Published by 48fourteen on March 28th 2014
Genres: YA, Fantasy
Source: Xpresso Book Tours
I received this book for free from Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Goodreads
Sharp, sleek, and golden. Like the dagger she has worn since childhood, eighteen-year-old Aeva is all three of these things. But there is something else that this mermaid and her prized weapon share - they are both hunted. Hidden within the caves off Iceland's dark shore, Aeva waits to take her place as the next ruler of the Mermaids. But when Aeva uses her potent and alluring song to save a drowning human, she disrupts a delicate balance. Realizing she has unexpectedly bound herself to Gunnar, Aeva is torn between duty and love. Aeva severs one life to begin another, and soon finds herself not only rejected by the sea, but also stalked by an old enemy. As the worlds of myth and man intertwine, Aeva will challenge fate to protect her own sacred relic and the man she loves. But legend and lies cast an intricate net. With time and safety quickly unraveling for Aeva and Gunnar, there is only one clear course: Find and defeat Delphine before she can shift again.
In An Oyster Shell- I liked this book despite myself. I try to stay away from mythology usually, and I was determined not to like it and no matter the subject matter, it is a very well written book. I would recommend it.
The Pearls – I am not sure why I picked this book. I try to stay away from mythology. It was much to my surprise that this book ended up in my inbox. Therefore, I was committed to reading it and review it. It was a very well crafted story. The imagery was amazing, the character’s enduring, the plot thick from beginning to end.
I thought the concept of this book was interesting. Of course, I couldn’t help reading it with some hidden hopes that it would have a little mermaid feel to it. I’ll tell you a secret I have a hidden love for 90’s Disney movies… don’t tell anybody. So despite my concerns of the Nordic mythology that was the focus of this book I pressed on. You can’t have a mermaid story that deals with them interacting with humans without thinking about Ariel. This does not detour from the story whatsoever, the concept is similar but not the same.
Another thing that I liked about this book is you can tell the author did her research. I did not know a lot about nordic mythology. Frankly, I had no idea what it was before this book. Now I know a little more. I feel as a writer that I lack the tenacity to research well, that’s why I make up as much of the story as possible with little research needed. Research for this book made it fantastic, it is a skill that I should acquire.
The last thing that stood out to me the most was the high conflict plot line. It did not let up really. From beginning to end the main character Aeva is in one battle after another with her enemy, the sea, and her destiny. You can’t help but keep turning the page.
The imagery of the book was beautiful! The setting was breathtaking, that the author could paint such a beautiful picture with words…
There is a lot I can say about this book, but I will leave it at this. I hope you read the book. It’s really well done.
The Sand – I was a little unsettled about the romance that developed between Aeva and Gunner. She gave up a lot to be with him.
I give this review 4 Pearls! It is worth checking out.