Apr 10, 2013

\\ Blog Tour \\ Review + Giveaway | Surface by Tiffany Daune

Title: Surface by Tiffany Daune
Series: N/A
Genre: Young Adult - Paranormal
Publication: February 1, 2013 by Noble Young Adult
Format: E-book
Source: Xpresso Book Tours
Rating: ★★★☆☆

Synopsis: 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.

Thoughts: While not overly fond of the mermaid books I have read, I definitely wanted to give them another shot to see if I could like them. With it's beautiful cover, Surface caught my eye instantly. After reading over the synopsis, I knew I wanted to give it a shot. Surface, while not causing me to fall in love with mermaid folklore, definitely gave me a more positive look on these paranormal creatures, and made me want to check out other mermaid/siren books.

Surface is action packed and detailed from the start, throwing the reader into a scary situation which leads Theia, our protagonist, to learn the real truth about herself. Learning that she's a siren didn't really shock her as much as I expected it to, but partly this is because her few memories of her father were only by the water. With the help of Luc, an extremely handsome Artagasian, she learns more about their history and how she is in danger, not only from others sea creatures, but humans as well. I was mildly put off with how easily she handled learning every thing she learned, but I brushed it off as I read on to find out more.

The story switches points of views among several characters, surprising me at first, but in the end I found it added a lot more to the story. Since we are able to learn more about the characters and their intentions, instead of getting a one sided story, I was able to connect to several of the secondary characters who play pretty important roles in developing the story. The more we learn about every character, the more interesting the book became and, really, this is what captivated my attention most.

I was a little disappointed that some things were not explained in more detail (like how the underwater world really works? I mean, Theia doesn't notice when she is first underwater, and I thought that was kind of weird.) But I did like how the author offered a lot of information (but not an overwhelming amount) on the differences among Artagasian, mermaids, and sirens, along with an fascinating history to back it up.

I don't want to go into too much detail about the story because even though it is short, it presents a lot of interesting surprises that I would rather not spoil, and offers an interesting ending that I really liked.

Overall: With twists and turns, a sweet boy and some romance (which does happen to be kind of quickly formed between the two characters - insta-love, anyone?) interesting characters and back stories to help bond each one with the reader, and an interesting take on mermaids/sirens, I definitely enjoyed Surface. I am sure fans of paranormal and mermaid books will find this one a good read to dive into as well, and I look forward to reading more from Daune in the future.


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11 comments

  1. I'm not overly fond of the Fantasy genre myself, but I've been hearing so much about this book that it makes me want to step out of my comfort zone and read it. Thanks for the review.

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  2. Great review! I love mermaids, but have yet to be intrigued into reading any of the mermaid YA books out there. This one sounds like it might be my first, because it's got sirens and other sea creatures too!

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  3. Thanks Cindy for being part of the Surface tour! By the way, I love the name of your blog. Fully describes my world.

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  4. I ABSOLUTELY hate insta-love. I am so damn tired of it. All the books are the same in that aspect. They suck. but the cover is amazing, I have to give it that. If you want a mermaid book that is AMAZING and imaginative, read Ciye Cho's Florence series. It is really good

    Your reader,

    Soma

    http://insomnia-of-books.blogspot.com/

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  5. Thanks for the recommendation! I will for sure have to check that series out since I've been looking for amazing mermaid reads. From the synopsis it sounds a little similar to this one. Hmmm.


    And yes, insta-love can get rather tiring. I am almost fed up with it myself. Almost, hehe.

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  6. Thanks! And thank you for the opportunity to read your book :)

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  7. I love mermaids, outside of books, and I don't know why I don't seem to like them. Now that I think about it, maybe it's because I can't swim?

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  8. Neither am I! I try out a few every once in a while, but I am more of a contemp/romance reader. Thanks for stopping by :)

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  9. I'm not a fan of mermaid books either, but it's great how you were still willing to give it a chance! I'm not a fan of insta-love either. Not sure if i'll give this one a try any time soon, BUT i LOVE the cover! Great review!

    - Farah @ MajiBookshelf

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  10. Awesome cover!! Luckily I am a fan of mermaids and I love the multi POV aspect. Will definitely give this book a try. Thanks for sharing:)

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  11. AHHHH really excited about this giveaway!

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