Monday, July 7, 2014

The Rising (The Painted Maidens Book 1)
Terra Harmony
 Patchwork Press
From Goodreads : Fifteen-year-old Serena is the youngest member of a dying race. The increasing acidity of the ocean is destroying her home, slowly eating away at the once thriving underwater landscape. But since the night of Serena’s birth, it is an outside force that most threatens their dwindling population. Werewolves, who once served as protectors for mermaids in the Kingdom of the Undine, now seek to eliminate all who dwell in the ocean — and Serena is about to find herself right in the middle of the deadly conflict.

Given the title of Werewolf Liaison, Serena is determined to make things right for her people. When she ventures to The Dry, she meets Liam, the werewolf with hazel eyes, and her whole world gets turned upside down. As Serena discovers the real history between werewolves and mermaids, she is left wondering who her true enemies are.
My Review:        I was given this book by netgalley for an honest review.
      I must admit this book was read because of the cover. I am glad I did. I have never read any mermaid book before except for" The Little Mermaid " , so I did not know what to expect from this.
I was completely surprised and pulled into a story that is both magical and beautiful. I loved this book. The world created by Terra Harmony was amazing and so detailed I felt like I wanted to be there. The details just keep you enthralled in this story to no end. The characters are well developed and each one memorable and unique. Serena is an independent girl who is strong willed and is not afraid of the life she wants. I love the way she goes after them but you never forget that she is a young girl and something when reading you forget that because the characters seem so mature for their age. It is a fine line but Terra Harmony does it so well.
        The other thing I really enjoyed is the details of the society. You really get a grasp of how mermaids live and the rules and regulations to their lives. I like feeling like a member of community in books and this one does that. I was invested in this society and wanted too see it thrive.
         The last thing I liked was the story itself the twist and turns. The action and adventure were wonderful. I did not see what was going to happen next and loved that. What we have learned about mermaid or what I thought I knew about mermaids was destroyed and it keep me reading and wanting more . I am so ready for book two in this series. I am also buying this book for my daughter to read because I think she will love it as much as I did.

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