Thursday, 13 March 2014

The Rising (The Painted Maidens Trilogy #1) by Terra Harmony

The Book
Release Date: 7 November 2013

Fifteen-year-old Serena is the youngest member of a dying race. The increasing acidity of the ocean is destroying her home, slowly eating away at the once thriving underwater landscape. But since the night of Serena’s birth, it is an outside force that most threatens their dwindling population. Werewolves, who once served as protectors for mermaids in the Kingdom of the Undine, now seek to eliminate all who dwell in the ocean — and Serena is about to find herself right in the middle of the deadly conflict.

Given the title of Werewolf Liaison, Serena is determined to make things right for her people. When she ventures to The Dry, she meets Liam, the werewolf with hazel eyes, and her whole world gets turned upside down. As Serena discovers the real history between werewolves and mermaids, she is left wondering who her true enemies are.

My Opinion  3 STARS
** ARC Provided by NetGalley and Patchwork Press for an honest review**

First of all I will admit that I found the writing hard to read.  The third person narrative  is clunky and awkward at times and I struggled to get into the story.  A narrative from Serena's objective, for me, would have worked better.  I therefore struggled to connect with the characters and get any feelings from them, leaving the book somewhat cold.

Having said that however the story itself was really good.  A fresh idea within the Mermaid category and for a change very little on the love side.  It mostly focuses on Serena and her role within the Mermaid crowd, the Undine.  There is lots of description as to the world that Serena inhabits both above and below ground.

The mix of Were-wolves in to the mix adds an unusual element, yet it does seem to work.  We get a few twists in the story and without the first person point of view a lot of the story seems cold and straight narration.  Had this been in the first person, I could imagine this story getting five stars easily.

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