Audio Book Review | Drowned by Nichola Reilly

Audio Book Review | Drowned by Nichola ReillyDrowned by Nichola Reilly
Series: Drowned #1
Published by Blackstone Audiobooks on February 1st, 2015 (First published June 24th 2014 by Harlequin Teen)
Genres: Dystopian, Young Adult
Format: Audiobook
Source: Library
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Coe is one of the few remaining teenagers on the island of Tides. Deformed and weak, she is constantly reminded that in a world where dry land dwindles at every high tide, she is not welcome. The only bright spot in her harsh and difficult life is the strong, capable Tiam—but love has long ago been forgotten by her society. The only priority is survival.

Until the day their King falls ill, leaving no male heir to take his place. Unrest grows, and for reasons Coe cannot comprehend, she is invited into the privileged circle of royal aides. She soon learns that the dying royal is keeping a secret that will change their world forever.

Is there an escape from the horrific nightmare that their island home has become? Coe must race to find the answers and save the people she cares about, before their world and everything they know is lost to the waters.

My Take:

I have said it a thousand times, and I will probably say it a thousand times more; but I love stumbling on books that I have heard next to nothing about and end up loving.

Drowned is nothing like anything I have read before. Sure, it’s a dystopian. But the world, the characters and the horror of it all mashed together makes it an awesome read.

This world is depressing. It’s a small Island, in which the residents have to stand on a platform during high tide so they are not swept away. There’s hardly any water (ironic as that sounds), the only food is fish and the seas are laden with sea creatures that made me shiver. It took a little time for the details to come on how the world became the way it was, but it was worth the wait.

Coe made this book for me. There are parts of her personality that are so innocent and naive that made my heart ache but, she is strong, smart and has a heart that rivals her Island is size. There are many things that she does to help and protect the few she loves and even when it came to her interactions with the princess, she proved time and again that for such a small girl she is BIG. Even when things are at their worst, she never lost her faith or hope that things could and would get better.

The other characters, such as the princess Star, Tiam and Finn add another deep layer to the book. Tiam was hard to read at first, because it didn’t seem like his intentions were clear. But as the story progressed, it was so obvious and my heart swelled. Star, is such an oblivious, naive snob that tried my patience. This was the perfect example of how great a person Coe was, because had it been me in her shoes, I would have knocked her off her high horse and on her pretty ass more times than I could count. Finn, as with Tiam, was hard to read. And that’s all I am going to say about him.

The Narrator

This is my first audio narrated by Amanda Dolan but I will be looking for more books narrated by her. I loved her voice as Coe! I have great luck lately with narrators and she is definitively one of my new favs!

There were some big plot twists that came out towards the end – one I kind of saw coming but the other one really rocked my world. The ending too, left on a major cliffhanger and a heartbreaking one at that. It’s the best kind though, the ones that make you ache and long for the next book! I highly recommend it!




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  • Have you read Drowned? If so, what did you think? If not, does it sound like something you’d enjoy?

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