Tangled Tides by Karen Amanda Hooper

Tangled Tides (The Sea Monster Memoirs, #1)

Title: Tangled Tides
Publisher: Starry Sky Publishing
Source: Netgalley
Rating: 4 Stars


Yara Jones doesn't believe in sea monsters--until she becomes one.

When a hurricane hits her island home and she wakes up with fins, Yara finds herself tangled up in an underwater world of mysterious merfolk and secretive selkies. Both sides believe Yara can save them by fulfilling a broken promise and opening the sealed gateway to their realm, but they are battling over how it should be done. The selkies want to take her life. The merfolk want something far more precious.

Treygan, the stormy-eyed merman who turned Yara mer, will stop at nothing and sacrifice everything to protect his people--until he falls for Yara. The tides turn as Yara fights to save herself, hundreds of sea creatures, and the merman who has her heart. She could lose her soul in the process--or she might open the gateway to a love that's deeper than the oceans.


My Thoughts

Who wouldn't want to be a mermaid?

Yara never even believed in mermaids until the day a hurricane hit her island home and turned her whole world upside down. Now she is in the middle of a battle between two different creatures Selkies and the merfolk. Both have a different idea on how she can save them, neither is good for her. The world building was fantastic and I was just immersed into this amazing world of not only mermaids, but a ton of amazing new creatures that I had a wonderful time getting to know. The way these two different cultures dealt with things and how they interacted with one another was so interesting.

Yara was definitely a character I could relate with. I also liked that her reactions were realistic and that when things got really crazy she didn't just accept them she actually freaked out and wanted answers. I feel that just makes it seem more real to me. She wasn't a whiny character though, She fought for herself. Even when her world was in chaos, she didn't let others rule her life she made sure everyone knew how she felt and didn't take crap from nobody.

Treygan was so much fun to read about. He was complex and compelling. I really liked his determination and loyalty to his people. He really was a good person and was willing to do anything to keep his people safe. Treygan was also a great match for Yara.

The romance was sweet and built up slowly. I really liked the "I hate to love you" type of thing going on. At first they were both against each other, but over time they got to know one another and slowly came to care for one another.

Dive into a whole new world of adventure in the deep blue!