Waterfell by Amalie Howard

December 11, 2013 Young Adult Book Reviews 3

waterfellTitle: Waterfell (The Aquarathi #1) [Goodreads][Amazon]
Author: Amalie Howard
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Format: eARC
Pages: 360
Release Date: October 29, 2013
In My Opinion: Worth a try!
One Line: While not my kind of read, it was still decent.


Nerissa Marin hides among teens in her human form, waiting for the day she can claim her birthright—the undersea kingdom stolen from her the day her father was murdered. Blending in is her best weapon—until her father’s betrayer confronts Nerissa and challenges her to a battle to the death on Nerissa’s upcoming birthday—the day she comes of age.

Amid danger and the heartbreak of her missing mother, falling for a human boy is the last thing Nerissa should do. But Lo Seavon breaches her defenses and somehow becomes the only person she can count on to help her desperate search for her mother, a prisoner of Nerissa’s mortal enemy. Is Lo the linchpin that might win Nerissa back her crown? Or will this mortal boy become the weakness that destroys her?

Waterfell is not your typical mermaid book. I liked how Howard put her own spin on the “mermaid” tale and that these aren’t just regular sea creatures, but actual alien sea creatures. She did a great job with describing their race, their powers, and their hierarchy. This story has a lot of twists and turns, some that are obvious, and some that surprise you. There’s a good amount of danger and intrigue to keep you interested, but I have to admit, it didn’t really do anything for me. Like I said, while I do like all that Howard created and her writing is great, I felt like this wasn’t the story for me. It took me quite awhile to get through this book, and not because it was bad, but I just wasn’t into the story. I liked it more than disliked it though and the ending was pretty good, but getting there was a real trek.

Maybe what really didn’t work for me were the characters. I just couldn’t connect with any of them and you know how I’m all about the characters. I didn’t really feel the romance between Nerissa and Lo and often times didn’t care for Nerissa, personally. She does grow as a character, but because it took quite awhile for her to stand up to her adversaries and face her reality, I guess I just felt indifferent towards her in the end. Lo didn’t spark anything in me at all and it annoyed me the way Nerissa acted towards him at first. Speio, Nerissa’s friend, was annoying and I didn’t like him at all. The only character I mildly liked was Jenna, another one of Nerissa’s friends.

So while this wasn’t my kind of thing, I have a feeling a lot of other readers will enjoy it. I don’t know if I’ll be keeping up with the series, as my overall feelings towards it was one of indifference, but if I have time and get re-energized about reading different things in general, I might pick up the second book just to see how things are going.

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3 Responses to “Waterfell by Amalie Howard”

  1. Jessica@Lovin' Los Libros

    Bummer this one didn’t quite work out for you girl! I definitely understand the whole feeling indifferent to the characters and the storyline in general. I am glad you were able to find some aspects you enjoyed (especially since I have this one for review, LOL) I will probably feel the same way about it though, just since you’re not the first blogger I trust who seems to not particularly care all that much for it. Thanks for sharing your honest review with us!

  2. Ellen

    I didn’t get this one because I just wasn’t sure I”d like it. I’m kind of glad I didn’t, though I am sure, as you said, there are those out there who will really enjoy it. Great review!

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