Monday, January 30, 2012
The Fate of the Muse
Book 3 of Marina's Tales
Between the Land and the Sea, The Moon and the Tide, The Fate of the Muse, The Turning Tides
"Sometimes the situation seemed comically surreal, and I had to laugh at myself, realizing that seventeen was a weird age for an existential crisis."
Marina must face big changes for her life. As she and her friends near graduation, real life is about to begin. While Marina is happy for her friends' new-found successes, she has mixed feelings about what her part as a muse might be playing with each of their lives. Especially Ethan. Is she inadvertently amplifying their traits, even if it's not what's best for them? And there is the council she must face as well and hidden dangers from those who know her secret. But at the heart of it all is still the pull between her sisters in the water and her love on land. Ethan is pressing for more commitment from her, anxious to keep her on land. But can she make him understand her other life? Or would it make everyone's life easier if she returned to the sea?
My Opinion: This next chapter of Marina's Tales is just as exciting and enthralling as the first two. The author sucks you back into the world of mermaids, young love and evil plots. Marina is still the same bouncy teenager who is faced with fantastical forces pulling on her with only Ethan as a rock to ground her. Ethan is a strong character, though a bit silent. I was happy to see him get a stronger voice in this book. Their love is sweet, but still rocked with the natural problems on young love. The side characters continue to fill in the story well. I will note that there is a male side character with a boyfriend - nothing is detailed at all, but it's there. Altogether I got completely re-absorbed into this book and would definitely recommend this whole series.
I received a free copy of this book to review. No other compensation was given. The summary and review are 100% my own.