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Drowning Mermaids (Sacred Breath Book 1) (English Edition) von [Scrieva, Nadia]
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She started a revolution under the sea. Now, she must escape to a foreign land to survive...

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...

This is the first book of the Sacred Breath Series.

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Nadia Scrieva lives in Toronto, Canada with no husband, no kids, and no pets. She does own a very attractive houseplant which she occasionally remembers to water between her all-consuming writing marathons.


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HASH(0x942ff7bc) von 5 Sternen Different version of the mermaid paranormal 5. Juni 2012
Von Marlene @ Reading Reality - Veröffentlicht auf
Format: Kindle Edition
If you've ever watched The Deadliest Catch on the Discovery Channel, then you have an inkling of just how dangerous crab fishing in Alaska can be. The crab fishing season out of the small town of Soldotna is just part of the setting of Drowning Mermaids by Nadia Scrieva.

The dangers of the sea are more than the usual in this first book of Ms. Scrieva's new Sacred Breath series. Those dangers also include predatory and dangerous mer-people. In Ms. Scrieva's paranormal version of events, the Bermuda Triangle disappearance are merely collateral damage of some age-old clan warfare under the sea.

The first person to drown in Drowning Mermaids isn't a mermaid. The man was a crewmember on Captain Trevain Murphy's Fishin' Magician. But Leo was the first man that Trevain has lost in all his years as captain, and he doesn't understand what went wrong. There was no storm, and Leo was a greenhorn, but not that green. The boy wasn't drunk or over-tired. He just seems to have fallen overboard for no good reason.

The crew are drowning their sorrows, at the local strip joint when Trevain's world takes a turn from the morose into the fantastic. A dancer steps onto the rickety stage, not to do the usual bump-and-grind, but to perform 14 minutes of mind-altering, heart stopping ballet. She does still strip at the end. It's required. And she is unquestionably beautiful. And seems unbearably young to the fifty-plus Trevain. But her dancing is what speaks to his sorrow and confusion.

His brother, the ne'er-do-well Callder, notices that Trevain and the dancer, Aazuria, steal glances throughout the evening once her dance is over. He clumsily arranges for them to talk. Aazuria seems an old soul in a very young face. Trevain is the only person she wants to talk to.

Because Aazuria is not the girl she appears to be. Far from it. She is the Princess of Adlivun, one of the undersea kingdoms, and has lived most of her life in the waters under the Arctic. She is also over 600 years old. Trevain is the only person who talks to her as an intelligent person and not as just a beautiful body.

Not that he's not interested in that too, but he's gentleman enough to believe that since she can't possibly be interested in him, he doesn't want to look like an old fool chasing after a young girl. He's happy with the intelligent conversation.

Trevain is generous and kind to Aazuria, expecting nothing in return except friendship. He has no idea who she is, or what she is.

What he doesn't know is that her people are at war, and that she is on land for her safety. And that her war is about to crash into his coast, sweeping his life into the rocks. If he can manage to give up every single one of his preconceived notions about himself and the world, he can have his heart's desire.

Or he can be alone and bitter for the rest of his life.

Escape Rating C+: I'm a sucker for stories set in Alaska, after living there for three years. Some parts of the setting were familiar. The whole thing about people coming to Alaska for the very high wages, and then getting stuck because the prices are equally high, that rings so true. And the place gets in your blood. If you can make the adjustment to the dark in the winter.

About the story. On the one hand, I kept turning pages, because I really wanted to see how the author made it all work out. There are not a lot of mermaid paranormal romance stories in general, and usually they use the siren theme. This one didn't, and I was glad of that. It's always good to see someone take a different road. Or sea lane, in this case.

I liked that Trevain and Aazuria did a twist on the older woman/younger man theme, since they are but aren't. But they also unfortunately hit the insta-love, or at least the insta-connection thing a bit too hard. Trevain invites someone he sees as a girl working in a strip joint to move in with him, along with all her sisters, during their first meeting. Even in small-town Alaska, that's just not likely.

On that third invisible hand there's a family sub-plot involving Trevain's mother that is heart-breaking. And it's a twist you don't quite see coming.

Originally published at Reading Reality.
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HASH(0x942ff810) von 5 Sternen inspirational and Imaginative 19. Januar 2012
Von Gary Anthony - Veröffentlicht auf
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I was impressed with the beautiful fantasy world that the author created, but like an iceberg, there was much more to this book than just the enchanting surface. I found a message of strength in the way Trevain used his age and his limp as an excuse to limit himself, but after meeting Aazuria he discovers that he can do things that he never imagined, and that he was being really close-minded. Trevain goes from thinking that the better part of his life is over to believing that life has really just begun, and not just because he has found love, but because he has learned so much. He learns that he has made some pretty big mistakes and destroyed his mother's life, and he has trouble coping with this, but he is given a second chance to change everything.

There is a lot of humor in this book as well, and I often laughed out loud. I love the irony of Trevain constantly thinking he is too old to be with Aazuria because he is 50 and she looks like she is only 18, but then he learns that she is actually 603 years old and he has been the "infant" in the relationship all along. Visola is also a very funny character with her lust for violence.

I really like the way that the humor is mixed in with the drama... it keeps things light when so much is happening that is really heavy. The scene where Aazuria kneels before her dead father in the mausoleum is very moving, and the fight scenes are very exciting.

An excellent read!
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HASH(0x942ffaec) von 5 Sternen Promising beginning, quickly waterlogged 16. April 2012
Von Kate - Veröffentlicht auf
Format: Kindle Edition Verifizierter Kauf
I tried; I really did.

The author has some great skill and I wanted to keep reading because the book started off well. Humans in human situations were very well-drawn and the writing was solid.

But when the Mermaids come into the picture it's as though the author doesn't have the fluidity to characterise her fantasy characters with the same strengths as her human ones. The book goes from being compulsively readable and enjoyable to painful. It's as if you were watching an episode of The West Wing and then someone flipped the channel to one of those cruddy movies on SyFy.

I set the book aside three or four times, hoping that if I came back to it in a different mood I'd continue to enjoy the story. But it's been nearly two weeks now, and I've visited the story at least five times. Even when I'm heavily medicated it gets no better.

I'm sorry, but I just can't recommend this at all.
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HASH(0x942ff9e4) von 5 Sternen Couldn't Finish It 16. September 2012
Von A. Rose - Veröffentlicht auf
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*This book was free so I'll try to be more generous here.*

I've been obsessed with mermaids lately, so when I saw this in the free store I was really excited. The first chapter was excruciatingly boring, but I have a hundred page rule (or in the case of the Kindle, a 25% rule), so I kept reading, hoping for more. Firstly, what kind of princess becomes a stripper? Yes, in the second chapter we are treated to a bunch of fisherman in rural Alaska at a strip club where a group of mermaid/siren/rusalka whatever girls are stripping to earn "copious amounts of this country's currency." All of the characters, humans and mermaids alike, have terrible names. For example: Princess Aazuria, Elandria, Visola and so on and so forth. Not only are they hard to pronounce, but they're faker than a pair of press on nails. After a few pages, I was dying for an 'Edward' or a 'Jenny' or a 'Mark' so I wouldn't have to get caught up on names like Zasfasrwafv (exaggeration for example purposes) every twenty seconds. We were introduced to all the characters all at once and the plot was laid out in one quick burst. Weirdly enough, the centuries old mermaid agrees to immediately move in with our fifty year old captain. After one short conversation where he paid her a thousand dollars to just talk. There are little sexist comments thrown in here and there that started to bug me. I kept plowing through, determined to hit at least the 25% mark, but I just couldn't do it. On a good note, there was one fairly funny joke. I don't mean to tear into this, but with a lot of editing and maybe a rewrite, this could be good. It reads like a first draft as of right now. Nice start, but the writing fell short.

For other mermaid reads, try: Sirena by Napoli, The Feed by Stunich, or Watersong by Hocking.
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HASH(0x942ffbd0) von 5 Sternen A Deep Experience in the Ocean's Depths 27. Januar 2012
Von Constantine - Veröffentlicht auf
Format: Kindle Edition
This book throws you into the life of sea captain Trevain Murphy as he struggles with a friend's mysterious on-the-job death, and his crisis of faith over his mastery of the ocean's dangers. He is a man known to "never make mistakes, ever" and the weight of this burden is evident from the book's opening chapters. This is a book with immersive characters, that feel like they've a history that existed before you arrived and will long after you leave. And while some novels are encumbered by character development, in "Drowning Mermaids" it rarely affects the pacing of the storyline but rather its deep characters feel relatable even as Trevain delves into the depths of a sensational underwater fantasy world.

His struggle to master, both the sea and himself, make Trevain's journey into this world after meeting the mysterious and sensual exotic dancer "Undina" a story of both adventure (of which the impeding war brings plenty to the reader) but also self-discovery. A delightful tale for the casual reader, there are also engaging themes weaved throughout the book for those seeking a little more. It challenges the meaningfulness of age difference, the precepts of gender stereotypes, the tensions of past and present loss, and the perilous blinders of passion.

Initially skeptical of the title and its aquatic setting, I quickly realized "Drowning Mermaids" reminded me of a lesson from other great fantasy novels such as "Dune". Water is the lifeblood of the body, and an excellent background up against which to be the lifeblood of an engaging fantasy world.
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