Author Amalie Howard celebrates the book birthday of WATERFELL today! I got the chance to meet up with her early this morning for a quick chit chat about the release, and her event tonight at Books of Wonder in New York City at 6 PM EST. Check out this short video we filmed.
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?
I think I am getting my YA mojo back. I took a long break from young adult novels and recently have jumped back into the scene. I have been lucky enough to find some really good and well written stories that are unputdownable. Waterfell definitely falls into this category.
Waterfell was the total opposite of what I was expecting. I honestly thought I was jumping into a romance about mermaids. Instead what I got was a book with a strong female character who struggles every day with trying to keep her kind alive, and finding a peaceful life for them. A unique story that I can promise you haven’t read anything like it before. Amalie Howard took something so simple and twisted it around to create a world that is believable and easy to envision.
There is a romance that comes to life between Nerissa, the main character, and Lo. I loved them together as a couple, and laughed out loud at their bickering a couple of times, but what I loved most was that it doesn’t take up most of the story. Amalie Howard focuses a lot on Nerissa’s world and the challenge she must face in order to survive and save her people. It wasn’t until a little past the middle to end that the romance really steps into the light.
I wasn’t sure at first how I felt about Nerissa. I had a hard time really getting a hold on her character. She was up and down in the beginning, but as secrets were revealed her character definitely improved. In the beginning she comes off a little selfish and cold, but in the end she really grows into her skin and kicks some evil butt. She was unpredictable, actually shocking me by some of the things she does to protect those she loves. By the end, I loved her.
As you can tell, I really, truly love this book.
I love the world that Amalie Howard has created and brought to life with words. I love the romance, Nerissa’s friendship with her best friend Jenna, and all the twist and betrayal it’s filled with.
A Good Choice for Reading!