book review: tidal (watersong book 3)

Tidal (Watersong, #3)Tidal by Amanda Hocking

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This series! I keep thinking I’m going to stop reading it, but then I pick up the next book and somehow it draws me in again.

This book, the third in the series, was actually one of the best so far. I enjoyed reading some background on the sirens; the chapters set in their past were enjoyable as they brought to light the reasons some of the girls are the way they are now, and also they went deeper into the mystery of what happened to some of the previous sirens.

I feel like some parts of the ‘mystery’ are a bit obvious, and I did see a few of the clues coming. I’m interested to see the role that Thalia plays in the next book- I think she might have been supernatural.

Parts of this book were a bit cheesy, and I did cringe at a few of the scenes between Gemma and the men that can’t resist her.

Daniel lost a bit of my esteem when he decided to make a deal with Penn, but we’ll see how that plays out in the next book.

And yes, I will be reading the final book- in fact, it’s already being held at the library for me, so I’m hoping to pick it up soon.

Fans of supernatural, mythological creatures – stay with this series at least until this book. No guarantees about what the last one will be like.

**See my review of book one (Wake) and book two (Lullaby) **

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book review: lullaby

Lullaby (Watersong, #2)Lullaby by Amanda Hocking

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This was between a 2.5 and 3 star read for me. I can’t really explain it- while there’s nothing that stands out for me in these books, they are such easy reads! Once again, I found myself finishing this in a matter of days, without even noticing.

This book takes off right from the end of the first one, with Gemma having left home and Harper, her practical older sister, attempting to find her. The plot wasn’t anything overly exciting- Harper and Daniel (who are finally starting a relationship, but who are a bit more annoying in this book than I found them in the first one, mainly due to Harper’s odd refusal to start a relationship while searching for her sister. Come on- who turns down companionship when they’re dealing with this kind of craziness? You’d think she’d be grateful for the kind words and affection…), along with Gemma’s boyfriend Alex, research the strange bird-monster-mermaid creatures they witnessed, and come to the conclusion that Gemma’s been turned into a siren. They attempt to find, and rescue Gemma, as well as theorizing about how to kill sirens.

Somewhat frustratingly, this book contained less mythology than the first, and was mostly dialogue between characters, with a bit of action every once in a while. The craziest thing that happens is only really referred to reflectively, and doesn’t get described during the story. Not that I wanted a description of the gory event; I’m just emphasizing how very little action there was in the book.

The length of the book was a bit strange as well. I see that there are 2 more books to come, and feel that this one and the next could have perhaps been combined for a more satisfying story.

Anyways, despite the complaints above, I still enjoyed this enough to keep reading, and to begrudgingly mark book 3 as “to-read” when it comes out later this year. However, unless something really perks up in the story, I’m not sure I’ll be going back for book 4.

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book review: wake

Wake (Watersong, #1)Wake by Amanda Hocking

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Wake is an enjoyable start to a new series (Watersong). It features Gemma, a swimmer, who unwittingly gets involved in an age-old curse when she follows a mysterious, enchanting song out to a cove at night… and encounters three oddly beautiful girls; girls who have more of a secret than anyone suspects.

Gemma was a plucky heroine, but I empathized more with her older sister, Harper. Being the oldest child myself, I understood Harper’s mothering side, the need she had to make sure her family was safe, as well as her willingness to put her sister’s needs first, above her own.

Harper was a responsible, smart, and likeable character whom others referred to as ‘boring’, or ‘unadventurous’, but who I like to think was simply practical and trustworthy. The beginning of her relationship with Daniel, the scruffy guy who lives on a boat, was really cute to read. (Favourite lines from the book: Daniel: “This is really great coffee.” Harper: “Thanks. It’s Folgers.”) I found Harper’s side of the story just as interesting as Gemma’s.

The truth behind the three girls, Penn, Thea, and Lexi wasn’t really a surprise (view spoiler)[they’re sirens (hide spoiler)], due to the prologue as well as the fact that the book jacket kind of gives things away. So it wasn’t so much of a mystery, and there weren’t any shocking twists. Despite that, I liked reading the descriptions of Gemma’s transformation, and even reading the mythology surrounding the girls.

The most unbelievable part, to me, was how easily Gemma adapted to her transformation. You’d think a thing like that might leave you speechless for more than a few minutes, but she really seems to take things in stride, much as her own mother (suffering from brain trauma) does, when Gemma tells her the truth. I thought it was unlikely that Gemma would react the same way her brain-damaged mother did (view spoiler)[ “I’m a mermaid! I guess that’s cool, I do like the water, so…” (hide spoiler)]

As for Alex, the geek with the super-ripped muscly body? He was slightly underdeveloped (not physically, obviously, haha) for me. I get that he’s been friends of the family for ages… etc., he apparently spends his days playing video games but somehow has awesome muscles… okay… but I don’t really see the big deal for Gemma. However, I was more interested in Daniel, to be honest :)

Other than that, and suspending my disbelief for the duration of the book, it was a good story. I’ll probably read at least the second book, especially if it’s more of Harper and Daniel’s story.

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