Book Reviews, YA book reviews

Hold Back the Tide by Melinda Salisbury – ARC Review


My Rating ~ Five Stars

RELEASE DATE:  1 June 2020

Format: Paperback

Pages: 3oo

Publisher: Scholastic Australia




Everyone knows what happened to Alva’s mother, all those years ago. But when dark forces begin to stir in Ormscaula, Alva has to face a very different future – and question everything she thought she knew about her past…




Thank you so much to Scholastic Australia for sending me a copy of Hold Back the Tide, in exchange for an honest review!


Alva is living with her father, who she heard murder her mother years ago.  She is living her life by a set of rules she has created, out of fear that she will end up the same way.  Do not draw attention to yourself, If you can’t be invisible, be useful and if you can’t beat them, join them.  She has made herself as useful as possible – diligently checking and recording the levels of the Loch her father is charged with taking care of, looking after the nets, cooking the food.  She wants her father to have no reason to think she’s expendable.  At least, until she can activate her plan to run away. But as that day draws closer, Alva discovers her father might not be the most frightening thing about the Loch, and she is in a lot more danger than she ever imagined.

THIS BOOK.  This book is the monster book you’ve been waiting for.  I had absolutely no idea of the direction Hold Back the Tide was going to go and I don’t think I breathed the entire time I was reading it.  I admit I’ve felt ripped off when it’s come to monster books over the last year – especially ones about those starting with a capital V.  I want my monsters monstrous and front and centre in the story and FINALLY, I got it.

This book was haunting, atmospheric and downright scary.  I’m always hoping for something a bit different in the YA genre, something we haven’t already seen a bunch of times before, and Hold Back the Tide really delivered with its uniqueness.  I would highly recommend picking this one up!



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