on Feb. 24, 2016 :
I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. This in no way effects my opinion of this book.
One of my favorite things about not only this book but the entire series so far is how fantastic and exciting the lives of Marina and her friends are. Marina is this talented artist whose paintings are already selling for a couple thousand dollars a pop, her cousin Cruz is on the verge of becoming the next big fashion designer, her best friend Megan's music is rocketing to the top of the charts, and her other best gal pal shayla has just become America's next top model without having to smize for anyone. To say that these kids lead a charmed life when it comes to success is an understatement, and it is a lot of fun to read.
They do the kind of things like travelling to Paris on a private jet and then ditching said Parisian adventure a few days early so they can go surfing in Hawaii. Not to mention they have a rich fairy godmother named Evie whose favorite hobby is buying them cute clothes to wear and lending them cars from her massive collection. Suffice it to say, these are some lucky kids!
Although, Marina and the gang have a bit of an advantage in the luck department. Not only is Marina a muse with the power to pretty much guarantee the success of anyone she cares about, her aunt Evie also has these same powers. So everyone in Marina's life with a little talent has received a double whammy of muse power.
As I mentioned in my review of the second book in the series, I really like Marina's muse powers so I was looking forward to learning more about them in this book. While I did learn more, I am still pretty confused about how they work. More than once, someone says that a muse cannot be forced to make anyone succeed if she doesn't want to, but that kind of happens to Marina a lot. Plus it seems like Marina's powers are pretty all over the place as far as what they inspire people to do. Sometimes she just makes a dude fall in love with her and other times she makes him want to hurt her. However, it is the unpredictability of Marina's powers that keep me interested.
One thing I could have done without in this book was the constant fighting that went on with Marina and Ethan. Don't let my complaining scare you, they have plenty of cute scenes where they are lovey dovey, but they did fight an awful lot. At the end of the last book they got engaged, and I have to be honest, I don't know if getting married when you can't go a week without fighting is such a good idea. Even though they are very mature, they are just a couple of seventeen year old kids who have to deal with a lot of drama. I love that the author acknowledges this fact too. I don't think that Marina and Ethan are being presented as a perfect couple. They are being presented as a couple that could become great if they learn to be honest with each other and work through things together instead of apart. It is a refreshing take on the teen romance dynamic, but I can be a lazy romance reader sometimes so I hope they fight less and love more in the next book.
This is the second to last book in this four part series, and I am sad that I only have one more book left, but I am also excited to see where Marina and the gang end up. I am a huge fan of this author so I know she won't let me down!
Because of mild language and some violence, I would recommend this book for ages 13 and up.
(reviewed 2 years after purchase)
on Dec. 27, 2014 :
Marina's Tales series keeps getting better with each book I read. I was hooked from the first book and the author just continues to reel me in for more.
In this installment it's summer in Aptos. Marina and her friends have graduated from high school. Shayla is heading to Paris to start her modeling career, Meagan is doing really well with her singing and Cruz is living in San Francisco. After all that Marina has been through in the previous books I though ok things have finally calmed down for her. Well things have only seemed to have just begun. Marina travels to Paris with Evie to meet with the mermaid council. It's here that Marina meets a new character that tells her about someone that she needs to stay away from. Things go from bad to worse after this.
Marina and Ethan's relationship is tested once again, but this time it's Marina rethinking things. A new guy comes into Cruz's life. I personally thought it happened really fast but I like them together. I cannot leave out the mermaids. I love how wherever Marina is surfing she encounters new mermaids who are always there to help her out of something. I liked the new little mermaid Nixie, and how she fits into the story.
This book continues to add more romance, suspense, danger all with previous and new characters. I'm looking forward to reading book four in this series. If you have not started reading this series I recommend that you do. It's so good! 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 12, 2012 :
The Fate of the Muse
Marina’s Tales Book Three
By Derrolyn Anderson
Marina has begun to believe the people who were after her and kidnapped her have given up; all she has to worry about now is her visit with the Muse Council. Now that she knows what she truly is she must also come to terms with her new powers, since she is the only one of her kind that is not as easy as it may seem. It seems her influence on people is so strong that the people around her start to do and become incredible things, the love of her life Ethan is even working himself ragged and she starts to doubt his feelings for her and wonders if this is a side effect from her powers or if he truly loves her.
Once again Derrolyn Anderson has written a wonderful book, this one may not have been as good as the previous two but it was still an interesting read as more of the main plot thickens. I have always loved the way the author brings to life each of the side characters and with this book and the end of the previous book we realize they are essential to the main character in so many ways. This novel is fluid and well written with such descriptive and interesting scenes from fashion shows in Paris to Surfing in Hawaii Derrolyn Anderson did a wonderful job of bringing the places to life. I admire the way Derrolyn Anderson has written three books that flow seamlessly together and I can’t wait to read the fourth book.
(reviewed 32 days after purchase)
on March 25, 2012 :
This addition to Marina’s Tales, picks up right where book 2 finishes off. Again we find Marina understanding more and more about her special abilities, and how she helps her friends find their way and achieve their dreams. Marina travels to Paris in this book to meet the council of women who share her muse abilities, but they also have questions about how far her mermaid powers extend. All of my favorite characters have a part in this book, with Evie meddling and causing more complications for Marina’s relationship. I think that Marina and Ethan’s relationship is a bit adult for the series, and I wish that the books had transitioned with them out of high school. Marina’s painting and making a name for herself was fun, but it bothered me that it was the way the bad guys were introduced. Also her Aunt Abby stepping up in this book was interesting, since as a muse Marina can influence others to reach their potential; I just wish that she had had a bigger part of developing Marina as a person. When you figure out whom the villain is the book takes a predictable turn, but you will be surprised with who comes to Marina’s rescue. I was happy to have book 4 to read right away, since I wanted to find out how the story continues.
Reviewed by Gabi for Book Sake.
(reviewed 12 days after purchase)
Lili Lost in a Book
on March 11, 2012 :
Marina’s near exposure in Greece caught the attention of the Council of hybrid mermaids. Yes, half-human half-mermaid hybrids have councils too. But this is not necessarily a good thing for Marina. In fact, because of the accident that led Marina to turning into a mermaid in order to save the people from the accident (her father included), she accidentally exposed herself as a mermaid. This, of course, got the attention of the media, and also the Council.
Oh Marina, you are in soooo much trouble!
Marina now has to present herself to the Council and explain why the heck she would transform in public. But what they’re more interested in is how Marina was able to transform. You see, Marina is a hybrid of many talents, talents which even some other hybrids don't even possess! Marina’s plan: lie her butt off!
But if only the problems would stop there...
Because of these many talents that Marina possess she was kidnapped in the last book. Remember that? She and Lorelei being trapped then put into a big mansion? Some guy wanting to use their muse powers for evil? Another mermaid being pregnant?? I’m sure this all rings a bell. Well guess what...they’re back for more! That’s right, Marina is still in danger and someone really wants her...desperately. The problem is, the people after her will be the least ones she expects.
On top of all that, Ethan and Marina are being driven apart. *sigh* All this mermaid stuff, Marina’s powers, the kidnappers, the ex-girlfriend, the jealousy...it’s like all this stuff doesn't want Marina and Ethan to be together.
Marina’s fate seems to be a dark one. But the question is, will Marina be strong enough to overcome these obstacles?
I’ve got one word for you my readers: Uh-MAZE-ing! Marina’s Tales just keep getting better and better! This book had endless amounts of surprises and suspense (you will never guess what happened to Nerissa and the baby she was carrying!) There was so much action throughout the whole book that I found it hard to put down the book! The plot was crazy (in a good way) and there has been noticeable character development for most of the characters across the three books. And as I said in previous reviews, Marina is a very likable character. I especially like that she is very modest.
Ooh! Mythology! I absolutely LOVED that little touch of mythology when they were in the museum! That painting with the nine Greek (or Roman, I guess) Muses, the mermaid in the near-by body of water, and and and....my favorite Greek god, Apollo (although that is also his Roman name)! :D Just when I thought the book couldn't get better the author goes and puts this in...Awesome :)
And guess what...I totally get the "That's what she said" joke now! I thought it was some inside joke between the characters, but it turns out a lot of people know about this. Sadly enough, my 13 year cousin had to explain it to me! 13 years old! Man, what are they teaching kids nowadays *shakes head* Anyway, since I found out what the joke meant I went back through all the books to find those jokes...it’s so much more funny now that I get it! :D I could tell you what it means, but I try to keep my reviews to a PG-13 rating ;)
I could go on and on and on talking about this totally awesome book, but how about you just go and read this series yourself ;) Recommended to those who love a good mermaid story!
(reviewed 82 days after purchase)
Sarah (Workaday Reads)
on Jan. 12, 2012 :
This series is like crack. I don't particularly like Marina, I find her more and more annoying as the series progresses, yet I keep wanting to read. The mermaids are such a draw: carefree and wild, without a thought of anything but the present moment.
This book was less about the mermaids than the others, and more about the consequences of Marina's action from book #2. It still manages to be a complete story that was easy to pick up and catch up to, even though I read the second one a few months and several books ago.
Marina herself is annoying. She's selfish and insecure. She rarely seems to consider the consequences of her actions, and seems to have no idea hwo other people think and react. Her constant doubts about Ethan's feelings and motives are ridiculous. I want to shake her so bad when she gets going on her pity-party tirades.
And yet I can't stop myself from reading the series. When's the next one out? Some time this year? Can't wait to see what the next adventure holds.
(reviewed 4 months after purchase)
on Nov. 10, 2011 :
In this third and thrilling installment of Marina's Tales, Marina has recuperated from her kidnapping and is enjoying her time with her boyfriend, Ethan. They and their friends are getting ready for prom and high school graduation. Things are going well, except for the confusing visions Marina is experiencing.
After graduation, Marina is to fly to Paris and meet with the council. Being a hybrid, half mermaid and half human, she has gifts that not many, if any, have. She's scared of the imminent trip, but her Aunt Evie assures her all will be well. Be that as it may, Marina doesn't want to leave Ethan. The two have plans to marry and be together forever, even if they have to wait until Marina is of age to do so.
But not all is at it seems. Someone wants Marina's help in acquiring a baby mermaid. They believe the baby's blood is the key to immortality. Marina's the only person they know who knows the whereabouts of the child. They will stop at nothing to acquire Marina's help, even taking the life of one of her loved ones.
Marina begins to question her choices. Ethan is working so hard she barely sees him. Also, his ex-girlfriend Amber has returned to town. Marina begins to believe that maybe Ethan is better off without her, even though she loves him with all of her heart. As her friends begin to realize their dreams, she struggles between two worlds, that of the sea and that of her heart. Will she realize where she belongs before it is too late?
Fate of the Muse is a thrilling addition to the series. As the group of friends' graduation and move onto their lives, Marina questions her choices. She loves Ethan but is she burdening him? She wants her mermaid sisters to be safe, but at what cost? Romance, intrigue, mermaids and high fashion shows highlight this page-turning young adult novel. I can't wait for the next installment! Derrolyn Anderson is a must read author!
(reviewed 46 days after purchase)
on Oct. 11, 2011 :
I’ve completely fallen head over heels in love with the Marina’s Tales series by Derrolyn Anderson! After reading The Moon and the Tide, which is book 2 in May I knew I was hooked to Marina and all that was happening in her life!
Book three, The Fate of the Muse, continues the story of Marina and the mermaids!! After all the trauma that Marina went through with the kidnapping in the last book it seems the beginning of this book is mostly about her recovering from all the damages that caused to her mind. She is slowly recovering and finding strength again. Marina and Ethan continue to grow stronger together and life slowly becomes normal again. However, we know things don’t always seem to stay “normal” in Marina’s life!! She also has to face the fate of what the mermaid council will decide about the weird events she has caused.
The Fate of the Muse is great!! Like all the other books in this series it jammed packed with more unique twists and new characters, adventure, danger and of course ROMANCE!!
The best thing about this series, at least in my opinion, is the romance between Ethan and Marina!! Their relationship has become more intense and passionate yet they begin to struggle with what we all struggle with in relationships; doubt and worry about the future! I really enjoyed the fact that they are still together! I can’t stress enough that I am happy the author hasn’t created some ridiculous love triangle but has kept these two lovebirds together even amongst their struggles.
There wasn’t as much history on mermaids as in book two and I was hoping we would get a little more information about the new little mermaid that was added to the story. However, we did learn some new things about mermaids and possibly a reason behind why Marina can communicate with the mermaids and live on land. All interesting and unique perspectives added to the story! Again Derrolyn has an amazing way of describing the details that really makes story come alive!
I am really glad that I continued reading this series and I will be anxiously awaiting book four; which was a pleasant surprise to find out it wasn’t a trilogy. The Fate of the Muse ended a bit sad for me and I’m hoping that things all get figured out and that book four leaves a smile on my face!! If you’ve loved this series as much as I have, be sure to grab book four as soon as possible, you won’t be disappointed. If you haven’t read Marina’s Tales yet…what are you waiting for??
Content: A little more sexual than the other 2 books, there was some implied situations but no descriptions.
I received a copy of this book to read and review from the author. My review is not biased by the fact that I was given this book. I HONESTLY read and review any book whether bought or given to me. If I did not like the book I would definitely not give a rave review or recommend it.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)