Waterfell


By Amalie Howard
Published on October 29, 2013
Published by Harlequin Teen

Source: NetGalley
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?

Wow this was nothing at all what I expected!  I expected a light and fluffy mermaid tale and this was totally not it!

Waterfell started slowly.  I did struggle a bit understanding what on earth was going on, but as the book progressed I was happy with where the author was taking the books.  I absolutely love the idea that these creatures were not mermaids, but that they were much closer to the Loch Ness Monster- how cool is that?? I really think it was such a unique and creative spin to the story (although the idea of Nessie being in love was just weird at first).

Waterfell was full of crazy plot twists that were unexpected and a little shocking.  I can't really talk much about them, but one I expected and the other two caught be completely off guard.  I found myself re-reading and shouting, "WHAT?  WHAT!!"

I am glad that this seems to be the start of a series, because major loose ends were left open.  I am happy with how the book ended, but I am glad we will get to read more about these characters (and you get a sneak peek of the second book in the first!)  An excellent start to an excellent series- I highly recommend it!

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