Publisher: Self Published
Source: Blog Tour
Release Date: February 2013
Series: Surface #1
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.
When I first read the blurb, I knew I had to read this one. Anything about mermaids, Sirens, selkies, or even water by itself draws me in.
Theia starts off the story kidnapped by a group of three, totally unsure of what they are going to do with her and why they took her in the first place. When they dump er into the ocean, it is even more of a mystery. Luc, the main love interest, saves her from what would have been a drowning or death by killer mermaids. Theia finds out that not everything is what it seems.
SURFACE has a wide variety of POVs. While this can make or break a story, I felt it strengthened this novel as a whole. Unfortunately, the POVs I least enjoyed where those of the main characters. All the teenagers in this novel were a little too angsty and a little too obsessed with love, especially when compared to how mature and intelligent all the adults seemed. Whether this is actually genius, I don’t know.
The terminology and background in SURFACE is magnificent. There are so many terms and so much history to learn to this world and I found this was the best part of the novel. It is so original. Sometimes the information was just thrown at the reader, which could get a little overwhelming because there is just so much to learn and absorb.
Daune’s version of mermaids was also a great bonus. Think Pirates of the Caribbean, not The Little Mermaid. These are flesh eating, evil creatures. The mermaids you probably are used to are more similar to the Sirens in this novel, which is exactly what Theia is.
She lives on an island and believes mermaids may be raiding her candy stash, thoughshe hasn’t caught them, yet.
Surface is her first novel and pairs well with gummy sharks.