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Tide

Sea & Sand, Book 1
Narrated by: Cory Thomas Hutcheson
Series: The Sea & Sand Series, Book 1
Length: 10 hrs and 43 mins
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Never trust a mermaid's kiss. 

Tyler McColdrum has a bright future on the professional surfing circuit until his father tragically dies at sea. Unable to pay the bills, Tyler and his mother leave California and move to his late grandfather's cottage in Land's End, Maine - a world away from the life he's known. Not even the stormy Atlantic can douse Tyler's surf stoke, but when mariners go missing off the coast, legends as old as the sea itself suggest something lurks beneath the surface. As the police investigate, his friend Kiwa - the only female surfer for miles - indicates there's more to the McColdrum family history than blood and bone. 

Amara is a beautiful mermaid, a mero, who wants a life on land away from her sinister sisters. As charming as mero are, with musical voices and a tempting gaze, they're also brutal and cruel, stealing the souls of sailors. As Initiation nears, Amara learns Poseidon selected her as consort and her desperation for freedom increases. When Tyler encounters Amara, he falls hard for her. The ocean is no longer safe for him, but he trusts their love can overcome her mero nature. As locals and officials wage war against the sea, trying to keep mariners safe, Tyler and Amara struggle with how to protect each other. 

With one foot in the sand and the other in the sea, Tyler must choose love or the surf as the tide quickly rises.

©2017 Deirdre Riordan Hall (P)2018 Deirdre Riordan Hall

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Good book

Tyler is not very happy to leave California for Maine, his parents home town. But they have to... All he wants to do is finish senior year and go back to California with the waves. But something weird is happening to all the surfers. Tyler being a surfer himself, might uncover what's really happening.

I read this as an audiobook, and I wasn't to keen on the narrator. Though this is Tyler's point of view for most of the book, there were some parts that were in Amara's point of view. And it started with hers, and hearing a man's voice for a female character in the beginning really put me off cause I didn't know why it was like that. Besides that, I thought the emotions and accents could've been better...

Anyway, as for the story, it was good. I like the world building here. It was nice to imagine Maine, I did feel I was there. And Amara's world was very dark and I quite like it. It's very understandable why she escaped.

The pacing of the book was okay. It took almost half of the book for Tyler and Amara to meet. But I like the way Tyler's new life in Maine was discussed, because it makes you feel that time you were the new person in school with no one you know and he slowly finds his footing.

I really wouldn't call this a romantic book. Definitely more of an adventure book. I just thought the romance happened too suddenly that I didn't know which part they fell in love.

It was a good book though, I still want to see what's going to happen next in the series.

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A great listen all in all

The narrator was quite good and able to make all the voices without getting annoying. The story was interesting although there clearly are some points that need to be tied up later on (and that’s why this is the first in a series, after all). I would recommend this book for the people who enjoy mermaid stories as this is exactly that.