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Waterfell (The Aquarathi) Paperback – October 29, 2013
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"Howard has crafted a page-turning blend of magical realism and fantasy." -Booklist
Top Customer Reviews
Nerissa is not the kind of heroine I normally take a liking to. However with her it just works. Nerissa is a bit spoiled and bratty and she can be selfish at times. I'm not gonna lie, it grated on me in the beginning. But then I realized that she is a teen and she is acting like a teen. I feel like we get used to these kickass selfless teens who take on the world, but really that's not always going to be the case. Teens are irrational and bratty and can be selfish at times and that is realistic. Then throw in that she is a princess and of course she is going to be a bit spoiled. Once I realized this, I came to love her because she is real, aside from the paranormal, she reacts like any teen would and I loved that. She also learns from her mistakes and reflects on her actions to become a better person. She grows and becomes incredibly strong and lives up to her responsibilities.
Then there is Lo, who is all kinds of funny and sweet. I will admit that I guessed his secret early on, but that didn't keep me from hoping I was wrong. I really liked Lo and I'm sure girls will swoon all over him. Another character I have to mention is Speio. Speio needs a smack! Man he drove me bananas.
Now I need to take a second to mention Jenna. I absolutely loved this girl. She was such a great friend and everyone deserves a Jenna in their life. So many times the BFF turns out to be mean or catty or jealous under the facade, but Jenna was just great. I love that she is a friend through and through.Read more ›
Even though Waterfell is about supernatural beings that live underwater, it is a far cry from your typical mermaid romance. In fact, the species here aren't even mermaids; they're Aquarathi, a vividly created variety of alien, who look more like Loch Ness monsters (but can take on human forms) and reside at the bottom of the ocean.
The alternate Aquarathi world Howard constructs is stunning and really elaborate, but that's where my praise for this book ends. As detailed as Nerissa's universe is and as original as the story was, everything is painfully predictable, from the character twists (I guessed Lo's "deep dark secret" the moment we meet him), to the final battle against Ehmora, which isn't only predictable, but also anticlimactic. There are random curveballs thrown into the plot--which I'll refrain from giving away out of respect for spoiler-phobics--and these are unexpected, but none of them are particularly shocking or significant to the story.Read more ›
I had an opportunity to read an early version of this book (its called an ARC?) and was delighted to see some changes, and most of book remaining the same. I loved it!! The relationship between the two main characters moved in a believable arc, and I loved that they weren't just an automatic happily ever after - they're 17 (and 18) for goodness sake! I truly enjoy Jenna's character as I think she really draws out Nerissa's humanity. The whole "love over fear" thing is too important a theme in the book, and her humanity represents the love part. The Aquathari can be a bit calculating in their machinations (or what we've seen so far), they seem to forget. There is even an element of "greater good" in Soren and Echlios (sorry if I'm spelling wrong - I don't have the book in front of me) - so the love/humanity part is even more important. So far, Jenna doesn't seem to have any flaws - but I don't think I want her to have any. I don't know if Nerissa could handle it, honestly. Jenna is the one she can count on. For all of her "alien" strength, I think Nerissa has great fragility emotionally (which makes for a wonderful story/character depth, but will allow her to shatter if something goes on with Jenna).
Not sure how I feel about Lo right now. Is he only coming to the "good" side because of his bond with Riss? Was he good before, but more lost? I know he was trying to protect his foster father, but will we get to see of who HE is in the next book (yes, I am already desperate for the next book in this series!)?Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Finally finished it! It kind of started out slow, but towards the end it got really exciting! Waterfell is about a princess of the ocean that has been forced inland because her... Read morePublished 13 months ago by momof3harts
I knew, almost immediately, that I was going to enjoy this book. The premise and plot, at least to me, were very original because I have not read anything like it before. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Meredith @ Pandora's Books
I bought this for my teenage daughter for her birthday and she absolutely loved it. She found a new favorite author and begs me to buy every book that she writes. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Kimberly Hawkshaw
I appreciate the arc of Waterfell, by Amalie Howard, given on behalf of NetGalley and Harlequin Teen. Waterfell is a fantasy about a girl with a very complicated life. Read morePublished 22 months ago by LynnDell P. Watson
Well, I don't wanna call it a mermaid story, because it's so very much more than that! It's fantastic, and interesting, and full of mythology, with a wonderful like twist. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Maghon Thomas
I love the idea of this series and I didn't want to wait in between books too long, so I put off reading this book. Read morePublished on July 25, 2014 by ConfessionsFR
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this title from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This has in no way affected my opinion of the book. Read morePublished on June 27, 2014 by Julie B
Waterfell is enchanting. Don't be deceived. It is not about overated and overwritten mermaid stories. Read morePublished on June 22, 2014 by Nazroon Ramsey
At A Glance
If you are looking for a good mermaid book, Waterfell is not it. This book had great promise but almost nothing happened and the main character was not... Read more