and I couldn't put the book down! I'm really interested in this curse and I really want the third book to focus on that a lot more. I feel like this book only touched on it. There wasn't a lot of time spent researching about sirens or curses, it seemed like until the last few pages everyone was just taking things slow and acting really causal about the fact that there are man-kiling mermaids out there. At the beginning when Harper, Alex and Daniel are looking for Gemma, they don't seem worried enough. They just go on with their normal lives and they don't seem that stressed. And once they have Gemma back no one rushes to work out how they can break the curse. Again, they just go on with their normal lives. There's no urgency. I was getting so frustrated, I was like why aren't you at the library trying to figure this out!! Which brings me to my next point, MARCY. She clearly has knowledge of all the stuff, hello she took you into the woods to try contact the dead. Why wasn't she the first person they went to when they got Gemma back?? The last few chapters were the strongest part of the book, that's when stuff really started to happen. Can they break the curse? Why can a certain person resist being compelled?? What's the bond between Gemma and Harper??? GIVE ME MORE OF THIS MAGICAL, MYSTICAL GOODNESS. And give me more Marcy. She's interesting and shouldn't just be a background character.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Rachel Robins

    Read this baby in a day and it was OK. I enjoyed Watersong #1 ("Wake")-it's a new series about a girl who is turned into a Siren and I'm a sucker for modern-takes on mythology. I will admit, I also read "Siren" by Tricia Rayburn and found the same subject tackled but executed much better. Anyway, "Lullaby" explores the idea of Sirens in more depth and we get more on Harper, Gemma's sister, who is on a quest to save her little sister from the beautiful and sinister sirens. Great plot all around. How Read this baby in a day and it was OK. I enjoyed Watersong #1 ("Wake")-it's a new series about a girl who is turned into a Siren and I'm a sucker for modern-takes on mythology. I will admit, I also read "Siren" by Tricia Rayburn and found the same subject tackled but executed much better. Anyway, "Lullaby" explores the idea of Sirens in more depth and we get more on Harper, Gemma's sister, who is on a quest to save her little sister from the beautiful and sinister sirens. Great plot all around. However,the following negatively affected my review: 1. Frequent (and unnecessary) use of profanity, including the "F" word earning "Lullaby" a one-way ticket off my 7th grade class bookshelf. 2. For 2 books the reader still doesn't have a clue why the mysterious, yet lovable Daniel, is resistant to the Siren song. That seems like too big of a deviation to ignore. 3. If Greek Gods cursed the Sirens then why don't they show up in the book at all? Are they still around? Do they still communicate with the Sirens? If you bring up Sirens as a Greek curse, then you should go full-on and make Greek gods part of the plot. Anyway, I'm going to read Rayburn's second book next and see if it is better.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Sara A.

    **3.5** Okay, so after reading Wake, I was looking forward to reading Lullaby. I enjoyed it, although not as much as I would have thought. The characters were great and you could see the grow. I love Daniel, I think he is my favorite character out of all of them. I really hope the next book has more of Daniel and his story. I'm very curious as to why he isnt affected by the Sirens song while Alex and Harper are. It was interesting watching Gemma fight instict with morality and the choices that sh **3.5** Okay, so after reading Wake, I was looking forward to reading Lullaby. I enjoyed it, although not as much as I would have thought. The characters were great and you could see the grow. I love Daniel, I think he is my favorite character out of all of them. I really hope the next book has more of Daniel and his story. I'm very curious as to why he isnt affected by the Sirens song while Alex and Harper are. It was interesting watching Gemma fight instict with morality and the choices that she made, although I thought they were a bit selfish. Especially towards the end with what she did with Alex. Harper annoyed me a little bit with the whole mother hen personality, I understand her need to take care of people but I just wanted to shake her and tell her to go for it. Daniel was worth it, what more could she want. The book itself was a little long for the amount of information it contained. I didnt like the writing style and the way that it went from being in a characters thoughts to being narrated and telling you that was how the character felt or why it was the reason behind it. I think that is what I disliked most about the book.

  28. 5 out of 5

    AnnaMarie

    I just read Wake a couple days ago, & was DYING to know what happened. I was lucky enough to find a signed hardcover edition of Lullaby last night, so of course I bought it, started it, & finished it today. I LOVE these books. I love the modern YA mythology retellings; books like Meg Cabot's ABANDON and Tera Lynn Childs' SWEET VENOM and OH MY GODS books are high on my list of favorites, and I can now say that Amanda Hocking's WATERSONG books- delving into the myths of the Sirens in a completely n I just read Wake a couple days ago, & was DYING to know what happened. I was lucky enough to find a signed hardcover edition of Lullaby last night, so of course I bought it, started it, & finished it today. I LOVE these books. I love the modern YA mythology retellings; books like Meg Cabot's ABANDON and Tera Lynn Childs' SWEET VENOM and OH MY GODS books are high on my list of favorites, and I can now say that Amanda Hocking's WATERSONG books- delving into the myths of the Sirens in a completely new way- are right there with them. The books are a quick read for me- or at least, they FEEL like a quick read- because I cannot put them down, they are completely engaging. Hocking's characters are extremely relateable, just as Cabot's and Childs' are, but where those authors' characters feel like the best friends I've known forever, Hocking's feel like those people who are nice, but more reserved, and intriguing- you WANT to get to know them. She also does a great job of helping the reader see and feel a things a bit from each character's perspective in a way that only enhances the story rather than detracting from it. I HIGHLY recommend these books.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Annika

    I'm shocked. Speechless, in fact. Lullaby was better than I expected. I didn't bother reading Wake, just cause it didn't catch my attention as much as Lullaby did. But I fully understand everything even if I didn't read the first book! Harper and Daniel make such a cute couple! And he is just soo sexy ;) Gemma was never exactly my favorite, and I totally hate her now because of what happened at the end of Lullaby and what she did to Alex. The Sirens stayed the same: hags. Penn is just beyond evil. I'm shocked. Speechless, in fact. Lullaby was better than I expected. I didn't bother reading Wake, just cause it didn't catch my attention as much as Lullaby did. But I fully understand everything even if I didn't read the first book! Harper and Daniel make such a cute couple! And he is just soo sexy ;) Gemma was never exactly my favorite, and I totally hate her now because of what happened at the end of Lullaby and what she did to Alex. The Sirens stayed the same: hags. Penn is just beyond evil. Lexi is the clear definition of psycho. Thea just may be the nicest one of them. But hags, all the same. Really, really can't wait for Tidal, though! Hopefully more action&romance from Harper and the ever enchanting Daniel ;)

  30. 5 out of 5

    Angellina

    Had a great laugh with this book in the midst of feeling nostalgic especially after reading it for the first time in quite a number of years. I love Harper and Daniel. Harper is so much like me that it’s insane, well aside from the fact that I don’t have a hunky Daniel lurking around. I can’t wait to start the next one !

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