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The Turning Tides (Marina's Tales #4)

4.29  ·  Rating Details ·  173 Ratings  ·  30 Reviews
Marina has been through a lot in the past year; she knows what she wants, and she decides to take matters into her own hands to get it. When a twist of fate takes her away from Aptos, she returns to find that her whole world has changed once again. A fortune teller’s ominous prediction seems to be coming true, people around her aren’t who they appear to be, and to top it ...more
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Published March 11th 2012 by Derrolyn Anderson (first published March 10th 2012)
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Darth J
Sep 01, 2016 Darth J rated it it was amazing
Shelves: series, mermaid, authoryes
*I received a free copy of this book from the author, and the below is my honest review.*

The Marina's Tales series calls upon the legendary archetype of the mermaid; that of the feminine power of beauty, artistry, inspiration, passion, intuition, and intelligence. And Marina embodies all of those qualities perfectly. Not only is she smart for her age, but quite mature. She thinks through how her actions play out and starts to plan for eventualities.

With all of Marina's "watery" qualities, she ne
♥♡¢σσкιє♥♡ (Krystle)
You can read this review and more on my blog:
I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. This in no way affected my opinion of this book.

Sadly, Marina's tales have come to an end, but thankfully, her final adventure was filled with plenty of action, romance, happiness, and surfing.

While I love the romance, magic, and adventure that took place in all four books, my favorite aspect of the Marina's Tales series is the character growth. Every single cha
Sherre Copeland
Mar 20, 2012 Sherre Copeland rated it really liked it
Why oh why does this series have to be over???

Okay, so usually self published books get a bad reputation. People think the books suck and have bad grammar or something, but that hasn't been my experience with this series at all. Yes, there is a grammatical mistake maybe once or twice, but you also see those in major publishers books so it really doesn't matter. Besides, books with major publishers tend to suck sometimes, so I say, self publish or agent, I'll give it a try. I am so glad I gave t
Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
Mar 21, 2012 Aimee (Getting Your Read On) rated it really liked it
Right here and now I'm going to give a huge sigh of relief. PHEWWWWWWWW! That is what happens when you finally get to the end of a series you have been waiting for. It's over. Am I glad? Am I sad? Yes and yes.

Marina has been on quite the journey. Poor Ethan has been through the wringer. I was so ready to snuggle down with the 4th book in Marina's Tales and find the last chapter, the resolution. So, for that I was glad.

But how sad it is to come to the end of the road with characters you've become
Howard Parsons
Aug 05, 2013 Howard Parsons rated it it was amazing
Starting to read the last book in a series is not unlike starting your Senior year at university; You want to dive in and enjoy it for all that its worth while at the same time you don't want to start because when it's over, it's over and things will never be quite the same again. Thus were my feelings when the final book in the Marina's Tales series, The Turning Tides, was published. I put off reading the book for what seemed to be forever and then dawdled my way along finding any excuse to ...more
Brenda Ayala
Sep 28, 2013 Brenda Ayala rated it really liked it
Shelves: thank-you
Turning Tides was a really great ending to the series. I finally felt like Marina and Ethan were acting rationally (at least in the end), which was a huge relief, yet it still stuck to their original characters. It showed growth in them without either of them losing the essential part of who they are. Because really, how many people have the maturity to recognize their own faults? It's a rare thing, even in adults. So I really credit Marina and Ethan both for accepting their faults and making a ...more
Jun 11, 2012 Zoe rated it it was amazing
I've said it before and I'll say it again - I love Marina's Tales! Anderson writes with such a style that hooks you from the first few words. I strongly recommend this series to all teenage girls.
This is one of my favourite self-published authors, and I am sure you will agree! :)

In the first book, Marina discovers that she is half-mermaid. This leads onto many life-changing occurrences including falling in love with surfing-pro, Ethan. At the beginning of this book, The Turning Tides, we meet E
♥ Sarah
Feb 02, 2013 ♥ Sarah rated it really liked it
I completed this series in one week! I’m a full-time student, with midterms coming up, loads of assignments to complete, and people to meet. Still, the Marina Tales captivated my attention a 100 percent, and I hungrily consumed book after book, in rapid succession. I’m terribly sad to see this series end! :(

Honestly, this last installment was a bit of a let-down, simply because the 50 moons weren’t up, and I’d wanted to know more about that; I thought there would be some kind of explanation, or
Reviewed on Lili Lost in a Book

A wonderful conclusion to a wonderful series.

In this final installment of Marina's Tales, Marina is once again put though many painful tests. First of all, evil peoples are still after Marina's mermaid experiment on them. Marina, of course, will not rest until her sisters are safe...even if it means putting herself in danger one again.

Ethan's mother, believe it or not, shows up out of nowhere, claiming she wants to spend time with her son! But she see
Corinna Bellizzi
Feb 18, 2013 Corinna Bellizzi rated it really liked it
I give this book 4 stars as a work of young-adult fiction.

I whirred my way through the first 3 books and was curious to see where this story would take our favorite muse. Marina's constant pull and attraction to the ocean seems to cause nothing but trouble for her and her mermaid friends, all because of some greedy cooky and infamously rich anti-heros that just won't leave her alone. The story does not disappoint and each appears to get their due in the end. (Okay, don't want to spoil the story
Heather Boustead
The Turning Tides
Marina’s Tales Book Four
By Derrolyn Anderson

Over the past year Marina has found out that she is actually half mermaid and an exceptionally gifted one at that, which brought her to the attention of an evil group of people bent on finding the secret of immortality after they’ve kidnapped her twice she has had enough of feeling weak she begins her plans to fight back starting with learning how to defend herself in hopes of protecting her mermaid sisters. All the while Ethan’s mothe
Meg - A Bookish Affair
Oct 17, 2012 Meg - A Bookish Affair rated it it was amazing
4.5. Let me disclose something to you. I hate, hate, hate getting to the end of a really good series of books. It feels like I'm being forced to end a really, really good friendship. With a series like the Marina's Tale books, I was dreading getting to The Turning Tides because I knew it was the end of the road. I had lots of thoughts floating around in my head before I sat down to read this book. Was the book going to give me closure? Was I going to be sad when the book ended? Was I going to ...more
Apr 11, 2012 Kelli rated it really liked it
This was the best book of the Marina's Tales series! It was so good, and a perfect ending to what was a very enjoyable series for me. I love the mix of contemporary YA and fantasy that Anderson provides with this series. I loved how we got the perfect amount of closure for each character in the story. I came to love the minor characters just as much, if not more than, the main characters in this series. So it was great to see all of them get their own happily ever afters.

My favorite thing about
The Turning Tides is the final book in this series. It has been quite a journey for Marina, her family and friends. If another book would be written in the future I would love to read it. It would be great to see the characters in the future. But for now I am happy to have read such a great series.

Marina continues to be one strong young lady who just seems to find trouble no matter where she is. Her relationship with Ethan is tested once again but this time I wasn't sure if it would survive. The
Sandra (Rather Barefoot than Bookless)
Our thoughts:
This was the best book out of all four. There were a lot of stuff happening trough out the book and the excitement level was high almost all of the time. We were introduced to a few new characters which was refreshing. First off we have Paul who was with us in the whole story as Marinas bodyguard/trainer. He is a really likable person who has her back most of the time.
Then we have Ethans not so likable mother who we just hated from the start. She really spiced things up.
She also mad
Jessica at Book Sake
Apr 09, 2012 Jessica at Book Sake rated it really liked it
So as I said in my review for book 3, I was happy to go straight into reading book 4. We know that Marina hasn’t rid herself of all her enemies, and it’s just a matter of waiting for them to resurface. That being said I really didn’t like the predictability of how the story was going to go. When a certain character’s long lost mother shows up, it was easy to guess that she had been paid off by Marina’s enemies. While this made the book quicker to read, I wished that when it went bad, it hadn’t ...more
Cheryl Duval
Jan 11, 2014 Cheryl Duval rated it it was amazing
In my opinion this was the best book by far! I hate that this is the last book in the series.... maybe we could get another one out of the author, I would love to know what would happen during one more year in the life of Marina! There was a lot happening in this book and there were new characters to love/hate. Marina, true to form, gets herself into deeper trouble then she did in the previous stories. She just doesn't seem to learn! Not only does she have to worry about saving herself but she ...more
Apr 04, 2012 Sally rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-pnr, read-2012
The Turning Tides is the fourth book in the Marina's Tales series and has all the teenage angst, love, friendship and good verses evil that you would expect from Ms. Anderson's novels. Reviews are saying that this is the final book in the series but I'm not convinced. There are still some matters that have not been dealt with and I believe that Ms. Anderson would not let her fans down and leave a series incomplete.

Like all the other books, this is an enjoyable quick read and as the action in the
May 10, 2012 Englishrose rated it it was amazing
True to form, this was another wonderful book full of excitement and romance. In this final chapter of the series, Marina is faced with her real motivations and growing up. Ethan is conflicted when forces try to tear them apart. Getting back to some more romance, I felt that they had great chemistry and they definitely had some good scenes. The excitement kept up as well as Marina fights to help her mermaid sisters from those who would use them for nefarious deeds. It resolved all the ...more
May 09, 2012 Ashley rated it liked it
I thought this was a good and satisfying conclusion to the series.


My only beef is that, although the kidnappings are interesting..... I was hoping for a different climactic struggle in this book. I guess that's why I'm giving this 3 stars... I just felt that there was a lot of repetition with the plot. That being said.... I do like how Ethan finally saw and accepted her in all her mermaid glory. I also liked Ruby's character. She was like the ultimate villain. All of her sce
Aug 01, 2012 Jennifer rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, mythical
At last, Marina and Ethan are about to make their own future, no matter what Aunt Evie or mermaids or anyone else has to say. Things should fall into place swimmingly, then, right? Wrong! There's more bad guys, more action, and more suspense as Marina races to save both her kind without losing herself in the process. This might have been my favorite besides the first book, simply because we get to see all the characters' stories resolved. And though some parts felt a little bittersweet, it was a ...more
SG Barron
Mar 15, 2015 SG Barron rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015
Wow! Excellent finale. I love when books (and series) end this way. No questions left unanswered. I highly recommend this entire series if you like a lot of action, true to life emotions, respectable heroes and heroines, detestable villains, and the power of love over all.

I've now read two series from Ms. Anderson and they were both excellent. I'm going to have to add her to my favorite authors list. I can honestly say the books have been worth the price!

What would you do for those you love? Are
Dec 29, 2012 Jessica rated it really liked it
Can't believe the series is over! There are still a couple unanswered questions…

I will say that I totally had the bad guy figured out simply because I've gotten familiar with the author's style. She did a great job of blurring the lines for Marina, though. And poor Ethan! Hadn't that guy been through enough? Still, really enjoyed the series and am glad I read it!
Feb 26, 2013 Deborah rated it really liked it
Was a good finishing book to the serise and it was rounded off well though there was a few people who i would have liked to known more about them. I also found that over the serise it was getting slightly repetive but there were a few twists and turn in this book that make it enjoyable.
Jess (Fairytales and Books)
Jun 28, 2012 Jess (Fairytales and Books) rated it really liked it
Wonderful ending to the series. Looking forward to more from Derrolyn in the future.
Sarah (Workaday Reads)
Apr 19, 2012 Sarah (Workaday Reads) rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2012
The series finally comes to an end. I am glad I didn't have to wait years between the books because I really wanted to get through the series and see how it ended. This book was a satisfying end to the series, although the first quarter of the book felt more like a recap of the series so far, rather than the start of another adventure.

My feelings toward Marina did not improve in this book, I still don't like her. She really came across as selfish and judgmental this time around. At one point she
Purple Osprey
May 26, 2014 Purple Osprey rated it it was ok
Follows same plot as previous books - Marina gets a beautiful dress, Marina has an argument with her boyfriend, Marina gets in trouble and Marina gets rescued.

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