Friday, 11 October 2013

Book Review: Tangled Tides by Karen Amanda Hooper

Tangled Tides by Karen Amanda Hooper
Series: The Sea Monster Memoirs #1
Publisher: Rhemalda Publishing
Publication Date: 25 November 2011
Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal
A little bit about Author
Born in Baltimore, now lives in Florida
Labels herself a self-proclaimed littel pixie
Has loved mermaids since the age of 2

Why did I choose this book/Source?:
I chose this book as part of an Author Promotions Program I belong to (NetGalley). The blurb sounded good but the cover sold it for me. 

What is the book about:
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.

My Review:
The opening chapters seemed a bit unrealistic. After the first few chapters I did I really start enjoying the book. I really enjoyed the way the chapters are set out and how every time the POV  - changes it has the character name and a picture. It makes it much easier and simpler to follow the story. I enjoyed the play on words like C-weed and seagarette.

Characters 4/5Yara - In the beginning Yara is bit naive and bratty. Her stubbornness really irritated me, where she just wanted to do her own thing all the time instead of learning how to be a mermaid. Then when she gets attacked she is scared because she doesn't know anything! Annoying, selfish and bratty! After the attack, I felt Yara became more likable and I started to connect with her and really enjoy the story. She transformed into a worthy heroine, and when it all came together I fell in love with this series.

Treygan - At first Treygan comes across as bit arrogant and rude, as well as patient and tolerant. I really enjoyed Treygan's journey and his transformation, where he started being honest with himself about his feelings. I liked Treygan from the beginning - he is my favorite character in this series. 

Rownan - Initially I really didn't like Rownan. He  came across as fake and heartless. He started dating Yara because of her important role and pretended to love her. As the story unfolded, I did soften up to him and appreciated his sacrifices and role in Tangled Tides. 

Plot, Writing style: 3.5/5
The plot was intriguing and I liked that it was not predictable. Karen writes really well and paced the story perfectly. Except for the beginning, which seemed a bit unrealistic and maybe dove too deep with no grounding, Karen built the story beautifully. 

Cover: 5/5
I loved this cover. It grabbed my attention from the beginning and is one of the most awesome covers I have seen for some time.  

My Rating:

Books in the series:


"The guy floating in font of me looked like he fit that description. Had I really been kidnapped and turned into a monster? If so, I wasn't going down without a fight.Are you feeling alright? Creepy Guy asked. Ofcourse not! I'm a mermaid, and you're the finhole who kidnapped me.HIs eyes widened. Maybe he thought he deserved more respect but, like my mother, I've never been good at controlling my temper. What is a finhole? he asked.As asshole, but custom-tailored for you."


  1. Nice review! I have this one for review, but I'm sad to say I don't think I'm going to get to it! It sounds like it was ok, but not sure if I could suffer through the unrealistic beginning...I have such a short tolerance for review books lately.. *shrug*

    Diamond @ Dee's Reads

    1. I am sure you will! You have been around longer in the blogging world than me :) I didn't think I would get it. It is worth a read :) maybe save it for a later date when you are in a magical mood, I am sure you will love Treygan :)

  2. The cover is totally wild. I like it too.

  3. Sometimes it takes a bit to really get into a book but as long as the rest is good, who cares. :)

    1. I agree. Sometimes giving the benefit of the doubt pays off in the end. By the end of the book I loved all the characters :)

  4. Replies
    1. Its a pleasure and Thank you for stopping by :) I am looking forward to Dangerous Depths!

  5. Interesting! It sounds like this is one that I'll need to stick with to get to the good parts - since everything seemed to start off rough, from the intro paragraphs to the chapters. I can handle that, though, if something better is coming and I do love mermaids! Great review :-)

    1. Thanks Berls :) Yes I agree, I think perseverance can definitely pay off with some books and this is one of them! I also love mermaid books :)

  6. The cover looks super cool but your review does bring its faults and charms to light, so I think I might be interested. I can't say I have read / seen anything involving merfolk since The Little yeah, I need to get that up to date!

    1. I fell inlove with this book because of the cover! It is definitely worth a shot :) Dangerous Depths is the follow up and it's just as amazing :) I love Mermaid books.. probably because I love the sea so much already!


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