Ahhhh mermaids? Where do you even begin? My first thoughts were ‘oh no, who writes about mermaids and manages to do it well?’ I was a little bit skeptical to say the least, but couldn’t pass down a free kindle book and I’m so glad I didn’t. The ratings should have told me enough really, Nadia Scrieva is clearly a talented and well loved writer but everyone has their own opinions right?
Well I can tell you I did enjoy this book immensely, and not because it fits into my personal fantasy cup of tea category. The story line is refreshing, new, and a little bit different. I also liked the fact that Nadia wasn’t afraid to make this book as realistic as possible. Drowning Mermaids isn’t a cut down, edit out the nasty bits about life story. This is why I bumped the suitable age up to 15, sure you can read it if you’re younger but in my opinion, this book is aimed at older teens and adults.
The characters are great, Aazuria the main female protagonist isn’t one of your cute little waitresses, or a timid housewife. She is a fiery yet still polite, princess of the sea’s. She may appear to Trevain as an innocent, vulnerable, young girl, but she is far from any of those descriptions. Aazuria is lethal and she is hiding massive secrets.
Trevain Murphy, the main male protagonist, isn’t a young, sexy, male, but rather an older, sexy, gentleman. This might strike you as odd, but you see mermaids age differently to humans, so in this book it makes perfect sense, and it’s a nice change from the norm. I especially enjoyed Trevain’s confusion around ages, as he assumes he is much older than Aazuria. He has a hard time justifying his thoughts and upholding his morals whilst suppressing his inner desires.
There are also a few minor characters, Aazuria’s sisters, who each in their own right have some interesting, and sometimes emotional stories to tell. There is also Trevain’s brother and crew, who again add their own stories to the plot. As the reader, you get a real feel for how hard life can be for some unfortunate people. It is difficult not to feel compassion and empathy towards some of these characters.
To Nadia Scrieva I say, well done! Drowning Mermaids has been extremely well thought out, and is a real tug on the heartstrings. The injustice and emotional conflict in this book will keep you hooked until the very end.
From the current reviews:
The Good: ‘An exciting take on the mermaid mythology’, ‘interesting and thoughtful details’, ‘different’, ‘awesome characters’, ‘a good mermaid story written from an entirely different perspective’, ‘well written, very descriptive and easily read’, ‘interesting story and divergent myth’, ‘engaging, intelligent and well crafted’, ‘vivid imagery and sharpness of the characters puts you right into the story’, ‘awesome’, ‘incredible’, ‘absolutely wonderful’, ‘characters are realistic’, ‘highly enjoyable read’, ‘enchanting’, ‘beautiful and engaging’. ‘good original story’, ‘Hat’s off to the author for her bewildering imagination powers’.
The Bad: ‘The storyline was quite complex and the different character names were confusing’, ‘ill worded conversations’, ‘language was sometimes odd’, ‘world building was sometimes iffy’, ‘the book description doesn’t hint that this book has adult content’.
The Darn Right Ugly: ‘2016 will get here before I stop ranting about all the things I strongly disliked about this book’.
The Unicorns: ‘The characters became real to me. This book will recreate the mermaid image in your mind!’, ‘I loved this book. LOVED IT!!! My only complaint is that it ended!!’, ‘To Me, “Drowning Mermaids” was reminiscent of (if I might be so bold) The Harry Potter novels’.
Release Date: 15th January 2012
Age Range: 15 +
Contains: Some descriptions of nudity, references to sexual abuse and strip clubs, and descriptions of violence and murder.
Genres: Paranormal Romance/ Urban Fantasy
Nominations: Gold medal winner in the 2014 Readers’ Favorite Awards for Paranormal Romance!
About the book: Left with no other options, the destitute daughter of a murdered king must flee to Alaska. Doing all she can to keep her younger sisters safe, Aazuria tries to assimilate and work among the Americans. She tries to hold her head up high even in the lowest of places, until she meets a somber man in a dark corner with eyes that remind her of home.
Trevain Murphy is a successful crab fisherman who has spent his life building an empire on the sea. When a graceful dancer captures his attention, he becomes fascinated with her old-fashioned speech and unique mannerisms. Learning that her father has recently died, he cannot resist extending his kindness in offering to guide and protect her.
As it becomes clear that the dark-haired woman is much more than she seems, Trevain is unprepared to uncover the staggering secrets behind her innocent facade. Neither the captain nor the princess can imagine that their lives will become forcibly entwined as a common enemy threatens both of their worlds…
Where to Buy?
Amazon Kindle Price: Free http://www.amazon.co.uk/Drowning-Mermaids-Sacred-Breath-Book-ebook/dp/B006Y06G8A
Amazon Paperback Price: £5.49 (new) http://www.amazon.co.uk/Drowning-Mermaids-1-Sacred-Breath/dp/1469932733/ref=tmm_pap_title_0
About the Author:
Nadia Scrieva is an award winning author from Toronto, Canada. She currently enjoys living alone with no husband, no kids, and no pets. She does own a very attractive houseplant which she occasionally remembers to water between her all-consuming writing marathons.
Nadia has a degree in English and Anthropology from the University of Toronto. She likes knives. Her writing always features powerful females and (mostly) honorable male characters.
Disclaimer: The reviews and opinions above are either from public sources or my own, and have been collaborated together for the ease and benefit of potential new readers. All ratings have been collected from the date of this blog’s publishing, and will potentially change in the future.