Welcome to the blog tour for Drowning Mermaids by Nadia Scrieva!
Deep under Arctic waters lies an ice kingdom carved into a glacier. Those who dwell within it possess magnificent biological secrets. Due to the dangers of impending war, the Princess of Adlivun is forced to flee her undersea utopia and regroup with her sisters in Alaska.
Captain Trevain Murphy is a successful king crab fisherman who has spent his life building his empire above the sea, and knows nothing of the empire beneath it. When he meets a mysterious dancer whose father has just died, he extends kindness towards her, unaware of her unique genetics and royal lineage.
Trevain’s attraction to the enigmatic Aazuria Vellamo will involve him in dangerous designs that will forever change his life, and his perspective on himself and his world. He embarks on perilous journeys in which he will need to release all of his insecurities and inhibitions in order to survive.
Trevain Murphy has a great life for the most part. Captain of his own crabbing vessel, Trevain has done very well for himself. Until recently. They lost a member of their crew somehow, and Trevain blames himself. While drowning his sorrow as a local gentlemen's club, he sees the most beautiful dancer ever. She draws him in immediately, and he is determined to meet her. He learns her name is Aazuria, but what he doesn't know is that Aazuria has many secrets. She is the princess of a kingdom of people under the Bering Sea. Trevain will soon find himself caught up in the problems of Aazuria's kingdom, but nothing will top the other secrets he will learn. Trevain's life will be completely altered.
This was a very interesting concept. I liked the unique plot points, and there were some definite surprises in store. There are quite a few things I'd love to talk about, but I don't want to spoil things for anyone. The contrast in speaking styles was a great way to highlight the differences in demeanor of the different characters. Aazuria seemed to be a very calm and positive influence on just about everyone she encountered. She had been forced to make a lot of very difficult decisions in her life. I think that both she and Trevain ultimately wanted the same things- to feel complete freedom.
I think the highs and lows of Aazuria's and Trevain's relationships did seem a but abrupt at times. I think the development there was just a tiny bit rushed. I mentioned there were a lot of twists and turns, and I didn't see a couple of the things coming even though they were hinted at. This helped me want to keep turning pages to see what would happen next. I'm looking forward to the next book in the adventure. In a world full of paranormal YA books, this one takes a unique and different approach to the genre. I feel like "merpeople" hasn't been done as much. I would have liked to learn more about all the underwater politics; they sounded very complex. Overall, it was a fast and enjoyable read. People who enjoy underwater adventures and a very different romance story should check this one out.
Book provided for review.