Publication: February, 2013
Genre: YA Paranormal
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.
Surface is the first book I’ve read about mermaids and sirens, although I admit, I’ve been interested in them for a while. I’m not very familiar with the lore in these books, but I’m certain that there is some general stuff that people who read this version of paranormal are familiar with without having to be told, so I was at a bit of a disadvantage there because I got a little bit confused at first, going back and forth between characters.
However, once this book gets going it all fell into place. It does have a fairly intricate plot – with people on the land trying to hurt/kidnap/kill the main character Theia, the underwater people who want to help her, but are constrained by their own laws, and the human world where some boyfriends get dragged into the plot just by being there.
I enjoyed learning about the lore and I enjoyed the setting and this book has a fun plot,a s well as a twisty one. It was a quick read and has a sweet romance between Theia and Luc, the hot underwater boy! I did think they had a tad bit of insta-love, but well, that’s love in the paranormal realm, right?
All in all this was a good read and I was pleasantly surprised. First books in a series are always a challenge for the reader because you have to trust that the story will hold your attention as things move forward. While this book had a slow start for me, I think the ending definitely made up for it and it does leave the reader wanting more.
Tiffany Daune doesn’t get why people want to grow up or why anyone would ever stop eating candy. Her purse is filled with books, lip gloss and a few pieces of Lego bricks. She writes best with a dish of chocolate chips on hand and finds licorice makes a better straw than plastic.
She lives on an island and believes mermaids may be raiding her candy stash, though she hasn’t caught them, yet.