Yara Jones doesn't believe in sea monsters--until she becomes one.
When a hurricane hits her island home and she wakes up with fins, Yara finds herself tangled up in an underwater world of mysterious merfolk and secretive selkies. Both sides believe Yara can save them by fulfilling a broken promise and opening the sealed gateway to their realm, but they are battling over how it should be done. The selkies want to take her life. The merfolk want something far more precious.
Treygan, the stormy-eyed merman who turned Yara mer, will stop at nothing and sacrifice everything to protect his people--until he falls for Yara. The tides turn as Yara fights to save herself, hundreds of sea creatures, and the merman who has her heart. She could lose her soul in the process--or she might open the gateway to a love that's deeper than the oceans.
Guess what attracted me to this book? Of course it’s the amazing cover!
I like how the world of the merpeople and sirens is displayed. It feels and looks so beautiful. It was so easy for me to close my eyes and imagine how it would look like, although in my mind there were always lots and lots of sun-rays. Sirens, gorgons, and selkies (even a water sprite or two),all make an appearance, and the mythical world that Hooper creates for them is well-detailed and breathtaking. Another thing I loved was the elements of Greek mythology that were present. These elements give background to the merfolk and sea creatures, explaining how they came into being. This book is rich, refreshing, and a much-needed break from all the vampires, werewolves, and fallen angels.
Karen did such an incredible job setting up this fantastical world that involve mermaid's smoking C-weed and half man/half seal's who drink blood. You also come across the myth of Medusa, in a whole new way and it gives a total different picture of her. A picture in which she’s someone who would die for her love, instead of the monster who would turn everyone into stone with her eyes.
I enjoyed many other characters - such as Rowan, Delmar, Pango, and Koraline. Pango and Merrick are hilarious together, especially Pango. He's the funniest character and I enjoyed every scene he was in. I especially liked how the narration switches between Yara, Treygan, and Rowan because it helped understand each character's motives more clearly.
I have to say I was a little surprised by her reaction to becoming a mermaid. She was angry, yes, but what about the freak out?? If you just got turned into a mermaid, you are entitled to freak out a little!) this bring me to the subjects that didn't make sense and this bother me a little:
1. Why walk on two legs all of the time if you’re supposed to live in water?
2. How exactly did seagarettes and c-weed (drug references that I did not miss and did not keep the selkies and merpeople alive?
3. How can Yara see underwater, human eyes aren’t designed to see clearly underwater?
4. How did the merpeople change colors?
5. What would be the point of building an entire mertown on dry land?
6. Yara's mind set or her way of thinking didn't make sense to me - why ask stupid questions, and then run away
7. Why the selkies had to drink blood?
I absolutely adored the entire cast of TANGLED TIDES, and I think any YA fan would too.