Sunday, November 10, 2013

Blog Tour & Review: Waterfell (The Aquarathi, #1) by Amalie Howard



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 have to admit that I wasn't sure what to expect from this book when the opportunity to participate in the tour came around.  I figured I'd give it a shot after checking out the book's synopsis and finding it interesting enough.  I cannot express how happy I was that I did.  Without the chance to jump on this blog tour I'm not sure if I'd have come across this book quick enough and that would have been a sorry state.  If you're in the market for a great read, and maybe one that hasn't been plastered all over the Internet but deserves every bit as much attention, look no further.
While every reader and fan of YA literature most likely will have come across a book featuring an under-the-sea type of world, I highly doubt you'll have come across one quite like this.  Howard has taken a unique idea and worked her magic.  What might have started out normal enough quickly turned into something extraordinary!
Nerissa might appear to be the typical high school girl attending a private school with the hopes of doing well and surviving like the rest of her classmates, but in fact, she's far from normal.  She's got secrets her fellow classmates could never possibly imagine and things are about to change.  The plan might have been to fly under the radar and go about her normal routine as if nothing was amiss, but soon things change and she has no other choice than to face facts, and realize that actions will need to be taken, and quickly.
There's a new boy at school's who has caught her eye and of course seems to be showing up wherever she is, and there's something different about him.  But who's Nerissa to judge...after all, she's not exactly matter how hard that might be to believe, or how good of a job she's done to have everything thinking otherwise.  Secrets unfold, tensions begin to mount, and Nerissa is running out time.  She's got to act, and in order to get things done and solve the problems she's faced with, she'll need help...there's just no way she can do this on her own.  Luckily for her she's got help.
This novel is full of surprises and plenty of action and romance that will leave readers content and on the edge of their seats, all at the same time.  I can't wait to see what Howard has in store next for the series, and will be on the lookout for the next installment's release date so that I can start the countdown.  Because with any great series and it's opener, there's always a cliffhanger to leave readers wanting more and to plain and simply drive them crazy.  Howard quickly jumped to the top of my favorite authors list and I'm truly looking forward to what she brings to the bookshelves next!
About the Author
A rising star among young adult writers, Amalie H oward developed a loyal following after releasing her debut book, “Bloodspell,” in 2011. Now, she is returning with five new books that are sure to excite her devoted fans and catch the attention of new readers.
A bookworm from the beginning, Howard grew up on a small island in the Caribbean with her nose
buried in books. When she was just 13 years old, her poem “The Candle” was published in a University of Warwick journal, marking a sign of great things to come. Howard immersed herself into other cultures, globetrotting through 22 countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia. After moving to the United States, she earned a bachelor’s degree in international studies and French from Colby College in Maine. She also holds a certificate in French literature from the Ecole Normale Superieure in Paris, France. Traveling around the world, Howard has lent talents as a research assistant, marketing representative, freelance writer, teen speaker, blogger and global sales executive.
Howard is a recipient of a Royal Commonwealth Society award, an international youth writing competition. She is also a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers Howard’s first book, “Bloodspell” (June 2011, Langdon Street Press) earned rave reviews and was named a Seventeen Magazine Summer Beach Read. Readers will hear more from Howard as she releases a pair of two-book series, “Waterfell” (November 2013, Harlequin TEEN) and “The Almost Girl” (January 2014, Strange Chemistry), as well as “Alpha Goddess” (March 2014, Skyhorse/Sky Pony Press) over the next two Howard lives in New York with her husband, three children and one willful feline that
she is convinced may have been a witch’s cat in a past life.

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