Tangled Tides (Sea Monster Memoirs #1)
by Karen Amanda Hooper
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.
Publisher: Starry Sky Publishing
Publication Date: October 14, 2013
I will admit that this cover is a bit over the top for me. I know this is a touchy subject for some authors (and I have sometimes been refused future review copies from authors I enjoy because I criticized a cover) but I wouldn't feel right if I glossed over it. I chose to read this book not because of the cover, but because I have read books from this author before and I like the way she writes.
This book didn't disappoint.
There are so many books out with mythical creatures, but so few that focus on the creatures of the sea. Karen Amanda Hooper did a great job of bringing some Greek myths to life in a way that wasn't cheesy or immature. She portrayed Yara's transition as something difficult and complicated to deal with, rather than something that she just shrugged off like it was nothing. The characters are multi-dimensional and interesting, with each side harbouring their own secrets.
Rating: Worth a Look
This book works as a Young Adult or even New Adult because of the ages of the characters and some of the themes. There are mature themes here, but nothing too explicit. I was surprised to find myself staying up late to finish this, and I'm looking forward to the next book in the series.