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Black Waters (The Songstress Trilogy #1)

3.11 of 5 stars 3.11  ·  rating details  ·  221 ratings  ·  28 reviews
Sixteen-year-old mermaid Abby Carson thought she had her secret under control. Who cares if after “the change” took place, she became so beautiful that all the girls at school hated her. And the boys, well, when they look at her, hate isn't exactly what's going through their minds.

But when Abby witnesses a teenage girl's murder by a preternatural creature off the coast of
ebook, 624 pages
Published November 16th 2011 (first published May 27th 2011)
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I read Black Waters because it was free and I needed something to read for vacation. Boy, was it a waste of my time. The idea wasn't original, and about halfway through it seemed like the author didn't even care anymore. Not to mention that the typos were worse than in shitty fanfic.

I didn't get all the spoilers, but some are under the cut:

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Oh, good grief. I said I'd give it 100 pages, but...I'm out. This story certainly has some potential, but wow, it's a mess! It actually started out pretty well--things got really creepy right off the bat, and I was quite interested in how Abby would handle things (view spoiler). Sadly, she handles things by not telling ...more
Guitar Chick
Black Waters was one of the better works published in the recent outbreak of mer-fiction, and I enjoyed it to the full extent of enjoyabililty.
The best part of this book was the mythology. It always kind of bothered me that sirens are always half fish and not half bird, but in Black Waters, they're both. The snakes were also a welcome addition and felt like a real breathing dangerous enemy.
Lots of good action sequences, some nice romantic tension, family drama, mystery, and some of the best merm
I'm so glad this was free on the Nook store, because I would march over to Barnes and Noble headquarters and demand a refund straight away.

I'm not going to write a review, but I'll leave you with this:

1) extreme insta-love
2) hero becomes jealous when heroine is hugged by her brother
It had been so long since i purchased this ebook that i didn't even know what it was about when i started reading it. Sirens, it turns out. Something i've never really read about before so at first it was a nice change of pace. Until it fell into the trap of most YA books i buy for super cheap: lack of depth. Not enough character development. This leads to my inevitable boredom & non-caring, since i have no vested interest in anyone i am reading about. And there's always some boy hanging aro ...more
I really enjoyed this one. It was different, pretty realistic. It bothered me a great deal, the hero of the story hates her it seems, but is " in love" with her because of who she is. Hes afraid of her most of the time, but cant help but want to help her. It was a pretty realistic idea. I think we would all be like that. We would want to go away, to forget, but be drawn back. Human nature/curiosity. I kept wanting him to change but he didnt. Its who he is.
As with some books, i kind of feel like
First the not-good: lots of typos, mostly along the lines of the wrong spelling of a homophone or incorrect apostrophes/contractions. Not as bad as some books I've read, but I thought it was particularly funny in this one, as the author was a high school English teacher.

And the good: I really liked the story, it moved very quickly (it did not seem like 600 pages at all), the premise is interesting (teenage mermaid coming of age and fighting bad guys), and it wasn't overt GOOD versus EVIL. Chara
Paula  Phillips
Are you a fan of the water ? Love novels about Mermaids and Sirens ? Their flowing tales and their abilities to turn into mermaids once they hit water and then on dry land be like you and me. For Abby, growing up was never easy but at least when she had her Dad around - she had somebody that understood her, knew about the mermaids and their way of life, the nessecity to be near water . Though, the past six months has been hard on Abby as her dad has passed and her mum who insists on being called ...more
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This book took off with a very strong start: Abby discovers a girl drowning in the water, but is unable to save her. It’s a really good way to put someone right in the middle of the story. Unfortunately those first pages were also the best in the whole book. The further I went, the more downhill it got. Till I had to struggle to finish the last chapters. That’s why I decided to not do my usual summary / introduction. I just don’t feel like it after
I don't summarize plots in my reviews because so many others do and it becomes redundant. I came across this book when it was free for the Kindle, and I decided to give it a try. I don't make it to actually reading a lot of the free Kindle books because they don't hold my attention, but this book held my interest and I read it straight through. I like it, and I think if it was just edited better it would be a real contender in this genre. The mythology is well developed and the plot is as well. ...more
Aug 05, 2012 Turtle rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People Looking For A Free Book Read
Recommended to Turtle by: My Nook
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What I liked:
-POV. I loved the two different point of views throughout the entire story. The parts told by the boy actually sounded like a boy, and not like a grown woman trying to sound how she thinks teenage boys sound. And it gave us a bit of extra insight to their relationship, since we knew how she felt about him, and how he felt about her.
-Family problems. The problems between Abby and her brother and her mother seemed to be very believable considering the events that took place, and it wa
Missy Fleming
I think a good edit and a thorough read through by a beta reader could have saved this book. It didn't catch me and I wanted it to because I'm a sucker for mermaid stories. The entire time I read it, I kept thinking 'It's so close to being really good.' Even thinking back now, nothing really stands out to me. I like to think about a book after I read it and this book didn't give me that feeling. I hate saying negative things, but I also hope they might help. A better hook and a little more tensi ...more
nicole nowak
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Sallie griffin
this book started off good and ended spectacular. the only problem I had with this book is the two main characters abby is always so hesitant to listen to anybody and it gets annoying and Brian is always thinking abby is intenationly out to kill him. but over all this book is good and I loved it I'm patiently waiting for the next book evening tide
Ok to be truthful I got this book for something different to read and I really didn't think I would like it I was plesently surprised though it was different and pretty good it kept me interested and when I got to the end I wanted to read the next book so I will be looking for book 2
Ashley Reads
I tried to like the story but the characters were so completely unlikable that I ended up disliking it very much. And my phobia of water probably played into my dislike of the book because every time she was in the water my anxiety level went up. Perhaps I'm biased ;)
I loved this book so much! This is a good book if you are into mermaids. The book was so good that I could not put it down. There were many twists and turns which made the book very enjoyable.
It was free or I would have wanted a refund. The characters were unlikable. Also if I had known it was part of a series a d that the sequel was unwritten I wouldn't have bothered.
2.5 stars. it was actually a decent read...there were a few mistakes in grammar but none so awful that i wanted to cry. story overall was ok. decent free read.
really good book, and very descriptive, but it is like The nine Lives of Chloe King only they're mermaids not cat-people.
Well, the characters in this book was really on a up and down, spin cycle, I love today, but I hate you

It was ok
Kelsea Dawn Hume
This started as a kinda fun little melodrama and ended as a needlessly complicated mess.
Aubrey Meyer
Very different book than what I normally read! But it was great!
started off good but by the middle i lost interest
Really keeps you wondering.
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