6. stu 2013.

(Blog Tour) Waterfell (Aquarathi, #1) by Amalie Howard


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Release date:
October 29th, 2013.
Harlequin Teen

Book summary:

"Nerissa Marin hides among teens in her human form, waiting for the day she can claim her birthright—the undersea kingdom stolen from her the day her father was murdered. Blending in is her best weapon—until her father's betrayer confronts Nerissa and challenges her to a battle to the death on Nerissa's upcoming birthday—the day she comes of age.

Amid danger and the heartbreak of her missing mother, falling for a human boy is the last thing Nerissa should do. But Lo Seavon breaches her defenses and somehow becomes the only person she can count on to help her desperate search for her mother, a prisoner of Nerissa's mortal enemy. Is Lo the linchpin that might win Nerissa back her crown? Or will this mortal boy become the weakness that destroys her?"

      And I thought this would be a Little Mermaid re-telling. I was sure Waterfell would be a retelling of Andersen's famous fairy tale about mermaid princess  who fell in love with a boy and wanted to be human so she could be with him. Even after first few pages I wasn't sure, everything pointed out to that premise, but quickly I realized I was wrong.

      Our heroine, Nerissa, is not human but also she is not mermaid no matter the fact that her "natural habitat" is sea and ocean. She goes to high school, has friends, goes out, have guardians and big brother who likes to stick his nose where he shouldn't and, of course, there is hot, new guy . Typical girl, if you ignore the fact that she is a monster. Okay, she is not monster. But you'll have to read the book to figure out things for yourself. 

      To be honest, plot is quite predictable (or maybe it's just me and the fact that I read over hundred books like this so I know what to expect), but what makes it fresh and new is mythology. I enjoyed that part of the story the most, but I wish that Amelie Howard focused more on that aspect of her novel than the romance. Some parts have unfinished feeling, but I am guessing that we will find out everything in the sequels. 
 
      Romance. I believe that it won't be a big surprise for most of the readers that central motif of the Waterfell is love. Nerissa and Lo - the almost star crossed lovers. Some parts felt little bit over the top, but on the other hand there were few really hot scenes (young adult hot, nothing else).

      Characters. Typical for this genre and, for me, not so  likeable, especially Nerissa who is mostly self-centered and selfish. I didn't find her "transformation" very believable and honest. Lo was okay, I wondered few times how could he go along with all  Nerissa's mood changes, but his background was something I didn't predict until the very end.

    Who should read it? All of you who love young adult paranormal romance novels. I think that younger readers will probably enjoy it more that older ones.

Happy reading,

Broj komentara: 35:

  1. I am having a hard time getting excited over this one. I just am not a fan of sea stories and so far the reviews of this one haven't exactly been dazzling. Glass, you have some high points, but the predicatibility is another miss for me. I just don't think this book is for me.

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    1. Heidim it made me finally realize that I'm over my YA paranormal phase. I think I would love it more few years back.

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  2. I love the cover on this, it is gorgeous!! I will be honest, I have a deep love hate relationship with books like this one, I always want to love them but seldom ever do, yet I buy them all the darn time!!

    Even though this was predictable, I still want to give it a try and more than likely will at some point in time.

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    1. Cover was first thing that got my attention too.:) I hope you'll like it more than I have.

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  3. I've mostly read negative reviews for this so it's nice to see a more positive one. I'm glad you enjoyed it!

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  4. This sounds pretty good! I like paranormal romance, so even if the plot is somewhat predictable, I think I'll enjoy it. Great review :)

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    1. Thank you, Montana. Keeping my fingers crossed, I hope it will work out for you.

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  5. The mythology does sound interesting, but it's a shame it seems so similar to many other paranormals with the focus on romance. I might give this one a try. Thanks for sharing your thoughtful review!

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    1. I think that If you read enough YA paranormal books, there isn't a lot of things that could surprise you.

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  6. I was not a fan of this book at all. It was so damn predictable and Nerissa was such a bitch towards Lo. Ugh.

    Great review, Glass! <33

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    1. Now I have to find your review, Melanie.:)
      Thank you.

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  7. Eh.. well, I'm sorry the book was predictable. While it can be a good thing somtimes, I mostly prefer my books to be unpredictable. There's nothing better than the moment: WHAT IS THATTTT???? or I KNEW IT! GOTCHA!!!! ;) Lately I've been craving for more friends-to-lovers romances rather than starcrossed ones, but I don't mind one in YA lit. It's not on my tbr list and based on your review I don't exactly want it to be since I'm looking for more unique books atm, but I hope you'll enjoy the sequel :)

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    1. I know, but it's getting harder every time to fin something unpredictable. Thank you, Siiri.

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  8. Sorry this didn't meet up to your expectations, Glass. I find I'm less tolerate of YA Paranormal reads lately. Especially if the heroine is as you described. Great honest review. :)

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    1. You and me both, Rachel. Thank you.
      I'm looking forward to our buddy read!<3

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  9. Thanks for your thoughts! I'm sorry to hear it focused a bit too much on the romance. I think that's a problem in a lot of YA these days.

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    1. You're welcome. As I said, I think younger readers will love it.

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  10. wonderful review. Sad that it's a bit predictable but I can understand why. When I first saw this book I was very excited for it. But I have read so many negative reviews recently I am a little on the fence. Thought I am still curious :)

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    1. Maybe you should still give it a try. I don't always agree with my "reading buddies" and sometimes I end up liking the book amost everyone hated.
      Thank you, Lily.

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  11. Sorry that this book was a little predictable in places for you Glass. I'm quite wary when it comes to reading paranormal books, so don't think that this book will be for me :( But thank you for the lovely review!

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    1. You're welcome. I'm glad I could help you decide.

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  12. I thought this was Little Mermaid re-telling too! This sounds, like you said, predictable and like too many ya paranormal novels I have read recently. I'm glad I didn't request review copy of Waterfall now (or bought it).
    Thanks for a honest review Glass.

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    1. I think I'm too old for this kind of stories.:(

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    2. I always think the same thing when I don't get the latest popular ya paranormal novel. Maybe we are too old. LOL

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    3. I have same issue with adult paranormal stories too - they just don't tend to keep my attention for very long.

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  13. I agree with everything you said, especially the predictability of the book. This one was not for me either. I honestly think it was marketed incorrectly because it made it seem like a fantasy mermaid book when it was more of a contemporary paranormal. Great review, Glass!

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    1. So it's not just me - you noticed that too.
      Thank you, Becca.

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  14. I read a review, not realizing it was a spoiler but I know what she is now and I am intrigued! Hmm, and it's a contemporary paranormal how interesting!

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  15. I really didn't like this book because of how predictable it was and how annoying Nerissa was. She's one of those main characters who lacks a back bone and is just plain frustrating.
    You and I seem to have had the same reaction.
    Great honest review, Glass.

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    1. I don't like it when I can't relate with main character or when I'm mostly annoyed by her/him. Thank you, Nick.

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  16. Waterfall does look really good but nowadays I've also become super picky with the YA books I read, especially the paranormal one. Contemporary I'm pretty sure I can read anything but I'm having mixed feelings about Waterfall. Thanks for your great review Glass! :)

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    1. I have same issue Janhvi - even with adult paranormal books. I quickly lose patience.
      Thank you.<3

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  17. At first I thought this is surprisingly good and you had me at star-crossed lovers, but then you mention Nerissa's self centered nature and unbelievable transformation, and now I'm on the fence. I think I'll give it a try. Thanks for putting this on my radar :)

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    1. If you're usually fan of this kind of stories, you might like it. Lately I enjoy contemporary much more than paranormal novels.

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