Tidal by Emily Snow-a review

TIDAL by Emily Snow-a review


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ABOUT THE BOOK: Release December 2012

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.


REVIEW: TIDAL is a New Adult contemporary romance storyline that could have easily been torn from the pages of a Hollywood gossip magazine. Our heroine Willow Avery has some major issues that land her in rehab on numerous occasions and like many of today’s young stars, the people behind the scenes enable those most vulnerable and susceptible to addiction and ways to relieve the pain. But there are circumstances in both our leading character’s lives that would probably push many people over the edge if there is no one to help ground them in their time of need.

The storyline focuses on Willow Avery whose recent stint at rehab is followed by a leading role in an upcoming remake of the 80s beach movie Tidal. And like the former lead actress from the original movie, Willow is slowly travelling a path of self destruction. Enter Cooper Taylor-a surfing instructor who has been hired to prepare Willow for her role. But Cooper has many secrets that will slowly reveal themselves to Willow-not by choice-but by the paparazzi and greedy rumor hounds.

Tidal is a story of two people from different backgrounds but backgrounds that are more similar than not. The story and plot are predictable like many of the New Adult novels: angst and heartbreak; betrayal and trust; hidden secrets; forgiveness and love. The world building focuses on Willow and Cooper’s current dilemma and also references many flashbacks and memories that triggered Willow’s most recent downfalls and spiral into addiction.

The characters are relatable in a Hollywood sort of way-but as expected Willow is a little defensive when it comes to people trying to get up close and personal. Cooper is a young man who falls hard for the one-time star and as the story develops, loses his heart to the woman trying to survive one day at a time.

Tidal is an enjoyable read about two people destined to fall in love when circumstances force them together because of a lifetime of pain and hurt.

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Review by Sandy


20 thoughts on “Tidal by Emily Snow-a review

    • Thanks Marcie. It definitely does read like a Hollywood storyline with the young actress and all of her problems. Even the family who chose to ignore and bury the past.

  1. Great review Sandy. Sounds like a interesting read . Could be about any one of the Hollywood Star’s that were always hearing about .

    • Thanks Lori. And you are correct. I think it is amazing how so many of today’s storylines are drawn from the headlines…but what better way to grasp at an idea for a novel.

  2. Wonderful review Sandy. So many New Adult storylines available today. Is it any wonder they are pulling ideas from the headlines. Thank you.

    • Thanks Mary Ann. I completely understand about back log. You have no idea the number of reviews that have already been written with no time or place to post at TRC…*sniff*

  3. Great review Sandy! Someone once said that all story premises have already been done, it’s just the way it’s told and how the story unfolds that creates the interest and differences…. could be true – but each person’s telling is what makes it fun!

    • You are right Georgie. ALL story premises have already been told-from shifter to vampires; witches to ghost; mystery to thrillers. And again, it is all in the telling that makes each one different.

      As we have seen, the popularity of each genre goes in cycles. Vampire/Weres/Witches and now NewAdult and Erotica/BDSM-the author must write while the popularity is hot to ensure their book takes a foothold in the market.

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