July 20, 2012

My Friday Review: Tangled Tides

Title: Tangled Tides (The Sea Monster Memoirs, #1)

My Rating: 4 conch

Summary from Goodreads:

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.

The Review:

First of all, I have to say that this is the ONLY mermaid book I read while writing my mermaid series, because I was initially worried that our stories were going to overlap (with the selkies and all).  But I was pleasantly surprised.  Not only because our mythology and world building was different (whew), but also because I really enjoyed this story!  Karen has created a very magical and ethereal world where the majority of the story takes place under the water in a different land.  Yara is not only faced with discovering that she’s been turned into a mermaid, but she also plays an important role in the future of all water creatures.  I enjoyed seeing how Karen intertwined the fate of selkies and mer and I really liked the siren mythology.  I found that Yara started to grow up and mature throughout the book, and I am really curious to see what will happen with her next.  The love story fluctuated back and forth between Yara and Rownan and Yara and Treygan.  I was a little surprised with where that went, but not disappointed.  In all, it was a fast read and I am happy to see that there will be a sequel.

The Good:

A mythical take on mermaids, great twists on traditional storylines, and a complete tale that I finished in two days.

The Issue:

I will admit that the “c-weed” and “seagarettes” might have been what stopped me from giving this five conch.  It felt a little too YA in that respect, but it didn’t distract from the overall impact of the story.

The Rating:

4 conch - A quick and enjoyable read that will certainly entertain you. Go mermaids!


  1. I agree, I really enjoyed the world building also. I'm glad to hear there's a sequel. Didn't know that. :)

    And while I was writing my mermaid-type creature story, I also wouldn't read mermaid novels. ;)

  2. Yeah, I didn't want to accidentally steal any ideas or have them subconsciously influence my story. Now I'm diving into them. Ha!

  3. Aww, thanks Amber!
    I feel the exact same way as you do about reading other mer stories. It's why my TBR pile is so high, but I'm not going to start my mer bookathon until I finish writing Dangerous Depths. Your book is first on my line up though! :)

    1. You're welcome and I really enjoyed your story! I'm looking forward to Dangerous Depths and hope that you have a chance to tackle that pile soon. :)

  4. I totally agree with the 4 "conch"! I love this book! I read this one and then Grasping at Eternity and now I'm totally in love with Karen Amanda Hooper's writing! And am anxiously waiting for the sequels for each! Plus I love how Ms. Hooper and I were born in the same area! :D
    Great review!

    Alyssa Susanna

  5. Great review! I own this book but haven't had a chance to read it yet. Your review has bumped it up on my tbr list. :D


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