Saturday, November 16, 2013

Review : Waterfell (The Aquarathi #1) by Amalie Howard

Release Date: October 29, 2013
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Source: NetGalley
Author Links: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads

Nerissa Marin hides among teens in her human form, waiting for the day she can claim her birthright—the undersea kingdom stolen from her the day her father was murdered. Blending in is her best weapon—until her father's betrayer confronts Nerissa and challenges her to a battle to the death on Nerissa's upcoming birthday—the day she comes of age.

Amid danger and the heartbreak of her missing mother, falling for a human boy is the last thing Nerissa should do. But Lo Seavon breaches her defenses and somehow becomes the only person she can count on to help her desperate search for her mother, a prisoner of Nerissa's mortal enemy. Is Lo the linchpin that might win Nerissa back her crown? Or will this mortal boy become the weakness that destroys her?

Talk about a book being NOT what you expected! I thought this was going to go into my every growing pile of mermaid books. So color me shocked when I finally realized what Nerissa was, and where she came from.
Yeah. She's so not a mermaid.

I thought this book was heading straight into typical territory after the first chapter or so, but then it surprised me by taking off in an entirely different direction.
And I want to tell you...I really really do! But part of the reason I enjoyed Waterfell so much was because I had no idea what kind of book I was in for.
The characters were fully formed, the pacing was great, and every time I thought I had what was going to happen next figured out, everything flip-flopped on me.

Nerissa is the heir to the Aquarathi throne, and after her father's murder, the Aquarathi family that guarded her took her to safety. When she comes of age, she is expected to go back and fight for her throne, but Nerissa isn't in any hurry. She enjoys living in the human world and pretending to be a regular girl. Playing soccer, surfing, and hanging out with her best friend sure beats going back to face a people who aren't sure if you're fit to rule. See, before her father's death, Nerissa was simply the King's Irresponsible Daughter. And now? Well, she isn't sure. It seems like a lot of pressure and responsibility for something that she doesn't even want.  And with her mother and father both dead, there really isn't any reason to go back...right
Except that her guardians haven't exactly told her everything.

Secrets, betrayals, and possibly even true love..
What more could I ask for?

If you enjoy books that twist and turn into unexpected places, then you're definitely gonna want to get your hands on this one! 

There's a fade to black sex scene toward the end that plays into the plot. I didn't personally think it was inappropriate, and I would have no problem letting my girls read this when they are teenagers. I'm just tossing it out there as an FYI for anyone looking to buy this for their (or someone else's) teen. Teenagers? Yes.
Tweenagers? Probably not.


Bookworm Brandee said...

Well, color me intrigued! Waterfell was already on my radar, but now? Yep, it's moving up higher in priority. I love when books surprise me! Thanks for the fantastic review!

Katrina Marie said...

I really need to read this asap. It sounds great, and I love books that throw me for a loop!


Hope you both love it!

aparajita said...

on the same boat dear, i'm beginning to think that synopsis is meant to mislead us....... seriously i'm eager for Oceanborn after reading that little teaser.

Aparajita @Le' Grande Codex
my review


Oceanborn does look good!

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