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3.98  ·  Rating Details  ·  92 Ratings  ·  49 Reviews
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 L ...more
Published February 2013 by Noble Young Adult
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Jun 16, 2013 Alyssa rated it really liked it
Okay, first thing. Right off I would like to say that this book seemed truly original to me. I was hooked the second I started reading. I don't believe I've ever read a book about mermaids before. The basis of my mental mermaid picture came from The Little Mermaid. Where the mermaids are nice and have a kind heart. Duane's take on them however, had me absolutely riveted. They were fascinating demonic little creatures. Cruel, uncaring and hungry for flesh. They were used as an ultimate punishment ...more
Brenda Ayala
Jun 17, 2013 Brenda Ayala rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-4-review
This just didn't do much for me. There was instalove galore and completely irrational actions from everyone, which made it really hard for me to relate to the characters and feel anything for them.

First, I have no idea what anyone's personalities are. I know Celeste is a materialistic brat because she cares more about showing off Versace clothes than being with her boyfriend she only gets to see for 4 hours, and I know Luc is honorable or something because that's what I was told in the text. I k
Emily (Mrs B's Books)
Jun 17, 2013 Emily (Mrs B's Books) rated it it was amazing
**This book was provided to me by the author for an honest review**

This book grips you from the moment that you start reading the first page. It pulls you into a world of mermaids and a new race of underwater people called Artagasian's.

Theia learns that she is not fully human, but also part Artagasian, meaning that she is a Siren and should not exist and would have been killed at birth. Able to live on both land and underwater she is hunted by others who would want to use her for their own selfi
Apr 09, 2013 Farrah rated it liked it
My Rating: 3.5/5

A great YA with a unique idea. Surface was a lovely read with an interesting take on mermaids and sirens.

I really liked how the mythology of water dwellers was handled in this book. It was different from what had been seen previously and I really liked the idea behind it. I wish some of the world-building had been more solid because there were a few holes. But, it wasn't too big a problem. I still really liked the mythology.

The characters were good. But since there were so many,
Michelle Book Briefs
Apr 10, 2013 Michelle Book Briefs rated it really liked it
I have now written this review three times because I lost it everytime I went to save it. (please keep that in mind haha.)

I have been in a reading slump lately. I have just been so busy that whenever I finally make time to sit down and read, I was so stressed that the books just seemed kind of meh. I am happy to say that Surface broke my reading slump. I was able to just lose myself in this book for a few hours and I really enjoyed it! It was kind of like a mermaid book. It really was a siren b
Alise  (Readers in Wonderland)
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When I first read the blurb, I knew I had to read this one. Anything about mermaids, Sirens, selkies, or even water by itself draws me in.

Theia starts off the story kidnapped by a group of three, totally unsure of what they are going to do with her and why they took her in the first place. When they dump her into the ocean, it is even more of a mystery. Luc, the main
Theia thinks she is just a normal girl. Very unhappy with her mom for uprooting her from her friends and shoving her into preppy hell just because of a house. Imagine her shock when she finds out, that no – sorry Theia your a Siren. Not so normal after all. Shock set aside, she does meet Luc. A really sexy guy who she cannot help but fall for. Even though she does have some issues trusting him.

It is pretty much safe to say I have never read anything like this. All my previous paranormal/fantasy
Morgan anderson
Jun 16, 2013 Morgan anderson rated it really liked it
My first reaction: WOW, not bad! Not bad at all!!
This book's about Theia, a sweet smart girl who was kidnapped, thrown in the ocean, only to be saved by the handsome artagasian named Luc. Like most artagasian from his tribe, Luc lives under water, has pale skin+hair, and OF COURSE is super attractive.
Artagasian aren't mermaids, they're like humans that live, and absorb oxygen (I've never heard about this myth before, but in the story it mentions some French book about them so whateves). In the
Gayle Krause
Jun 18, 2013 Gayle Krause rated it really liked it
Daune does an excellent job hooking the reader in the action-packed beginning of this undersea fantasy. Though I’m familiar with the mythology of mermaids and sirens, this story introduces us to a new race of sea people. The Artagasians look like humans, but breathe underwater like mermaids. And Theia, the teen main character, is neither. She’s a siren, born of a human mother and fathered by one of these sea people.

Though the beginning promises to keep the reader’s interest, the middle is predic
Belinda King
Jun 20, 2013 Belinda King rated it it was amazing
I recieved this book free in exchange for an honest and fair review.

I really enjoyed this book.
I like the idea the author portrays with a race of people called Artagasian's who live under the sea but are not mermaids. There are Mermaids as well, however they are a fearsome breed. When Artagasian's mix with humans the result is an unlawful Siren. A person who can walk on land and live under the sea without limitation. The reason they are forbidden is because of the danger they impose to the peop
Jun 18, 2013 Christina rated it really liked it
Recommended to Christina by: Never Too Old For Y.A. & N.A. Books
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I received this book in exchange for an honest review. I was drawn in by the blurb about the story. I enjoy books about mermaids and/or sirens. This book had both. The story not only follows Theia but a few other characters as well. Sometimes I find changing perspectives annoying but with this story I appreciated reading other characters' perspective and found it pretty interesting. It is not completely clear at first how the different stories will come together but I feel like Daune did a good ...more
*I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

What I liked:
I loved the mythology of the mermaids in this book, including the history of the Artagasians and the mystery surrounding the legend of the Sirens. All three are very different from each other, yet their histories intertwine with one another. Their Laws are strict and unyielding, and when rules are broken, punishment is death.

The pace of this book was set fast. It made a great start, and I was sucked in
May 21, 2013 Cindy rated it liked it
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 th
Tracey (YA Book Addict)
Apr 17, 2013 Tracey (YA Book Addict) rated it really liked it
Theia clutched her head. She pinched her eyes shut. Death was supposed to be peaceful-not a nightmare.

Surface is a book that jumps straight into the action. From almost the first page you are thrust right into the story along with the characters. And it pretty much continues that way throughout the whole book.

When we first meet Theia, she is oblivious to what she is and is about to be thrust into a world completely removed from anything that she has known to date. I loved having a front row
Bonnie (A Backwards Story)
Underwater-themed books are always at the top of my reading list. There's something about them that captivate and enchant. When I saw the gorgeous cover for SURFACE, I was bewitched and couldn't tear myself away. The cover is a siren itself, so it's only fitting that the novel is about a girl who discovers that she's a siren. Sirens in SURFACE, however, aren't the variety we're so used to seeing. They are the result of the relationship between a human and an Artagasian, forbidden, and condemned ...more
Apr 10, 2013 Kristen rated it really liked it
GENRE: Young Adult
THEME: Fantasy, Romance, and Mermaids

The beginning of Surface was intense; grab the edge of your seat introduction to a wonderfully written fantasy. It’s a rush of unknown for the lead character Theia, she is taking from her home in the middle of the night by strangers and dropped into the ocean without being able to question what was going on. I was immediately drawn into the mystery of why she was taken, why was
Jackie (No Bent Spines)
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UGH I had a full freaking review and then I accidentally pressed the back arrow. fml
Here we go again...

Ahhh...insta-love at its finest. I usually don't like the REAL LOVE in 24 seconds kind of love. Okay I didn't for like 4 pages of this one either..then I fell in love with the style and ultimate dedication to each other they had. Kinda awesome, you know?
Sirens are not like anythin
Aug 24, 2013 Books rated it really liked it
Never realizing that she is different and could be extremely valuable, Theia lived a normal life for seventeen years. That is until she is abducted and dumped into the sea. Soon she discovers her true roots, befriends the beautiful Artagasian boy, Luc, and realizes that several greedy, selfish people are after her blood. Literally!

Although Surface is not a long book and reads at a comfortable pace, it has a great deal of action, drama and nail-biting suspense. As this book is entirely set outsid
Jun 17, 2013 Tonyalee rated it really liked it
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A copy was provided by the author for an honest review

I participated in the Blitz! for this and immediately, it piqued my interest. I haven’t read too many books on mermaids and underwater creatures but I love the concept of it. It’s so fascinating.

Just to say; the blurb is a little bit misleading. Yes, it’s about Theia discovering a hidden world and secrets about her past, but it’s also about SO MUCH MORE. Because of this, my review will be sli
Leigh (Little Book Star)

The book started out with an action packed, intense scene. Theia was kidnapped, and they didn’t have a choice but to drop her in the ocean. That’s where she finds out that she is not a human after all. She’s a Siren. I really like how there is a world underneath the ocean. I would have loved to know more about the place, how it looks like, how their culture is, how do they breathe etc. but the book tends to focus more on Theia and other characters. It switche
Apr 09, 2013 Katie rated it really liked it
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 unfold
Jun 18, 2013 Shirley rated it it was ok
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Jun 19, 2013 Toni rated it it was ok

so late one night Theia is kidnapped and dumped into the middle of the ocean with out knowing why, after being out there for hours a boy name Luc comes along and saves the day so to speak, after talking to him she find's out she is a siren ,which is a 1/2 Artagasians and 1/2 human. the law states that this is forbidden and the law's harsh and unyielding when rules are broken and punishment is death there is no way around it they will be sent to the mermaids gate.

since never readin
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(I don't know about Gummy sharks but a bar of chocolate and a glass of lemomade worked!)

Surface is full of myths and mermaids and action!

Surface starts with Theia being kidnapped. So already we have some action in the house. Um…book? Theia finds out that she can breathe underwater and realises that she isn’t human.

I liked that it had different storylines intertwined, and that it wasn’t just about Theia. Finally a romance that I liked! It wasn
Andrea {Bookish Lifestyle}
I'm a sucker for mermaid stories. Surface is a story about a siren, but that's close enough for me. Yet at the same time, it's not a mermaid story.

The novel starts off with a young girl being kidnapped from her home by Dumas, Fiona, and Oliver. After being dumped in the ocean, she is quickly attacked by creatures, that appear to be little girls, but is saved by a boy in the water and wakes up in his bedroom. Which is at the bottom of the ocean.

Luc is not a mermaid, none of his family is. Apparen
Laura *Little Read Riding Hood*
Surface has a great premise. You don't see stories about mermaids and Sirens very much in books for some reason. And maybe that's because they are hard to pull off. It is hard to imagine beings living under the water, breathing the water, with all those atmospheres pressing down on them but still able to breathe the air.

There are several story-lines you have to follow while reading this. Dumas and all his people, Theia whom I would consider the main character, Celeste, Madeline, Luc, Hugh ... it
Teresa Garcia
Jun 17, 2013 Teresa Garcia rated it it was amazing
My first impression was that I really liked the cover. I was intrigued by the juxtaposition of above water and below water.

Then as I read I was made to wonder why the heroine was kidnapped. The way it was set up she seemed to be just a normal girl at the beginning. At first I thought it was a mystery, and then a romance. At 41 pages into the book there were already more than enough possibilities to have the gears in my mind spinning as I tried to figure out where Ms Duane will take the story nex
Jul 02, 2013 Kasey rated it liked it
Surface sucked me in from the opening scene, at first I wasn’t sure what to expect given that Theia was essentially getting kidnapped and the scene was from the kidnapper’s point of view. I’m glad it was because while I wasn’t a huge fan of Dumas from the beginning it definitely allowed me to see that he wasn’t pure evil. I liked Luc, I felt like he was a really good guy from the beginning, I didn’t like the insta-love between him and Theia. I can understand an immediate connection, but it just ...more
Selina Liaw
May 31, 2013 Selina Liaw rated it really liked it
Books & Sweet Epiphany

'Surface' grips your attention from the very beginning.
This is because its filled with action, mystery and suspense.

The beginning is really good because it made made me feel as if I'm hanging off the edge of the cliff.
It made me question a lot of things and 'Surface' really got my attention.

I love how Tiffany gave a twist to the whole mermaid-siren thing, the idea is fresh and its good.

However, I didn't really get the chemistry betw
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I writes stories about magick, love and dark creatures lurking in the shadows. I'm the author of Surface and the Coral & Bone series. When not lost in Editland, you can find me reading a book from my towering tbr pile or kicking back and watching movies with my family. I live on an island, in the Pacific Northwest, surrounded by mermaids that are much nicer than the ones found in my books.

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