Review: Tangled Tides by Karen Amanda Hooper

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal
Series: The Sea Monster Memoirs, #1
Publisher: Rhemalda Publishing
Publication Date: November 25th 2011
Source: Provided by Publisher via Netgalley

Goodreads Summary: Yara Jones doesn’t believe in sea monsters-until she becomes one. When a hurricane hits her island home and she wakes up with fins, Yara finds herself tangled up in an underwater world of mysterious merfolk and secretive selkies. Both sides believe Yara can save them by fulfilling a broken promise and opening the sealed gateway to their realm, but they are battling over how it should be done. The selkies want to take her life. The merfolk want something far more precious.

Treygan, the stormy-eyed merman who turned Yara mer, will stop at nothing and sacrifice everything to protect his people-until he falls for Yara. The tides turn as Yara fights to save herself, hundreds of sea creatures, and the merman who has her heart. She could lose her soul in the process-or she might open the gateway to a love that’s deeper than the oceans.


Dear Karen Amanda Hooper:


Please please please please please stop creating stories that I love!

You don’t understand how much it pains me to wait for the next book in the series. Or how much it hurts to know that the love interests in this series will never compare to anyone I’ll ever meet. Ever.

-Sincerely, Marianne.

Okay okay, I should start my review:

I’m always very hesitant to read books about sea creatures, because many of them are never well developed. I’m happy to say that Karen has restored my faith in reading mermaid books!

Tangled Tides was an amazing mermaid story. Karen took everything I love about mermaids, and intensified it. She added new facts to the myth and pleasantly surprised me.

This book perfectly combines mermaid folklore, fiction, action, fantasy, and a whole lot of romance!

This story is about Yara, an ordinary girl who gets kidnapped days before her 18th birthday by a sexy merman. To Yara’s surprise, she’s told she’s a mermaid! Yara didn’t believe in any of those things, but now that she’s seeing it happen right before her eyes, how can she not? To make matters worse, she’s the one who holds the key to lift a curse off of her people; she can open the gateway between the worlds. There’s also a small problem: not all sea creatures are good, some want Yara dead. Add in falling for the stormy-eyed Treygan, and Yara’s life will be much more difficult. Why couldn’t she just be human?

This story is told in three POV’s: Yara’s, Treygan’s and Rownan’s. At first I couldn’t really connect with Yara. I mean, she’s a mermaid! How can she possibly see anything bad with that! I would’ve stated jumping in joy and whatnot! But Yara was a whole different story. Initially she was so stubborn! She didn’t want anything to do with mermaids and that just made me want to slap some sense into her!

Anyways, after my initial Yara annoyance, I could honestly say I really loved her character development. By the end of the book, I was totally on board the Yara train! I actually wanted to be Yara (this may or may not have to do with having a love interest like Treygan…).

Treygan was just… swoon central.

Other than being DROP DEAD GORGEOUS, he was sweet, protective, loyal, loving and overall amazing. Treygan’s POV was one of the most entertaining to read, because other than having an in-depth understanding of the mermaid-verse, we also understand his thoughts and motivations, things that Yara sometimes never understood. Although… his and Yara’s banter was very amusing. 

“You have a wide nose,” I mumbled.

“You have a narrow mind,” he shot back.

“Well, you could really use a haircut.”

Another eyes-closed nose pinch. “If you tame your attitude, I’ll cut my hair.”

“Why are you so concerned with my personality?”

“Why are you so concerned with my appearance?”

-Tangled Tides by Karen Amanda Hooper


The only POV I really couldn’t stand was Rownan’s. He was so insufferable for me at first. He was the “villain” of the story, and I’ve got to say, he played his part very well. He redeemed himself at the end, but I really can’t bring myself to love him yet.

Now, other than these main characters, it was nice to see many secondary characters that actually give something to the story! I loved seeing Delmar and Kimber’s stories, for example. I hope to see much more of it in the next book.

I never have an issue with Karen’s writing, because it always has a beautiful and captivating prose. This one was no different.

The ending for me was beautiful. I liked how everything was wrapped up nicely, but at the same time, there’s still space to introduce a second book. I can’t wait to see what else Karen can do!

Rating: 4.5 stars!


I have no idea how she [Karen] does it, but she does. She makes these wonderful worlds with unforgettable characters that you can’t help but love to tons. I was a bit dubious when I began this other book series Karen has, thinking that it maybe wasn’t as good as The Kindrily Series. It wasn’t, because both shine in different and independents ways, but still it’s obvious that it’s Karen the mastermind who made it all.

On her 18th birthday, Yara gets mysteriously kidnapped by a guy and is turned to a mermaid. Both merfolk and selkies claim she holds the key to opening the gateway to their realm, but at a price. One side wants to kill her, another wants her to leave all behind and take the place she was promised for before she was even born. Between secrets, broken promises, life purposes, and complicated love, Yara is thrown into a world she didn’t even believe in with everything at stake; not only is she in danger, but all her people and the sea creatures desperate to go home.

This year I have read a few mermaids stories with the basic mermaid structure and “oh mystery that isn’t that mysterious some times.” I admit, I have loved those books, but none were able to really tug at my heart and mind in a way that I just couldn’t help but actually feel it was all real. Karen didn’t let me down and fulfilled what I secretly wished for, a mermaid story that would make me fall completely in love with that world I discovered with The Little Mermaid once again. Not just a story to make me think that it was just another one with the same structures, but something completely believable and real. 

Here we not only meet the merfolk, but selkies, sirens, and even gorgons! Awesome right? Karen took some of the original Greek Myths of the Gorgons and all her mythical creatures, and created something entirely her own. Her writing style is easy for me to grasp and keep me hooked. I always felt that everything was put together in a perfect way to keep me gripping my Kindle. The pacing, emotions, plot, world building, emotions, characters, everything was amazing.

The story is told from three Points of View: Yara’s, Treygan’s, and Rownan’s. There are times when the constant change of POV confuses the reader, but in this story it’s told really well because each character has their own voice. If each chapter wasn’t identified with the POV, I would have instantly known who was talking because that’s how three-dimensional and unique they all felt.

And now I shall take a moment to swoon over Treygan…

I want a mysterious merman to kidnap me and take me under the sea please…. I’m in shock at how strongly emotional and attached I got to this character. First with Nathan Luna from The Kindrily Series, now Treygan?! He’s super serious at first, protective, and a hubber responsible merman that has to serve his people. As the story goes on we get to know a more sensitive, romantic, swoony, sweet, and overall perfectly amazing side of him. And he’s so annoying at first! I completely fell in love with him the moment he appeared in the story. I couldn’t help but ship him really hard with Yara.

Now Yara is an intriguing character. I used to dislike her quite a lot because she had become a freaking mermaid and she didn’t want to be one. How much cooler can it get than that? But anyways, she has a lot of character development. From thinking mostly of ME she changes to We, Them, and Us. She matures a bit, as much as you can in 18 days, and becomes a great character in the end, assuming her place and what she knew she had to do in the best possible way.

The other characters in the story were well done and played an important role in the story, meaning that they were not there just in the right moment for the right reasons when they were of cardboard in the whole story. There’s actual depth in them, as the story itself and plot has too. I love Karen’s writing style and shall love it until the end of time.

I’m really glad I picked this book. I’m also extremely excited to read the sequel, Dangerous Depth, where we’ll hopefully see more Treygan and Yara action and romance (oh there better be…)

This book is amazing. Go read it. It has tons of action, humor, swoony romance, myths and twist that’ll blow your mind, a very happy ending… Now that I remember, I was scared to death that Karen would put a horrible cliffhanger like from Taking Back Forever (The Kindrily Series #2). I am still damaged from that book and I was not going to forgive her if she did the same in this book. Yay she didn’t, but she might in the sequel… o.O Either ways, a great and fast read I’m sure all mermaid and Greek lovers will adore. And if not, oh well, you’re missing out on the fun… ❤

PS. Karen, I loved the new artwork for the new updated version of Tangled Tides. The names of Yara, Treygan, and Rownan on their chapters really seemed to go with how they are. Loved it ❤

Rating: 5 stars

Overall Rating: it was amazingFind the Book: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble

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Also, you can check out our reviews for Grasping at Eternity and Taking Back Forever from The Kindrily Series by clicking on the names. And check out our first interview and second one with Karen on the blog! We simply love her tons to leave her alone ❤ haha

13 thoughts on “Review: Tangled Tides by Karen Amanda Hooper

    1. I’ve also heard a few bad things of mermaid books around and about, but until you read one you can’t be sure if they’re good or not. But I’m glad this one didn’t let me down at all. I hope you enjoy it if you decide to read it! 😀


  1. Oh my goodness. Have I mentioned lately how much I love you girls? *hugs*
    Your reviews and GIFs always make my day. They REALLY make my day when they are about my books. Thank you so so much.
    And thanks to all the commenters too! 🙂


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