Review – Dark Tide by Jennifer Donnelly

Dark Tide (Waterfire Saga, #3)Dark Tide by Jennifer Donnelly

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Overall Rating 4 Stars

-Book Description: 4.5

-Cover: 5

-Plot: 3.5

-Creativity: 3.5

-Grammar: 4

-Simile Use: 3 (some usage)

-Description: 3 (a little overbearing at times)

-Show And Tell Balance: 3

The third installment in the Waterfire Saga continues with the series pattern with a promising description and beautiful cover. In the third novel we find Sera a much stronger character, acting as a leader and making smart decisions that put the well fair of all, instead of herself and a select few first. We also get to see more of Astrid, who has fast become my favorite character. Her secret is revealed, and you get to understand why she is the way she is. I really appreciated the way that her and Des connected. It seemed very real, where other connections in the novel felt rushed and forced. That is one of the reasons for the four stars overall, as with the second novel the book was aiming for a solid five stars until the final quarter. It seems that the whole plot loses steam at this point and important characters stories are hardly touched upon. This was the case with Becca, we are given very little information about what is going on with her portion of the story and we’re also served up the Disney classic of insta-love. There’s no building of the relationship, just the love word thrown in. That’s really the reason for the four stars. With so many characters and so little space, I can understand where things begin to be flimsy. I think it would have been best if the novel’s concentrated on one of each of the characters, or two at most so we could feel the flow of the story. There was often a “she filled them in” part of the novel, which, in my opinion, would have been better served if the portion was removed and there was a brief explanation. This way the stories of individual characters would be more robust and you wouldn’t feel like you were really missing something because all of a sudden they’re in love! Overall, it was an intriguing third, but it could have been better.

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