“A coming-of-age story complicated by regicide, superhuman powers, the duty to protect a kingdom and one hot surfer. A fantastical surf-and-turf romance.” ~ Kirkus Reviews

“Howard has crafted a page-turning blend of magical realism and fantasy, set in an American high school starring a main character who morphs from sea monster to gorgeous sixteen-year-old with ease. Plot shifts, surprises, and a love affair not yet fully realized sets readers up for the second in the fascinating trilogy.” ~  Booklist


Nerissa Marin is far from home. Though she lives an anonymous life on land during her cycle of human study, she is Aquarathi royalty by birth—and the future monarch of a hidden, undersea kingdom. But when her father is murdered, the human world becomes her only refuge.

Adrift and indifferent, Riss indulges her every whim, including her feelings for the new surf king of Dover Prep, Lokeane Seavon. But as the day she comes of age looms closer, old enemies appear and challenges are issued: If she forsakes her throne, her people will suffer for it.

To win her crown, she must become the queen she was born to be.

Praise for Waterfell


“A coming-of-age story complicated by regicide, superhuman powers, the duty to protect a kingdom and one hot surfer. A fantastical surf-and-turf romance.
“Exhilarating, romantic, and totally unique, Waterfell is an absolute page-turner!”
~ Kristi Cook, author of the Winterhaven Series
“The writing really flows right off the page and hooks you into wanting to find out just what is going to happen next.”
“I knew, almost immediately, that I was going to enjoy this book. The premise and plot, at least to me, were very original because I have not read anything like it before. […] Howard’s writing style was enjoyable and I loved the plot and tone of the story.

Pandora’s Books

Waterfell was such a fun and unique journey. It is not what I expected at all, but I was pleasantly surprised. This is young adult as it should be done. It’s full of angst and drama and of course life altering situations.”

Readers Live 1000 Lives

“Amalie Howard’s Waterfell was such a pleasant surprise. Being on the constant search for the perfect YA mermaid story, I almost overlooked this one. Waterfell is a fantastically-written page turner with a unique spin on the YA mermaid genre. Offering us a strong protagonist, a genuine and likeable BFF relationship and a dash of sci-fi Waterfell is one of my favourite reads so far this year!”

Nice Girls Read Books

“This novel is full of surprises and plenty of action and romance that will leave readers content and on the edge of their seats, all at the same time.”

The Bookshelf Sophisticate

“The world and races, however, are what made this book fascinating. Drama, heart-break, passion, intensity, tragedy and bite are all accounted for in Nerissa’s story and this world is rife with more stories to be told!”

Bookmarks, Spoilers and Happily Ever After

“Waterfell gave me both sides of the ocean, still and stormy, through the wondrous simplicity of human life and the violent and challenging ups and downs of friendship, love and otherworldly affairs. Beautifully written, atmospheric and out of this world, Waterfell will capture the hearts of readers of mythology and paranormal.”

Fragments of Life

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