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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. 21, 2016 :
I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review. This in no way effected my opinion of this book.
In The Moon and the Tide, things have gone from bad to worse for Marina and Ethan. Their relationship is tested by both new and old obstacles and they spend a lot of time either fighting for their love or fighting with each other.
When they did argue, I never quite knew whose side to be on. Ethan came off as over protective and bossy, but he was just trying to keep the girl he loved safe. Marina has a choice between spending a normal life on land with him or spending and eternal life in the sea with other mermaids and he is afraid that the temptation of the sea is to strong for Marina to resist forever.
Marina on the other hand is positive that she wants to remain on land with Ethan and everyone else she loves. At least she says she is positive that this is what she wants. Honestly her behavior in this book makes it easy to see why Ethan is so afraid. Marina falls deeply in love with surfing and spends a little bit too much time doing in alone or with her mermaid friend Lorelei. Her strong desire to spend time surfing bigger and more dangerous waves leads to several dangerous situations so she came off as more reckless and wild than she was in the first book.
By the end, I decided that neither of them were right or wrong, they were just people and sometimes people disagree. No one has to be wrong. The relationship stuff is handled in a very mature (and by "mature" I do not mean sexual) manner that has me rooting for Ethan and Marina as a couple.
A good chunk of this book focuses on relationship stuff, but it also progressed the broader plot of the entire series. I got some great scenes where Marina let loose and gave into her love of the sea. Like I said, she was wilder in this book than the first, but I never said that was a bad thing. Mermaids are portrayed as being wild, free and beautiful creatures, and it was fun to read about Marina's transformation.
Because she is not a full mermaid, Marina has some interesting powers that I'm not sure her full blooded counterparts have. She has some psychic abilities that add to the drama, but by far the coolest thing about her is that she is a muse. Before reading this, I knew muses inspired artist to be more artistic, but the power they posses in The Moon and the Tide is stronger and cooler.
Marina is more powerful than your average half mermaid so her ability to inspire people is stronger and more dangerous. She could help a hero save the world just as easily as she could help a villain burn the world to the ground. And that is freaking scary!
The Moon and the Tide was a fun and slightly different take on the mermaid Lore, and I am having a great time with the series. I am also looking forward to learning more about Marina's muse powers in the next book!
Because of some mild violence, I would recommend this book for ages 13 and up.
(reviewed 2 years after purchase)
on Dec. 27, 2014 :
The Moon And The Tide was even better than the first book if that is possible. I really liked the first book but the author brought so much more to this one. We get to enjoy the returning characters along with some new interesting ones.
While on vacation with her dad, another one of Marina's previous visions happens. A terrible accident that will cause her to revel herself as a mermaid. This in turn sets off a series of events that will change everything that Marina has ever known. Her relationship with Ethan has some bumps in the road. This causes her to want to be in the water any chance she can get. Marina and Lorelei find themselves in some dangerous situations.
Some major secrets are revealed and there is a lot more action, adventure and emotions. Marina finds out that she has some powers of persuasion that always doesn't turn out like she hopes. I really liked how the characters really developed more into their own. Cruz just cracks me up with all his designer attitude. Megan has become much more sure of herself which plays out in her music. Shayla, I was surprised by how much she has changed. She went from bullying Marina to becoming such a good friend. I can't leave out Evie, she is like that aunt that I would love to have along with her funny bodyguard Boris.
There are so many ups and downs with Marina's emotions and relationships. There is a lot going on in this sequel but I don't want to really give away any spoilers. This is a must read though. I can't wait to read the next one and see what exciting adventures are in store for Marina, her family and friends. This e-book was provided to me by the author for review. This did not affect my review in any way.
(reviewed 60 days after purchase)
on May 05, 2012 :
The Moon and the Tide
Marina’s Tales Book Two
By Derrolyn Anderson
The mermaids are scared someone is hunting them and one of their sisters has gone missing. Meanwhile on land Marina is coming to learn more and more of the people she is surrounded by and secrets that have been kept from her, her entire life come to light. Soon though a terrible accident causes her own secret to be revealed and she is caught in a dangerous world that will take every ounce of her strength to survive.
If it is possible this book was better than the first, we learn more about Aunt Evie and it isn’t quite what you would expect. Also Marina soon finds out love is a lot harder than it seems in fairytales and we go through a growth process as she and Ethan learn to cope with the progression of their relationship and Marina uncovers more of her own past. This is a great young adult book and Derrolyn Anderson has once again done a remarkable job intertwining several stories into one beautiful and thrilling novel. This book is a brilliant blend of suspense, romance, and fantasy. As this story progresses the more it draws you in leaving you eager to find out what happens next.
(reviewed 25 days after purchase)
on April 19, 2012 :
This was the second book in the series and must be read it order. The plot and characters continue to be well done. I particularly enjoy the little high school gang of friends.
The book begins where the first one left off. The first third of the book was the set up section for what was to come. Marina sees her friends' talents finally recognized including a nice surprise in the form of Shayla who as become more of a friend after the events of the first book. Evie and Ethan meet like two titans and walk away suspicious of each other. Marina still has that overwhelming call from the sea and is trying to learn how to reconcile the two halves of herself. There is the new mysterious quality to Evie and foreshadowing of events going on beneath the surface.
It was the part about Marina's inner angst and struggles in the first part of the book that just did not set well with me as a reader. I was not fond of her thought processing or her treatment of Ethan. She again is into sneaking and lying- putting herself into danger and manages to hurt others in the process. I was also not impressed with the way the father checked out of her life knowing what he knows. I love Dutch and Abby, but they too seemed content to be oblivious just trusting the kids to do right and stay out of trouble.
Fortunately, there was the latter two-thirds of the book. Marina seems to really come into her own and be more of a girl that I could like when she must step up with heroic courage to face physical danger on all sides, what she thinks of as betrayal, a choice of love interest, and then must make decisions that affect her family and friends. Mer-girl Power!
Yeah, about the last portions of the book- x-sigh-ting!!! I couldn't stop reading. Marina's made of stern stuff and I really love how Ethan steps up and supports her. He's a real treasure in that he will sacrifice his future plans if he has to just to be with Marina and he is capable of being supportive even when he understands or disagrees. He seems to be the only one capable of calling it like he sees it with her too which she really needs.
Everything about Evie becomes clear though now Marina's situation just becomes more complicated. Then the threat of danger is still out there.
Looking forward to the next segment!
(reviewed 6 months after purchase)
on April 09, 2012 :
When we meet Marina again in The Moon and The Tide, she’s all but dismissed the ultimatum issued to her in the previous book by the mermaid council: she has 50 moons to decide whether to join her sisters in the sea or she will have no choice but to remain human. Marina thinks it’s a no-brainer: she’s spent her whole life as a human and she has a lot of people that she loves. Still, the sea calls to her, much to the dismay of her boyfriend Ethan. The more it calls to her, the more she seems to reveal things she’d rather not.
And it’s only a matter of time until the wrong people notice.
Derrolyn Anderson’s mermaid interpretation engrossed me in the previous book, and that continued in this installment. In particular, I was fascinated by the things we learning about those who are half-mermaid– or, as Anderson calls them “hybrids.”
There’s undoubtedly a lot of mystery and danger in The Moon and The Tide, and when Derrolyn ups the stakes for Marina, it truly yanked me into the story.
But I wasn’t constantly in the story. The book is so long with so many fairly repetitive scenes: Marina paints, she surfs, she fights with Ethan, she encourages someone. A little less would have improved the pacing significantly.
And then there’s Ethan. Good god, someone get Marina away from that boy. I was with aunt Evie 110% when she tried. Marina and her story are so much more interesting when he’s not around to pick a fight and get all jealous and alpha-male on her. The plot MOVES when he’s not there, plus I respect Marina more.
Rating: 3/5. Liked it a bit less than the first novel, but I still liked The Moon and The Tide enough to read the next book in Derrolyn Anderson’s mermaid series.
(reviewed 4 months after purchase)
on Sep. 24, 2011 :
After having thoroughly enjoyed Derrolyn Anderson's first installment in her Marina's Tales series; I was anxious to read The Moon and the Tide. Book 2 continues right where the first one left off but I wasn't as enthralled with the story this time around. The first and the final chapters were amazing while as the bulk of the middle felt more like filler and wasn't overly relevant to the progression of the plot line. The endless fashion talk and Marina's obsession with surfing quickly got on my nerves. The strong ending is what saved this book for me but even it didn't entirely make up for the 150+ pages of meaningless descriptions. Also, the mermaid lore that I adored so much in Between the Land and the Sea was next to non-existent this time around.
I enjoyed the turn that Marina and Ethan's relationship takes in The Moon and the Tide. These two are quite obviously infatuated with each other. Their love and understanding of one another other grows quite a bit in this second installment. They face new challenges and even though it was touch and go for a while; in the end their relationship is stronger as a result. I liked the underlying messages that Anderson manages to get across to readers. The first one being to not give up even when times are tough. Loving someone isn't always easy but standing by them and fighting for them pays off huge in the long run. I also approve of the way that Derrolyn addresses sex among teens. She doesn't ignore the fact that they have urges like everyone else but Anderson demonstrates how to be responsible by bringing up touchy subjects like birth control. Marina and Ethan don't end up going all the way and for that I was glad. Perhaps in the next installment seeing how they'll both soon be 18.
I didn't like Ethan as much as I did in Between the Land and the Sea. The traits that I originally admired in him seemed a bit over the top this time around. His possessiveness towards his girlfriend bordered on obsession. This couple eventually makes their way back to equal ground but for a while I was rooting for Marina to ditch Ethan. His protectiveness morphed from charming to controlling which turns me off to the extreme. As I mentioned earlier, I found the greater part of this novel to be fluff. I understand that Anderson was trying to develop her characters and improve her world building skills but I thought she got carried away. At times, it seemed like this story was primarily about fashion and surfing. To the best of my knowledge, this is a mermaid book and I expect the contents to reflect that fact. If I was interested in learning more about design or water sports there are plenty of non-fiction books out there to that effect.
This book takes a turn for the better towards the end. The pace picks up, mysteries are unveiled and amends are made. I trudged through most of this novel but towards the ending I couldn't turn the pages fast enough. Why wasn't the whole thing like this!? Although The Moon and the Tide was a step down from its predecessor there's still plenty of goodies that'll keep readers entertained. Overall, The Moon and the Tide is a great story full of love, mermaids and intrigue along with a few valuable life lessons for teens. A great value for the price.
(reviewed 4 months after purchase)
Sarah (Workaday Reads)
on Sep. 16, 2011 :
Marina's slowly coming to terms with her family's secrets when another huge secret is revealed. Feeling betrayed from multiple angles, Marina seeks comfort in surfing with Lorelei. This brings its own dangers, and when an enemy finds them, Marina must try to save herself and her mermaid family.
Following the first book, I was slightly disappointed in this one. The storyline was great, with lots of action, but it was definitely aimed at a teenaged girl audience, and not just YA lovers in general. I found the teenage drama to be overwhelming and annoying.
Marina and Ethan swung from overly sweet continuous makeout sessions to full out ignoring each other break-ups. The teenaged drama of "I love you" turning to "I hate you" over the slightest small misunderstanding was annoying and frustrating. Very realistic, but not very satisfying to read.
While the drama was never ending, I did find that portayal of a teen caught between being an adult and a child was very realistic and well done. Marina had some profound insights into the people around her, which helped to offset the selfishness and self-centeredness her actions often portrayed.
Overall, this was a good follow-up book, however it was a little heavy on teenaged drama for me. I've never been one for drama, and I have a hard time enjoying it while reading. The story itself is good, still very original and fresh. I'd recommend this book to readers who enjoy angst in their stories.
(reviewed 5 months after purchase)
on Sep. 15, 2011 :
4.5 stars.I’m glad that the second installment of Marina’s tale got a very beautiful continuation I love how the characters have grown and step up a notch unlike in book one they made more lasting impression, assortment of personalities that made more impact to the story. It’s now time to choose once more and I must admit it’s really quite hard but I’m very proud of Marina the road set for her is rather bumpy and tough but with it she learned a lot. I like how She and Ethan found love and comfort to each other way to go guys!
(reviewed 43 days after purchase)
on Aug. 04, 2011 :
Marina's tales #2, The Moon and the Tide, picks up the story shortly after we left it in the first book and despite a slightly rocky start I was soon fully engrossed in it yet again.
I had a few misgivings in the first book but they were mostly explained and eradicated in the second. It carries on the story of Marina coming to grips with her ancestry and who she is and what she can expect and it holds a substantial larger amount of action than the first book. Like the first book though there is still a heavy amount of surfing and though I wouldn't know one end of surfboard from the other Anderson manages to describe the sport so well that I can easily imagine the water, the colours and the pure energy.
My one pet peeve is Ethan whom I just don't like. I can't put a finger on it precisely, he's just too protective, too soppy, too sweet and too much (but maybe I'm just a bitter old crone ;)
I really enjoyed the book and will recommend it to all that enjoy YA literature and would like a great series with a great handle on mermaids, the sea and a strong capable heroine. I truly can't wait to get my hands on the third book in the series, The Fate of the Muse, which is expected in the summer of 2011.
(reviewed 46 days after purchase)
on July 27, 2011 :
This is the second book of the Marina’s Tales series. It is a continuation of the previous story and picks up just a short time after the previous book left off. In this book Marina learns even more about not only herself but also those around her. I don’t want to say more because I want you to go buy the book and read it for yourself. I enjoyed this book very much. I am glad I read it directly after finishing Between the Land and the Sea (review here).
There were some references that I thought were a bit too dated and did not quite work for this book. Yet they were easy to get past and continue reading. This book included more adventure, suspense, and drama for Marina, her family and friends. Overall, it was a wonderful read.
(reviewed 46 days after purchase)
on June 28, 2011 :
RECEIVED FROM: The Author For Review
***NOTE MY REVIEWS OFTEN CONTAIN SPOILERS***
Marina Vanderpool is the half human, half mermaid child of a mermaid and a Nobel prize winning scientist. She lives a life that most people only dream of and has four years to decide whether she wants to be a child of the land or the sea. Though she's made her choice to stay with her human family before, she can't deny that the sea and her mermaid sisters call to her. Marina becomes like a rope in an emotional tug of war between her sea siren sisters and her human friends and family. Neither wants to share her or give her up and she isn't willing to turn her back on either. When her secret is exposed during a terrible accident everyone she cares about is threatened. Will she be able to protect them all? Can she even protect herself?
Anderson makes a brilliant return in the second story in her Marina's Tales series. Her characters start to really take shape in this story. Marina has an addictive personality, she's slightly self centered and on the dishonest side. Evan is clingy and though protective definite leaning toward controlling in his need to protect her and keep her. Aunt Evie is manipulative. Cruz, is WAY self centered, it's almost like he thinks the world revolves around him. Meghan get's a bossy side. Now if you've read my review from yesterday you'll actually understand how this is an EXCELLENT development in Derrolyn Anderson's work. In the first novel her characters were just too perfect to feel real. In this tale she provides them with flaws, makes them human for the reader allowing the reader to become a little more attached to each character through their flaws.
In this tale she also begins to reveal a little more of what the mermaids' abilities really are. The revelation of their abilities really puts a nice explanation on why every character's life in this novel seems so perfect. It's not just chance, it's magic. Of course, now I need to half mermaid to be my friend so I can lead that kind of life. In The Moon and The Tide Anderson takes the flaws from her first novel and puts a couple of explanations on them to make them seem more realistic because of the mermaid magic woven into the story. She also explains that Marina's lavish lifestyle was created by design to make her immune to persuasion in the form of bribery. She was raised to not value wealth so that she could never be manipulated by wealth. I don't know if this spin and explanation were initially planned by the author when she plotted out the series or a clever way to clean up constructive reviews from her first work right after it was published, however what she's done in this novel really works.
She did have a couple of hard to believe scenes, like one where Marina and Lorelei take out some burly bad guys, which did lower my rating a tad. Overall though it was a fast paced and well told story that I really enjoyed reading.
She also has a wonderful way of addressing the issues of sex with teens, she doesn't deny that the idea appeals to them, that they're tempted and close to crossing that line. However she also doesn't cross that line with teen readers and condoning premarital teenage sex. I'm not sure if she plans to in future novels, but so far she's keeping the book right where it should be for teen readers without making the teens seem like they're oblivious to hormones.
Anderson is not a writer to be missed in the young adult fantasy genre. The Moon and Tide is a wonderful tale of mermaids, love and adventure, and for the price it would be a serious mistake to pass over this series.
(reviewed 16 days after purchase)
on June 18, 2011 :
Here's my shortened review: READ THIS! :)
Summary: Things are just settling down and Marina is truly enjoying life again. She is able to return the company of her friends and family and the ocean. So far, things are going great... or so she thinks. Marina begins having some disconcerting visions letting her know the future is at stake. One thing leads to another and Marina finds herself caught in a situation that would expose her secret. She discovers hidden secrets along the way and must overcome betrayal, jealousy, and any other distractions that might render her from saving the ones she loves. Will she be able to stay strong and fight or will Marina back down from it all?
My Thoughts: Geezus. This is really different from the first book. The first book was like a setup and introduction to Marina's environment while The Moon and The Tide really spices things up with unexpected twists and turns. There is a ton of action and mystery packed into this book and I could not put it down. I became so involved with the characters and plot and it had me at the edge of my seat.
The book started off with a fun, relaxing vibe and I was just expecting to read about Marina's relationship, the town, surfing, etc. I was in no way prepared for the chaos that ensued as the book progressed. So many things were going on and I felt bad for the characters and what they had to go through.
In the first book, we were introduced to the characters and learn a bit about them. The Moon and The Tide does a great job giving us more info about the characters and their relationships with one another. We get to learn more about Marina, Ethan, Lorlei, Evie, etc. and I love how we get a better taste of the characters. I especially liked Marina's character development in the story and how she such was a strong female protagonist. Her relationship with Ethan defiantly intensified, although I did think they were moving a bit too fast, but then I realized they been through a lot together. Also, I thought the "bad guys" were well written--they were truly evil and I loved to hate them.
The writing style is awesome as usual. Anderson does a great job with the descriptions (they're vivid and detailed, but not to the point where she's describing the threads on a pillow).
I remember reading the first book and wanting more answers... well, the second book delivers. The secrets that are uncovered are shocking and the mermaid lore in this book is creative and interesting to learn about.
Conclusion: Overall, the story played out very well and I the ending is perfect, it's not too abrupt and you'll be excited to read the sequel when it comes out. It is very intense and a rollercoaster ride. If you liked the first one, you'll definitely enjoy the second one (maybe even more). Sorry this review is a bit long--there is just so much that happens within this book. :)
Here's the review straight from my blog: http://booksaur.blogspot.com/2011/05/moon-and-tide-marinas-tales-2.html
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)