Author: Amanda Hocking
Genre: Fantasy, YA, Paranormal Romance
Age Group: Young Adult
Rating: 5 stars
Her only hope lies with her greatest enemies
Gemma is facing the fight of her life. Cursed by beautiful but deadly sirens, her extraordinary powers have a terrifyingly dark side, and becoming human once more is proving her greatest challenge yet. As she struggles to break the curse, the sirens, Penn Lexi and Thea are determined to kill her before she can set herself free.
Gemma’s only allies are her sister, Harper, and Harper’s boyfriend, Daniel. Together they must delve into their enemies’ mythical pasts – to discover their darkest secrets. But Penn has also set her sights on Daniel. Soon, the sirens threaten everything Gemma holds dear: her family, her friends, her life, and her relationship with Alex – the only guy she’s ever loved. Can she save herself and those she cares about before it is too late.
Tidal is the third installment in the Watersong series by indie author Amanda Hocking. I enjoyed the first two books in the Watersong series, so I was eager to get started on this one. In Tidal, things start to get together, and the suspense starts to rise to a new level in this third book. Gemma is struggling with coming to terms about being a siren, while the other sirens still hang around in town, proving a great risk. Harper and Daniel are struggling to find time for each other and their new relationship while Harper balances packing for college and Daniel tries to keep Penn off his back, who’s expressed an uncanny interest in him. Alex is suffering from the aftermath of Gemma’s siren song, which left him not only hating Gemma, but practically hating life itself.
I liked this book the most of all three. Why? Because Harper is awesome, and she plays an even bigger part here than in the previous books. What I really like about this series, except for the cannibalistic, bat-shit crazy sirens is the main characters. This is the only book I know of that features two sisters as main characters, and it’s awesome. I didn’t like Gemma that much at first, but the more the story progresses, the more I start to like her as well. She’s grown up, willing to take responsibility for her actions, and stronger than she looks like. From the start, I’ve been the biggest fan of Daniel, and he shines even more in this book, although he made a crazy decision about Penn at the end. No good.
I also like Penn and Thea. Lexi is still annoying as well, and Penn is murderous, but at least there’s more personality and reasoning behind her attitude. Thea has started to become friends with Gemma, and I liked that development.
The plot was great, and Amanda Hocking added some interesting lore about how monsters were made, with curses by the gods and ancient scrolls and such. Loved that! As usual, the pacing was fast, the romance spot-on and the characters had some great, funny replies here and there.
Watersong is an awesome series, and one of the best YA series currently out there. I liked it more than the Switched trilogy. It’s obvious Amanda has evolved as an author. I can’t wait to read the fourth book!