Review: Tangled Tides by Karen Amanda Hooper

Tangled Tides by Karen Amanda HooperTitle: Tangled Tides
Series: The Sea Monster Memoirs, #1
Author: Karen Amanda Hooper
Publisher: Rhemalda Publishing
ISBN: 9781936850433
Tags: Young Adult, Romance, Mermaids, Mythology, Paranormal
Source: Bought
Hearts: ♥ ♥ ♥

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.

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A sudden storm took her by surprise. Yara is having trouble to cover her window against the hard wind. Then a stranger appears out of nowhere . Is he one of uncle Lloyd’s tenants? She quickly shouts to him that he can take shelter here. The stranger, whose name turns out to be Treygan, helps her to cover the house. When they are safe  inside, Yara begins to question her decision. Will it be okay with a stranger? But then she looks him in the eyes and everything seems to fade away till only darkness remains…. 

When Yara slowly opens her eyes she is somewhere under water. She can see a couple of dolphins swimming in the distance. When she looks at herself, it turns out she ha a yellow tail! And yellow hair! And her whole body is covered with some kind of marks! What a weird dream is this! Then she sees a very dangerously looking merman swimming her way, who explains to her that this isn’t a dream and that he has turned her in a mermaid!

Yara is furious, who does he think he is? The merman is surprised at her anger, but he doesn’t want to answer any of her questions. Instead  he says to wait for her guardian, who will arrive any moment. A little later her guardian in the form of a blue merman arrives, and he’s none other than Treygan! She makes it also very clear to him what she thinks of the situation she’s in now. But Yara doesn’t know what the future will bring, and her turning into a mermaid is only the beginning….

Guess what attracted me to this book? Of course it’s the amazing cover! And then we have the very interesting blurb. Unfortunately I had to wait a little bit before I got to read this book. Turns out it takes more than 3 weeks to ship something from England to the Netherlands…. Isn’t England our neighbour? It takes less than a week if I want to get something from Germany! *sigh* O well, at least I got it in the end ^^

Enough about shipping stuff, let’s start talking about this great book. It starts with the amazing heroin, who’s certainly not afraid to give her opinion. Finally a heroin who isn’t afraid to show her teeth ^^ In comparison to Yara, Treygan stayed a bit on the background. He was a little bit too suicidal to my taste. Giving your live doesn’t automatically mean that the problems are solved. Also, think of the people you’ll leave behind! He just doesn’t seem to have the energy to keep fighting, although I liked how he changed at the end of the book ^^

Besides Yara and Treygan there’s another important person in this story: Rownan. You even experience a part of the story through his eyes, but I didn’t see the point of that. There’s no love triangle, so why is he so important? Although you get more information about the Selkies, it did not add value to the story. It could have been much more thrilling if you didn’t know what Rownan would do!

I like how the world of the merpeople and sirens is displayed. It feels and looks so beautiful. It was so easy for me to close my eyes and imagine how it would look like, although in my mind there were always lots and lots of sun-rays. Even when it’s supposed to be night. I don’t know why, but I apparently associate beautiful with lots of sunshine ^^ You also come across the myth of Medusa, in a whole new way and it gives a total different picture of her. A picture in which she’s someone who would die for her love, instead of the monster who would turn everyone into stone with her eyes.


3 HEARTS. The world of the merpeople was very fascinating and I loved discovering every piece, but Treygan made the enthusiasm I had cool down. I also didn’t like Rownan very much, I didn’t see why we had to read about him. Besides those “flaws” it’s still a good book to read and I recommend it strongly, if only to discover the wonderful world of Rathe ^^

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The Sea Monster Memoirs

  1. Tangled Tides
  2. Dangerous Depths (NotYet Published)

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