Karen Amanda Hooper
Release Date: November 25, 2011
Rating: 4 stars
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.
Tangled Tides by Karen Amanda Hooper has been a book I have been excited to read since I first heard about it, and I am happy to share that it was quite a stellar read. With its cool take on merfolk and a rocking cast of characters, Tangled Tides is a book you don’t want to miss.
The blend of mythology Karen Amanda Hooper explores in Tangled Tides was just fascinating. The different sea monsters, like sirens, mermaids, and selkies, are some of my favorite creatures to read about. Rarely do you get to experience more than one at once, and Tangled Tides does just that. It is a really neat combination of the different sea monsters coexisting towards their ultimate cause. It was completely new and I loved that. There were a few instances where I felt like too much was going on, as it got a bit confusing.
The beginning of the book was a bit disjointed. I was trying to figure out exactly what was happening and find some answers to the long list of questions I had. While the first half of the book does answer some questions, it was definitely in the second half of the book where the plot took off and everything began to become much clearer.
The characters are what absolutely made this book. I quite loved them all. Everyone brought something a little different to Tangled Tides and it was quite awesome. Seeing the relationships between all the characters were neat, as they all had such great bonds of friendship. I really loved Delmar. All the scenes with him were just great. Treygan – what a hunk! Seriously, I don’t think you could ask for a more caring, adorable guy.
Tangled Tides was a book I thoroughly enjoyed. It was a stellar debut from Karen Amanda Hooper. While it had a few flaws, overall it was a book that I really liked and am very curious to see what it next from Karen Amanda Hooper.
Now I have one ebook of Tangled Tides from one lucky person! Ends April 25 :)