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Tuesday, August 13, 2013

MICHELLE'S REVIEW: Tidal by Amanda Hocking

Title: Tidal
Author: Amanda Hocking
Format Acquired: Hardcover
Publication Date: June 4, 2013
Publishing House: St. Martin's Griffin
ISBN: 9781250008114
Source of Copy: Purchased from Fully Booked


Gemma and Harper Fisher are facing the fight of their lives. Gemma has been cursed with extraordinary powers that have a terrifying dark side, but she's finally found what she needs - a way to break the curse and become human again. However, finding the means to do it will be her greatest challenge yet. And now Penn, Lexi, and Thea - the gorgeous but deadly creatures who cursed her - are determined to kill her before she has a chance. Making matters worse, Penn has her sights set on Daniel - the guy Harper loves - and Penn always gets what she wants.

As Gemma and Harper race to break the curse before it's too late, they're thrust deeper into a mythical world of immortal secrets. They must delve into their enemies' past to find the answers they need, even if it means being drawn deeper into their savagely beautiful world. But one of the girls is not what she seems... and Gemma finds an unlikely ally as she struggles to save herself. Will it be enough to break an ancient curse that no one has ever escaped from alive?

(Image and information courtesy of Goodreads; Summary lifted from actual book)


Tidal is the third book in the Watersong series. You can check out the review for Wake (Watersong  #1) here, and for Lullaby (Watersong #2), here.

Penn and the other sirens may have taken temporary residence in Capri, but that doesn't mean that Gemma is off the hook. In fact, Penn and Lexi are eager to get her out of the way and replace her with someone who actually can fulfill her duties as a siren. But what drew the sirens once more to the once sleepy town of Capri wasn't a possible substitute; it's the fact that there are actually two guys who are quite resistant to the lull of the watersong. With blackmail and deception threatening the people she holds dear, Gemma must quickly find a way to break the curse and save everyone who put their lives on the line for her.

Tidal is definitely my favorite from the series so far.  If I were bold enough, I really thought that the series would be taking a nosedive, given behind the seemingly weak reason behind the sirens' staying in Capri. (If anything I really thought it was just a flimsy excuse on Hocking's behalf so as to save Gemma from the evil girls.) So you can imagine my surprise when I unsuccessfully tried to put the book down again and again. Also, if you take a look at the covers - from a serene-looking Wake to a turbulent-looking Tidal - it's really quite amazing at how quick the books have turned darker and darker which each novel.

It is in this book, I think, that Gemma is finally taking charge of her whole situation. In Wake, while Gemma did think that she could had it all under control, she was still someone her sister had to coddle. In Lullaby, she has given in to her animalistic urges, and while she has matured a bit, it's nothing compared to the Gemma we meet in Tidal. Sure, people around her are still looking out for her, but this time around, Gemma's looking out for herself more as well. Sure, Harper's still looking to save Gemma from her siren-state, but Gemma's doing her own share of the tough work as well, especially since Harper's on her way to college and Gemma would rather die than be the reason she stays behind. The relationship between the sisters is really nice to read about, and I think it's a dynamic that you don't always see in Young Adult. In fact, I'd attribute it as a reason why the Watersong series works so well. I mean, aside from the fact that Harper and Daniel are adorable together.

Penn still manages to evoke strong feelings from me because she portrays the perfect antagonist - witchy, manipulative, selfish, and arrogant, but Tidal also shows a little bit (a really small piece) of what's left of her humanity as well. 

Tidal's pacing is as great as the previous books, and there are no sudden YA cliches thrown in just to confuse / prolong the series. It knows how to work with what it has, and that definitely earns points in my book. 

Fans of Amanda Hocking's Watersong trilogy will definitely love Tidal, and will have a hard time waiting for Elegy, the last in the series. 



  1. I really have to read this series! I've been reading such great reviews, yours included, and I love mermaids!!! And Elegy's out already so looking forward to your review of that one too, Michelle!