Thursday, September 13, 2012

Erin's Review of WAKE, by Abria Mattina - A FMB Blog Tour Stop


Title: Wake
Author: Abria Mattina
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
Publisher: self-published
Ebook/Paperback
Pages: 759


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Book Description:
Eighteen isn’t too young to run your life into the ground, but it’s not too old to fix it, either. The desire for change drives Willa Kirk from St. John’s, Newfoundland back to her hometown of Smiths Falls, Ontario, away from her mistakes and the place where her sister died. She’s looking for a place to settle and rebuild, but Jem Harper just wants to get out of town, back to the life he knew before cancer. By letting the tragedies in their lives define them, they are both dying a little more every day. Welcome to the wake.


About the Author:

Abria Mattina works as Production Manager for the Ottawa Arts Review, an eclectic literary journal. Her work has appeared in Ottawa’s The Fulcrum and Canculture Magazine. Her poem “Circus” was published in volume 5.2 of the Ottawa Arts Review.



Abria holds a Certificate in Publishing from the New York University Summer Publishing Institute and a degree in English Literature and Psychology from the University of Ottawa. When she isn’t writing she enjoys travelling, eclectic books, blogging, and baking. She lives with her fiance, Daniel.

Her debut novel, Wake, is about the struggle to redefine life after experiencing cancer and caring for an ill loved one.

Find the Author: Website   Facebook   Twitter

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Erin's Review of Wake, by Abria Mattina

I gave this book a rating of 4 out of 5 stars...


Wake is certainly one of a kind.  It caught me from the very beginning, and continued to pull me in as the story unfolds. I would say the story is told in 'a day in the life of' sort of way.  With tons of emotion and character growth.


The character development was super strong...Mattina really strives to make you feel like you know the characters personally.  Though I think the book was a bit too long, and a lot of the little things could have been removed, I understand why it was made as long as it was.  This was the one book that I have read that I felt as if I was part of the characters family.  I actually felt an emotional connection not just to the main characters, but to both of their families and friends.  

There isn't a whole lot that goes on in the book other than extreme character development.  I feel like this could be turned into a script very easily...and would probably do really well in Hollywood!

There was actually a point in the book where I was reading and thought to myself....if this ends the way I think it does I am going to be a blubbering mess...and actually sat on the bus with tears streaming down my face.  On the other hand there were moments I was sitting on the couch beside my husband laughing out loud at some of the comments the characters were making.

I highly suggest checking this book out.  It was long, but any book that has such strong character development and emotional connections deserves attention in my opinion.


Make sure you check out the other Wake, tour stops!
September 1st- I am, Indeed
September 2nd-
Mallory Heart Reviews
September 3rd-
D. VonThaer
September 4th-
Juniper Grove (Interview)
September 5th-
Free Book Reviews
September 6th-
The Pen and Muse
September 7th-
 A Diary Of A Book Addict
September 8th-
For The Love Of FIlm And Novels
September 9th-
Books Down My Pillow
September 10th-
In Between
September 11th-
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September 11th-
Talk Supe
September 12th-
Owl Read It
September 13th-
Bookluvrs Haven
September 14th-
Community Bookstop
September 15th-
Beach Bum Reads


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