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Tangled Tides (The Sea Monster Memoirs #1)

3.94  ·  Rating Details ·  2,298 Ratings  ·  350 Reviews
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 ho ...more
Paperback, 328 pages
Published November 25th 2011 by Rhemalda Publishing
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Jul 15, 2011 Karen rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
I'm very biased. :)

UPDATE 10/14/13: Due to Rhemalda Publishing going out of business, TANGLED TIDES has been republished by Starry Sky Publishing. TT has received a facelift on the interior artwork, and I made some minor changes to the story. Yara's bratty comments have been toned down a bit (thanks to readers and reviewers for the constructive feedback!) and some of Rownan's slang has been cut because, well, I followed some bad advice but I never loved some of his language. I hope readers enjoy
Dec 20, 2011 Kay rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: peacock butts
Giraffe = me
Bird = book

Don't be lured by the pretty cover--trust me.

I'm frankly baffled by the high ratings for this book.

Yara, the main character, is whiny and insufferably immature. Treygan and Rownan are equally unlikeable, though Treygan has a little more depth. There is very little build up to when Yara becomes a mermaid (which happens around page 6), and from there, all she does is whine, moan, and worry about what her boyfriend would think of her being a "freak" (i.e. mermaid). There is
Kagama-the Literaturevixen
Oct 04, 2011 Kagama-the Literaturevixen rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: fans of "Fred the Mermaid" series by MaryJanice Davidson
This book had no build up. You are just dropped in the middle of it and left to flounder. (pun intended)

It starts out promising with the main character preparing for a storm to hit when she is approached by a guy,and from then on its downhill.

I had the impression her transformation would happen later in the book but she just meets a strange guy and in the next paragraph she is a mermaid.

But she is still 100% snarky and not in a good way.

The main character is annoying and childish,constantly utt
2.5 stars

I've been trying not to be a cover snob lately.
Thank you, thank you. No applause necessary.
So even though at first glance the orgasmic rainbow mermaid on the cover looked a tad cheesy, I didn't let that discourage me.
I'm feel like I've grown as a person.
In retrospect, however, I should have seen it coming. Now, this wasn't an awful book, but it does go kind of overboard (no pun intended) with the fantastical elements of the story.
You know those books where the author keeps heaping more
Aug 17, 2011 Garrett rated it it was amazing
Tangled Tides was one of my most anticipated books this year, and I am so glad it did not disappoint! From the opening chapter, the book jumps right into the action. Yara becomes a mermaid early on, and a whole new magical world beneath the sea is unveiled.
The mythology of this book was rich, refreshing, and a much-needed break from all the vampires, werewolves, and fallen angels. None of those here, but instead there are mermaids, selkies, sirens, and gorgons (even a water sprite or two), and l
Oct 25, 2011 Jen rated it it was amazing
Shelves: best-of-the-best
Holy rusted metal Batman what a wonderful story! Karen Amanda Hooper, you are well on your way to writing some fabulous books. Congratulations on an epic first novel.

*Short Summary*

The story begins with Yara, our main character, trying to batten down the hatches at her Uncle's home in order to survive a nasty hurricane. While trying to board a window, Yara bumps into a rather attractive stranger who offers his help. The strangers claims he can take Yara somewhere safe and she agrees to go with h
Nov 05, 2011 Katy rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: fans of romance, fantasy, paranormal, magical reality
Recommended to Katy by: Rhemalda Publishing
Please note: I first read and reviewed this book in November of 2011 from a copy provided by Rhemalda Publishing in exchange for an honest review. Updating this review to add that disclaimer and formatting.

My Synopsis: The day before Yara’s 18th birthday, her guardian – who she calls Uncle Lloyd – has gone to the mainland from the Florida Keys to have kidney dialysis, and a hurricane is blowing up. While she struggles to cover the windows, a stranger appears, offering to help her. He says his na
I had to drop this. My mom read it, but she reads pretty much anything and didn't suggest more than an "It was okay" when asked how the book was.

I, however, did not inherit her tolerance for literature and absolutely loathed this book. I like mermaids. And faeries. And all those cute paranormal species that don't get enough attention in favor of shape-shifters and vampires.

But I did not like Tangled Tides. Why?
1) The main character. She's annoying and whiny.
2) The main character's boyfriend. N
Tatiyana White
Jun 06, 2012 Tatiyana White rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: 13s-16s yos
Recommended to Tatiyana by: goodreaders
I will never say that I am an expert on all things mythical. Yes, I have been acquainted with many a being –centaurs, fairies, dragons, unicorns, griffins, etc. - but I cannot recall a time I ever read a story about a mermaid. Because of this, I was eager to pick up Hooper’s “Tangled Tides”- it would be something new and exciting plus I’m always a sucker for a pretty cover. I mean seriously, look at that cover!

The novel opens with the protagonist, Yara, yanking wooden panels covered in carvings
Mandy (I Read Indie) Anderson
One night an unforeseen hurricane takes aim on the island where Yara lives with her Uncle. While trying to board up her home, an unexpected visitor takes her away. Waking up underwater with fins, Yara is confused and scared; remembering the stories her boyfriend Rownan has told her about merfolk. Soon secrets surface about a past that dates back all the way to Poseiden and Medusa, and how Yara is the future for opening a gateway that has been closed off for many years. Yara learns that Rownan is ...more
Jul 24, 2011 P.J. rated it it was amazing
Recommended to P.J. by:
I had the very fortunate luck of reading this back in August, and for the two days I read it, I could not put it down. Seriously. All I wanted to do was read the book, so my nose was stuck in my Nook until I finished.

First off, I have to say, I don't think I have ever read another mermaid book. I'd seen SPLASH like a million years ago back in the 80s, and though it was cute, mermaids were just not something I thought I cared much about. That is until I read TANGLED TIDES. I have a whole new opin
CoralStar Taylor
Sep 04, 2011 CoralStar Taylor rated it it was amazing
Best mermaid book I've ever read! I could not put it down without a peek at what's next!
Aug 11, 2012 Lili rated it liked it
3.5 stars

I was oddly fascinated by this book. I didn't expect to like it as much as I did, but at the same time, I'm aware that it did have some flaws. With all of that being said, if a story can keep me flipping the pages, I'm obviously willing to overlook those flaws.
The plot in this story is actually really interesting. Yara is turned into a mermaid during a storm because she has mermaid blood in her. She's supposed to be the one that can open the gate that closed and stranded both selkies an
Heather *live on coffee & flowers*
I haven't had great luck with mermaid books. There's just something about them that doesn't resonate with me. For example, a story of a human girl (who is really a sea creature of some sort) taken away from her home to fulfill a destiny in an underwater kingdom is not my cup of tea, especially when she's told how grateful she should be for getting to be a part of a community so superior to that of humans.

In case you missed it, that is exactly what happens here.

This book had not only mermaids, bu
Tracey (Life and Literature)
I have read a few books containing mermaids before, but few have managed to capture the underwater imagery like Karen Amanda Hooper has in Tangled tides!!

This book is told in 3 differing voices: Yara - The feisty human turned mermaid. Rownan - Yara's 'boyfriend' and selkie and Treygan- Yara's guardian and soulmate..... Personally, I love to read stories from a male's point of view. So reading 2 males perspectives.... well, I was seriously happy!! The 3 voices flow smoothly throughout the book an
Trisha Wolfe
Aug 17, 2011 Trisha Wolfe rated it it was amazing
TANGLED TIDES is addicting. I would try to put it down (close the laptop)saying, just one more page, then I’ll go. But on just about every page, a new twist or information kept me reading. There was no putting this book down. It’s told from different points of view, each one gripping in its own way, with their own distinct voice and personality.

The plot alone was enough to keep me guessing. So many twists and turns that I didn’t see coming, and well-constructed plot points that weaved together a
Aug 20, 2011 Ezmirelda marked it as to-read
Shelves: can-t-wait, 2012
I can't wait to read this! If Karen wrote it then it's bound to be amazing!
Dec 02, 2011 Jessica rated it it was amazing
Fact: The Little Mermaid is one of my favorite Disney movies. Therefore, I take mermaid stories and lore very seriously. That little girl you used to see at the pool or at the beach that tried to swim using both of her feet as one long fin? That was me. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that I love reading books based on the idea of mermaids what not. I have to admit that a majority of the books flooding the Young Adult aisles that involve mermaids or merfolk have been very blasé and somewhat d ...more
Abbi Glines
Dec 06, 2011 Abbi Glines rated it it was amazing
Loved it! Incredibly unique.
Jan 10, 2012 Jennifer marked it as to-read
Shelves: kindle-lending
Awesome cover! Can't wait to read it!
What an amazing debut by Karen Amanda Hooper! I was captivated by this story from the very beginning, and believe me when I say that Tangled Tides is definitely one of the best mermaid stories out there.

Hooper has certainly weaved quite a story. This book is so much more than a simple mermaid tale. Sirens, gorgons, and selkies all make an appearance, and the mythical world that Hooper creates for them is well-detailed and breathtaking. It was so easy to envision the underwater realm that Yara,
This book was just...WOW! Can't put it into words! But for the review I've got to try so here goes :D

Since I don't want to add any spoilers about the story, but don't know how to talk about the story itself without giving too much away, I'll simply write my reaction in this review.

Originally I told myself: "So I'm going to read a few pages, then I'm going to clean my room and after that continue reading."...I couldn't do it^^ I tried to put Tangled Tides down after realizing that I already read
Magan Vernon
Jan 28, 2012 Magan Vernon rated it it was amazing
Once I was an island girl
Then a storm made me twirl
Now I have fins instead of feet
Isn’t that sweet?
My former boyfriend only wants me for my blood
And they sirens may cause a flood
If everyone doesn’t get what they want
Then the Selkies will just use me as a croissant
Luckily I have a beautiful guardian
Who could live in an aquarium
And if I save the day
Then we will all get to go to Rathe and play!

Marianne (Boricuan Bookworms)
More reviews can be seen on my shared blog Boricuan Bookworms

Dear Karen Amanda Hooper:

Please please please please please stop creating stories that I love!

You don’t understand how much it pains me to wait for the next book in the series. Or how much it hurts to know that the love interests in this series will never compare to anyone I’ll ever meet. Ever.

-Sincerely, Marianne.

Okay okay, I should start my review:

I’m always very hesitant to read books about sea creatures, because many of
no words, I repeat, NO WORDS could best describe how fucking awesome this novel is ..

Karen Amanda Hooper, I BOW TO YOU!

Reading this one was like riding a roller coaster

sorry, wrong gif ;))

The best part about Tangled Tides is that it keep me guessing. Other books that I've read was really bland. My reaction was either, "I definitely saw that one coming" or "WTF! He/She (the author) just pick that one out on the effin spot!" They try to surprise the reader by picking random endings!

but with t
Ashley Knight
Nov 29, 2011 Ashley Knight rated it it was amazing

Most of us have made that sound, I believe. It commonly occurs when we are in the midst of a meal that is so enjoyable - so downright wonderful you wish it wouldn't end - but if it doesn't, you know the experience will in some way be spoiled.
That, my friends, is what it's like to read first time novelist Karen Amanda Hooper's Tangled Tides.
Yes, I'm comparing a novel to a darn good meal & I'll tell you why: because, like traditional French cuisine, course after delectable course is
Once Upon a Twilight
Jan 18, 2012 Once Upon a Twilight rated it really liked it
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 han ...more
Jan 08, 2012 ѦѺ™ rated it it was amazing
Ah, sir, live in the bosom of the waters! There alone is independence. There I recognise no masters! There I am free. - Jules Verne, 2000 Leagues Under The Sea

at the height of a hurricane on her island home, Yara Jones encounters Treygan. the last thing she remembers was wishing for him to bring her to a place where she could be safe. she wakes up with fins instead and to a world beneath the sea. the life she thought she had and knew shifted not only literally but also geographically.
author Kar
Jul 15, 2011 Amanda added it
Shelves: ya, 2011debute
Mini-Review: A hurricane of emotions and mythical creatures with star-crossed lovers who refuse to give up on each other, on love, and on hope for a better future. Mermaids and selkies and sirens, OH MY!

My Thoughts:
Note: As a blogger, I have come to know quite a few writers online, both published and aspiring authors; Karen Amanda Hooper is one of them. She is an awesome person and I'm happy to have stumbled upon her blog when I was first starting out, not only because she is such a cool perso
Traci (The Reading Geek)
Nov 15, 2011 Traci (The Reading Geek) rated it it was amazing
Karen Amanda Hooper's Tangled Tides is the story of Yara who wakes up as a mermaid after a hurricane. Yara finds herself learning more about the merfolk and selkies. She also discovers that both sides believe that she can save them by reopening the gateway to their realm.

Tangled Tides is a captivating and exciting story with strongly developed characters. Yara is tough and stubborn but also brave. She finds herself in the middle of a world that she has only ever heard stories of. Treygan is a bi
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