ARC Review: Waterfell (The Aquarathi, #1) by Amalie Howard
I received this book for free from the mentioned source in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book nor the content of my review.
Waterfell by Amalie Howard
Series: The Aquarathi #1
Published by: Harlequin Teen on October 29, 2013
Genres: Fantasy, Mermaids, YA
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About the Book:
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?
This book was, in my opinion, the perfect example of how a YA novel should be written. To give you a better idea of my admiration of the author, I actually began devising a list of reasons why this book (or the author) can seriously kick ass (in the best possible way).
-The book starts off brilliantly-in the heart of the conflict. Needless to say, I was raptured from the very first page!
-The novel balanced out the suspense very well. Although I did have a general prediction of what would happen towards the end, I was constantly questioning myself-which is what every good mystery writer should do.
-The premise of the book was beautiful. The descriptions were intricate and detailed, but never overdone. The world building for both Waterfell and Sana were brilliantly handled, in my opinion.
-The love interests were balanced very nicely, and it definitely wasn’t a case of insta-love. The author has a firm grasp on how to control the audience’s emotions; ensuring that we’re all very invested in the characters before manipulating the plot and toying with them (Don’t worry about them, though. They’ll be fine. Mostly).
-For once, in a novel, the most poignant relationship (At least to me) wasn’t a supernatural romance, but an everyday friendship. My favorite character in the book (who also happens to be the most badass) is the understated best friend, Jenna. In most cases, authors often neglect the side characters and leave them there as a backdrop to the emotions of the protagonist-simply there as a plot transition or as comic relief. Waterfell, however, explores the questions all of us must have thought at some point; how faithful should a sidekick be expected to be? What would be their mindset when going through the tumult that surrounds the protagonist? And most importantly, who is the real hero in a situation like this? Someone who rises to their duty because they are chosen-the protagonist, or someone who chooses to involve herself in the conflict despite no direct duty or obligation to do so. The answer, at least in my opinion, is the latter. If you were a real person, and if I actually owned a hat, it would be off to you.
-Lastly (And I apologize for the length of this list), the main character is flawed. She’s selfish, cowardly at times, and occasionally outright stupid. But this is acknowledged, and dealt with, which fits in the novel beautifully.
So there you have it! I’d recommend this one to anyone looking for a refreshing, well-paced mystery/fantasy series. Happy Reading!