Series: The Aquarathi, #1
Release Date: October 29, 2013
Genres: Fantasy, Romance, YA
Source: Received in exchange for review
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THE GIRL WHO WOULD BE QUEEN
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?
Gee, I don’t even know where to begin. If you want a good mermaid book, this is not where you want to start. Heck, this isn’t even a mermaid book. This book for majority of the time does not even let us see the characters under the water signing Under The Sea–we didn’t even see the antagonist until the last few chapters. I can’t really give any recommendations on where to start with YA mermaid novels, truth be told, it has never been done right out of the books I’ve read. My goal for aspiring authors: write a close to flawless YA mermaid book.
Nerissa Marin has been hiding in her human form in the human world for years. Ever since her parents died who were the rulers of the kingdom, Nerissa was forced to flee to hide from the enemy that threatens to harm Nerissa and learn more about the human way so she won’t fail ruling her kingdom like the people who ruled before her did. The main botheration I had with Waterfell was the characters. Nerissa, a girl who was meant to seem strong and independent immediately turned out to be an unquestionably selfish and idiotic character. These first impressions of Nerissa were also the last impressions I ever had on her because that was all she was. The opening scene is in a hockey game, and the only open player on Nerissa’s team is Cara, her ex-best-friend, instead of hitting it towards Cara, she ignores her and tries to shoot herself. Right after that, I was astounded by Nerissa’s selfishness, ignorance and sensitivity. Even other characters in the book point out these character flaws (which I was relieved for) but Nerissa claimed that she was perfectly fine and had no issues as such at all.
The reason I call Nerissa idiotic is for two reasons. Reason 1: Nerissa is always one step behind us. The predictability–which is my second most irritating problem with Waterfell was excruciatingly frustrating. The minute I was introduced to the person–who the twist was related to, I guessed it. And I suck at predicting things so to say that means that it’s likely half the world will be able to guess it. And reason 2: Nerissa is also one step behind us when it comes to romance. Which leads to my third quibble, the romance. It’s insta-love. Yep. Immediate no-no. Plus, it’s cheesy and angsty. To make it more gag worthy, Lo’s eyes were described as melting like butter. WAIT, WHAT? Other variations came up throughout the novel. Just no. But that’s a little off-topic. Nerissa’s stupidity comes from the fact that she refuses to admit she likes Lo. She gets irritated when he looks at her-when he looks at other girls. She gets annoyed with he talks to her-when he talks to other girls. She gets frustrated when he gets detention and because he’s laid back. Girl, you can’t perfection-ise a person that you like. Especially when you refuse to like him and throw rude remarks at him instead. And then when they finally do get together, it’s like hallelujah!
What did I like about this novel? I don’t honestly know for certain. I guess I gave this one star for its attempt and pace–which was actually a nice speed for everything. Other than that, I’d like to unread this book and never see it again.
All in all, an under-satisfying read. Not recommended. Well…unless you like instant love, cheesiness, angst, annoying as hell characters and predictability. Which is basically no one.
~Thank you HarlequinTeen for sending me this copy!~
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