May Book Haul.

 

Watercolor flower wreath background for beautiful designI’m going to be posting the books I bought and received to review in May. I think I only bought one book in May and I’ve read it before but it was pretty and I couldn’t resist. But I don’t have a photo of it yet so I can’t show it in this haul…

Anyway, onto the book haul! 🙂 1

The first book I received in May was sent to m from HarperCollins New Zealand. I’ve heard really good things about Dear Ijeawele and I was surprised that it’s under 70 pages.

I haven’t read this yet and I have no excuses because it’s such a small book that I should have been able to fit it into May but I just didn’t pick it up. Hopefully I’ll get to it sometime in June because I really want to read it. I haven’t read a lot of books about feminism.. Or any really now that I think about it. So it’s about time I do something about that.

2I also received a copy of The Cows from HarperCollins New Zealand. This is on my June TBR.

I don’t know much about this and I kind of want to keep it that way. I do know it follows the lives of three different women. I’m not sure if they know each other or not. But this sounds like a really good book and I know a few people who have read and loved it so I’m excited to read it.

The Cows will actually be my next read. I’ll probably be starting it tomorrow after I finish my current read. Which I’m hoping to finish today. 3

The next three books I also received from HarperCollins New Zealand to review.

I haven’t read a lot of LoveOzYA books and I’ve only read books by three of the authors who wrote short stories for this collaboration. I’ve read books by Amie Kaufman, Lili Wilkinson and Melissa Keil. But I’m looking forward to reading all the stories in this book. I think I put this on my TBR for June so hopefully I can pick this up soon. I’ve seen some good things about this but I haven’t looked into it because I don’t want to read any spoilers.

4I was intrigued by The Lucky One when I read the synopsis in April but now I cannot remember what it’s about. April was a loooong time ago and synopsis never stick in my head.

So, clearly I haven’t read this or I’d be able to talk about it. I haven’t put this on my TBR because I have so many books I want to read and I don’t want to pressure myself because that’s when I get into reading slumps. And I’ve already had too many of them this year thank you very much book gods.

If I have the time I’ll try to squeeze it in though. 5

The last book I received from HarperCollins New Zealand was Red Sister.

I haven’t read this but I do remember what it’s about because it reminds me of Nevernight. This is about female assassins. And they’re Nuns too I think. So I have to read it because it sounds badass.

I really want to read this in June but it’s kind of big and I have a full TBR right now. I’ll just have to see how the month goes. I’ve been reading about 10 books a month so maybe.. Maybe not though.

The next two books I received from Bloomsbury Australia to review. I think Royce Rolls 6is about a reality show following the Rolls family but Royce wants out? Kind of reminds me of Keeping Up with the Kardashians which is probably why I remember what it’s about.

I don’t know when I’ll get around to reading this. It sounds okay. I mean I watch KUWTK so I’ll probably actually enjoy this. It’s just I have so many books to read already. But I’m not complaining. It means I’ll never need to join the library anytime soon. I’ve heard my local one is rubbish anyway. I really hope not though. I like going to libraries.

The second book I received was Letters to the Lost. I actually read this last month and I really enjoyed it. I don’t read a lot of contemporaries but I’ve enjoyed the ones I’ve read 7recently so maybe I should start reading them more often. They’re a nice break from all the fantasy books.

Anyway, this book follows Juliet and Declan as they write letters to each other. But they don’t know they’re writing to the other person, when they start its anonymous. But then something that happened in both their lives could tear them apart before they get a chance to be together.

It sounds really cheesy but it wasn’t for me. I liked this and the only other book I’ve read by Brigid too, Thicker Than Water.

I did a book swap with someone on Twitter last month. I got rid of an ARC that was just 8sitting on my shelf and I have a finished copy of and got Roseblood. I’ve never read anything by A.G. Howard or about The Phantom of the Opera but I thought this sounded like something I’d like and I love the cover.

I’m not sure if I should read the original story or not before I read Roseblood. I never have before when I read retellings so I’ll just read it.

I’m not in any hurry to read this because I wasn’t sent it to review. So it’s just sitting on my TBR shelf for now. It can go with my small collection of ARCs when I’ve read it. 9

Bonnier Publishing Australia sent me a copy of Ida to review.

I can’t remember what this is about now but when I was offered a copy to review I thought it sounded like something I’d enjoy.

I’ve put Ida on my June TBR. It’s not a very long book so hopefully I can read it quickly. This is a LoveOzYA book so that’s two on my June TBR. I need to find some good NZ YA books as well!!

The next two books were sent to me by Allen and Unwin New Zealand. The first book, 10The Girl from Everywhere is about time travelling pirates. I think. I love books about time travel and who doesn’t like pirates? Sounds like an awesome combination to me.

There was something about a girls boyfriend being kidnapped and trapped in time somewhere by her father or something like that.

But I think this sound amazing and I can’t wait to read it. I’ve seen a different cover of this book and I have to say I prefer this one. I don’t think thee sequel has a cover like this though so that sucks.

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The other book I received from Allen and Unwin New Zealand was Defy the Stars.

I recently finished the last book in The Firebird Trilogy by Claudia Gray and wanted to read more of her work so this was great timing.

I’m not too sure if I’ll like this or not. It sounds a bit weird to me but I’m willing to give it a chance. I know there’s a romance or something going on in this but I think there’s a twist to it. Something about artificial intelligence. I think. Don’t quote me on that because I could be way of the mark. But that’s why it sounds weird to me.

I received the next two books from Penguin Random House New Zealand to review. I’m a12ctually reading One of Us is Lying at the moment. I think I’ll be finished with this later today because I need to know what the hell is going on.

This has reminded me a lot of Gossip Girl and I can see why people are saying its like The Breakfast Club too. But I didn’t like that movie. I prefer this to be honest,

Like I said, I’m sure I’ll finish this today. But if you loved Gossip Girl or Pretty Little Liars (because it’s got that kind of vibe too, although there are no texts) then I definitely recommend getting a copy of this.

The second book I received from Penguin Random House New Zealand was Pieces of 13You. It also came with an awesome box full of things I assume relate to the story.

I haven’t read a lot of New Zealand YA books so I’m excited to read this. I think this is another contemporary but I’m not really sure what it’s about. I guess I’ll find out when I read it.

I really want to squeeze this onto my June TBR because it came out June 1st so fingers crossed I can.

I did share what’s in the box on my Snapchat when I first got it. The chocolate has gone but everything else is still in there.

The next four books were sent to me from Hachette New Zealand to review. The first is 14Contagion which is the first book in a new series by Teri Terry. I’ve read a few of Teri’s books so I was looking forward to reading this and it did not let me down.

I read this last week I think. It was the first book I read in June anyway I know that much.

This follows Shay and Kai as they look for Kai’s sister Callie. Callie went missing a year ago and Shay remembers seeing her. Their search takes them across the country to the heart of a new, incurable, virus.

I really enjoyed this but I’ll be talking about this more when I post my review. 15

I finally have the last book in the Waterfire Saga and I cannot wait to see how this series ends.

I’m not going to say anything about Sea Spell because it is the last book in the series and spoilers but I will say that the first three books were really good and I could not put them down.

I think it says on the first book that it’s like the Percy Jackson series with mermaids and I have to agree. It’s not Percy but it has some badass mermaids!

I also received Flame in the Mist and I am really looking forward to this. I don’t think I have to say what this book is about because it’s been everywhere for months. But I have 16heard that it’s a Mulan retelling set in feudal Japan. I’ve never seen Mulan so I’m not really sure what it’s about other than some badass woman saving her country.

Anyway, I’m not sure if any of that is correct but I’m just going to move on. I’ve been sitting on this computer too long and my back is killing me. I need to finish this post soon.

So, Flame in the Mist is on my June TBR and I’m hoping to read it soon because it sounds really good. Should I watch Mulan first though??

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The last book I received Hachette New Zealand was Since We Fell. And yes, you’re right, I can’t remember what this is about either. But I think it’s a psychological thriller and I love those kinds of books so I’m looking forward to reading this.

I didn’t put this on my TBR because it was already so I might just put this on my July TBR. Maybe. I don’t know yet.

Omg I forgot how long these posts take me to type up….

I received another four books from Bloomsbury Australia. I wasn’t expecting these at all. 18I’ve already read The Possible and really enjoyed it. I have The Names they Gave Us on my June TBR.

But I don’t know when I’ll get to the other two yet. They both sound really good and I will read them but I’m just not sure when. I think these are all out this month some time. But I’m not sure when, the media releases just said June.

I think I’ll read Countless first though. It grabbed my attention more than Stargazers for Beginners did.

The last book I received in May was from Walker Books Australia. I think this is about the19 Roman Empire and I haven’t read a lot about that time so I’m looking forward to reading this.

I think I put this on my June TBR so I will be reading it at some point this month. If I stick to it this time.

Anyway, that’s my book haul for May. My back is killing me so I’m done. I can’t sit here anymore.

What books did you get in May?

– Aimee.

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New-To-Me Authors I Read For The First Time In 2016.

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I thought I’d catch up on last week’s Top Ten Tuesday, even if I’m not calling it a Top Ten Tuesday. I’m going to be listing all the author’s I’ve read for the first time in 2016 with the book and my rating starting in January til now.

1. Brigid Kemmerer – Thicker Than Water – ★★★★/5

2. Sarah Crossan – One – ★★★★/5

3. Emma Shevah – Dara Palmer’s Major Drama – ★★★/5

4. Maria Dahvana Headley – Magonia – ★★★/5

5. Alex Marwood – The Darkest Secret – ★★★★/5

6. Katie Alender – Dead Girls of Hysteria Hall – ★★★/5

7. Aaron Hartzler – What We Saw – ★★★★★/5

8. Jennifer A. Nielsen – A Night Divided – ★★★★★/5

9. Maria Lewis – Who’s Afraid – ★★★★/5

10. Alison Goodman – Lady Helen and the Dark Days Club – ★★★★/5

11. Justine Larbalestier – My Sister Rosa – ★★★★★/5

12. Ryan Graudin  – Wolf by Wolf – ★★★★/5

13. Jill Mansel – You and Me, Always – ★★★★/5

14. Sona Charaipotra & Dhonielle Clayton – Tiny Pretty Things – ★★★★/5

15. Veronica Bennett – 101 Pieces of Me – ★★★/5

16. Jennifer Donnelly – Deep Blue – ★★★★/5

17. Amy Laura Schlitz – The Hired Girl – ★★★/5

18. Anne Cassidy – Moth Girls – ★★★★/5

19. Helena Coggan – The Catalyst – ★★★★/5

20. Harriet Evans – The Butterfly Summer – ★★★/5

21. Eric Lindstrom – Not if I See You First – ★★★★/5

22. Alwyn Hamilton – Rebel of the Sands – ★★★★★/5

23. Erica James – Song of the Skylark – ★★★★/5

24. Lee Battersby – Magrit – ★★★/5

25. Janet Ellis – The Butcher’s Hook – ★★★/5

26. Alexandra Bracken – Passenger – ★★★/5

27. L.S. Hilton – Maestra – ★★★/5

28. Nicci Cloke – Follow Me Back – ★★★★/5

29. Hideo Yokoyama – Six Four – ★★★★/5

30. David Metzenthen – Dreaming the Enemy – ★★★/5

31. Mary Weber – Storm Siren – ★★★★★/5

32. E.S. Thomson – Beloved Poison – ★★★★/5

33. Blythe Woolston – MARTians – ★★/5

34. Lindsay Eager – Hour of the Bees – ★★★★/5

35. Sarah Ayoub – The Yearbook Committee – ★★★★/5

36. Martyn Bedford – Twenty Questions for Gloria – ★★★/5

37. Nicky Pellegrino – Under Italian Skies – ★★★/5

38. Amy Zhang – This is Where the World Ends – ★★★/5

39. Monica Wood – The One-in-a-Million Boy – ★★★★/5

40. Stella Gemmell – The City – ★★★★/5

41. Lisa Williamson – The Art of Being Normal – ★★★★★/5

42. Brian Selznick – The Marvels – ★★★★/5

43. Marie Rutkoski – The Winner’s Curse – ★★★★/5

44. Ally Carter – All Fall Down – ★★★★/5

45. Renee Ahdieh – The Wrath & the Dawn – ★★★★/5

46. Jennifer E. Smith – Hello, Goodbye and Everything in Between – ★★★★/5

47. R.C. Lewis – Spinning Starlight – ★★★★/5

48. Leah Flemming – The Last Pearl – ★★★★/5

49. Mary E. Pearson – Kiss of Deception – ★★★★/5

50. M.R. Carey – Fellside – ★★★★/5

51. Timothee de Fombelle – The Book of Pearl – ★★★/5

52. Rick Yancey – The 5th Wave – ★★★★/5

53. Emery Lord – When We Collided – ★★★/5

54. Kara Storti – Tripping Back Blue – ★★★/5

55. Emma Cline – The Girls – ★★★/5

56. G.R. Thomas – Awaken – ★★★★/5

57. Eleanor Wasserberg – Foxlowe – ★★★/5

58. Claire North – The Sudden Appearance of Hope – ★★★/5

59. Amy Tintera – Ruined – ★★★★/5

60. Kate DiCamillo – Raymie Nightingale ★★★/5

61. Kiersten White – And I Darken – ★★★★/5

62. Carrie Hope Fletcher – On the Other Side – ★★★/5

63. Kimberly McCreight – The Outliers – ★★★★/5

64. Georgia Clark – The Regulars – ★★★/5

65. Lara Avery – The Memory Book – ★★★★/5

66. Melka Stansah – The Raven Trilogy: The First Journey – ★★★/5

67. Sophie Hardcastle – Breathing Under Water – ★★★★/5

68. Amy Schumer – The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo – ★★★★/5

69. Meg Medina – Burn Baby Burn – ★★★/5

70. Kody Keplinger – Run – ★★★/5

71. V.E. Schwab – This Savage Song – ★★★★/5

72. Matt Phelan – Snow White: A Graphic Novel – ★★★/5

73. Kathleen Glasgow – Girl in Pieces – ★★★★/5

74. Mike Hooper – Devolve; The Wolf – ★★★★/5

75. Suzanne Young – Hotel for the Lost – ★★★/5

So out of the 134 books I’ve read so far this year 75 were by authors I’d never read before. Which is pretty good I think.

How many new authors (to you) did you read in 2016?

– Aimee.

July Wrap Up & August TBR.

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I read more than I thought I had in July. Towards the end of the month I had a horrible reading slump but I don’t think I did too badly. I managed to read nine books in July.

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Tripping Back Blue by Kara Storti – ★★★/5
See How They Run by Ally Carter – ★★★★/5
Dark Tide by Jennifer Donnelly – ★★★★/5
The Girls by Emma Cline – ★★★/5
Awaken by G.R. Thomas – ★★★★/5
Foxlowe by Eleanor Wasserberg – ★★★/5
The Sudden Appearance of Hope by Claire North – ★★★/5
Nevernight by Jay Kristoff – ★★★★★/5
The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey – ★★★★★/5

This month I haven’t really got my TBR together yet because I’m joining one read-a-thon and probably ARC August (again) so I have to figure those out first. But I do have some book at the top of my TBR that I shared the other day. Not pictured was Harry Potter and the Cursed Child because I didn’t have it at the time.

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I’m currently reading And I Darken and I’m really enjoying it so far. I don’t know when I’ll get to the others but I want to read them sometime during August.

What’s at the top of your TBR in August?

Aimee.

Review: Dark Tide by Jennifer Donnelly.

Title – Dark Tide
Author – Jennifer Donnelly
Series – Waterfire Saga #3
How I Got It – From the publisher
Pages – 415 pages
Publication Date – 2015 by Hodder Children’s Books
ISBN – 9781444929515
My Rating – ★★★★/5

“One mind, one heart, one soul are we,
Our vows as deathless as the seas.
Now the circle is complete,
And Abbadon we will defeat.”

I received a copy of Dark Tide from Hachette New Zealand to review. This is the third book in the Waterfire Saga. You can read my review of the first book, Deep Blue, here.

I think Dark Tide picks up a not long after Rogue Wave ended. I didn’t feel like there was a huge gap between the ending on one book and the start of the next. I was glad that the other four mermaids finally got some time in this book. The first two books mostly CmkZqkbUMAAMmytfocused on Sera and Neela and I felt it was way past time that Astrid, Becca, Ling and Ava had time to tell their stories. I get that Sera has a bigger fight that the others, she’s lost her home because of people she trusted betraying her family but it’s six mermaids fighting to save the world from Abbadon, not just one.

It was also interesting to read from Lucia’s perspective. I couldn’t get over how entitled and vain she was. Just because her parents weren’t allowed to marry didn’t give them the right to take what wasn’t theirs. But some people are just born bad and are twisted by their evil, power-hungry parents. She already had traitors blood in her so it shouldn’t have surprised Sera so much that Lucia and her mother did this. What was surprising was that she couldn’t understand why others would choose Sera over her. I’m hoping to see her and her parents get what they deserve in the next books. Not death, that would be too easy an end.

Like I said before, I liked reading from Astrid, Becca, Ava and Ling’s perspective in Dark Tide. I think they were actually in it a bit more than Sera, which was a nice change. I do like Sera but I just got sick of the focus being on her and Mirromara. I thought the others were due some time in the spotlight.

I know I compared Rogue Wave’s ending to a scene in Chamber of Secrets (you can read my review here) but I had a different problem with Dark Tide. I think I’ve read Harry Potter waaaaay too much. There are these bad guys called death riders and my mind kept calling them Death Eaters. It was so annoying. But that’s my fault, not the authors.

I really like all six mermaids now that I’ve gotten to know them all (I know I keep repeating myself) and I can’t wait to see what will happen next now that they’re all working together. I’m looking forward to reading the next (and last??) book in the Waterfire Saga, Sea Spell. I would definitely recommend this series to fans of Percy Jackson and mermaids.

*Thank you Hachette New Zealand for sending me a copy to review*

Have you read the Waterfire Saga? Leave me a comment and let me know what you thought.

– Aimee.

WWW Wednesday [July 13th 2016] –

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This meme is hosted by Sam over at Taking on a World of Words. All you have to do is answer the following three questions in a post and then put a link to that post in the Comments over at Taking on a World of Words.

The questions are:
1. What are you currently reading?
2. What did you recently finish reading?
3. What do you think you’ll read next?

Currently Reading –  Cm9BrDXVIAAU83J
I’ve been reading The Girls for the past few days. I think I started it on Sunday? I’m not sure.

Anyway, my reading has slowed down a lot lately. It’s like my brains like “I’ve reached my goal on Goodreads so I don’t have to read as much.” I don’t know what it is. I think I have 100 pages left of The Girls but I don’t think I’ll be finishing it today.

I don’t know what I fell about this yet. It’s not bad and I’m not struggling with the writing or anything. I think I’m more confused. I was told it was a Charles Manson book but he’s not even mentioned so it might be inspired by him and his freaky cult. I don’t know. I think I’ll look into it before I write my review though. CnMwvVtUsAAF-j3

I’m still reading Awaken. This book went on a little adventure for a few days and I wasn’t able to read it because I had left it at a friends house. But I have it back now and am hoping to finish it this week.

It seems to be taking me a while to read and I’m not sure if it’s the book or because of my problem with reading at the moment. I’m guessing that the book isn’t the problem. The story is interesting and I want to know what’s going to happen with Sophia but it’s just dragging for me. CmkZqkbUMAAMmyt

Recently Finished –
I think i finished Dark Tide on the weekend or last Friday, again I’m not sure.

I have really enjoyed all three books in this series so far. I’m looking forward to reading the last book, whenever I find a copy of it.

This series is about six mermaids who were chosen to save their realm and the world from an evil that’s about to be released. I like that the lead characters are mainly young women/mermaids and that they don’t rely on mermen to rescue them. I’ll be doing a review on this soon. CnDInfzUMAAHqW5

Reading Next –
I think I say this every week now but I never know what I’m reading next until I pull a book out of my TBR jar. I usually do it closer to finishing my current read but because the two I’ve been reading lately have been dragging I haven’t picked one yet.

But I now have a small TBR bookcase instead of piling the books on my bedside table. There are almost 50 unread books on this bookcase. And I went to the library yesterday and got some from there… I doubt I’ll read them though.

Are there any books on the bookcase you’ve enjoyed lately?

– Aimee.

WWW Wednesday [July 6th 2016] –

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This meme is hosted by Sam over at Taking on a World of Words. All you have to do is answer the following three questions in a post and then put a link to that post in the Comments over at Taking on a World of Words.

The questions are:
1. What are you currently reading?
2. What did you recently finish reading?
3. What do you think you’ll read next?

Currently Reading –  CmkZqkbUMAAMmyt
I started reading Dark Tide yesterday and I’m really enjoying it so far. This is the third book in the Waterfire Saga.

I don’t want to give too much away because this is the third book and people may not have read the first two. But there are six mermaids that have to team up to save not only their own realms but the world. I love that there are strong female leads in this not relying on men to save them. I mean, there are guys but the main characters are all female.

I’m hoping to finish this soon but I keep getting distracted. I’ve been in this weird reading funk. My reading has slowed down so much and I don’t know why.

Recently Finished – CmU1FRvUMAAyAmZ
I’ve finally read See How They Run and now I have to wait a year for the next book in the series. Ugh, this is why I like to marathon a series.

Anyway, there have been a few twists in the first two books, the one in All Fall Down I didn’t see coming but the one at the end of See How They Run I figured out earlier in the book, I think when Grace was learning about the Festival.

I’ll be reviewing this soon but I will say here that I have enjoyed both books. There are parts that frustrate me but I’ll get to them in my review. I can’t wait for the next book. CmK2psDWMAE829H

Tripping Back Blue took me longer to get through than I thought it would but it wasn’t a bad book. The main character, Finn, did annoy me a lot but I think it was than reading slump or whatever it was that I’ve been in.

Finn is trying to send his sister, Faith, to Harvard and he thinks the answer is to sell drugs. When he comes across a drug he calls indigo he things it’s the answer to his problems. But is there more to indigo than just a magical high?

I’ll be reviewing this soon-ish but that is basically what this is about. I don’t like drugs and I wasn’t going to request this because it was about a teenager selling/doing drugs but I thought I’d at least give it a go before I judged it.

Reading Next –
I’m still reading Awaken, although I haven’t picked it up in almost a week. I really need to get back to it so it’ll probably be that. I don’t know yet though.

Review: Rogue Wave by Jennifer Donnelly.

Title – Rogue Wave
Author – Jennifer Donnelly
Series – Waterfire Saga #2
How I Got It – Publisher
Pages – 308 pages
Publication Date – January 1st 2015 by Hodder Childen’s Books
ISBN – 9781444926187
My Rating – ★★★★/5

Serafina, heir to the Miromarain throne and her best friend Neela have escaped Traho and his army. Now, they’re on the wrong side of a mirrior, in Lord Rorrim’s realm.

I received a copy of Rogue Wave from Hachette New Zealand to review. This is the second book in the Waterfire Saga. You can read my review of the first book, Deep Blue, here.

I don’t know a lot of people that have read these books which is a shame because I’ve loved the first two. I think the world was beautifully built and the drama, with all the CjqG6i-UoAAB-uNtwists, just keep getting better. It says on the back of the book that this series is “Percy Jackson with mermaids” and I think whoever came up with that pretty much nailed it. There are six kick ass (or should I say tail? That was really bad…) mermaids who are on a quest-type things to save their world. Although Serafina and Neela have been the main characters so far. I’m hoping the other four mermaids will be in the next book.

Rogue Wave follows Serafina and Neela as they go back to their homes to look for some
talismans they think are hidden nearby. Things don’t really go to plan for either of them and there were some really good twists at the end of the book.

I did have one problem with this book and that was the ending. It wasn’t bad, it just reminded me too much of Harry and Tom Riddle in The Chamber of Secrets. I’m not going to say when happened at the end of this book, but if you’ve read Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, the part where Tom writes his name, Tom Marvolo Riddle in the air and changes it to I am Lord Voldemort came to mind for me. It was a little different in Rogue Wave but it was too similar for me not to pick it up.

I really like both Serafina and Neela. Sera was raised as the next regina of Miromara, so she’s always putting her people before herself. Now, she’s determined to save her home and everyone that lives there. Neela is very different from Sera. She was always a spoiled princess but she’s grew up in Rogue Wave and became so much stronger than she ever thought she could be. I loved seeing Neela grow in this book.

I’m hoping the next book, Dark Tide, will show more of the other four mermaids. I want to see what happened to them after they all split up. Dark Tide is on my TBR for June so I’m hoping to read it soon.

*Thank you Hachette New Zealand for sending me a copy to review*

Have you read the Waterfire Saga? What did you think of the books? No spoilers please.

– Aimee.