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Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Book Review: Tidal by Emily Snow

By Emily Snow

Now that Willow Avery is out of rehab, she's got one chance left to prove herself before she’s officially on every producer’s shit list. At least, that's what her parents and agent are claiming. She doesn't really give a damn if she never makes another movie or not—she just wants to get on with her life, get back to her friends, and find her next escape. But Willow is broke. And whether she likes it or not, acting is the only job she knows how to do.

When she accepts the lead in a beach drama, Willow finds herself in Hawaii. And in Hawaii, she finds Cooper, the gorgeous surfer hired to train her for her new role. With the bluest eyes she’s ever seen and the sexiest Australian accent she’s ever heard, Cooper’s different from the men she’s used to. He doesn't want to use her. And he refuses to let her fail. But when an old friend re-enters Willow’s life—a friend whose toxicity she’s been drawn to time and time before and whose presence brings about the painful memories she's tried so hard to suppress—Willow will have to choose between the girl she was and the person she’s becoming. The lifestyle that helps her forget the pain and the guy she’s falling hard for.

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Viviana's Review: 
I've read Emily Snow's "All Over You" and "Devoured" which I really enjoyed and was interested to see what her YA Mature story would be like. I'm not a big YA reader (I've said it once and I'll say it again, I've been there and done that already, don't need to relive the angst) and I'm not a huge fan of the new sub-genre New Adult or YA Mature because either you're an adult or not! I hate to see that one day they'll create a "Middle Adult" (ages 28 - 40) and then "Old" no wait " Vintage Adult" (ages 40 - 55) and "Antique Adult" (ages 55+). So as you can see its not the genre itself but the new labeling. Mention the ages of the main characters in the blurb and let me decide if I want to read about someone in their early 20s or late 30s. Thought you'd need to know this before I give you my thoughts on "Tidal". 

I was pleasantly surprised! Though both characters are in their early twenties, you could have easily changed the ages (middle adult - Yeah I'm having fun with the new sub-genre I've created) and the story would have worked perfect. Well, minus the parents checking in, no wait, I take that back, I'm 33 and my mom is always checking in. The point is Emily did a fantastic job of focusing on the story of the characters vs. making it about the character's age!! Brilliant! It freaking works! Not once throughout reading did I ever roll my eyes at the "kid" or "teenager" or "new adult" (hahahah - sorry). 

BONUS! Willow, the heroine wasn't a meek, whiny, "why me" woman complaining about her circumstances. She owned them. She worked out her issues and faced them front on. Sure there were moments of doubt and I loved that Emily made that her "inside voice". We all have that inner voice of self doubt but I loved that she didn't give into it. She snuffed it! I hope other YA Mature, heck, ALL GENRE take notes when it comes to this! 

Ahh Cooper! I really loved that he wasn't her "superior", either as a boss or in circumstances. He was the "regular joe" so to speak and while he's the Hero (in more ways than one) he stood out not because he was one hell of a sexy guy, or because he was cocky and just KNEW they'd end up together, but because he gave her time and space and did really look out for her and her best interest. Even when he was saying things that would have come across as cocky if another man said it, it didn't when he said it. Why? His personality shined through from the very beginning. He wasn't this "mysterious man with secrets". Yeah, there were a few things he didn't share with Willow, but it wasn't like in other books where its this huge cloud or rather the secret is like another character in of it itself. He was funny and smart! He knew when to push and when to back off. 

The other characters are all awesome! Paige becomes a great friend to Willow and Miller (Willow's body guard) was intriguing enough you sort of want Emily Snow to write a story starring him so you can get to know him better, but he's not the main focus or a distraction (again, Emily did a great job with creating her characters). 

I truly enjoyed the entire story and was able to connect with the characters. Though the story dealt with addiction it wasn't about the addiction itself but rather focused on WANTING to get help and then LEARNING to move on with your life and being able to be that better person. I would definitely read another YA Mature written by Emily Snow.

 Rating: 3.5 Stars - I Really Liked It

NOTE: I received "Tidal" in exchanged for an honest review

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