Wednesday, December 7, 2011

TANGLED TIDES by Karen Amanda Hooper

Title: Tangled Tides
Author: Karen Amanda Hooper
Publisher: Rhemalda Publishing (November 25)
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher
To Purchase: Amazon  

Description: 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.

Young Adult fans of Mermaids, Selkies, Sirens and Gorgons will love this tale of the sacrifice one makes for genuine love. Love that could be lost at any moment to the ever-changing tides.

Review: Karen Amanda Hooper’s Tangled Tides will make readers wish they lived under the sea.

Yara’s eighteenth birthday isn’t about turning into an adult, but a monster. She’s transformed into a mermaid, and that’s only the beginning of what she discovers within our realm. Selkies, Sirens, and Gorgons also have a place, and she’s caught in the middle of being herself and saving sea monster-kind. Then, there is Treygan and Rownan. Two brothers who need her, but only one can have her. Yara has to discover what she is willing to sacrifice or they’ll all be doomed.

The beginning of Tangled Tides starts a bit slow for me and is a little confusing jumping in and out of three different points of view, but quickly the confusion clears up. Tangled Tides is an ingenious tale combining Greek myths and sea monsters, such as mermaids, selkies, etc. The characters swoop the reader up into their lives. Some parts brought smiles, laughter, and tears. I want to be a mermaid, then a siren, even a gorgon sounds pretty cool. Hooper unveils this magnificent world she created, and I want to live in it.

Despite the slight hiccups in the beginning, Tangled Tides by Karen Amanda Hooper has caught me by hook, line, and sinker. I can’t wait to delve below the sea in book two.