Book Review: Tangled Tides by Karen Amanda Hooper

Tangled Tides
The Sea Monsters Memoirs #1
Author: Karen Amanda Hooper
Reading Level: YA
Genre: Fantasy/Romance
Released: November 4th 2011
Review Source: Author
Available: Amazon

Summary: (from goodreads) 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.

Tangled Tides is like when its summer and your hot and all you look forward to is jumping in the water to cool off and get refreshed, this book feels that way. This mermaid tale was so much fun to read. I was very excited to read this book because once again another author has used my name for their main character. So how could I not read it. This book and future series has several elements I really liked. Mermaids is the main element and thank goodness because I can count with less than one hand how many mermaid tales I love. Well now I have another I can add to my favorites. 

Tangled Tides is the story of Yara Jones. The story begins with a great tempo. Yara is getting ready to weather a storm at the beach house she lives in. Then a mysterious stranger pops up out of no where and grants her a wish she agrees too. Well little does Yara know that the wish does come true and has just transported her to a whole new world. Yara is now a mermaid. She survived the storm by agreeing  to go somewhere safe with Treygan. Treygan is the (Sexy) guy that just appeared out of the blue at her door steps. Well it turns out Treygan is a merman. Yara of course when she comes too and realizes what has happen is livid and appalled at the same time. She is a fish and doesn't want any part in that. Well its a little too late for changing her mind. All she has ever learned about merfolk is bad and now she misses her boyfriend Rowan and her Uncle too. She is worried if they are out looking for her or if they survived the storm. Well just like the hurricane and its force winds, Yara is about to discover many secrets that have been kept from her at the same speed as those winds. She will discover not everyone she thought she knew is who they really are. Can Yara learn to be one with her merfolk and embrace her new life. Yara also learns that merfolk are not the only fictional characters out there. See the short explanation is Yara is meant to unlock a gate  that has been close for many years because of who she is and lets just say its not an easy task to make happen. Many lives are at risk including Yara's, will she survive or who will die in her place?

This book has it all, great energy, suspense, romantic tension and a beautiful underwater world. You'll be sinking your teeth into this one like a shark. I can't wait to see what next in the series. 

Make sure to check back this Friday when you will have a chance at winning your own copy of Tangled Tides via Kick-Butt Characters Blog hop post on the blog. Don't miss out!


  1. I am so glad you liked this book. I absolutely loved it and Amanda is an amazing person as well!! The characters were so amazing and who doesn't love a good Yara :)

  2. Sounds like an awesome read! I love a good underwater tale. Adding this one to my reading list.

  3. Thanks so much for taking the time to write such a thoughtful review. :) Yaras rule!

  4. I love good mermaid books (which are hard to find) so thanks for the recommend.

  5. Sounds like my kinda book! Thanks for sharing the trailer too!


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