Wednesday, 10 April 2013

Book Review: Surface by Tiffany Daune - BLOG TOUR

Today is my stop on the blog tour for this fantastic book, Surface. Check it out below and a giveaway at the bottom.

Title: Surface
Series: Surface #1
Author: Tiffany Daune
Publisher: Noble Young Adult
Release Date: February 2013
Genre: YA Paranormal
Format: eBook
Source: provided by Author via Xpresso Book Tours in return for an honest review

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.

Book Trailer

My Review

I really enjoyed reading Surface by Tiffany Daune. I haven’t read a mermaid book before, but have a few on my TBR list. I found the writing style to be fantastic and so easy to read that the pages turned by themselves. The beginning was extremely intriguing and held me captive until the end. I am definitely a new fan of Ms Daune’s and can’t wait for her next book, Landlocked in June 2013.

My first thought was “what is Theia?” Everything was happening and I was kept guessing until the story unfolded. Theia has no idea what she is or where she belongs and has been living a relatively normal life. Her Father died when she was little and Theia cannot remember him very well, but can always associate the water with him. She is always drawn to the water and has always been a part of the swim team at school.

Theia is kidnapped and dumped in the ocean. Struggling to stay afloat, she is yanked under the surface and is faced with a creature that is tearing her apart. Worried about sharks being attracted to her blood and these unknown strange creatures, Theia is resolved to dying. She is rescued and when she awakes, she’s in a strange environment. Luc rescued her and has been watching over her. He explains that Theia is below the surface and because she is breathing under the water that she is the same as him. But that’s not the case!

Theia is a SIREN! She is a forbidden creature and one that is in grave danger. There are so many secrets and people hiding that Theia has no idea who is a mermaid or a siren or something else. Luc tries to explain his world and what exactly Theia is supposed to be, but it isn’t pretty. The creatures that attacked her are known as mermaids; horribly scary and dangerous (remind me of the mermaids in the lake in Harry Potter). Luc is an Artagasian, a being that lives under the surface in a cave like community, but has a human body appearance. They are able to breathe in water, taking oxygen from the water itself.

The more time Luc and Theia spend together, they are extremely attracted and falling for each other. Forbidden love is what they have, but their love for each other has been written in the stars.

Can Theia make it back to the surface safe? What about her kidnappers, will they try again? Will she discover the truth about her parents and her life? Can Luc and Theia really love each other and be together?

There is so much to this book and it has everything you need for a fantastic series; intrigue galore, betrayal, love, secrets, hot boys, fun and mythical creatures. There are a lot of answers I am still chasing and I cannot wait for Landlocked to see what happens. What happened to Theia’s Mother during the kidnapping and why is everybody hiding the truth? This book was a great introduction to the series and the world of the Artagasian’s; with such a unique mermaid tale, you can’t go wrong.


About the Author

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, thoughshe hasn't caught them, yet.

Surface is her first novel and pairs well with gummy sharks.

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Tour Giveaway

Tour grand prize (INTL):

One (1)  eReader (Sony or Kindle) I'm going to the states this month and will pick one up.
One (1)  $25 Starbucks Gift Card
One (1)  $15 Amazon Gift Card
Five (5)  Digital Copies of Surface

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  1. Thanks for your review. It looks to me that the entire story is set under water. Is that correct?

  2. I've never read a mermaid book either, sounds interesting :)

  3. Wow, a busy mom with time to read and write reviews, I admire your ability to fit it all in. I'll never complain about not having time for edits Thanks Katie for taking time to read and review Surface! I would love to stop by again.

  4. I have a few mermaid books on my TBR but I haven't read any I them yet. I'm glad you enjoyed this one Katie!

    Jesse @ Pretty In Fiction