Seventeen-year-old refugee Lux plots her escape from the island where her family is stranded, denying that her home was lost in the Floods. Lux is determined to get her old life back by any means possible. But before her feet even leave the sand, she’s taken hostage by a vengeance-driven pirate nearly as young as she is. Her capture is the key to his freedom…Captain Draven’s scarf veils more than his face. Underneath, he struggles between morality and survival. When Lux sees deeper into his motivations, she’s torn. She can commit mutiny to escape to a home that may no longer exist, or she can try to help Draven escape the clutches of the person responsible for the deaths of half the world. Staying would mean entrusting her life to a pirate. Helping Draven would mean losing her heart to one.
Blue Tide by Jenna-Lynne Duncan was the YA book from the January Novel Tea Club subscription box. Published by Clean Teen Publishing, it is an award-winning “YA adventure-packed romance steeped in Middle Eastern culture and set in the Asian Pacific amongst dangerous oceans and tropical islands” but, that’s not how I would have described it.
When I first started reading it I had high hopes. Blue Tide has a fresh dystopian plot line that I hadn’t encountered before and I haven’t read too many “romance on the high seas” books, so I was intrigued. About a third of the way in that all changed. I found Lux, the female protagonist, to be lack luster and hard to relate to (or even like) and Captain Draven was a rather boring pirate. I’m not sure if it’s just me, am I expecting too much or perhaps *gasp* I am to old to be reading some of the YA books that are coming out.
I have found that several of the YA books I have read lately overuse a few phrases such as “snapped my head up” or “whipped my head around”, now unless something it truly shocking people are unlikely to be whipping and snapping their heads about. Especially not as much, or in the situations, that the authors are using them. Just sit and try to snap and whip, you’ll see what I mean. (New dance craze? The snap and whip? I doubt it)
Back to Blue Tide, I found that the book unnecessarily dragged on throughout the middle part and when we did get closer to the end it was rushed and left more questions than answers. Due to the unanswered questions, I would think there would be a sequel but she ended the book with “The End” (who does that anymore?) so does that mean we aren’t going to get any answers? *sigh* Honestly, even if there was a sequel, I won’t be buying it. Blue Tide will be shelved, never to be looked at again.
Have you read Blue Tide? Am I being too harsh? Let me know in the comments!!
P.S. Find out more about January’s YA Novel Tea Club box, here!