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Tangled Tides (The Sea Monster Memoirs #1)

3.97  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,109 Ratings  ·  338 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 how
Kindle Edition, 1st Edition, 314 pages
Published November 25th 2011 by Rhemalda Publishing
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Oct 16, 2013 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
Jun 20, 2012 Kay rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 08, 2012 Kagama-the Literaturevixen rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 25, 2011 Garrett rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 27, 2011 Jen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 30, 2013 Alyssa rated it did not like it
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
Jan 11, 2014 Katy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Tatiyana White
Jun 13, 2012 Tatiyana White rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 09, 2011 P.J. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Best mermaid book I've ever read! I could not put it down without a peek at what's next!
Tracey (YA Book Addict)
Dec 10, 2011 Tracey (YA Book Addict) rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Tracey by:
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
Aug 11, 2012 Lili rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Trisha Wolfe
Jan 04, 2012 Trisha Wolfe rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: can-t-wait, 2012
I can't wait to read this! If Karen wrote it then it's bound to be amazing!
Jan 08, 2012 Jessica rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
May 12, 2012 Jennifer marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle-lending
Awesome cover! Can't wait to read it!
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
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,
Magan Vernon
Feb 07, 2012 Magan Vernon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!

Abbi Glines
Dec 07, 2011 Abbi Glines rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it! Incredibly unique.
Ashley Knight
Nov 29, 2011 Ashley Knight rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

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
Dec 03, 2011 Cherie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Cherie by:
Karen Amanda Hooper’s TANGLED TIDES will make readers wish they lived under the sea.

Yara’s eighteenth birthday isn’t about turning into an adult, but a monster. She’s transformed into a mermaid, and that’s only the beginning of what she discovers within our realm. Selkies, Sirens, and Gorgons also have a place, and she’s caught in the middle of being herself and saving sea monster-kind. Then, there is Treygan and Rownan. Two brothers who need her, but only one can have her. Yara has to discover
Traci (The Reading Geek)
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
Jan 09, 2012 ѦѺ™ rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
During a hurricane, a mysterious stranger tells nearly 18 year old Yara to wish for him to take her somewhere safe. The next thing Yara knows she is waking up underwater, as a mermaid. In a world full of mythical creatures, Treygan, who is the stranger responsible for turning Yara into a mermaid, and his half-brother Rownan- a selkie, both believe that Yara is the key to saving each of their races. As Yara starts to fall for her merman protector Treygan, she slowly begins to realise that things ...more
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
Once Upon a Twilight
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
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
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I was born and bred in Baltimore, frolicked and froze in Colorado for a couple of years, and I'm currently sunning and splashing around Florida with my two spoiled rescue dogs. I'm addicted to coffee, chocolate and complicated happily-ever-afters.

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The Sea Monster Memoirs (3 books)
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  • Sacred Seas (The Sea Monster Memoirs, #3)

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