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

ISBN:978-1311071606
ASIN: B00SAER8NK

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?
 
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25165244-water-rites

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.

Connect with the Author:
http://jrpearsenelson.com/ https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5123272.J_R_Pearse_Nelson https://twitter.com/jrpearsenelson
  
 
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