Friday, September 11, 2015

Water Rites by J.R. Pearse Nelson Book Review

Water Rites
Water Rites Series
Book #1
J.R. Pearse Nelson

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Release Date: March 9, 2015
Publisher: Magic Publishing


Pages: 184

Goodreads Rating: 4.0
My Rating: 4.0

Book Description:

In the centuries old struggle for territory between selkies and finfolk, Lorelei Dorian is something new.

Secrets, once uncovered, can change everything. And they will for Lorelei Dorian. She thinks she’s a normal girl, with a talent for swimming and an unparalleled adoration for math. When a new friend confronts her with her true nature, her world will never be the same. Instead, a whole new world awaits her. Can the selkies and the finfolk share the sea – and Lorelei – or will they tear her to pieces as one more pawn in the long game hidden under the waves?

My Take:

... That was actually really, really sad.

I was really into the book, completely enjoying the romance between Lorelei and Vardon. I was loving the whole selkie, finfolk thing and reading about how Lorelei was adapting.

I really, really, really wasn’t expecting to feel like crying or like my stomach was dropping, or heavy hearted after having finished reading it.

I loved, loved, LOVED Vardon and Lorelei and Grandma Shaye. And at first, I thought Clay was just an awkward dude. And that his fumbles were kind of adorable.... Now I pretty much hate him and think he's a deplorable SOB.

A part of me needs to know what will happen next and yet another part of me wants to forget I ever dived into this world.

The Great (Pros):
  • Under the Sea. Excuse me while I blast said song and wiggle around and sing annoyingly loud. Honestly, this was the best part of the book. I loved that it was about the 'water world' and its inhabitants. 
  • Romance. As I said above, I loved Vardon. The relationship that builds between him and Lorelei is really cute and sweet. You can get swept up in it.

The Not So Great (Cons):

  • It’s sad. I'm not a huge fan of unhappy endings. Life has enough of that already... I like to read about things working out. I'm hoping that it will and that I'll get the courage to read book 2 but this is a pretty big con for me. I've read series that don’t have happy endings in a book or 2 but never in book 1 and its really throwing off my game. 
  • Animosity. My feelings towards Clay aside, I wasn't digging how everyone treated Lorelei based off her heritage. She didn't choose to be a quarter of evil water dung. And maybe, had you pulled your heads out of your asses (is that a correct term for a selkie's rear end) and gave her a chance and educated her... This may have turned out differently. 

 4 Quills

The writing itself is good and the story is really interesting but there is some visual imagery that’s missing. I didn't feel the love for the sea that Lorelei does, or should. Her pull to it felt basically nonexistent, which I know isn’t the case since she basically says otherwise but at times the wording felt dry.

Sure I love the ocean but some descriptive phrases that wash you away would do the trick.

If I can muster up the strength to dive back into this series, I will add this to the must review list. Keep posted. And if you can handle a bit of sad then this is an epic tale of land and sea with romance, heartbreak and an age old grudge between the inhabitants of the sea.

About The Author

I am a fantasy and paranormal romance author. My work is fast-paced, adventurous, and sometimes dark.

I'm a native Oregonian, residing in the beautiful Portland area. I live with my husband, two small daughters and the family dog. I'm always searching for the magic in our world. I love to weave tales rooted in mythology, bringing legend to life in modern-day and fantasy settings. I'm the author of the Children of the Sidhe paranormal romance series, and Queen Witch, the first installment of the Foulweather Twins fantasy series.

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