By: Melanie | October 21, 2013 | (25) Comments

Review: Waterfell by Amalie HowardWaterfell by Amalie Howard
Series: The Aquarathi, #1
Publisher: HarlequinTeen
Release Date: October 29, 2013
Genres: Fantasy, Romance, YA
Pages: 360
Source: Received in exchange for review
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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!~

1 Stars
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Melanie is one of the totally fabulous bloggers at YA Midnight Reads. She's a 16 year old student from Melbourne, Australia. She is normally found binge watching TV series, reading , blogging, procrastinating or fangirling about how Percabeth is the best ship ever. She's also a lover of caps lock and uses it excessively.

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25 Responses to Review: Waterfell by Amalie Howard

  1. Tanja says:

    Ouch this hurts. My co-blogger has got this one for review and I was thinking about requesting one but due to my classes I don’t have time. It seems to me that I was lucky this time. I mean a book about mermaids without mermaids. I’m not getting it.
    So sorry this book disappointed you hun! Great review 🙂
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  2. Amelia says:

    Lol WHAAAT. I’m good, this one is definitely not for me. Nerissa seems so idiotic and the romance made me do an internal gag. Lovely review 🙂

  3. Megan says:

    Yikes! This one sounds like a bit of a trainwreck. Oh well, I
    m not that big on mermaids anyway. Thanks for the warning!
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  4. Eyes like melting butter.. yeah, who wouldn’t fall for that! *laughs* I hate the sound of this book and I’ve read far too many negative reviews now. I’m going to stay away from this one for sure!
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  5. Oh noooo I’m really put off from Mermaid books after reading Of Poseidon and this will make things worse!!! I’m officially scared off, yet that beautiful review copy is staring up at me all innocently and beckoning…
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  6. Wow…hmmm. This is actually coming up quickly on my TBR, and I’d heard some pretty darn good things about Waterfell. I’ll still give it a go, but I think I’ll just temper my expectations a bit. Thanks for the honesty, Melanie! 🙂

  7. Nara says:

    LOL okay, definitely not reading this book. I’m not really a mermaid fan anyway, I guess (don’t think I’ve ever really enjoyed a mermaid book either). But yeah, instalove + annoying protagonist + predictability = me backing away from the book.
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  8. Rachel says:

    I’m sorry this didn’t work for you, Melanie. Insta-love and annoying main characters make it difficult to enjoy any read. Great honest review. Hope the next book works out for you. 🙂
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  9. Celine says:

    Seems like we agree on this one! The romance was gag-worthy and the plot was waaaaay to predictable -.- I, like you, guessed what was going on from the moment we were introduced to the character. I mean THE NAME. How could she overlook THE FREAKING NAME?? It sure as hell wasn’t a human name, so use your brain, Nerissa (oh yeah, she didn’t have one). Agh, reading this review makes me frustrated again. Ack! I really hated this one.

    (Also, LOOK WHAT I FINALLY READ! *points to CommentLuv link* 😀 )
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  10. Oh, this is wonderful! I think I’m really going to postpone reading WATERFELL to some other date when I’m ready for my eyes to fall out due to excessive eye-rolling. You’re not the only one who hasn’t come across a good mermaid read, too. I’ve read several, but none really stood out to me, so anything with mermaids now kind of puts me off rather than pulls me in. I’m disappointed that this wasn’t any different. :/

    Nerissa sounds awful. It’s such a fail when an author wants their character to turn out a certain way, when they really become the total opposite to the reader. I can take selfish characters, but idiotic? NO. Especially idiotic when the answer is right in front of your face. Seriously! It’s so frustrating when that happens, because it just drags the story on and on unnecessarily. “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.” — Way to be stuck-up and proud, girl!

    And insta-love, too. *groan* I really dislike it when characters beat around the bush and then get jealous when their crush starts hitting on someone else. I’m like, “You missed your chance AGES ago, dumbass!” while they’re moaning and becoming all angsty and annoying. All the useless drama is going to make my eyes bleed.

    I honestly don’t know now if I’ll ever read this book. Maybe when I have nothing else to read… which is never! Haha. Great review, Melanie!
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  11. Yeah, I didn’t think a thing like a good mermaid book was even possible, but there are, at least, some mediocre ones. This sounds absolutely dreadful. I’m so sorry you wasted your time, Melanie. This has all the ingredients for a terrible read. I’ll definitely pass.
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  12. Oh, man. I did NOT like her first book BLOODSPELL at all–I think it was either self-published or came from an indie publisher, so I remember thinking “huh” when I heard about this deal with Harlequin. It’s a shame you were disappointed by it, Mel, I hope your next read is better!
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  13. Giselle says:

    BLARG!! I actually started this one last week read 20% and kind of just put it aside. I’m not a fan of mermaid books to start so it takes a lot to get me to enjoy one and this one was not it – I was hoping it would be getting better but it doesn’t seem like it. Nerissa really annoys me her obsession with that dude is just too much. Like get over yourself. I also hate uber predictable books bleh.

    “melting like butter” LOLZ!!

    I may not pick this one up again O.O
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  14. Ariella says:

    OMG the girl sounds so damn annoying. I just cannot. If she was a real life person, I would slap her across the face. If I had a crush on someone, I wouldn’t be so rude about it like her. I would accept the fact that I like someone and probably try to do something about it like getting his attention. (That’s what I would probably do since I’ve never had a crush before). BUT ANYWAYS. The girl would probably annoy me to no end. With all the other negative reviews I’ve read from trusted bloggers, I don’t think I’ll pick this up. Oh and the melting like butter, that just made me say ewww lol.
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  15. Alise says:

    YIKES. I got this one for review also, and had no idea what to expect. Now I’m more afraid, haha. Ah, gosh, the way you described the MC makes me cringe and want to strangle her and I haven’t even read the book yet! The romance also sounds like a huge negative, I can not STAND insta-love.
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  16. Shelly says:

    Well, this book sounds like everything I hate, in a single novel. I barely like YA protagonists and this one sounds like everything I hate. And how you suck at predicting stuff, I usually predict all plot twists so this sounds TERRIBLE for me.

    “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.” – this had me laughing but I feel sorta mean about it

    Thanks for the enormous warning and thanks for keeping me entertained 🙂
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  17. Candace says:

    I’m glad this wasn’t on my TBR, I think I would remove it after reading your review because the issues you had sound like things that would bother me as well. I haven’t found many mermaid books that really work for me actually so I probably wouldn’t have tried to read this one unless some review convinced me to try it.
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  18. Emily says:

    I totally bashed this one as well lolz! xD
    But BAH. Did I hate this one!! I think the concept and premise was very promising, but it all had to be destroyed by exceedingly annoying Nerissa >< Now don't I wish I could bang both Lo's and her head together and slap both of them so many times!! Doods, they totally pissed me off.
    And "melting like butter"? Honestly? She couldn't find a better description? EEK.
    Haha, but you successfully managed to reel my thoughts together… It was just so horribleh!
    But great review, Mel!! <3
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  19. I gave this one 2-stars for the same reasons. The insta-love killed me! And I totally agree that Rissa is really always behind the reader. There wasn’t a lot of unpredictable elements, was there? I was bummed by this one too. Especially since we barely got to see her Kingdom that she was supposed to be fighting for.
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  20. Lyn Kaye says:

    I like the name Nerissa as well.

    Why does water seem to equal horrible writing??
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