Thursday, January 12, 2012

Blog Tour ~ Tangled Tides by Karen Amanda Hooper

Welcome to today's stop on the Tangled Tides Blog Tour! You can keep up with the tour at the Tangled Tides website.

                             Yara Jones doesn’t believe in sea monsters—until she becomes one.

When a hurricane hits her island home and she wakes up with fins, Yara finds herself tangled up in an underwater world of mysterious merfolk and secretive selkies. Both sides believe Yara can save them by fulfilling a broken promise and opening the sealed gateway to their realm, but they are battling over how it should be done. The selkies want to take her life. The merfolk want something far more precious.

Treygan, the stormy-eyed merman who turned Yara mer, will stop at nothing and sacrifice everything to protect his people—until he falls for Yara. The tides turn as Yara fights to save herself, hundreds of sea creatures, and the merman who has her heart. She could lose her soul in the process—or she might open the gateway to a love that’s deeper than the oceans.

Young Adult fans of Mermaids, Selkies, Sirens and Gorgons will love this tale of the sacrifice one makes for genuine love. Love that could be lost at any moment to the ever-changing tides.
~From GoodReads

I must start by saying: What a cover! The colors iridescent and shimmery seem to nearly come alive. The water, splashing against Yara seems to be actually moving. The darkness in the sky surrounding her indicates troubled times. I love it.
I'm a newbie to the mermaid's tale. The only stories I know are movies, The Little Mermaid and the classic (at least in my eyes), Splash. I was able to start this book with a completely blank slate, no comparisons to draw. I quickly found myself submersed into the story and the world. At the center of the story, we have Yara, a girl who inexplicably finds herself  a mermaid, and she's at the center of a decades long struggle between the mer people and the selkies. Not only does she have to adjust to the fact that she's a mermaid (cue the freak out), but she must also contend with the fact she is the unknowing key to helping both species return home after many years in exile.

Tangled Tides is told from three different points-of-view, which can be confusing, but she Hooper made it work. Each change was clearly marked and though you knew the viewpoint had shifted, the story never felt disjointed. She also did a nice job of conveying the emotions and reactions of a girl who has suddenly found out fairy tales, in some respect, are real. I appreciated the fact that Yara didn't just accept that she suddenly had fins and a tail. She's angry, she's scared and she just wants to go home, back to her old, normal life. Yara was resourceful, stubborn and I enjoyed getting to know her.

Treygan and Rownan, the two men vying to control Yara, were both intriguing. Treygan is handsome, honorable, kind and self-sacrificing. The perfect leading man. The relationship he develops with Yara is slow-building and really, now that I think back on it, charming. Rownan on the other hand, is a mystery. Not exactly a bad guy, he is full of ulterior motives and secrets. But, I must say, there is something endearing about a man who will do anything to be reunited with the love of his life.

I have to say the story, the description of the underwater world was quite beautiful. The visualization depicted was stunning and vibrant, filled with beautiful colors, shapes and creatures. I found it to be a beautiful escape.
Favorite Quote:

"How could I have said something like that to her? Knowing how she feels about me, and knowing she and I could never be together, I wanted to apologize, but how do you tell someone you're sorry for calling them beautiful."

Paperback, 328 pages
Published November 25th 2011 by Rhemalda
You can purchase Tangled Tides at:
Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository

About the author:
Karen is a YA fantasy and paranormal author who lives in Florida with her two beloved dogs. In high school she discovered her passion for writing, but it wasn't until her late twenties that she wrote her first novel. Due to her strong Disney upbringing, she still believes in fairytales and will forever sprinkle magic throughout all her novels. She is addicted to coffee, chocolate and complicated happily-ever-afters. Her website is


  1. Interesting. I'm not a big mer-fan, but this does sound good. It's probably the romance that gets me. haha

  2. I keep going back and forth with whether I want to get this book or not. It sounds really good, I just have so many books on my TBR list. I am trying not to get anymore unless I really, really, want them. (like debuts and sequels) You may have swayed me a bit more to the side of wanting to get this one though. ;)

  3. I never read any mermaid YA or even PNR but these creatures are really interesting and mysterious! The cover is awesome! That's what draw my attention on Goodreads when I first saw it!

  4. I love the cover! That drives me insane when multiple POV's confuse me. I suck with names so unless the characters have COMPLETELY different personalities, I have a hard time keeping up.

    Great review!

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  5. I haven't read any mer-fiction, but I remember Splash as a kid, and that movie has always been a favorite. Sounds like the description of the underwater world is fascinating, so this could be a really fun read. Great review, Andrea!

  6. I love mermaids! I love that cover! Kudos to whoever designed it because it is amazing! I definitely plan on reading this one sometime.


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