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Tangled Tides by Karen Amanda Hooper

Source: Netgalley
* I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Publisher: Rhemalda Publishing
Release date: November 4th, 2011
Series: The Sea Monster Memoirs #1
Edition: Ebook, 314 pgs
Genre: Young Adult/ Fantasy
Rating: 4/5
Purchase: Amazon/ Barnes & Noble/ Book Depository

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.

Tangled Tides did not win me over in the first chapter, or even the second for that matter, but the description had me so intrigued that I didn’t want to stop for fear of missing out on something great. I mean.. what’s more precious to Yara than HER LIFE?! I just had to know. My gut was right and I ended up loving this story!

This story is a combination of multiple paranormal / fantastical creatures. It’s not just mermaids and selkies like the description includes. There are also bird like Sirens, Ghost like figures, and Gorgons!! Yes Gorgons, as in Medusa. Snake hair and a gaze that turns you to stone MEDUSA! Karen Amanda Hooper added elements that basically made it to where I could not put this story down because I just HAD to know how it all tied together. 

The characters were strong, though some more than others. You may think that there is going to be a love triangle in the beginning of the story, but rest assured there is not. I really enjoyed the push and pull of the romance that was there and really can’t wait to see how it grows! Yara was a very …. Stubborn girl.. but she has her reasons. With all the lying going on around her and being forced to become a mermaid against her will, who wouldn’t be a bit pissed off and hard headed?

Sometimes the world got a bit confusing with so many elements going on. At times it frustrated me, and at others I thought ” this is probably how Yara feels about everything that’s going on. Overwhelmed.” 

The story has some great scenes. The concepts were wonderful and really had me entranced during certain scenes. There is some wonderful humor, interesting mythology, new ideas on mer and selkie lore, some heartbreak and deceit…. It just really all blended together wonderfully. 

There were definitely some complications with the story. Some ideas that didn’t quite mesh well, some moments when it seemed over the top, and some writing that didn’t quite feel polished. BUT the overall story held me and had me wanting more. None of those things made me want to stop the book or even put it down for a moment.

I would highly recommend Tangled Tides to fans of Mer and Selkie stories, and also fans of mythology. These elements are combined in a way that I hadn’t experienced before and I think other readers will really enjoy it!



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Earthbound by Aprilynne Pike

Earthbound (Earthbound #1) 
by Aprilynne Pike

Hardcover, 352 pages


Published July 30th, 2013 by Razorbill


I received Earthbound from Library Thing in exchange for an honest review, all thoughts and opinions are my own! 

Mystery, Action, Romance, and a Unique 
Mythology

Synopsis from Goodreads but edited by Brittany:

Tavia Michaels is the sole survivor of the plane crash that killed her parents. When she starts to see strange visions of a boy she’s never spoken with in real life, she begins to suspect that there’s much about her past that she isn’t being told. Tavia immediately searches for answers, desperate to determine why she feels so drawn to a boy she hardly knows. But when Tavia discovers that the aunt and uncle who took her in after her parents’ death may have actually been responsible for the plane crash that killed them–and that she may have been the true intended victim–she flees for the safety of Camden, Maine, where the boy she sees in her visions instructs her to go.

Aprilynne Pike has crafted a story so unique and mysterious that you wonder where the spiral is going to lead. Twists and turns around every corner made it a can’t-stop-even-for-bedtime read. By the end of the story I was completely invested in Tavia’s journey and loved her character.  BUT, I did not find the world building in this book as strong as the world she created in Wings.  This could be due to the fact that Tavia doesn’t really know who or what she is for most of the story. Now, let’s talk romance! 

Love Triangles, Love Triangles, Love Triangles!!!!

This love triangle isn’t your typical Bella-Edward-Jacob, it isn’t just about who looks better without a shirt, it deals with the fate of the world.  I don’t want to give away any good details but I was definitely rooting for the librarian, though he is not exactly what he seems to be. I should have known. A cute male librarian seems too good to be true… or is it? 


This book combines all of the elements to make a dang good story.  It is a page turner that doesn’t leave many questions unanswered at the end, thank you Aprilynne Pike. That being said, every good answer leaves a trail to new questions. The first book was very good but it sets up to have a strong second book of the series.



Brittany’s Rating: 





  

Revel By Maurissa Guibord

Revel by Maurissa Guibord

Hardcover, 352 pages

Published February 12th 2013

by Delacorte Books for Young Readers

There’s an island off the coast of Maine that’s not on any modern map.

Shrouded in mist and protected by a deadly reef, Trespass Island is home to a community of people who guard the island and its secrets from outsiders. Seventeen-year-old Delia grew up in Kansas, but has come here in search of her family and answers to her questions: Why didn’t her mother ever talk about Trespass Island? Why did she fear the open water? But Delia’s not welcome and soon finds herself enmeshed in a frightening and supernatural world where ancient Greek symbols adorn the buildings and secret ceremonies take place on the beach at night.

Sean Gunn, a handsome young lobsterman, befriends Delia and seems willing to risk his life to protect her. But it’s Jax, the coldly elusive young man she meets at the water’s edge, who finally makes Delia understand the real dangers of life on the island. Delia is going to have to fight to survive. Because there are monsters here. And no one ever leaves Trespass alive.

I like to experiment. Since I am a cover lover, I sometimes pick out books to read based solely on their covers, and just hope the contents do it justice. That’s exactly what I did with Revel. Though honestly, the description ( now that I have read it ) is wonderfully elusive as well! Unlike many descriptions that give away 1/2 the story before you read the first chapter!

 My reactions within the first few chapters were all over the place! Like A fish out of water flip floppin on the deck! * Snickers* 

* No one will take her to Trespass Island? … huh.. weird.
* Weird old man rolling literal Knuckle bones to make decisions ? Even Weirder!
* WTF is in the water! o.O
* … Gonna smack the Grandma…
* AWE nvm, Gonna Hug her!
* Oh Cute guy!… Ugh Jerk… Awe Sweet!     

Seriously.. my emotions were everywhere. 

Thankfully this didn’t last through the whole book. Slowly I started to work out what was going on and it was like an ” ah ha” moment. ( Nope, not gonna tell ya (; ) 

Trespass island is filled with mysteries that will keep you guessing. An almost cult like atmosphere that will have you questioning your feelings about the characters, and some gruesome and terrifying scenes that may leave some with nightmares. 

In the midst of all this we have Delia, a character that won my heart in the first chapter when readers learn she was removed from her last foster home because she spoke up and called the cops because the foster mom was smoking in the car with a baby. This girl knows what she believes in and fights for it tooth and nail. She recognizes that things are not just black and white, but varying shades of grey. Ex: the Glaukos are creatures who did at one point attack, but when she sees one in obvious distress she cannot ignore it’s cries of pain. 

This story had some major twists that left me stunned. A few I was able to guess a little earlier on than others, but still shocked me non the less. The Revel, The Glaukos, Sean, even Delia herself has secrets to share. 

The only thing that left me wanting was the back stories on some of the other characters. Zuzu and Jax in particular. We learn very little about  their lives before Delia arrived. I would have loved to know more about their lives growing up on the island. As far as I know this is a standalone ( though personally, I can see a possibility for more ) which makes me even more sad that we don’t learn more about these side characters. 

Overall though I was thrilled with this story! I highly recommend it for fans of mythology/ folklore, dark stories and strong Female MC’s! 

Rating: 5/5