- Paperback: 344 pages
- Publisher: Match Books (May 6, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0988976161
- ISBN-13: 978-0988976160
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.8 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 8 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,141,898 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Turning Tides (Elements, Book 3) Paperback – May 6, 2014
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The story begins with Aidan back home, on the remote island where she was born and where elemental Waters have lived for generations. It isn't a pleasure visit, either. She's on trial for working with humans and spilling "classified" elemental secrets. The other elementals are far from happy with her, and they don't even know the worst of it. You see, dual magics like Aidan are considered too dangerous to live, and if anyone found out she is one, she'd have a hot date she doesn't want with the execution block. She's hoping she can walk away from this with nothing more than a slap on the wrist, but as so often happens, where Aidan goes, crazy follows. In this case, it's the killing kind, and worse, her best friend Sera is the prime suspect.
And that, my friends, is just the tip of the crazy iceberg that is this book.
One of the things that makes the Elements series so great, IMO, is how well all of the core characters fit together. Each one is fantabulous in his or her own way, but they are at their shining best when they are all working to solve a common problem. It's pure magic, folks. Author Mia Marshall does an incredible job giving each character their own distinct voice and personality, and a role to play in the story. In Turning Tides, the group starts off fragmented, but to my great relief, circumstances conspired to bring them all back together again - and yes, I was totally happy dancing when that happened! Simply put, this group belongs together and I hope they are never separated again. (You hear that, Mia Marshall? No breaking up the Scooby Gang, okay?)
As always, the mystery element of the story was well-constructed, with clues and false clues laid all over the place. As the story progressed, the mystery became more involved, and I'll admit there were a few times I got lost in all of the twists and turns, but that is not a criticism. Far from it. If anything, it made me turn the pages that much faster because I simply HAD TO KNOW what would happen next and who was behind it all.
The world-building was stellar as well. With each book, we learn a little more about the elementals, and the information always arrives at the right time, in just the right way. No info dumping or clunky speeches for readers to trip over. Everything just flows, like the water Aidan draws her power from.
About the romance. There's been one developing between Aidan and bear shifter Mac since book one, and in Turning Tides, it finally, finally got some much-needed page time. I was over-the-moon thrilled at the forward progress Aidan and Mac made and I ate up every scene they had together - oh boy, did I ever - but at the same time, I was pulling my hair out over all the interruptions and reasons that kept them from doing what I am desperate for them to do (damn those keen shifter ears!). I am all for a slow burn but if these two characters don't hit the sheets soon, I can't be held responsible for my actions. Seriously.
Turning Tides is another great installment in the Elements series. It does everything right (well, aside from denying me a scene where Mac and Aidan tear each others' clothes off and go at it like rabbits, LOL). The pacing was great, the dialogue was even better, the mystery kept me guessing, and I got to spend time with some of my favorite characters. Wins all around!
If you love the urban fantasy genre as much as I do and haven't picked up these books yet, you need to. Immediately.
RATING: 4.5 Stars ★★★★1/2
***A copy of this book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review***
Though I didn’t read the first two books in the series, I had no trouble understanding the situation, the relationships, or elemental society. I did struggle with Aidan Brook’s age; she’s supposed to be chronologically in her 60s, but is the equivalent of an adolescent in her own society of near-immortals. She reads as a teenager in much of the book, and lacks the wisdom I’d expect from someone who’s already lived so long (by human standards.) Her friends have the same sense of perma-youth; they’re funny, loyal, and probably the highlight of TURNING TIDES, especially ex-Air Force pilot-slash-otter-shifter Miriam and frequently naked cat-shifter Simon – though sexy bear-man Mac ain’t bad either.
Marshall does an excellent job clarifying things for new readers without making it seem like an exposition dump, and gives a good sense of what these elemental powers feel like, but since I didn’t read the first two books, I don’t have much of an emotional attachment to the characters, which I think makes me less sympathetic to the ending. A lot of the conflict in the novel comes from Aidan’s fears of going insane, after she finds out that she’s a dual magic –a split-personality with god-like powers just waiting to happen. And when it does happen, Marshall puts the reader in Aidan’s mind, successfully showing why the threat of a dual magic is scary. So scary, it seems like a cheat when her friends give her actions a pass. She seems to give herself a pass, too, expressing feelings of guilt, but not quite feeling them, and leaves the destruction in her wake. She solves the mystery, and while not unscathed, gets off the island with her friends, her boyfriend, and her life, which may be a happy ending she doesn’t deserve.