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Spring Tide (Tide Series) (Volume 1) Paperback – March 15, 2015
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About the Author
K. Dicke (it's pronounced Dick-ee, 'nough said) left the lucrative-but-boring field of accounting to pursue her dream of having superpowers--or at least writing about superpowers. She might be one of very few Midwestern moms who loves both surfing and needlepoint. Visit her online at tideseries.com
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Top Customer Reviews
Kris just graduated high school and is staying in a beach house with her best friend before college.
She meets a hot surfer named Jericho who is not all he seems. She is also being pursued by another.
The whole book was focused on Kris becoming aware/seeing. The flow would stutter and became frustrating. I would be reading about one thing then all of a sudden it would change to something totally unrelated.
50% in, I still had no clue what the book was about or where it was going.
The main characters Jericho and Kris were annoying at best with the constant.
Kris come here... No go away… Come here, i need you.... No stay away, it’s not time. Grrrrrrrr
Before I knew it there were declarations of “I love you’s” being thrown around and not a drop of Romance in sight.
At 77% i finally new who or what Kris and Jericho were. Kind of. But there's never any clear explanation of what the non-human characters in the story are.
What are the supernaturals?
Why are they here?
What is their purpose?
What/who is the higher power?
I didn’t connect with any of the characters. Jericho was always disappearing to god knows where to do god knows what.. Derek and Kris were or weren’t together, Kris might have been raped. There were just too many situations that were so vaguely described it wasn’t very clear on what actually happened.
I zoned out so many times whilst reading this. It felt like I was reading this book forever.
Spring Tide is a brilliant example of why I take part in read for reviews! I really, really enjoyed the first installment in K. Dicke's Tide series and I will definitely be reading the next installment, Tidal Wave (out Fall 2015) . This is definitely something to read if you enjoyed Jennifer L. Armentrout's Lux series.
The thing I loved most about this book was Kris' voice and character - I really connected with her, which is a massive plus for me when I'm reading a novel (big surprise there!). I loved that she had been developed really well by K. Dicke and this shows in the writing. Kris is sporty, loves to cook, hates jellyfish and is generally like most other 18/19 year olds: she spends time with her friends, she thinks guys are cute and she's finding her feet away from her parents. I also loved Kris' love interest, Jericho, I liked his mystique, his protectiveness, his surfing side, and his ability to give Kris space when she needed (I liked it that he wasn't overbearing this makes a change when compared to some other main love interests in recent novels). It didn't hurt that he was described as all kinds of yummy either! The secondary characters were developed as well to a high level which, in my opinion, really adds something to a story. If I had one critique about the characters it would be that Kris' mother and brother, although mentioned a few times, aren't really featured in the book that much and I find this hard to believe that at 18/19 she wouldn't have more of a motherly input - especially as it seems that she had a fairly good relationship with her.
But the thing I loved most about this book..? Its attention to detail. K. Dicke really put in her research! The detail around recipes, cooking, kitchen knowledge, and surfing really added a lot for me. I think this is partly because this is definitely a slow build novel and I can see why this will put some people off. But that's ok, because not everyone has to like the same style of writing, I prefer my books this way because I personally love the detail and character development that can occur as a result of this - but that's just me.
My main critique of this book was that I would really have liked to have explored the 'darks' more, I think K. Dicke could have made more of this. However, I haven't read Tidal Wave yet so I'm guessing the 'darks' and 'brights' will be explored more there - or hopefully anyway! My other small critique of Spring Tide is that the beginning of the chapters can be a bit confusing - I get that the reader is supposed to guess who is talking but locating it somewhere might have made it slightly easier to read (i.e. 'earlier that day, somewhere on a deck overlooking the shoreline') and then bring us back to Kris with an indicator that we were following her again.
This was definitely a great read and I look forward to more of the Tide series - in fact my impatient nature made me so frustrated last night when I finished this book (at 2am) that I had to get up and distract myself by transcribing some of my interviews (seriously there is no quicker way to send me to sleep!) so that I could forget about my frustrations and try sleeping again.