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Tidal (Watersong series, book 3)

by Amanda Hocking

Rated: High

In the first book of this series, Wake, Gemma was turned into a siren and forced to join the other three mythical creatures who look like beautiful women but who can turn into mermaids in the water or deadly, fanged birdlike creatures. She’s never been happy with the arrangement and has been trying to find a way to escape their clutches. But a two-millennia curse is not so easily gotten around, and she’s had to figure out how to live within the rules of her new life, at least temporarily. Now, after Lullaby, she has sung her siren song to her boyfriend Alex, convincing him that he hates her, just to keep him safe. But she’s still looking for a way out, and her sister, Harper, and Harper’s new boyfriend, Daniel, as well as Harper’s friend Marcy are all helping in the search.

They find there may be a way to break the curse, but it will be next to impossible. (Of course.) In this book, they hunt down the item that could be the key to ending the curse, but the other sirens will try to block them at every turn, particularly the coldhearted and calculating leader, Penn.

This latest installment in the Watersong series is just as compelling as the others, and it might be the most interesting in terms of character development. We’re also now just one book away from the conclusion, so it’ll be interesting to see how Hocking makes it all come together in the end.

Rated: High, for younger readers, moderate for adults. There are two uses of strong language and other somewhat frequent uses of milder and moderate language (Hocking also seems to particularly like using the name-like d-word, as I’ve found reading this and the Trylle series). There are a few makeout scenes that get hot and heavy but don’t go into a lot of detail, and there is a good amount of violence and gore (the sirens like to eviscerate people, and it gets bloody).

— Reviewed by Cathy Carmode Lim

Cathy Carmode Lim has been reviewing books for newspapers for more than 20 years, two of which she was a book page editor. She founded Rated Reads in January 2008.

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  • Tidal (Watersong series, book 3)
  • by Amanda Hocking
  • Rated: High
  • Genre: Young adult
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