Thursday, February 28, 2013

Review: TIDAL by Amanda Hocking

*Read my reviews of Wake, Lullaby, and Forgotten Lyrics!*
With Penn and Lexi determined to kill Gemma and replace her with another siren, Gemma's life is in grave danger...unless she can break the curse before it's too late. With the help of Harper and Daniel, she'll delve deep into her enemies' mythical past--and their darkest secrets. It's her only hope of saving everything she holds dear: her family, her life, and her relationship with Alex--the only guy she's ever loved.
Protect your cuticles readers, because Amanda Hocking is raising the standard for supernatural suspense! Tidal, the third nail-biting installment to the Watersong series, is keeping the sirens in Capri and with Harper gearing up to leave for college, the race to free Gemma from the sirens is more dire than ever.

Oh, how much has changed since Lullaby. Gemma and Alex are no longer an inseparable item, but what really stuns me is the aftermath of Gemma's siren song taking effect on Alex. His change is more than emotional, but physical as well. He's a buff, brooding teen struggling with a break up he can't remember and a change of life plans. What's most intriguing, with a side of trepidation, is how the past comes into play for the sirens. Penn has this emerging obsession with Daniel that stems from an old love, Bastian, an immortal immune to their siren powers of seduction. This obsession not only provides a segue for readers to see a part of the sirens' past that otherwise probably would not have come up, but it shows a different side to Penn. Whether you'll like this slightly alternate side of her is up a difference of taste, but ultimately she's still the villainous, conniving siren she's proven to be since Wake.

Emotions are running high all around, from characters to audience. I had a hard time reading without tearing up, gasping in surprise, or feeling indignation on behalf of one character or another. The plot focuses on Gemma and Harpers's personal lives on a more intimate level and adds a more human layer to the sirens, all while introducing new information regarding whether Gemma can break free from the sirens, once and for all, before Penn decides to kill her. The carefully constructed subplots and the harmony with the series' main storyline is a strong indication that Amanda is further testing the range of her writing style and passing with flying colors!

After Tidal's heart-racing head-to-head, which is a huge improvement over the simple altercation at the close of Lullaby, I'm a little more than terrified at what the series conclusion will bring. The sirens will continue to be a threat to Gemma, Harper, Daniel and Alex, but it seems not only to their lives, but their relationships as well. Nevertheless, if you're new to the series, or just a bit behind, Tidal is an immediate must-read!
*ARC provided via publisher in exchange for an honest review*

Publication Date: June 4, 2013
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Pages/Format: 342; Hardcover, ebook, audio



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