7/24/12

Waking Storms

Author: Sarah Porter
Pages: 400

Publisher: Harcourt
Format: Hardcover
My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Summary (from Goodreads)After parting ways with her troubled mermaid tribe, Luce just wants to live peacefully on her own. But her tranquility doesn’t last long: she receives news that the tribe is on the verge of collapse and desperately needs her leadership. The tribe’s cruel queen wants Luce dead. Dorian, the boy Luce broke mermaid law to save, is determined to make her pay for her part in the murder of his family. And while the mermaids cling to the idea that humans never suspect their existence, there are suddenly ominous signs to the contrary. But when Luce and Dorian meet, they start to wonder if love can overpower the hatred they know they should feel for each other. Can Luce fulfill her rightful role as queen of the mermaids without sacrificing her forbidden romance with Dorian?

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Disclaimer: I received a copy of this novel from the publisher in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

My Summary: After leaving the mermaid group - whose only pleasure was found in killing innocent people - Luce is on her own. After attempting to separate herself from their actions and live her own life, Luce finds herself being pulled back. 

Life can only get worse for Luce as she struggles to keep her feelings for Dorian from making her do something drastic. But that's the worst of her problems: the queen wants her dead, and it seems as if the secret of the mermaids isn't quite as secret as everyone believed...

My Thoughts: I really enjoyed Lost Voices (the first installment of the series), but Waking Storms surpassed all of my expectations. Porter does an amazing job of re-introducing the reader to the story of Luce and the mermaids, as well as introducing the idea of a little romance.

Luce grows a lot over the course of the novel, turning into a very likable heroine. I can't say Dorian was my favourite character, but I liked the way he was written - he had his faults, but the reader understands where he's coming from. Nausicca was another great character - hope to see more of her in the next book!

Porter's descriptions of the mermaid songs were amazing as well - it made me wish such a thing actually existed! And the whole thing with the FBI... I can't wait to find out what they know (hopefully in the next book).

Final Thoughts: I'm definitely pre-ordering the next installment - can't wait to get my hands on it and find out what happens next! I recommend this to anyone who likes paranormal YA, romance, and of course mermaids.

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