Sep 162011
 

The Moon and the Tide (Marina’s Tales #2) by Derrolyn Anderson
Source: Review copy from author
Links: Amazon, Smashwords, Goodreads, Author’s website

Since this is the second book in the series, the review below may contain spoilers for the first book.

Marina’s slowly coming to terms with her family’s secrets when another huge secret is revealed. Feeling betrayed from multiple angles, Marina seeks comfort in surfing with Lorelei. This brings its own dangers, and when an enemy finds them, Marina must try to save herself and her mermaid family.

Following the first book, I was slightly disappointed in this one. The storyline was great, with lots of action, but it was definitely aimed at a teenaged girl audience, and not just YA lovers in general. I found the teenage drama to be overwhelming and annoying.

Marina and Ethan swung from overly sweet continuous makeout sessions to full out ignoring each other break-ups. The teenaged drama of “I love you” turning to “I hate you” over the slightest small misunderstanding was annoying and frustrating. Very realistic, but not very satisfying to read.

While the drama was never ending, I did find that portayal of a teen caught between being an adult and a child was very realistic and well done. Marina had some profound insights into the people around her, which helped to offset the selfishness and self-centeredness her actions often portrayed.

Overall, this was a good follow-up book, however it was a little heavy on teenaged drama for me. I’ve never been one for drama, and I have a hard time enjoying it while reading. The story itself is good, still very original and fresh. I’d recommend this book to readers who enjoy angst in their stories.

Rating: 3/5

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