December 4, 2013

Review: Waterfell by Amalie Howard

Title: Waterfell (The Aquarathi #1)
Author: Amalie Howard 
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Release date: October 29th 2013
Source: Netgalley
Format: egalley

Rating: 3/5

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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?

What drawn to read this book was that I thought it was a book about mermaids, but in reality is more science fiction (at least the origin of the sea creatures) that mythological creatures. The Aquarathi are sea creatures, but there aren´t sirens/mermaids.

The book is predictable and a bit slow for my taste and the main characters are Nerissa and Lo are not the best characters in the world. Nerissa is a princess who has always done and said what she wants, she´s willful, selfish and arrogant, she´s living with her guardians in the human world and they always refer to her as "My Lady", always bowing to her and doing what she wants and when her father is killed she became the next queen, but can not take possession until her seventeen birthday. And meanwhile Lotharius or Lo, is the new kid at school, he´s arrogant, sure of himself and apparently his only interest is surfing, and I never felt a real interest in Nerissa from his part. And the truth never saw a real romance, they are always fighting, bantering and Nerissa at least most of the book is trying to convince everyone that she isn´t interested in Lo.

The secondary characters were the ones that I liked the most, especially Jenna, she´s Nerissa´s human best friend, she's great and I love that she unconditionally supports Nerissa in everything.

Overall, this is an entertaining book, but the bad (at least for me) is that most of the story takes place on land and I got to see very little of Waterfell , the underwater world. Something I liked and I thought it was original it was the origin of the Aquaranthi race, this is the sci-fi part of the plot and I also like the Aquaranthi´s special powers. There are some surprises at the end of the story that I did not expect, and I feel that the book was focused more on the romance between Nerissa and Lo, which is insta-love that what was happening in the underwater realm. But despite all this details, I hope to read the next book because it seems that it will take place on the underwater kingdom. This series has so much potential, so I hope that it improve in the next book. And I repeat, this book is NOT a book about mermaids.

I received an eARC of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange of an honest review.


  1. I don't like it when books are misleading.. I think I had a problem with another mermaid/water world book when most of the book was set on lad. Still, I am always happy when secondary characters are awesome.

    great review,
    - Juhina @ Maji Bookshelf

  2. How is this book not about mermaids? Someone should write one of those, haha. I've been hearing some mixed stuff about this, though. Not bad, not good. I can see how the instalove and characters might get annoying. I think I'll hold off on this one, though. Hope you enjoy the next book and get a better look at that underwater kingdom!

  3. Seems like another teen fantasy. But idk, never judge a series by its first book. How many books in this series does the author plan to write?

  4. hope this book published in Indonesia.

  5. I don't read a lot of books that take place under the sea. I haven't had a ton of luck with them in the past. Maybe this one not being mermaids would make a difference, but I don't know if I am quite intrigued enough to give it a shot. Maybe if I ran across it at the library one day!

  6. I've read Bloodspell by Amalie Howard and I loved it. Not sure about this one though... I've had it on my TBR for quite a while now. Great review! :)

  7. I like Sci-fi books especially with a little bit of romance. I'd like to try this one. Thank you for sharing your review!

  8. I also thought it was about mermaids! Oh well, I'll probably still read it.
    Thanks for your review!

  9. Too bad it wasn't as good as you hoped. I thought it was about mermaids but sirens are pretty cool. I am interested in giving it a shot,. although i hope I can relate to the characters. I do love sci fi/ fantasy :D

  10. I've read lots of mixed reviews on GR for this one. Seems like lots of people hated the MC. And that irksome inst- love again?!?! Loved the review!

  11. Lotharius, now that's a mouthful to say. o___o Too bad about the lack of Aquaranthi, a lot of books seem to have interesting concepts but lack of background development these days.

  12. I have a hard time looking favorably on a book when it promises one thing yet doesn't deliver. I do realize that an author has to be true to their story but implying something else in their blurb in pretty much false advertising and not cool

  13. I thought this book was a mermaid book, but then I heard it wasn't ;p.