Tuesday, 7 April 2015

Book: Rise of the Tide by Alicia Michaels

Title: Rise of the Tide
Series: The Lost Kingdom of Fallada (#3)
Author: Alicia Michaels
From: Review Copy
Genre: Fantasy, Fairy tale retelling
Release Date: 6th February 2014
Challenges: 2015 Prequel & Sequel Challenge (2 points)
Links: Goodreads - Amazon

Phaedra has always felt at home near and in the water, same as her younger sister Sonia, but what she never realised is that she feels so at home because she is one of the lost Princesses of Fallada, and more than that; a mermaid. Now back in Fallada, Phaedra has her part of the prophecy to live up to, with the help of the other Princesses and Arrian, a cursed Elf.

What I love about Alicia Michaels' take on fairytales is that you can never really tell where they're going to go! Automatically with mermaids involved, the mind goes to the Little Mermaid, and yet I thought that Rise of the Tide actually had more of a Beauty and the Beast feel! I liked that, as well as the way that the other Princesses were all tied into the story.

I really enjoy the way that this series not only tells the story of the main character, in this case Phaedra, but also of what is going on around her. There is time spent on the various people involved in the war on both sides, this is a big difference from most books which just seem to focus on the 'good' side. There is also some time focusd on the losses of war, unfortunately not everything goes right for the characters.

Phaedra seemed to adapt to her new situtation quicker than the other Princesses did, though that does seem more plausible considering she could physically see a mermaid's tale, which would make it more believable. But at the same time she still did struggle with letting certain things (like Charles) go.

The love story was a very slow burn. Personally I thought it was quite clear the way that it was going to go as soon as the love interest was revealed, but I found that I liked that. I thought that Phaedra's love interest was not only a good match for her, but a good step in her story.

I'm looking forward to reading more from this series, and from Alicia Michaels in general, her books never cease to be good reads!