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Tangled Tides (Sea Monster Memoirs) Paperback – November 25, 2011
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About the Author
Karen was born and bred in Baltimore, frolicked and froze in Colorado for a couple of years and is currently sunning and splashing around Florida with her two beloved dogs. She's addicted to coffee, chocolate and complicated happily-ever-afters.
Karen has been making up stories for as long as she can remember. In high school she discovered her passion for putting her thoughts onto paper, but it wasn't until her late twenties that she wrote her first novel. Due to her strong Disney upbringing, she still believes in fairytales and will forever sprinkle magic throughout all of her novels.
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Top Customer Reviews
1. I did not find the characters in this novel had realistic reactions to the unfolding events. Yara wakes up underwater as a mermaid? Sure, that was taken in stride and she was swimming about like..well, a fish... in no time at all. I'm quite certain most people would shoot to the surface in a panic, first off, and be flailing around with their new tail like fish on dry land.
2. Once again, this novel is another sappy romance where every touch is like fire and they fall in love in 18 days. The last one I read was a week and a half, so it hasn't broken any records, but it was close. To boot, she's 18, he's centuries old. Talk about cradle robbing.
3. They spend the vast majority of their time on land, because, you know, they can instantly transform their tails into legs. What's the point of having mermaids in your book if they are on their legs the majority of the time?
4. Very little description or explanation is given about Eden's Hammock. Or where the Selkies are. Or where anybody is or what the world looks like for that matter.
5. The protagonist has it ....easy. Everything seems to be given to her. She always has her love interest there to protect her or show up in the nick of time. And the conclusion is simply unrealistic.
All in all, not a novel I particularly enjoyed, but it killed some time.
Here's what I liked: read above
Why I'm giving it a low rating - Mild spoilers: Yeah, the lore is creative, but that's as far as it goes. Sadly, the story is ruined by the MC, Yara. She's your typical special snowflake. At first, it was just because she changed to a yellow immediately instead at the customary red. The reason behind that was actually not too bad, but you don't know until the end and by then, there are too many more special snowflakes about her. Yara is typically stubborn, whining, selfish, idiotic, and very I'm gonna do the thing because you can't stop me even though I know I shouldn't really do the thing.
*We also get the "I'm so in love with this person, they're my soul mate, so I can't possibly do anything without them at my side." deal. Let me starve and wither away. The author tried to explain it off as some weird thing to see an angel, but all that noise about how tragic and tortured she is just made me want to roll my eyes away from the book and never return to it.
*At this point, since everyone knows what Yara is and what her role is, I would assume she'd find out sooner than she really did. Why keep such a thing secret anyway? All it did was cause more problems. The Violets should have realized that, for real.
*Yara and Treygan's love. I didn't really believe in their emotions for each other. It was a sudden shift from Yara yelling about her boyfriend to wanting to kiss Treygan, and of course Treygan thought she was stubborn and childish to suddenly thinking she's his only shot at love, or whatever. Then that whole Lloyd saying it's been like that since she was 8. Yeah, you're not selling this Eskimo ice any time soon.
*Rownan's ending. After everything he did and went through to get to Vienna, you'd think we'd get to see him go through the gate. Since he had his own POV why not? Now I'm stuck assuming he's sulking in the shadows because he most likely fell in love with Yara anyway - go figure.
*Finally, poor editing.
I liked the characters a lot. However, Yara didn't seem 18 to me... many of her reactions to things made her seem about 10 years older. And if she was only 18, it was a little creepy for my taste that the guys interested in her were something like twice her age (got trapped on this side 18 years ago and they must have been grownup at the time). I know that they were supposedly paranormal beings, but it still struck me as a little weird just given how young she was supposed to be. As long as I wasn't thinking of her just turning 18, then I enjoyed the romance aspect of this novel.
I didn't read any of the plot summary (which I think gives away WAY too much of the story!) prior to reading the book. Thus, I didn't know who the "hero" was supposed to be (that really increased my enjoyment of the book as I tried to figure out each character's motivations). I liked how the book alternated among the perspecives of yara, Rownan and Treygan. It was nice to get differing points of view and see what the various people were thinking. The author did a nice job of making this a seemless transition and before each new section, it indicated whose point of view we would be reading about.
The world imagined by the author was quite interesting. There were Mer-People, Selkies, Sirens, Gorgons, etc. I do wish that we knew more about the backgrounds of Treygan and Rownan. We got a few hints, but we didn't know anything of their families, other people left behind (other than for one person I won't give a spoiler on), or what some of them have been doing for the last 18 years. The mystery surrounding Yara was intriguing and things were revealed before I got annoyed (sometimes authors drag things out too long... that did not happen here). I didn't skip any parts of the book and enjoyed reading what was going to happen next. I did think that the ending was a little too neatly wrapped up and seemed over-the-top unrealistic to get the "Happily Ever After". However, major kudos for having the book wrap up (I'm starting to hate trilogies and cliffhangers as it seems like every book lately has one or both of these devices to get you to purchase further books!).