Saturday, July 27, 2013

Review: Tidal (Watersong #3) by Amanda Hocking

Tidal (Watersong #3)
 
The magical world of Watersong is about to change forever. The answers Gemma and her friends have been searching for are finally revealed - but evil is closing in and time is running out....Gemma and Harper Fisher are facing the fight of their lives. Gemma has been cursed with extraordinary powers that have a terrifying dark side, but she's finally found what she needs - a way to break the curse and become human again. However, finding the means to do it will be her greatest challenge yet. And now Penn, Lexi, and Thea - the gorgeous but deadly creatures who cursed her - are determined to kill her before she has a chance. Making matters worse, Penn has her sights set on Daniel - the guy Harper loves - and Penn always gets what she wants.
As Gemma and Harper race to break the curse before it's too late, they're thrust deeper into a mythical world of immortal secrets. They must into their enemies' past to find the answers they need, even if it means being drawn deeper into their savagely beautiful world. But one of the girls is not what she seems...and Gemma finds an unlikely ally as she struggles to save herself. Will it be enough to break an ancient curse that no one has ever escaped from alive?
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Publication Date: June 4, 2013

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Kat's Review

This is the third of four books in the Watersong Series, and Amanda Hocking manages to keep the story moving quickly enough to maintain interest, but not so quickly that the reader loses track of what's important. Although this is a series, there's enough description and back story that even someone who hasn't read the previous books could follow along and figure out what's going on.

I really like that the series features females in the supernatural role, with all the good and bad that comes with it. They are sirens, so there is the siren song and the unbelievable beauty that comes with it, but Hocking doesn't shy away from the ugly side, the monster that lurks beneath the surface, always hungry for the kill. It's rare to see such complex female characters in YA novels, ones that are walk the line between good and evil. This book focuses on finding a way out for Gemma, who feels that everything she touches she destroys. Once she learns that a scroll may hold the key to destroying the curse, Gemma and her sister make fining it and decoding the curse their mission.  In the meantime, Penn is digging her claws into Daniel, Alex is struggling without Gemma, and Harper is supposed to be heading off to college.

This novel manages to interweave several storylines seamlessly, filling in lost pieces and even occasionally travelling back in time, without confusing the reader or causing one to lose the thread of the overall story.

Kat's Rating: A Good Read

This is a fun series that walks the line between sexy and suspenseful, all while keeping everything pretty PG.  The mythology is fun, and I'm truly curious to see how it all gets wrapped up when the final book is released in August.

I was provided with a complimentary copy of this title from the publisher in return for an honest review.

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