Tangled Tides by Karen Amanda Hooper
Published: October 14th 2013 by Starry Sky Publishing
Book 1 in the Sea Monster Memoirs series
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.
I bought the Kindle edition of this book off of Amazon for free. For a free book, it was very good. I started it last night when I couldn’t go to sleep and I finished it by early evening the next day!
“Screw the rules, damn the consequences, and just love. Love until it kills you, because there’s nothing better worth dying for.”
Yara’s story quickly sucked me in from the very beginning. One page she is a human trying to get her house ready for the storm, and the next page she is a mermaid. From there the action just keeps on going. Some of the aspects of why the mermaids and the selkies wanted Yara could have been explained a bit better or even a little bit earlier in the book, but for the most part it didn’t bother me too much. The only time it bothered me was when it was mentioned, but never explained because Yara wasn’t “ready”. Eventually, each of the different parties finally tell Yara their side of the story, and she is finally able to make her own decisions instead of having them made for her. By the end of the novel, Yara becomes a very strong and independent main character. I was rooting for her and Treygan to somehow find their happily ever after, and I was worried that we wouldn’t find out their fate until the second novel.
“Someone told me that after the clouds clear, the sky is a blank page waiting to be filled with sunbeam songs, moonlit poetry, and stories written in the stars.”
I liked how all of the different mythological beings all fit into the story. Sometimes when you have multiple aspects going on, a few of the groups don’t get entirely flushed out. In Tangled Tides, the mermaids, gorgons, selkies, and sirens all had a backstory and they all fit in perfectly together. With so many different groups, it definitely kept the storyline interesting with which side will “win” and which groups were sided together.
I give this book a 4 out of 5 stars.