Friday, August 17

Book Review: Drowning Mermaids by Nadia Scrieva

Author: Nadia Scrieva 
Title: Drowning Mermaids (Sacred Breath #1)
Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, 
Pages: ebook
Published: January 15th 2012
Where I Got It: My Shelf (Amazon Freebie)

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...

I had some high hopes going into this one. It has been a while since I have read anything with mermaids and this one looked interesting. Plus it was free ;) 

Sadly, I could not finish it. Yes, yes, I had to stamp it with a DNF. I got to about 40% or so, but could not move forward from there. I looked past a lot of the issues I had hoping it would get better. There was a chunk I actually really enjoyed. I loved watching the war go on in the mermaid world. 

The writing wasn’t horrible. It was just the story itself and the things that happened. Things did not make sense. I found the age gap between Aazuria and Trevain. Yes, yes, Aazuria is indeed 600 years old BUT she looks barely 18. Trevain is a human and he is in his 50s. It just looks wrong. And at the beginning, he invites her and her younger sisters to move in with them after ONE talk. WHAT? I know Trevain is a good guy, but that is just creepy!!!
There was also a scene between Aazuria and the female fisher under Trevain’s employ (can’t remember her name). It started off alright and then they got into a nasty fight about the color of the ocean. So silly. 

I was able to look past these two things at the beginning, but as the story went on….things fell apart. I hate to say that I gave up, but I had to walk away. 
SOOOO overall, not for me. This was a DNF. 


Carole said...

Hi there. Thanks for your visit. I don't post about my DNF's because sometimes it's more to do with my mood than anything wrong with the book. Reading tastes are so personal. Have a great week.

Carole Rae said...

I rarely have a DNF so I never mind posting them. At the end I always throw in not for me but maybe for someone else. Or some line like that. Thanks for always stopping by! Have a great week too!

Blodeuedd said...

Are we supposed to be all oh he is 50, but then it's good that she is 600...I have no idea, but euwww

Blodeuedd said...
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Carole Rae said...

B. you must've double-clicked your message ;)

Anachronist said...

Paranormal romances are rarely good...

Carole Rae said...

They are rare thus why I love this series