Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Tangled Tides (The Sea Monster Memoirs 1) - Karen Amanda Hooper

The Book
Release Date: 25 November 2011

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 Opinion  5 STARS
**ARC Provided by Netgalley and All Night Reads for an honest review**

This book suckered me in from the first page. Yes I can understand that for some of you that this will not be your kind of book, but i'm a sucker for them.

Yara starts of rushing about her uncles house trying to secure the windows as there is a hurricane outside, it is there that she meets a good looking boy who turns her world upside down completely. When she wakes up, she is underwater and has been transformed into a Mermaid. Suffice to say she freaks out and thinks they are all monsters.

Treygan has been there since she was born and although she does not remember him at all has been there for her all her life on a mission with others along with her dead mother.

Yara has grown up with her Uncle Lloyd and he has helped prepare her for the world she will come in contact with without her knowledge. Not is Yara now a Mermaid, but she learns slowly the ways of the Mer-folk and how they have become trapped in the human world away from their home. She also discovers that not only was her father a Selkie, but that her mother was a siren.

Unfortunate accidents occur that bring Treygan and Yara further together and they form an emotional bond to each other, but Treygan tries his best to pretend that it is not there. It is clear however tho those closet to them that they have formed a close bond and are falling for each other.

Rownan is Treygans half brother, and where Treygan is a mer-man, Rownan is a Selkie. He has been up on land for the last few weeks gaining Yaras trust and being there as her boyfriend without the label. Rownan and his Selkie kind have their own designs on what they want with Yara. Rownan is charged with getting them what they want, how they want it.

Again after having been foiled by Treygan as few times the Selkies come close to their goal, however a conflicted Rownan goes to his father a Gorgan for help. He no longer feels comfortable with their plan. His father comes up with a better plan that will involve the help of others and may also cause his demise.

Unbeknownst to Treynan that plan is hatched and Yara is clued into the plan as it means that Treynan will no longer have to died and trade his life for hers. A plan that would have failed anyway. With love in her heart and great strength, Yara and those around her in the plan put things into motion, even if some things don't go quite as they thought they would.

In the end however someone has to die and so Yara does. It is only when she is in the in-between that she can plea bargain with those with the power to help both sides of the party. 

Treynan is distraught that Yara has gone and sits with her stone body until it starts to crack. He is amazed to find skin underneath and helps her out of her casing. That however is when the gate opens and the Gardon whisks away Yara from his arms.

The creatures who were trapped out of their realm, swim in and Treynan is last, where he finds himself outside the place where he knows that Yara is trapped. He vows to stay there until he can see her. It is not long before the transformed but happy Yara finds him and they can be togther.

I really loved this story, but then I love most books with this kind of story and folklore mix.

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