Review: The Turning Tides by Derrolyn Anderson

Review: The Turning Tides by Derrolyn Anderson

Review: The Turning Tides by Derrolyn Anderson
The Turning Tides (Marina's Tales, #4) by Derrolyn Anderson

Series: Marina's Tales #4
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult, Romance
Published by Derrolyn Anderson
Publication Date: March 11th 2012
Pages: 269
Format: eBook
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Marina has been through a lot in the past year; she knows what she wants, and she decides to take matters into her own hands to get it. When a twist of fate takes her away from Aptos, she returns to find that her whole world has changed once again. A fortune teller’s ominous prediction seems to be coming true, people around her aren’t who they appear to be, and to top it all off, she’s being followed again.Marina and Ethan only want to be together, but find they are being torn apart by their very natures. Can they overcome a final obstacle to build the future they dream of?


My Review

I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. This in no way affected my opinion of this book.

Sadly, Marina’s tales have come to an end, but thankfully, her final adventure was filled with plenty of action, romance, happiness, and surfing.


While I love the romance, magic, and adventure that took place in all four books, my favorite aspect of the Marina’s Tales series is the character growth. Every single character grew leaps and bounds in just a year’s time. Marina’s friends Megan, Cruz, and Shayla all went from average high school students to superstars; all the adults in Marina and Ethan’s life found wonderful romances of their own; and Marina and Ethan fought hard for their love and learned how to better communicate with each other.

Even the ever childlike mermaids grew over the course of these books. They seemed to learn how to better protect themselves and keep an eye out for danger without losing their love of life and innocence.

Evie, Marina’s aunt and fairy godmother, also learned to be more careful about who she trust and that money truly buy safety, happiness, or love.


Yep, there was a whole lot of growing and learning that took place in this series and it all lead up to a very exciting, fulfilling and happy ending for everyone. I had a blast reading these books. The fresh take on mermaids was wonderfully accompanied by Marina’s love of surfing and marine life. There were plenty of action packed and suspenseful moments that had me holding my breath. And I even learned to love Marina and Ethan as a couple despite all of my earlier complaints.


It was nice to read a YA book that was so bluntly honest about the flaws in the main couple.View Spoiler »

Marina and Ethan were a first for me. They instantly fell in love, but they never felt like a done deal. They weren’t blind to each other’s flaws, and neither one of them was perfect. All that being said, they still managed to slip more than a few cute moments in on me and this last book was the most adorable of the four.


If you are wondering if you should finish up this series or simply checking to see if you should start it, then let me encourage you. The Marina’s Tales series is a fun, refreshing, and fabulous! Read it!


Because of violence and mild sexual content, I would recommend this book for ages 14 and up. There were no sexual scenes.


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Author Biography

About Derrolyn Anderson

Mother of three, happily married to my best friend. Animal lover, artist and author.
Working on the next big thing 😉

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