Due to this being set in Atlantis I thought that it would be a fantasy, or a historicaThis review can also be found on my blog: A Match Made in Heaven
Due to this being set in Atlantis I thought that it would be a fantasy, or a historical set in the times of ancient Greece. But it is not Atlantis, it is Atlantia. It is set in a post-apocalyptic world, where the world Above is poisoned so people moved Below the water.
This is the story of Rio, who dreams of seeing above, and her journey to see her sister again, and to discover the secrets of her world and Above, and what really happened. I read this because I loved Matched so much. And although the writing style is pretty much the same, the characters did not engage me as much. And there was very little romance. Although True helped her along the way, the real struggle was for Rio to find her sister. It had nothing to do with finding a way to be with True. He was a companion and a comfort during her struggle, but not a central part of it.
The world of Atlantia was pretty unique but the story was not enough to really grab me. It focused too much on Rio's single-minded need to go Above, and not enough on the mythology and history of their world. I would have liked to learn more about the sirens and the gods and the other gifts that some people had. It could have been much more interesting if it delved deeper I think. And if it had better characters. There was really nothing special about any of them. They were pretty forgettable.
The story was concluded, and although authors can always find an excuse to come back and expand a story if they decide to, I hope this remains a standalone story. I don't feel the need to come back to this world. We could always see how Rio and Bay are doing later, and how their worlds are faring, how things have changed, but things are good enough as they are now. I believe everything will turn out for the best.
(view spoiler)[Bay's plan to save Rio by going Above was the dumbest plan ever. She said in her letter that she knew how stubborn Rio was and that she would find a way eventually. So going Above was a way to guarantee that Rio would follow her, not a way of guaranteeing that Rio would never go Above. The best way of preventing Rio from ever going Above would have been to stay with her, like she promised, then Rio would have stayed with her. I am sure she would have been sad to never see the Above after that, but she would never have risked her life for it, like she risked her life to see Bay again. (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
I found this series over all rather tedious. It was ok for the most part, but not goodThis review can also be found on my blog: A Match Made in Heaven
I found this series over all rather tedious. It was ok for the most part, but not good enough to keep bringing me back. I got really impatient with it most of the time. I just wanted to find out how it would end and didnt really want to do all the work to get there.
I read two other books on the side during the time it took me to read this one. And I fell asleep on this book on numerous occasions. As I have said in my reviews for both The Vicious Deep and The Savage Blue, I liked Tristan but I never really swoon over guys when the book is from their POV. I have to see them from the POV of a woman, to see them as the woman sees them and loves them, then I start to pick up those feelings myself.
I enjoyed most of the supporting characters, but I don't know if there were too many, or if I just didn't care about them enough, but I could never remember who was who. Who the hell is Kai? She was with Tristan for most of this book, but I have no idea who she is or when he met her. I just cannot remember.
I am glad with how things turned out for everyone. I dont know why, but for some reason I suspected the ending would go down something like it did. No tragic fates are hanging over anyone's heads. And I am glad that this series is over and I can move on.
ARC provided by NetGalley on behalf of Sourcebooks Fire, in exchange for an honest review....more
I enjoyed this a bit more than The Vicious Deep with 3.5/5. There was more action, more romance, high stakes.
The characters are starting to grow on me. They are still nothing special really. Tristan is funny and a very realistic teenage guy, but most teenage guys arent that special. :P But he loves Layla and that just raises him up so high for me. A guy who truly loves his girl is priceless.
Tristan and Layla have an interesting relationship. They never really talked about what they wanted, or revealed their feelings to each other. It sort of just happened, like North and Sydelle from Brightly Woven. They are adorable.
There were also some twists in this that I didnt see coming and they will complicate things in The Vast and Brutal Sea. I look forward to seeing Tristan fight for Layla. I actually dont care whether or not Tristan becomes king. There are a few other champions who would probably make decent kings too. I just hope that everyone will be ok in the end....more
I found this book pretty disappointing after giving Tangled Tides 5 stars. It was ok, but it felt sort of like filler.
There was no expansion on the myI found this book pretty disappointing after giving Tangled Tides 5 stars. It was ok, but it felt sort of like filler.
There was no expansion on the mythology, besides learning of Harte's existence, but I felt like it didnt really add anything to the story. There was no added depth to Yara and her people. It was just a detour to rescue Vienna and return back to the story. I dont know if Vienna will be important in the next installment, or if saving her was just so that we could see Rownan get an HEA too.
And I didnt really like Harte either. It felt like it was never going to end and I couldnt wait for them to get out of there. It took way too long. But I still enjoy the characters, and I especially enjoyed seeing a different side of Rownan. I never would have suspected what kind of relationship him and Treygan had from their behaviour in book 1.
So, this wasnt a bad little adventure, but it was less than I was expecting. I am hoping for an epic conclusion in Sacred Seas.
ARC provided by NetGalley on behalf of Starry Sky Publishing, in exchange for an honest review....more
This was a bit disappointing. It was from a male POV. Tristan was interesting and I moThis review can also be found on my blog: A Match Made in Heaven
This was a bit disappointing. It was from a male POV. Tristan was interesting and I mostly liked him. He was a bit of a whore, but he was funny. The story was interesting but not amazing. They spent too much time on land for my liking. And he spend too much time just at school and hanging around with friends when he should have been completing his quest. I would have preferred to be more immersed in the mer world.
But I like Tristan, mostly because he amuses me. Because I am laughing at him, not with him. He is supposed to be so cool and popular and girls are throwing themselves at him, but I find him to be a tad silly and awkward. I guess that's because he's 16 and I'm not. :P I also really like Layla, Thalia, and Kurt. A great cast of characters. Tristan was pining after Layla for the whole book, but he was so passive about it, it was kinda sad. He thinks he loves her, and he says he always sees her face when he is in trouble, but doesnt do anything about it. It was a very uneventful romance. All thought, no action. And then they introduced the Gwen character to complicate things. Maybe in The Savage Blue Layla will decide she likes Tristan and a love-triangle will be introduced with Gwen. As long as something happens I wont complain. Gwen was interesting but there is no comparing to the bond Tristan and Layla have. I am so Team Layla. :P I've never had to team with a girl before. Unless I take Kurt into consideration. I am not sure if maybe Kurt likes Layla, or maybe Layla likes Kurt. It's unclear, but if there is something going on there, I am Team Tristan. :P
Anyway, this was decently entertaining but I am not super excited for more, but I will still read The Savage Blue....more
This was amazing! It was my first mermaid book, but it was so much more! It had mermaiThis review can also be found on my blog: A Match Made in Heaven
This was amazing! It was my first mermaid book, but it was so much more! It had mermaids, sirens, selkies, gorgons, water sprites, and even a Greek god. But there was also so much to the story, with so much mythology and history, action, and omg the romance! If you love fiery and passionate romances with lots of pledges of undying love and self-sacrifice, this is for you. Even though they were unable to have a physical relationship until near the end, there was never any doubt about their love.
And I was really impressed with the story. It was my first mermaid book, as I said earlier, but I was expecting a simple forbidden romance between a mermaid/merman and a human, and a sacrifice having to be made to be together. But this was so much bigger, their decisions would affect worlds. How much are they willing to sacrifice to be together? And neither of them were straightforward merfolk or humans. They had very complicated heritages and very complicated roles in the larger conflict. I never knew what was going to happen next and I was really happy with how things were handled in the end.
I also loved the world this book created. I dont know if it was entirely based on mythology, but I would guess some of it was created by Karen Amanda Hooper. I loved how everything fit together, all the different roles the water creatures played, and the ranking colours of the mermaids sounded so gorgeous. I wish I could have seen them. Treygan, Yara, Karoline, Nixie, they all sounded beautiful. They were all great characters too. And I loved Pango, he was hilarious. I am a little confused by Rownan though. At first he seemed like a really horrible guy, even after spending time with Yara for months. But then he seemed to change his stance so quickly. Not that I am complaining. I am glad he came around.
With the extremely unique situation Yara and Treygan find themselves in at the end, I am anxious to find out how it works for them in the future. The few glimpses of their uninterrupted happiness that we got to witness was amazing, and I cant wait to see more, but I know it cant be that easy. I cannot wait to see them fight for each other and their people again in Dangerous Depths and to see their incredible strength, loyalty and love in action....more