Monday, June 17, 2013

Book Review: Tidal

Tidal (Watersong, #3)Author: Amanda Hocking
Publication Date: June 4, 2013
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Series: Watersong # 3

With Penn and Lexi determined to kill Gemma and replace her with another siren, Gemma's life is in grave danger...unless she can break the curse before it's too late. With the help of Harper and Daniel, she'll delve deep into her enemies' mythical past--and their darkest secrets. It's her only hope of saving everything she holds dear: her family, her life, and her relationship with Alex--the only guy she's ever loved.

“We’re not done yet, Daniel!” Penn shouted, but he just kept walking.

Penn had this awful way of staring at passersby the way a lion stares at a gazelle.

That was when Gemma turned off the television. His face haunted her nightmares enough that she didn’t need to be reminded of it while she was awake.

When she went awhile without swimming or got too far away from the sirens, the ocean would call to her. It was like music in her mind, but the stronger it became, the more obnoxious and even painful it could become. The watersong had given her horrible migraines when she first became a siren and was refusing to swim.

But it was for the same reason that Gemma was trying to convince her to go that Harper didn’t want to go – she loved her sister too much to stand by and let her destroy her life.

What an amazing cover! I have read a few places on the web that people speculate this is Daniel and Penn. I am not sure, but this is definitely my favorite cover in the series yet. In the third book in this series, Gemma, with the help of Harper and her boyfriend, Daniel, has been reunited with her family and pulled away from the other sirens, Lexi, Penn, and Thea. Gemma and her sister are continuing to try and break the curse of being a siren, but the other sirens, led by Penn, are not far behind and have no intention of giving up either. To make matters worse, Penn seems to have her eye set on Daniel. The premise of this book promised to be pleasing, and I, at least, was not disappointed.

I was more intrigued with the sirens in this book, and I think that has to do with the fact that Gemma is trying to fight off her inner siren so bad. I was hoping that the sirens would be a little more vicious in this book, and I felt that the second book in this series, Lullaby, was where we started to see their true, evil nature. I think that Amanda Hocking really explored the idea of what it means to be a siren. They are supposed to be breathtakingly gorgeous creatures, and her descriptions throughout the book really establish this. They are also irresistible and that is what makes some of the intimate scenes so great.

I am still a huge fan of the relationship between Harper and Gemma. They have a true sisterly bond, and I think it is awesome how Hocking played on their bond versus the bond that the “siren sisters” have as well. I really enjoyed Daniel’s part in this story, even if I absolutely hate Penn and the scenes that she and Daniel shared. I am in love with Daniel’s character and I must say that Hocking does a wonderful job of making him seem just as irresistible as Penn acts like he is.

***A copy of this book was provided to me by the publishers at St. Martin’s Griffin in exchange for my honest review***

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