Hold Back the Tide
This is a story of monsters, both real and figurative.
I absolutely love monsters stories and cannot get enough of them. It ...more
Hold Back the Tide is Melinda Salisbury’s newest book, released last week. When I read the first chapter I knew it was about a girl who lived with a murderer. What I did not expect was everything that followed.
Alva Douglas is planning to escape Ormscaula and the murderer she lives with, her father. But as she tries to leave, strange things start happening: screams in the night, shadows at the window, and girls going missing. And the ...more
This was good! This is a vampire book, since the synopsis doesn't really make that clear!
I didn't like Alva as the main character, at ALL. She keeps being scared of her father, but if she had thought about it for 2 damn seconds, she must have known that her theories about him don't add up. (view spoiler)[I know that she was a child when she thought her mother murdered, but at the age of 9 you know that when somebody gets hurt, they BLEED. When her father tells her the real story, ...more
The first thing one needs to know before starting this book is that it's one hell of a scary book! So if you are not into gory, horror stuff, I would advise withholding from reading it. On the other hand, Hold Back the Tide contains quite a lot of cliches from YA genre, such as special snowflakes and abs-pretty boys. But worry not, those were quite pleasant, though a little bit eye-rolling.
The plot of the book revolves around the small village (or town) Ormscaula. If I am not mistaken it's some
And with this book she once again delivers. I'm gonna be honest here. For a long time I thought this was gonna be a four star read. ...more
“I would have chalked it up to folklore, or ignorance. Ancient people using monsters to explain what they couldn’t understand. Yet all the while the creatures were waiting. Biding their time.”
Hold Back the Tide was surprising in a really, really good way. this was quietly poignant, the dreams and fears of a girl, alva, spun out over village politics and monsters and lore. it’s also been a long time since i’ve been hooked by an opening line, but this one got me:
“Here are the rules of livin...more
Alva is living with her father, who she heard murder her mother years ago. She is living her life by a set of rules she has created, out of fear that she will end up the same way. Do not draw attention to yourself, If you can't be invisible, be useful and if you can't beat them, join them. She has made herself as useful as possible - diligently checking and recording the lev ...more
In my opinion Da was not portrayed in anyway as someone who had potentially murdered his own wife or would harm his child.
So the first 100 pages of Alva preparing to run away was very slow, and I wasnt engaged with her as a character and i couldnt tell where this book was going.
Then the plot twist happens half way ...more
Alva lives with her dad, a man she believes to be a murderer. She lives in constant fear of what he will do to her if she steps out of line and it is that fear that compels her to want to escape her small ...more
Wow. I don't really know what I expected going in. I saw Cait's (@paperfury) review where she said "this book softly held my hand, lead me to the edge of a cliff, and then shoved me straight on off" and went and bought it instantly. I didn't even really know what genre it was - the synopsis is very vague, so I thought it was a contemporary pushing thriller with maybe some possible paranormal elements. What I got was NOTHING like what I expected!
And I think that made me enjoy it more! I ...more
I've finished this book last night, but I still can't wrap my head around it. Just thinking about it makes me want to scream incoherently for a few hours, but believe me when I say it's a good thing. As I just said, I went through several books that disappointed me a lot and I basically went into this one begging for it to be at the very least, ...more
The setting in Scotland was just gorgeous. I loved the glimpses of dialect. I could definitely imagine the village and the mountains, and the house where Alva and her father live. It really is a delight to read.
Alva has been trying really hard to please her father, to not irritate him, to make herself indispensable - all because she thinks he is a murderer. Their job is to monitor the loch that supports the village, i ...more
Thank you Scholastic for this book in exchange for an honest review
Alright. So the first chapter is gripping as fuckk. I kid you not. The first chapter reached out and gripped my soul and I was fricken pumped to read this book. Honestly if you know a better opening chapter than let me know but until then, this one takes the cake and eats it too.
However, after the gripping first chapter I felt a little lost while I waited for the more gripping things to hap ...more
Hold Back the Tide follows the story of Alva, a young girl living in the remote Scottish highlands with her father. Her mother mysteriously disappeared and Alva knows her father is responsible. Whilst living day in and day out with the person she believes murdered her mother, she dreams of escaping to a new life. When dark forces begin preying on Ormscaula Alva has to do everything she can to help the town survive, and uncover some difficult ...more
“Hold Back the Tide” is a gothic Scottish tale about the creatures who escaped from the loch and a girl desperate to escape her fate but when bodies start piling up she is determined to right the wrongs of her father only to learn that sometimes the cruelest punishment is the truth.
What was that ending?!?!
To start I had no idea this was a horror vampire story and for that I am grateful. From the first page I was completely entranced by this poor girl who had lived her life with a s ...more
Hold Back the Tide is set in a timeless remote highland town, and it is clear on every page. The sense of isolation, the sense of small-town mindset and the literal atmosphere of being on the loch is in every word. This is honestly so stunning, I can't accurately portray it.
While this is a fantasy / horror gen ...more
What I say: Oh the drama! The book opens with a bold statement (you'll have to read it yourself to discover what it is) and takes us with Alva as she tries to escape the small town where she's looked upon with distain and suspicion. She is a Douglas after all!
There are twists galore in the story. Whenever I thought I'd figured out where Melinda Salisbury was taking the plo ...more
Despite the ending making me ugly cry for a good 20 minutes, I think the ending is brilliant. This is the first book I have read by this autho ...more