Author: Derrolyn Anderson
Publish Date: March 11, 2012
Source: I received a copy from the author; however, this did not affect my review.
Why You're Reading This Book:
- You're a Young Adult fiction fan.
- You like well-rounded characters.
- You love mystical creatures.
From Goodreads.com: "Marina has been through a lot in the past year; she knows what she wants, and she decides to take matters into her own hands to get it. When a twist of fate takes her away from Aptos, she returns to find that her whole world has changed once again. A fortune teller’s ominous prediction seems to be coming true, people around her aren’t who they appear to be, and to top it all off, she’s being followed again.
Marina and Ethan only want to be together, but find they are being torn apart by their very natures. Can they overcome a final obstacle to build the future they dream of?"
My Two Cents:
Let me disclose something to you. I hate, hate, hate getting to the end of a really good series of books. It feels like I'm being forced to end a really, really good friendship. With a series like the Marina's Tale books, I was dreading getting to The Turning Tides because I knew it was the end of the road. I had lots of thoughts floating around in my head before I sat down to read this book. Was the book going to give me closure? Was I going to be sad when the book ended? Was I going to like the ending?
Luckily, in this case, the answer to the questions was yes to all of the above. Now, before you read this book, you really should read the other three books. The story in this last book definitely builds upon the stories in the other books and in order to get the full picture, you should read all of them in order.
Anyhow, this book continued to have everything that I've loved about this series of books. There's great characters. Good action! And a lovely pinch of romance! Here's another thing that I always worry about with regard to final books in series. Sometimes it feels like the author is just rushing to come to a complete conclusion in the book. Anderson does not do this at all. You get a good sense that there may be more for the characters in the book (I hope, I hope, I hope). This book was definitely a good ending to the story.
This book has a little bit of something for everyone. While the other books in the series are more purely YA, this book has some more mature themes and should be read with discretion.
Bottom line: A solid end to a great yarn!