ARC Review: Waterfell by Amalie Howard

Posted September 20, 2013 by Bee in Reviews / 4 Comments

ARC Review: Waterfell by Amalie Howard


by Amalie Howard
Series: The Aquarathi
Pages: 360
Published on October 29th 2013
by Harlequin Teen
Genres: Fantasy, Mermaids, Young Adult
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley
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Also by this author: The Almost Girl


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 received this book for free from the publisher or author in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

3 Stars

Oh my god this is such a difficult book to rate. It was a cool, original story with fun characters, written pretty great… But despite that, I couldn’t connect with the story or the characters. Hence the lower rating. And I feel so bad for that, but I can’t help it.

Nerissa is the main character in Waterfell and she’s not just a normal girl. Nerissa is to be the queen of Waterfell, the undersea kingdom stolen from her the day her father was murdered. So she hides in a human form until the day she comes of age and can claim her birthright. It’s only logic that falling in love with a boy is the last thing she should do, but somehow Lo sneaks past her defenses and she can’t help but falling for him. But will he hold her back when it comes to getting her thrown back, or will he help her win?

This is a cool story, let me say that first. It’s original and exciting and pretty awesome. And even though it was kind of slow in the beginning, it’s really engaging. And I loved the background information and the history of the Aquarathi. But I would have liked more mermaid-ish action and like I mentioned in the beginning, I couldn’t connect to it. The writing is very good, that’s not it. I don’t know why I couldn’t connect with the story. Maybe because of the way the romance started? You know, it’s kind of typical, a sort of insta-love. And afterwards you get it, sort of. But when you’re reading it, it annoys the hell of you. Nerissa acts like she hates Lo and can’t stand him, but actually she does and actually she likes him a lot. I really didn’t like that.

You know, a soon-to-be Aquarathi queen of an underwater kingdom called Waterfell isn’t easy to relate to. I think that’s one of the other reasons I couldn’t connect to the story. I didn’t really like Nerissa and she’s not really relatable. I liked Jenna, her best friend. She was fun and sweet and a normal teen, thus pretty relatable. (Except for the having-a-mermaid-as-best-friend part.) And I liked Lo, but I didn’t trust him. View Spoiler » And yeah Speio was okay too, but he acted like the jealous boyfriend the whole time, which was irritating. View Spoiler »

So this is a really good book and I definitely recommend it to fans of mermaid stories. It’s a shame I couldn’t connect to it as much as I wanted too, but that doesn’t mean the story is bad. So give it a shot! It’s definitely worth it.

autograph bieke


About 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 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.

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