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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 »I was never quite sure that Ethan and Marina were right for each other because of how often they fought or mistrusted each other, but by the end of this book, I was actually convinced. They laid all of their issues out on the table and finally opened up to each other, and if they are able to do that at such a young age, then maybe they are ready to begin the rest of their lives together. « Hide 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.