Tuesday, October 9, 2012


Date Released: September 22nd 2011
Publisher: Primrose Publications
Pages: 727 pages
Format: mobi
Source:FMB Blog Tours


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 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.

From Goodreads

My Review:

Wow, Wake was... wow. Insanely long, but not long. Sometimes books seem to drag on and on and you're just thinking When will this end? even if they are not long you still fell like they're huge. Wake was actually long, but I just wanted more and more and more. Books are small chapters of the characters lives. Wake was many chapters for Willa and Jem and I loved it and I could easily read another book about them.

I got to know the characters inside and out completely. Their points of view, their pasts, what haunts them and how they evolve. Which was beautiful. It was not a sad story, not at all; it was tough, but not sad. And the whole ending was great.

From the moment I started the book, Jem's voice sucked me into the story and I was addicted. Both Jem and Will had such strong voices. they were fragile characters and yet they were magnificent! they were also so so sofunny! Lots and lots of swearing, but God, I don't think I've ever laughed so much with a book! Especially considering that every single joke here was dark and bittersweet. And no matter how depressing the situation was, there was always some sarcastic bitter joke somewhere. A Fantastic approach to a novel that revolves around a cancer patient.

I highly Highly suggest you read Wake. Won't regret it, and you'll be very satisfied. You should do your best to read it slowly, savor each chapter, word and joke. It's so worth it. I LOVED this book. I bow to author Abria Mattina. She wrote and exceptional book, and I'm still blown away by how good it was.

Strong characters, fierce novel and a new favorite. Wake is simply Amazing.

“You're bored?" she says incredulously. "You have two hands and a penis. This shouldn't be a difficult equation.” 

“You want to carry some peace-making message to him?"
"If it'll help," she agrees.
"Okay. Tel him he's an absolute bastard-a scrawny, ugly, bald motherfucker who is going to die cold and alone. He'll know what it means.” 


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.
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