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Black Waters

(Tainted Waters #2)

4.56  ·  Rating details ·  127 ratings  ·  84 reviews

The blue water Whit once loved now looked black because it was claiming her, taking her from me.

Whitney Summers is Link’s best friend. He would do anything for her, even sacrifice their friendship to protect her. Whitney believes she understands what is transpiring in her life, b
Paperback, 1, 112 pages
Published March 18th 2016 by India's Productions (first published March 2016)
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Jan 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, 2018
"There was no beauty in her dying that day…"

Never, NEVER would have I expected that book to crush my heart like it did. If Blue Waters broke it, Black Waters totally crushed it. 

Like for the 1st opus, I didn't knew what Black Waters was about. I guessed it was the followed up of Blue. Nope. When I saw it was the same story but from Link's point of view, I was intrigued, yes,   although intrigued doesn't begin to cover what I felt.

Let me tell you, the atmosphere in this book is way darker. It
Sep 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

4.5 "Crash" stars


Even though my mind, and this hole where my heart and soul reside are now filled with pitter-patter of those flippery things called emotions of various kind...
I have experienced an ultimate pleasure of a true masterful display of what a good book feels like!

This story is, in fact, an alternate POV from LINK (Reether Jones), Whit's childhood best friend and a guy who is in love with her, as she is in him but she hasn't acknowledged it yet...

And it's bloody
Elfina Renee
Dec 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What happens when the sins of the families affect all you know and those you love? Betrayals are measured in bullets and death, yet you don’t have a clear understanding as to why? Just as much as Whitney screams, the vivid pictures of her agony clears...leaving you with more questions than answers.

Choose… choose who will lose For it is time to tighten the noose. No elders need be involved For they’re the ones who caused it all.

I can only surmise India R Adams will have those answers in Red Wate
I’m pretty sure India R. Adams had no idea how deeply Link’s POV would affect readers. We’ve heard Whitney’s POV and now, we are going to hear Link’s version, as Whitney’s best friend, and the young man who would die for her.

India R. Adams did NOT just change the POV and insert names to repeat her story, Blue Waters. She re-wrote and detailed life through Link’s eyes and heart, including his actions, reactions and emotions. Have you ever wondered what true love means? How selfless it can be? How
J. Kahele
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The blue water Whit once loved now looked black because it was claiming her, taking her from me.

In the first book, Blue Waters,, we were told the story through the POV of Whitney. In this book, Black Waters, the story is retold through the POV of Link. I, normally, don’t like reading books that switch POV’s of the same story, but this was necessary. Link fills in blanks that we were not given in the first book and to say it was shocking; is an understatement. The twists were mind blowing a
Jun 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
**Re-Read 5/7/17 and OMG! CONNECTIONS WERE MADE PEOPLE! You don't understand how excited I am for the next book in this series and in the Forever Series. I'm ready India whenever you are girl! Haha great re-read. Definitely cleared up some details, and was written beautifully at that. Great series of novellas**

Oh this had every emotion interwoven in this book. It had happiness, sadness, betrayal, and more, but most of all it had Love.

I just read this book in one sitting, and I think this summed
Candace Robinson
Jun 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
So this novella was from Link's POV, and it goes back to the beginning of book 1. This again didn't seem like a novella and had twists and turns all over the place! I was pretty emotional towards the end of this book. I really really enjoyed the bond between Crash and Link. Full review on my blog at ...more
Yesha- Books Teacup and Reviews
(I received review copy of this book from author, in exchange for an honest review. I am glad I got a chance to read this book.)
*4.5 stars*

This book is rewriting of ‘Blue Waters” from Link’s POV. It’s life story of Link. About Link’s feelings- love, possessiveness, desperation to protect Whit, friendship- and dark side of his family.

'Black Waters' fills the gap or should I say unanswered questions of 'Blue Waters'- What Link’s real feelings were for whit, How he discovered the truth about Crash
Mar 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
LOVED LOVED this book! It had me feeling so many emotions. I was even yelling at the book with the twists and the way it went. It grabbed me from the start and never let go. I was crying, I was wanting to knock ones out. It is a powerful read.India R. Adams delivered. She knows hpow to pull you in and never let go. I loved this book. Hated to see it end, but so thankful to have had the chance to read it.

I give it an A+ or 5 stars.
L.N. Denison
Oct 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya-na
Whereas, Blue Waters, the first book in this awesome series of novella's, was told from Whitney Summers (Whit) POV, Black Waters is told from Reether Jones (Link) POV. As with the first book, it start off like any other YA/NA novel, bright, quirky and innocent enough, but then things start turning dark and twisted, with so many WTF moments to get your head around, but that what makes these stories so unique. I'm all about the darkness, and this had just enough without going over the top. If you ...more
Nikki Landis
WOW Part 2. I am TOTALLY in love with this story from Link's point of view. This book was everything I was hoping for and more. The emotions that coursed through me as I read... again, WOW.

How is it possible to write a story so heartbreaking and devastatingly tragic but redeeming and wonderfully beautiful at the same time? I don't know how India does it but she did, and this book was so full of emotions, lies, truths, betrayal, secrets, love, loss, tragedy, and redemption that I think I'm foreve
Feb 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
So much happened in Blue Waters and I loved every word of it. It was told from Whit's perspective of the events taking place in her life. It was written so creatively that you knew unwritten conversations were being spoken between Link and Crash or Link and his parents. But in an effort to protect Whit these things are kept from her. Black Waters tells Whit's story and Link's story from his perspective. India has written both books in such a way that you're not getting Blue Waters rehashed. No, ...more
Ola Z
Nov 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I received an eCopy of this book courtesy of the lovely author herself in exchange for an honest review.

Honestly, I did not know that it was possible to rewrite a book from another person’s perspective and still make me feel approximately everything.

All of the things were felt whilst reading this novel, from sadness to anticipation, to fear, to outright happiness when the ending rolled around (and not because the book was awful and I was relieved, but because it was a heartwarming ending which I
May 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"There was no beauty in her dying that day."

From the moment I started this authors work, I was captivated and hooked. This author is not afraid to tackle dark subject themes.
You do need to read Blue waters first as Black Waters is the same story but written from Link's point of view. The feel to this book was a bit more venturing into the darker side of things which I am all for it.

I am amazed at this author's abilities through her writing, the beautiful meaningful messages and the poetry that
• Island Queen Reads • Ofa •
Oh my heart! It's taken me a while to actually be able to put together a string of words to result in a review. I wasn't ready. I was not at all prepared for how to this book played out. I was excited to start this since finishing the first one, but couldn't get my head around it. How this author managed to put so much content into such a small book is beyond me.

I won't go into much detail because it's not a book that can be explained but experienced for one's self. You must read the first book
Mg ♥ The Bookishmedialite
Apr 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
And I crashed.

I really thought it was going to be different but deep in my heart, I knew Link and Franky belong together.

I feel like there's still a lot going on in the series, or maybe it's just that I need MORE. I'm so ready to dive into the red waterssssss.
Sage Knightly
Aug 06, 2019 rated it really liked it

"I found a beauty in living, Link.”

Black Waters is the second book in the Tainted Waters novella series and is just as brilliantly well done as the first story. While Blue Waters was in the perspective of Whitney and followed her struggles and relationships, Black Waters follows Link and shows his side of things that we never saw in the first book.

The writing, as usual, is amazing. It had a great flow, it was easy to fall into and understand, and it allows the reader to feel what the char
Sep 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This review is based on a digital copy I received from author India R. Adams. It is an honest review and the complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.

When I first began to read this book I understood that it was from Link’s point of view and I was ok with that. What I thought was that his part of the story was going to start from the ending of the previous book Blue Waters. I will say I was a little disappointed that it started before the ending of the previous book
Anna (Adventures with a Book Nerd)
"There was no beauty in her dying that day..."

This book startled me. Not in a jump scare kind of way, but that this isn't like any of the other books by Adams that I've read before. This book is very different from Blue Waters, which is kind of good considering that this book is another version of Blue Waters.

In this book we follow Link, and his view on what happened in Blue Waters. This book starts at the same time that Blue Waters started, but this book is so much different (in a good way of c
Cecily Wolfe
Nov 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing

The ending I was hoping for, even thought it was very hard-won and emotionally fraught.

Great to see the story from Link's point of view - I think he is my favorite character from both books.

I'd love to see more of Link and Whitney . . . maybe there are more adventures for the two of them to embark upon?
Tamara Harrington
Apr 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I am literally so emotionally drained right now, I don't even really know where to start!
Black waters is Links story, and where I was going to say that it is just Blue Waters from his POV, I've realized that it is so much more. What I thought would be a fun ride seeing things through Links eyes, was completely different from what actually happened. There was so much more to their story, to his and Whits and Crash's too. That love and friendship that I loved was so much more to all of them. I HAT
Sophie Ruthven
Feb 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I seem to say that about every new India book that I read, but this book made me utterly speechless, which is normally impossible to do.
So much happened in this book that if I said anything more about this book I'd ruin the story. So many twists and turns you'll finish it and still be reeling days later!!
Erin Scorpio
Oct 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Once more blown away.

Wow! This is a story with everything. Love, laughs, lies ,heartbreak, sacrifice, scenes that leave you blown away. Scenes that leave you heartbroken and crying. This was an amazing story or two men in love with the same girl. Link and Whitney are the best of friends. Whitney is sassy, silly,and despises Link's girlfriend Connie. Connie isn't a fan of Whit's either. While at the movies Whit meets Crash. A man who will not only change her life but the life of everyone she and
Sep 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is the kind of book that leaves you shocked for days.

I really don't think this one is for the faint of heart. That being said, I think everyone should give it a go because it is a real eye-opener. India creates the most wonderful characters that the reader gets super attached to. Then she goes on to peel back the layers of their life and show us what's really happening. That's her magic. Usually we hear about things happening but we don't really feel the pain of the victims and survivors of
Paula Brown

This author has done it again -- am totally emotionally drained..This book has twists and bends upon twists and bends..Everything from living nightmares to murder... Is there a happy ending-- maybe, maybe not. Is the threat finally gone --- maybe, maybe not.
Mar 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Like the first Tainted Waters Novella, this one had ugly beauty. An ugly beauty that has your heart soaring, cracking, and smiling. I didn't know how i was expecting this journey to end but it definitely wasn't like this in my mind. No, this novella was amazing and touch me so hard. Reether needed to be heard. His story is one that shouts from your heart strings and leaves you at peace after the war. I really can't put words to this book, it's left me speechless, but it is a gripping story that ...more
India Adams
May 01, 2017 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
This second novella was not intended to be written but Link insisted on his story being told... I'm so thankful he did. ...more
Courtney Giraldo
Jul 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
I started the book thinking it was a continuation of the previous novel, Blue Water, which ended on a major cliffhanger. Turns out this novel is told from the perspective of Link and covers the same time line as Blue Waters, extending out past the major cliffhanger. (Thank god because I was seriously afraid it would be the same cliffhanger but then just even more feels because now I know this whole *other* side of the story line.) Black Waters dives much deeper (see what I did there) into the da ...more
Black Waters, ( Novella #2. )
By India R. Adams.

Naturally, after flying through book #1 "Blue Waters" and absolutely loving it, i went flying into this one. Black Waters Book#2. And i can honestly say i LOVED it!

I loved seeing things from Link's side and looking at everything that transpired from a different side/point of view.
Black waters is an absolutely brilliant and again a MUST Read!

We experience from Black waters the unconditional love from Link towards Whitney and the sacrifice that not o
Deb Cechak
Sep 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Finding the Beauty in Living!

India R. Adams has created a thrilling sequel to her first book in her Tainted Water series, Blue Waters, with her second story, Black Waters.

We have met best friends, Whitney and Link, along with Crash, and have seen the triangle of love and yearning and pain and pleasure. Black Waters picks up the dramatic pacing to allow it to become a suspenseful thriller that provides unexpected storylines and intense emotions.

Ultimately, we once again find the thread of human
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