I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review. This in no way effected my opinion of this book.
In The Moon and the Tide, things have gone from bad to worse for Marina and Ethan. Their relationship is tested by both new and old obstacles and they spend a lot of time either fighting for their love or fighting with each other.
When they did argue, I never quite knew whose side to be on. Ethan came off as over protective and bossy, but he was just trying to keep the girl he loved safe. Marina has a choice between spending a normal life on land with him or spending and eternal life in the sea with other mermaids and he is afraid that the temptation of the sea is to strong for Marina to resist forever.
Marina on the other hand is positive that she wants to remain on land with Ethan and everyone else she loves. At least she says she is positive that this is what she wants. Honestly her behavior in this book makes it easy to see why Ethan is so afraid. Marina falls deeply in love with surfing and spends a little bit too much time doing in alone or with her mermaid friend Lorelei. Her strong desire to spend time surfing bigger and more dangerous waves leads to several dangerous situations so she came off as more reckless and wild than she was in the first book.
By the end, I decided that neither of them were right or wrong, they were just people and sometimes people disagree. No one has to be wrong. The relationship stuff is handled in a very mature (and by “mature” I do not mean sexual) manner that has me rooting for Ethan and Marina as a couple.
A good chunk of this book focuses on relationship stuff, but it also progressed the broader plot of the entire series. I got some great scenes where Marina let loose and gave into her love of the sea. Like I said, she was wilder in this book than the first, but I never said that was a bad thing. Mermaids are portrayed as being wild, free and beautiful creatures, and it was fun to read about Marina’s transformation.
Because she is not a full mermaid, Marina has some interesting powers that I’m not sure her full blooded counterparts have. She has some psychic abilities that add to the drama, but by far the coolest thing about her is that she is a muse. Before reading this, I knew muses inspired artist to be more artistic, but the power they posses in The Moon and the Tide is stronger and cooler.
Marina is more powerful than your average half mermaid so her ability to inspire people is stronger and more dangerous. She could help a hero save the world just as easily as she could help a villain burn the world to the ground. And that is freaking scary!
The Moon and the Tide was a fun and slightly different take on the mermaid Lore, and I am having a great time with the series. I am also looking forward to learning more about Marina’s muse powers in the next book!
Because of some mild violence, I would recommend this book for ages 13 and up.