Friday, November 8, 2013

Blog Tour: Waterfell (The Aquarthi #1) by: Amalie Howard (Review and Giveaway)

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Waterfell by Amalie Howard hosted by JKS Communications. Check out the rest of the stops on tour here.

Release Date: October 29, 2013
from Harlequin TEEN
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Source: I received a copy of this book as part of the blog tour in exchange for a fair and honest review.

"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?"

My Thoughts:

Waterfell was such a fun and unique journey. It is not what I expected at all, but I was pleasantly surprised. This is young adult as it should be done. It’s full of angst and drama and of course life altering situations. There is craziness and betrayal and it all makes for a fun journey.

Nerissa is not the kind of heroine I normally take a liking to. However with her it just works. Nerissa is a bit spoiled and bratty and she can be selfish at times. I’m not gonna lie, it grated on me in the beginning. But then I realized that she is a teen and she is acting like a teen. I feel like we get used to these kickass selfless teens who take on the world, but really that’s not always going to be the case. Teens are irrational and bratty and can be selfish at times and that is realistic. Then throw in that she is a princess and of course she is going to be a bit spoiled. Once I realized this, I came to love her because she is real, aside from the paranormal, she reacts like any teen would and I loved that. She also learns from her mistakes and reflects on her actions to become a better person. She grows and becomes incredibly strong and lives up to her responsibilities.

Then there is Lo, who is all kinds of funny and sweet. I will admit that I guessed his secret early on, but that didn’t keep me from hoping I was wrong. I really liked Lo and I’m sure girls will swoon all over him. Another character I have to mention is Speio. Speio needs a smack! Man he drove me bananas.

Now I need to take a second to mention Jenna. I absolutely loved this girl. She was such a great friend and everyone deserves a Jenna in their life. So many times the BFF turns out to be mean or catty or jealous under the facade, but Jenna was just great. I love that she is a friend through and through. I love when a book shows that girls can be friends with girls without all the drama and backstabbing. 

Waterfell was such an original story. It is not your typical mermaid story, actually its really not mermaids at all, I think sea monsters is a better description. Although they aren't really sea monsters either, you just have to read the book and see why these sea creatures are different. I loved the twist and never in a million years would I have thought of it. I’m not going to say much else, just know that it is original.

The plot in Waterfell is a mix of romance and action. A lot of the beginning is romance drama and it is a slow build up to the mystery and action. Once it get going though, oh my does it go. I always love a slow build up that smacks me in the face later.

All in all, Waterfell is a great and enjoyable read. It is ones that fans of paranormal YA should not miss.


I recently went to the Waterfell Release Party and of course I came back with some extra goodies to giveaway. I have three prizes to giveaway. The first is a signed copy of Waterfell. Second is a paperback of Waterfell. Third is a mini Amalie Howard swag pack.

-This giveaway is open to the US ONLY
-One first place winner will win a signed copy of Waterfell
-One second place winner will win a paperback of Waterfell (not signed)
-One third place winner will win a mini Amalie Howard swag pack
-Must be 13 years of age to enter
-Giveaway will run until the end of November
-Winners will be chosen at random through rafflecopter and contacted via email
-Winners will have 48 hours to respond or I will choose a new winner
-I am not responsible for lost or damaged items

About The Author:

A rising star among young adult writers, Amalie Howard 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 and Illustrators. 

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 years. 

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.  Author Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads | Amazon


  1. This book sounds fantastic! I love that the main character is real and that her best friend is a true one. And a not-mermaid, sea-monster-esque creature? I'm intrigued for sure! ;D Fabulous review, wifey *glomps* <3

  2. I'm really glad you enjoyed this one Teresa. I have it for review and I need to get to it soon. I agree 100% about what you said about teenagers. We do get used to books having really kick ass teen MC's, but I've met my fair share of teens and HECK NO. Most of them are whiny and irritating! And so I like when authors portray them that way, because it's really how most of them are! I also can't wait to meet Jenna- I'm tired of reading about mean girl 'best friends'!

    1. Exactly! She can be very frustrating at times, but I feel like she responds realistically and thats what I really enjoyed.

  3. Haha, I actually loathed this book, but I'm glad you enjoyed it! It always feels better to enjoy a book than to hate it :P Great review!

  4. This does seem like a good Paranornal YA. I think you're right about the teen character, too. It's really normal behavior.
    Nice review, Teresa!

  5. This is a great review, Teresa! I was intrigued by Waterfell because it's about mermaids and I haven't read many (any?) books with mermaids. I love how you justify Nerissa's behavior. You're absolutely right and I remind myself similarly when I read NA, too. I'll be picking up Waterfell as soon as I can. :)

    1. I'm curious to see what you think of it! I hope you like it as much as I did =]

  6. I'm glad that you liked this one, Teresa! I haven't heard much good about this one, but Nerissa does sound like a normal teenager - what with the whining and such. But... the sea monster princess thing kind of puts that in a different perspective. :P I'm really intrigued now that I know that they're not really mermaids and that they're not really sea monsters either... what could they be?! Great review, girly! I'll have to read this sometime.

  7. Awesome review! I'm glad that even though the MC wasn't what you normally like, you still enjoyed her! This one does sound like a good read! The story sounds soo good!! I'm intrigued now!

    Great review!! :)

  8. I've heard a lot about this! Some good some bad but I def wanna read it! Where was the release party? I never attended a book release party and I really want to! I love in Los Angeles, so it should to e that hard but yeah lol. :P
    -Dee @ Dee's Reads
    (New GFC follower. Want to follow each other?)

    1. It was in NYC at Books of Wonder... it was a lot of fun!


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