Publisher: Harlequin Teen (Oct 29th, 2013)
Genre: Fantasy, Romance, Young Adult, Mermaids
Format: eARC (360 pages)
Source: Free book from Publisher (Netgalley) for honest review
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Rating: ★★☆☆☆ (2 stars)
THE GIRL WHO WOULD BE QUEEN
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?
At A Glance
If you are looking for a good mermaid book, Waterfell is not it. This book had great promise but almost nothing happened and the main character was not likable.
I was excited going into Waterfell. It had an interesting premise, and I loved the idea of what these “mermaids” really were. They weren’t quite mermaids, but something more unique. I loved being surprised by that.
I also liked the side characters a lot, especially Nerissa’s best friend, Jenna. She was smart and honest. She didn’t let Nerissa get away with her bitchy attitude. She always told it how it was. She was also a great friend. She stood up for and stood by Nerissa when she most needed it. Jenna’s boyfriend was also a fun character. He was always upbeat and positive. Lo even had his moments where he made my heart melt.
Even though I saw it coming, the ending was kinda exciting.
Waterfell‘s biggest downfall was Nerissa and the plot.
Nerissa was a straight up snobby, stuck-up b*tch. There was no way in hell I could like or enjoy reading about a character like her. I will admit, she did change her ways by the end, but that didn’t erase the 80% of the book where she was just a horror to everyone. Nerissa was also kind of stupid. She did reckless things knowing people were after her. She put herself and others in danger almost constantly. She whined about Lo being arrogant and self-absorbed for half the book when in reality she was worse than him by leaps and bounds. Delusional, party of one!
Then there was the plot. Nothing happens!!!! I mean it, nothing happened in this book until the very end. I got so bored and was impatient for it to be over. Even the “mermaid” part was lacking in the fact that we only get “mermaid” action at the end, but the rest of the book was on land. You could also see the twists and turns a mile away. In the end, this book was an angsty teen drama, nothing else.
The writing was meh and the pacing was slow.
Nerissa was such a b*tch to Lo I just couldn’t understand why he kept chasing her. By the end we understand, but still, I didn’t even want them to end up together. When they do finally get together it doesn’t even feel that real because they don’t really know each other. All Nerissa does is act snarky while Lo smirks. That’s the extent of their relationship.
Waterfell is between a 2.5 and 2 starer. But I settled with 2 because I hated the main character so much. That is a deal breaker for me. I will not be reading the rest of this series. I feel really let down by this book. I can’t think of anyone I would recommend this to.
Typical surfer-boy bravado aside, for some reason, I can’t tear my eyes away from Lo’s lithe form. He moves as if he is one with the wave, a part of it instead of riding on top of it, in some kind of fluid symmetry. He surfs like how I like to surf, something that Sawyer calls Zen-surfing.
As if sensing my stare, at the very last minute on his final turn, Lo rips backward on his surfboard to make eye contact with me one last time —a look that I can feel even as far away as he is—and winks before somersaulting backward into the surf.
I feel that last glance of his all the way to my toenails. Not even the icy touch of the water can calm the deep flush that tunnels its way through me.
The laws of human attraction are new to me.
Just before I walk into the classroom, I glance over my shoulder. Lo’s eyes are deep and piercing. I feel the weight of them hovering, watching. Holding me motionless as time, too, stands still. I force myself to peel my gaze away from his compelling stare, making my feet obey weak commands to enter the classroom… the one in front of the other, like a drone. Something hot pulses across the back of my neck, racing across my body, and I can’t even think.
It’s not Ehmora who will be the death of me.
It’s this boy.