Wednesday, 13 November 2013

Blog Tour: Waterfell by Amalie Howard

Title: Waterfell
Author: Amalie Howard
Genre: Fantasy
Series: The Aquarathi #1
Source: JKS Communications
Publication Date: 29th October 2013

Tell Me About It

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?

My Thoughts
I really don't know how to start this review, Waterfell was not what I expected at all, but I mean that in only the best way. I went into Waterfell thinking it would be similar to other mermaid books I have read, and although technically the characters in Waterfell are not mermaids exactly, I was expecting a nice, light, fluffy, rainbows and hearts type of mermaid, not an Aquarathi.

Nerissa the protagonist, who also has mad skills in field hockey, lives with Speio and his parents, her guardians, keeping her safe whilst she is living among humans, and guiding her on what she should or should not be doing in order for her identity to remain a secret. However whilst in the human world, Ehmora has stolen throne from Nerissa's family, killing all who are loyal to Nerissa and her father. Those who got away are in hiding, waiting for Nerissa to come back and claim the throne when she is of age.

Some books I have read explain the history of creatures in the first few chapters, which makes it hard to try and remember everything about them, but in Waterfell the history of the Aquarathi was explained sporadically throughout the book, giving us just enough information to understand what was going on and how the Aquarathi is relevant to that situation, this gave me time to absorb the information, and store it away ready for when it was next needed. The explanations about the Aquarathi were also demonstrated for Nerissa's human friend, Jenna, and I love the detailed description of what Nerissa looks like in her other that I would not like to meet whilst going for a little swim.

Waterfell is not a quick read, it is a long book that took me a few days to read, but I devoured every single word. Each new chapter only had me wanting to know more, more about Nerissa, more about this new enemy, and more about Lo. The danger for Nerissa was constantly there, just around the corner, and my nerves were on edge, wondering who or what would try to stop Nerissa next. There were a lot of twists and turns, and a few shocks that I did not expect, and after the initial meltdown I love how graceful Nerissa is in accepting the truth and making judgements from it, not for herself but how to benefit her friends and family. The build up towards the final scene was slow and torturous, but every single aspect only added to it all, making the final scene even more worth it.
At the end of Waterfell there is part of a chapter for the next book, and I wish I had not read it. It makes me want to have the next book now, I need to have the next book in my hands now, I HAVE to know what happens next........oh the torture.

About Amalie
A rising star among young adult writers, Amalie Howard developed a loyal following after releasing her debut book, “Bloodspell,” in 2011. Now, she is returning with five new books that are sure to excite her devoted fans and catch the attention of new readers.

A bookworm from the beginning, Howard grew up on a small island in the Caribbean with her nose buried in books. When she was just 13 years old, her poem “The Candle” was published in a University of Warwick journal, marking a sign of great things to come. Howard immersed herself into other cultures, globetrotting through 22 countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia. After moving to the United States, she earned a bachelor’s degree in international studies and French from Colby College in Maine. She also holds a certificate in French literature from the Ecole Normale Superieure in Paris, France. Traveling around the world, Howard has lent talents as a research assistant, marketing representative, freelance writer, teen speaker, blogger and global sales executive.

Howard is a recipient of a Royal Commonwealth Society award, an international youth writing competition. She is also a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.

Howard’s first book, “Bloodspell” (June 2011, Langdon Street Press) earned rave reviews and was named a Seventeen Magazine Summer Beach Read. Readers will hear more from Howard as she releases a pair of two-book series, “Waterfell” (November 2013, Harlequin TEEN) and “The Almost Girl” (January 2014, Strange Chemistry), as well as “Alpha Goddess” (March 2014, Skyhorse/Sky Pony Press) over the next two years.

Howard lives in New York with her husband, three children and one willful feline that she is convinced may have been a witch’s cat in a past life.

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