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Derrolyn Anderson is a visual artist and writer of young adult fiction.
She is the author of the four book "Marina's Tales" series and the four book "Athena Effect" series.
on Feb. 26, 2016 :
I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. This in no way affected my opinion of this book.
Sadly, Marina’s tales have come to an end, but thankfully, her final adventure was filled with plenty of action, romance, happiness, and surfing.
While I love the romance, magic, and adventure that took place in all four books, my favorite aspect of the Marina’s Tales series is the character growth. Every single character grew leaps and bounds in just a year’s time. Marina’s friends Megan, Cruz, and Shayla all went from average high school students to superstars; all the adults in Marina and Ethan’s life found wonderful romances of their own; and Marina and Ethan fought hard for their love and learned how to better communicate with each other.
Even the ever childlike mermaids grew over the course of these books. They seemed to learn how to better protect themselves and keep an eye out for danger without losing their love of life and innocence.
Evie, Marina’s aunt and fairy godmother, also learned to be more careful about who she trust and that money truly buy safety, happiness, or love.
Yep, there was a whole lot of growing and learning that took place in this series and it all lead up to a very exciting, fulfilling and happy ending for everyone. I had a blast reading these books. The fresh take on mermaids was wonderfully accompanied by Marina’s love of surfing and marine life. There were plenty of action packed and suspenseful moments that had me holding my breath. And I even learned to love Marina and Ethan as a couple despite all of my earlier complaints.
It was nice to read a YA book that was so bluntly honest about the flaws in the main couple.
Marina and Ethan were a first for me. They instantly fell in love, but they never felt like a done deal. They weren’t blind to each other’s flaws, and neither one of them was perfect. All that being said, they still managed to slip more than a few cute moments in on me and this last book was the most adorable of the four.
If you are wondering if you should finish up this series or simply checking to see if you should start it, then let me encourage you. The Marina’s Tales series is a fun, refreshing, and fabulous! Read it!
Because of violence and mild sexual content, I would recommend this book for ages 14 and up. There were no sexual scenes.
(reviewed 2 years after purchase)
on Jan. 28, 2015 :
The Turning Tides is the final book in this series. It has been quite a journey for Marina, her family and friends. If another book would be written in the future I would love to read it. It would be great to see the characters in the future. But for now I am happy to have read such a great series.
Marina continues to be one strong young lady who just seems to find trouble no matter where she is. Her relationship with Ethan is tested once again but this time I wasn't sure if it would survive. The author brings in some new characters into the story that shake things up. The story mainly focuses on Marina but we do get a few updates from some of my other favorites throughout. There is a lot more suspense and action in this book than there was in the previous ones. It seemed more intense and I found myself not wanting to put it down. With the new characters comes some surprising news. Marina must figure out who she can really trust because her life and the lives of the mermaids depends on it.
When I finished reading, I was happy with how the series ended. I am going to miss reading about the characters that I have come to enjoy. Overall a great series that I would recommend. I will be on the lookout for more stories from this author. This e-book was provided to me by the author for review. This did not affect my review in any way.
(reviewed 4 months after purchase)
Lili Lost in a Book
on July 11, 2012 :
A wonderful conclusion to a wonderful series.
In this final installment of Marina's Tales, Marina is once again put though many painful tests. First of all, evil peoples are still after Marina's mermaid sisters...to experiment on them. Marina, of course, will not rest until her sisters are safe...even if it means putting herself in danger one again.
Ethan's mother, believe it or not, shows up out of nowhere, claiming she wants to spend time with her son! But she seems to be doing more bad than good, planting a seed of doubt in Ethan's head that drives Ethan and Marina apart.
Two men and two women, two dark and two light, will also enter Marina's life. Who? Marina has no idea, but she has to keep a lookout. I thought the addition of new characters was very refreshing and it kept me guessing who the two evil people were.
"The Turning Tides" is actually a very appropriate title for the book: it had so many twists and turns, and this happening and that...it was just wow! And you know how there's a lot going on in a book and it sometimes feels overwhelming...well that was so not the case with this one! :D This book had a great story line, awesome and lovable characters, and it had a lot of emotion (I LOVE that in a book!)
I have to say though, I am terribly sad that Marina's Tales have come to an end! The series just got better and better with each book! I'll really miss Ethan and Marina...they were so adorable together! But I'm happy that the series had a satisfying ending (although I'm still a little worried about Olivia). I'll definitely be on the lookout for more books by Derrolyn :)
(reviewed 5 months after purchase)
on May 19, 2012 :
The Turning Tides
Marina’s Tales Book Four
By Derrolyn Anderson
Over the past year Marina has found out that she is actually half mermaid and an exceptionally gifted one at that, which brought her to the attention of an evil group of people bent on finding the secret of immortality after they’ve kidnapped her twice she has had enough of feeling weak she begins her plans to fight back starting with learning how to defend herself in hopes of protecting her mermaid sisters. All the while Ethan’s mother has come back into the picture bent on breaking Marina and Ethan up. Will Ethan be able to trust Marina and will Marina be able to stop the deadly experiments before it is too late?
This is the final book in the Marina’s Tales series and Derrolyn Anderson could not have ended it better, though it makes me sad that it is over I have thoroughly enjoyed this series. The tunr of events in this novel are spectacular Marina received an ominous prediction about two four people who would be coming into her life and two of them who mean her harm, with that prediction Derrolyn Anderson keeps you guessing throughout the entire book as to who wants to hurt her one of them is obvious from the beginning, the prologue will have you cursing under your breath, but the other is much more subtle and quite an interesting plot twist. This is definitely a great series, I wish there was more out of pure greed but if there were then the story would become tedious.
(reviewed 39 days after purchase)
Sarah (Workaday Reads)
on April 19, 2012 :
The series finally comes to an end. I am glad I didn't have to wait years between the books because I really wanted to get through the series and see how it ended. This book was a satisfying end to the series, although the first quarter of the book felt more like a recap of the series so far, rather than the start of another adventure.
My feelings toward Marina did not improve in this book, I still don't like her. She really came across as selfish and judgmental this time around. At one point she mentions that she tends to pull into herself and shut people out, and I would definitely agree. To the point that it is hard to sympathize for what she goes through.
This book was mostly about Marina and Ethan, and I found myself really missing the rest of the group. Cruz especially. I loved his snarky and sarcastic comments, and missed having that light-hearted element in the story.
(reviewed 38 days after purchase)
on April 02, 2012 :
I sure do hate that the series is possible over ;(
This was a terrific YA series...I'm in my 40's and throughly enjoyed all 4 books
A must read for anyone who likes clean reading & young love
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
on April 02, 2012 :
Right here and now I'm going to give a huge sigh of relief. PHEWWWWWWWW! That is what happens when you finally get to the end of a series you have been waiting for. It's over. Am I glad? Am I sad? Yes and yes.
Marina has been on quite the journey. Poor Ethan has been through the wringer. I was so ready to snuggle down with the 4th book in Marina's Tales and find the last chapter, the resolution. So, for that I was glad.
But how sad it is to come to the end of the road with characters you've become attached to, right? I had to say goodbye to Ethan. Oh, and Marina. Right. :)
The Turning Tide was a great book to end on. I loved the tension and the bit of action there at the end. Very nice. I felt so satisfied in the end, like everyone was where they were supposed to be. Happily Ever After. It made me happy.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
on March 22, 2012 :
Why oh why does this series have to be over???
Okay, so usually self published books get a bad reputation. People think the books suck and have bad grammar or something, but that hasn't been my experience with this series at all. Yes, there is a grammatical mistake maybe once or twice, but you also see those in major publishers books so it really doesn't matter. Besides, books with major publishers tend to suck sometimes, so I say, self publish or agent, I'll give it a try. I am so glad I gave this series a try. Like I said in some of my other reviews, this was my first mermaid book, and I loved every minute of it. There's just something about a book that affects you so completely that you spend time trying to figure out the best way to see if you may be a mermaid. (I wont go as far as drowning myself to see if I turn though.) It made me want to try my hand at surfing, and swimming, and all that wonderful stuff that Marina does. Oh well, we can't all be supernatural creatures....
This book picked up right after the last book. I hate spoilers of previous books so I will try not to give them. Ethan and Marina are still going strong and she's still not as trusting as she should be, but I dont blame her for it. It's hard to burden others with your problems. Marina's a bit naive, as I tend to be, so she finds herself, once again, trying to figure out why someone keeps following her when she visits the mermaids. She gets herself in all sorts of slippery situations (get it? Because she's a mermaid. HA! I just crack myself up.) and I really thought that this would be the time it all goes downhill for her but luckily it didnt because I love Derrolyn's sweet endings. Oh and I love me some Ethan. If only fictional characters could be real........ This was a great ending to the series that had me hooked from the first page.
That said, there was something I didnt like. At times, I just wanted to slap Marina. She made mistakes she should have fixed a long time ago and I got annoyed that she kept doing them. She argues with Ethan at one point and it just gets worse and worse and the way it all happens annoys me so much. Probably because it reminded me of the way things happen in real life and I didn't want real life, I wanted fairy tale. (Yea I know...that's my problem)
I'm so sad this series is over. I loved it and I will read them over and over. If there's anyone out there that know's how, please, oh please tell me how I can become a mermaid? The Rating I give for this book? 4.5 Stars.
(reviewed 11 days after purchase)