Series: Surface #1
Published by Noble Young Adult on February 2013
Genres: Fantasy, New Adult, Romance
Source: The Author
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Bound to the water bound to land, a Siren’s soul will never be safe on either side of the ocean’s surface. Hidden beneath the rolling waves lies the secret to Theia’s past and as she unveils each haunting truth, she realizes the last seventeen years of her life have been a lie. Now, drawn into a mysterious new world and with nowhere to turn, Theia must place her trust in Luc, a beautiful boy who stops her heart with each dazzling smile, but even his unearthly charm can’t hide the truth—he has secrets— dark secrets binding him to his world—an underwater world where Theia will never belong—a world determined to destroy her soul.
A copy was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review
I participated in the Blitz! for this and immediately, it piqued my interest. I haven’t read too many books on mermaids and underwater creates but I love the idea of it. It’s so fascinating.
Just to say; the blurb is a little bit misleading. Yes, it’s about Theia discovering a hidden world and secrets about her past, but it’s also about SO MUCH MORE. Because of this, my review will be slightly vague because I don’t want to give anything away.
Right from the start, we are thrown into an intense scene. Theia is stolen. Kidnapped, with no reason as to why and where her captors are taking her. After being dumped into the Ocean, she comes face to face with flesh-eating creatures (Mermaids!) and then rescued by Luc.
I really enjoyed the twisted, underwater world. It’s beautiful and the terms and history was so fascinating to learn about. It’s complex, original and the execution of it was perfect. I was never overwhelmed it just flowed so smoothly.
Although I enjoyed discovering this world along with Theia– I wasn’t as interested in her POV I was the others. I thought her acceptance was too quick and her feelings for Luc happened pretty quick too. That being said, her hesitation to trust anyone else was justified. I felt bad for her too. Discovering a hidden world, which you’re apart of, and learning that pretty much everyone wants to see her destroyed, can’t be easy.
We have an array of characters here. What really stands out is how well their POV were written and how everyone’s “story” or life wove together. Although it’s told in third person, it was easy to connect with each one. Of all the characters, I really liked Celeste. She seemed more passionate and real– which made her actions towards the end cut deep.
Overall- I really enjoyed this! Well written story of fascinating creatures, lore and intricate plot that will keep on your toes! Can’t wait for Landlocked.
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