(ARC) Book Review: WATERFELL by Amalie Howard

by Amalie Howard
Series: The Aquarathi #1
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Format Acquired: e-ARC
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Published: October 29th 2013 by Harlequin Teen


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?



Once again, I found a book with a stunning cover! Yeah, I'm a sucker for blue.

Waterfell is about a girl who was supposed to take over the thrown her late father left, but instead, was taken over of the one who killed her father. At first, I thought this is a mermaid story. I once dressed up as a mermaid, and pretended I am one everytime I go to the beach. I love the sea. I love taking walks along the shore, I love the breeze, I love the water, I love collecting shells... I love everything about the ocean. That love pushed me to requesting this from NetGalley, and I am so thankful to Harlequin Teen for granting my request.

And as a sign of gratitude, I'm giving you this mermaid picture of mine:

"I'm a mermaid. Duh?" This photo was taken when I was in kindergarten school.

Okay. Sorry about that. Heh.

So it turned out that the sea creatures featured in this book were not mermaids/mermen. I thought this would somehow be a retelling of The Little Mermaid when I read the plot. But it's not. They're aliens. Water aliens? Yes, like aliens from another planet. Well, the way they were described in the book is just amazing. I can imagine those creatures, perfect combinations of colors blending on their bodies. The author did a great job on that one, huh.

The thing I didn't like in the book is the main character herself - Nerissa. She's very annoying. Aside from being a coward when she ran away from her duty and responsibility, she's kinda selfish, self-centered and disdainful. I didn't get why she hates Cara to death. As I went on with the story, I can't find any reason to hate Cara. Yes, she gave Nerissa death stares, but I think that's because of Nerissa's own actions. It was never really made clear about their past, so I didn't understand why Nerissa hated her that much. Like, WTF is wrong with the two of you? Can someone please tell me why?!

Alright, enough for the annoying main character. Let me just focus on the things, or rather, scenes that I loved in this book. I told you earlier that I love the ocean. And there is a very romantic scene in this book. The one wherein a mass of jellyfish, glowing underneath the water surrounded Nerissa and Lo... Such a beautiful scenery! I once saw a number of jellyfish glowing under the water when I spent one night by the sea. It's amazing. Really.

And for my favorite character, it'd be Jenna. She's Nerissa's bestfriend. And every girl in the world need a friend like her. She's trustworthy and she never left Nerissa's side. She had been there for her from the start, and even after she learned the whole truth. She's a true friend and Nerissa is lucky she had Jenna all along.

Overall, I liked the book not because of the main character or the story. I liked it because of the cover, the ocean and Jenna. Nothing more. I didn't even swoon over the male characters. I think I expected too much in this book and it just frustrated me. 


Amalie Howard

AMALIE HOWARD grew up on a small Caribbean island where she spent most of her childhood with her nose buried in a book or being a tomboy running around barefoot, shimmying up mango trees and dreaming of adventure. Traveling the globe, she has worked as a research assistant, marketing representative, teen speaker and global sales executive. In between writing novels and indulging her love of reading, Amalie is also a books review editor for TheLoopNY, and blogs at amaliehoward.com. She is represented by the Liza Royce Agency.

Her debut novel, BLOODSPELL, was selected as a Seventeen Magazine Summer Club Read. She is also the author of The AQUARATHI series from Harlequin TEEN (WATERFELL Nov 2013 and OCEANBORN Aug 2014), THE ALMOST GIRL from Strange Chemistry Jan 2014, and ALPHA GODDESS from Skyhorse/Sky Pony Press Mar 2014.

For tour and upcoming events, check out amaliehoward.com for more information.

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