Monday, June 6, 2011
"The Moon and the Tide" by Derrolyn Anderson
I always find it a booger in YA books when (typically in the second or so book of a series) the female lead character (who is a newly discovered paranormal being who is starting to come into her abilities) starts to be held back by her boyfriend (who was once entirely supportive of her abilities) because he no longer feels entirely secure in his place in her newly ever changing life (ie. Laurel and David in Aprilynne Pike's "Wings" series, Kaylee and Nash from Rachel Vincent's "Soul Screamers" series, Clary and Jace from Cassie Clare's "Mortal Instruments" series, etc.) and therefore I was a bit disappointed to see that occur in this book. I especially find it frustrating when the male character jumps into the relationship with his girlfriend knowing that his she is in no way conventional (ie. she is a mermaid or she is a fairy) and yet he expects an entirely conventional girlfriend.
While the big reveal of this book didn't take me all that much by surprise, as it was hinted right from the get-go of this book, I was still excited to see how Derrolyn would have played it out- obviously she did a breathtaking job on it! Furthermore, this book was filled with a ton of action (ie. kidnappings, helicopter crashes, surfing wipe-outs, etc.) and while all of the action could have been overwhelming I never once thought while reading it, "OMG another accident? What is this? One Tree Hill?"
And I never would have thought that I would have found myself interested in surfing at all, but it is clear that after reading this book Derrolyn really knows what she is talking about- I think that I may have become as obsessed as Marina was with this past time. Once again, the characters were great- especially Shayla, the new addition to the gang. I can totally understand why she acted the way that she did in the first book, you can't help but feel for her and hope that Marina's vision of her does come true.
All in all, this is an amazing sequel to "Between the Land and the Sea"- I seriously cannot praise this series enough. I cannot wait to see what Derrolyn has in store for us next!
I received this book from the author to read and honestly review. I was not compensated in any way for said review.