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Review: Tangled Tides (The Sea Monster Memoirs #1)

Tangled Tides - Karen Amanda Hooper

I've been trying not to be a cover snob lately.
Thank you, thank you. No applause necessary.
So even though at first glance the orgasmic rainbow mermaid on the cover looked a tad cheesy, I didn't let that discourage me.
I'm feel like I've grown as a person.
In retrospect, however, I should have seen it coming. Now, this wasn't an awful book, but it does go kind of overboard (no pun intended) with the fantastical elements of the story.
You know those books where the author keeps heaping more and more magical powers onto the main character? Like it wasn't enough that they were a werewolf/vampire hybrid, so they also find out that their great grandmother was a demon/witch, and now they have those powers too? And then they do a favor a Greek god, and that ends up garnering them with a few extra powers on top of everything else?
Yeah. That's this book, but with mystical sea creatures.
I waffled between 2.5 and 3 stars for a while, because it wasn't that badbut it wasn't something I couldn't wait to get back to, either. Not having any trouble picking a book back up is kind of my pass/fail test for 3 stars. Sorry, but this one failed. I had to give myself that mental it's-not-SO-bad talk more than once. It did get better, but it was still too much of a struggle to pass my 3 star test.
Parts of this are really good, and you can tell the author has one hell of an imagination, so I'd definitely be wiling to give her stuff another try in the future.