Waterfell by Amalie Howard
Release Date: October 29th, 2013
Harlequin Teen, 368 Pages
Sub-genre: Paranormal – Mermaids
Age Group: Young Adult
Nerissa Marin hides among teens in her human form, waiting for the day she can claim her birthright—the undersea kingdom stolen from her the day her father was murdered. Blending in is her best weapon—until her father’s betrayer confronts Nerissa and challenges her to a battle to the death on Nerissa’s upcoming birthday—the day she comes of age.
Amid danger and the heartbreak of her missing mother, falling for a human boy is the last thing Nerissa should do. But Lo Seavon breaches her defenses and somehow becomes the only person she can count on to help her desperate search for her mother, a prisoner of Nerissa’s mortal enemy. Is Lo the linchpin that might win Nerissa back her crown? Or will this mortal boy become the weakness that destroys her?
The Waterfell Lingo
Have you ever read a novel and saw a name or a word that your brain just went blank on? So you eventually made up your own name because you know, you’re in the midst of a story, and you just can’t stop, you have to keep going. So Hermione (Her-mi-oh-nee) becomes Her-me-own until someone eventually corrects you with the right pronunciation and you’re a bit mortified because she’s totally a Her-mi-oh-nee and why-oh-why wasn’t there a pronunciation key in the book somewhere before you opened your mouth and showed how totally clueless you were on the Pottermore lingo?
Yep, been there. Done that.
Actually, until I saw the film version of The Chamber of Secrets, I had no idea I was butchering poor Her-me-own’s name. Yeah, it was that long before I was able to self-correct, thanks to all my Harry Potter buddies who didn’t have my back.
Anyway, after chatting with an awesome blogger who loved Waterfell and asked me to say the names to see if they matched up with what she had sounded out in her head, I realized that I had put my readers in a similar predicament. She pronounced Cano as “cah-noh” instead of how I’d meant it, “kay-noh.” Wow, that was totally my own version of Her-me-own! I was blown away.
So as an author who has invented some pretty exotic names in Waterfell, I was thinking that it would be pretty cool if readers had a pronunciation guide to help them correctly pronounce some of the alien names and terms.
See which ones you guessed correctly!