Tangled Tides by Karen Amanda Hooper
Publication date: October 14th 2013
Publisher: Starry Sky Publishing
Number of pages: 290
Series: The Sea Monster Memoirs (1#)
Genre: YA Fantasy
Source: Received in exchange for review. This is my honest opinion.
Yara Jones doesn't believe in sea monsters--until she becomes one.
When a hurricane hits her island home and she wakes up with fins, Yara finds herself tangled up in an underwater world of mysterious merfolk and secretive selkies. Both sides believe Yara can save them by fulfilling a broken promise and opening the sealed gateway to their realm, but they are battling over how it should be done. The selkies want to take her life. The merfolk want something far more precious.
Treygan, the stormy-eyed merman who turned Yara mer, will stop at nothing and sacrifice everything to protect his people--until he falls for Yara. The tides turn as Yara fights to save herself, hundreds of sea creatures, and the merman who has her heart. She could lose her soul in the process--or she might open the gateway to a love that's deeper than the oceans.
My thoughts about Tangled Tides are, well, tangled. Excuse the pun.
But really, they are. This is my second book by Karen Amanda Hooper. I read and loved Grasping at Eternity some time last year and was really keen to read Tangled Tides. I mean, I've always had a thing about mermaid books and I had reasonably high expectations after the last book of the author's I read.
And it started off well. It dived (yep, another pun) straight into the plot. Nope, no hanging around there. If my memory serves me right, it starts off with Yara's transformation into a mermaid, and there's a hurricane. I thought that was unique.
Originally, I have to say that I was fully Team Rownan. That's right folks, there's some sort of love triangle. But it's not too bad, but that's coming from someone who doesn't really mind them. Back to the point, I really can't say I was a Treygan fan. I felt like he wasn't realistic enough and didn't really have enough...substance. So really I was a Team Rownan but Team Mermaid.
And that's another cool thing - the mermaid vs selkie business. I have never come across THAT before.
To be honest, towards the end of the book, I wasn't Team Rownan. But the twist is that I wasn't Team Treygan either. I was Team Whatever but I would suggest to Yara that she sticks with Treygan.
Speaking of twists, there were a few good ones in there.
The thing that I was probably the most annoyed by was the info dumps. But it would have been hard not to do a few info dumps. And the C-weed. Really?
Unfortunately, this was not the epic mermaid book I was looking for. I feel like a broken record reciting the same thing here but I am yet to fight an amazing mermaid book.
The Earth shook. If they thought the Leaning Tower of Pisa was leaning before...
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Author of YA paranormal and fantasy.
~TANGLED TIDES & DANGEROUS DEPTHS
~THE KINDRILY series
~VIRTUAL ARCANA series.
I was born and bred in Baltimore, frolicked and froze in Colorado for a couple of years, and I'm currently sunning and splashing around Florida with my two spoiled rescue dogs. I'm addicted to coffee, chocolate and complicated happily-ever-afters.
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