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Drowning Mermaids

(Sacred Breath #1)

3.46  ·  Rating details ·  1,971 ratings  ·  221 reviews
She is an elegant princess displaced from her home. He is a rough sea captain with a heart of gold...

To escape the war in her underwater kingdom, the noble 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, with her feisty red-haired bodyguard at her side. This refug
Paperback, 316 pages
Published July 19th 2012 by Smashwords (first published January 15th 2012)
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Nope. I kept trying and trying and at this point I really need to cut my losses and walk away. DNF at 27%.

This books' biggest flaw is its prose. Dear god, its prose.

She was too young, too young for him to behold in the nude!

When her lips opened to allow the phonemes to travel forth, they emerged with a slight accent Trevain could not place.

"That's due to the deterioration of the quality of communication between men and women in this society. It's really quite markedly manifest."

"Shanked?... Wher
DNF @ 90%

It wasn’t bad, honestly. Sometimes it was almost a good book and I laughed. But then other times I hated it.

The MC constantly demanded that she would never visit this guy again and says that she always keeps her word, but then she sees him again. And again. Even after he hurts her and is a dick. The side characters were fun, but too many people ‘died’ and then it turned out that they were in critical condition but could live. And one character (the main male character) was a real dick
Anna Marie
Mar 09, 2013 rated it it was ok
After reading three English books in a row (Regency/Georgian), I decided a fantasy would be a good choice. So... what's more laced with fantasy than a mermaid tale? I thought it was a YA novel, when I got it, but beware - it's *NOT* for young people. Having said...

This book would've been a better read if it were written by a different author. This writer must be an awful person, because regardless of how much research into mythology she did, her 'voice' kept bubbling up like cess that stank. She
Feb 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: my-reviews, ya, fantasy
Nadia Scrieva has created a whole new world just below our world, i.e. an underwater kingdom, which is beautiful as well as equally deadly. Hats off to the author, for her bewildering imagination powers and also, how bravely and smartly she represented her imagination to us readers, which makes it hard for us to not believe. In fact, it seems before giving life to this fantasy underwater kingdom, the author has sincerely done all her research and has also shared those details with us, as result ...more
Melody Mol
Mar 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Harry Potter enchanted Wizards, Drowning Mermaids enchanted Mermaids. The vivid imagery and sharpness of the characters put you right into the story. I finished this book being thankful to live in Florida, because I wanted to take a swim! The author has a way of breathing life into the experiences you read about in the story that is utterly invigorating. In the way that Rowling ruffled our imagination with the possibility that wizards live among us and maybe *we* could be a wizard, Nadia has don ...more
Being up to my eyeballs in painkillers thanks to some extremely painful back problems, I thought I’d turn to some brain candy whilst I convalesce. Unfortunately, Drowning Mermaids was more fit for rotting the brain and I can only assume that the high rating this has garnered on Goodreads must mean that every other reader was on far stronger painkillers than I, with the highest dosage having been taken by the writer just before she started scribbling as most of this book made no freaking sense wh ...more
Heather Boustead
Drowning Mermaids
Sacred Breath Book One
By Nadia Scrieva

Captain Trevain Murphy and his crew are drowning their sorrows in a strip joint after losing one of their own. One of the dancers manages to capture his attention she seems to be well trained in ballet and is dancing to beautiful opera music and Trevain cannot take his eyes off of her but Trevain sees her as a young girl, she looks like she is 18, and he is in his fifties and when she tells him that she is six hundred and three he laughs it
Apr 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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 ju ...more
May 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
"Deep under Artic waters lies an ice kingdom carved into a glacier. Those who dwell within it possess magnificient biological secrets. 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 beneathe it."

This book had me from the first page to the last. Aazuria and the rest of the mermaids are so well written you can just close your eyes and picture them. I love the fact that these mermaids don't have fis
Mar 01, 2014 rated it liked it
The premise of the story was fantastic. Unfortunately there were a few things that kept me from wanting to read the next book in the series. It starts out so slow. The hook is not present at the beginning, and by the time I got to the hook I just wanted it to end. The only thing that kept me remotely interested was the relationship between the sisters. There were quite a few grammatical flaws, which, had I paid money for the book I would have been upset about. The third person perspective was of ...more
Apr 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This was one of the more enjoyable reads that I have had in a long time. The story was very captivating and I devoured the book in no time at all. Have already started her next book.
Laura Hartley
Jul 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
I was immediately drawn in by the title 'Drowning Mermaids', I mean, how can a mermaid drown? I rushed my way through this book, unable to put it down and I read it all in just one sitting. It is a really readable book that is well written and well thought out. I'd say that the plot description is a very broad way of describing this story and doesn't come close to what it is actually about. Drowning Mermaids is so much more than what it is described as.

The plot is absolutely fantastic and I've n
Sofia Wren
May 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
If there is anything that captures my attention, it's mermaids. I found this book to be engaging, intelligent and well crafted. The author Nadia Scrieva has a BA in Anthropology and English. It shows. Plot, pacing and editing are all well done. Interesting anthropological tidbits are sprinkled in. At first I became confused with the characters as there are a number of relatives. However, as I read I found them all to be unique, and tied together through the story.

Drowning Mermaids opens from th
Full review at Smart Bitches, Trashy Books

So apparently, in addition to being the Knitter in Residence here at SBTB, I am also the the aquatic romance reviewer. When Amanda sent me a book about a mermaid stripper, you know I had to read that, right? It’s as crazy-sauce as I could have hoped.

The book is about Aazuria, a mermaid princess who lived in an undersea ice palace and who is now destitute after her murdering her dad. To be fair, her dad is like King Triton meets Mommy Dearest so he pretty
Thomas Bernal
Apr 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
We've all heard the mermaid myth: sultry sirens subduing sailors into a salty seabound sepulchre, if you'll pardon my alliteration. Ms. Scrieva uses a Darwinian approach to the lore that is refreshing and scientific. Her treatment of the mermaid mythos does not concern itself with an origin story as much as present the current day plight of the undersea kingdoms they inhabit. It follows the voyage of self-discovery of one rugged, experienced, Alaskan crab fishing boat captain who internalizes th ...more
Sascha Korshunov
Feb 17, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Drowning Mermaids is a very good story. It was the first piece of fiction I've read by this author, and I am thoroughly pleased with the purchase.

The story opens up a vivid description of one of its main characters having a particularly bad night. The detail borders on poetic, and immediately sucks you, keeping you turning the pages because it simply does not feel like work to read it. The storytelling is organic and does not feel like the ever looming "rules of writing" plagued the writer in a
Apr 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I won a copy of Drowning Mermaids in a Goodreads giveaway so I would like to say thank you to the author Nadia Scrieva for signing & sending it to me.

I thought this novel was unlike anything I have read before & I mean that in a very good way! Aazuria Vellamo is a mermaid who has come onto land with her sisters to earn money & escape danger. She works as a dancer in a strip club & meets Captain Trevain Murphy. Lets just say they hit it off & become rather close but will he di
Oct 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: got-ebook
So I started this Wednesday afternoon and finished it 3:30am on Thursday. Whoops.

Mermaids are actually two legged humans that have adapted to live under the sea. There's not just one city under the sea, there's multiple countries.

There were parts that I was kind of annoyed with and I expected a few things.

But there were parts that really surprised me and I couldn't put it down. So 5/5.
Dec 26, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle-owned
DNF. I don't even know at what percentage. Lots of talking, of inter monologues and nothing else. I don't have the patience to deal with that.
Jul 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
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 recently d
Jul 29, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The threat of impending wars looms in the distance, something Aazuria Vellamo, Princess of Adlivun, does her best to try and avoid. Unfortunately, that's easier said than done. After years of oppression, she has finally gained freedom for both herself and her beloved sisters. In her heart, this is the best gift any of them could ever have. Yet she knows it's a matter of time before they're forced to confront the harsh realities they've left behind.

Settling into her new life in Soldotna, Alaska,
Brenda A
Mar 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Drowning Mermaids is amazing. It has the same idea as many Y.A. stories, one of love between a female mermaid and a man from land. This is still present here, but it's done fantastically and with little variances that make it original and remarkable.

The first thing I really want to mention is that I loved Trevain. I admit that I think the reason I found myself rooting for him in the beginning was because he was fifty and alone. I have a particular soft spot for the older generations, and while I
Joe Kendall
So this book was interesting and different from what I normally read. It is a different spin on mermaids, they being basically humans and not fishy at all. Also the fact that the lungs just work under water, and not gills needed. It was cool that it took place in Alaska and that for the most part things seemed to be accurate on that part.

The story starts off in a strip joint. The captain of a crabbing vessel has just lost a crew member to see and he and his crew are trying to blow off some stea
Danae Ringsby
Jan 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
Trevain Murphy, is Captain of a fishing boat who has never had a crew member disappear from his boat in a long time, when one of his crew members becomes missing and then later believed to be dead Trevain becomes extremely depressed. So in an attempt to boost the sprites of his crew he follows them to a local gentleman’s club where he makes eye contact with an entertainer named Undina, when the two of them make eye contact Trevain can’t keep his eyes off the stage no matter how hard he tries whe ...more
Aug 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This was my first book about mermaids and I really enjoyed it! I came across this book on the internet and when I saw who the author was I immediately added it to my reading list. I loved her book Paramount when I read that. I didn't realize this was the first in a series so now my reading list is even longer!

When my friends would ask me what I was reading and I would try to explain it cliff notes style they would all chuckle. It's about a group of mermaids, they're all sisters and they came to
Katie Daniels
Apr 11, 2014 rated it liked it
This book really surprised me by being substantially less lame than anticipated, as evidenced by the fact that I actually finished it. I obtained it as a free Kindle book, but I do not remember who recommended it to me, where, when or why. If you would like to take credit, please let me know. I started reading it out of idle curiosity because there were very few reading options on my newly acquired phone. I expected to put it down after half a chapter, because I was expecting a romance.

Sarah-Jayne Briggs
Sep 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
(This review may contain spoilers).

I was a little unsure about what to make of this book. In some respects, I've grown rather tired of paranormal romance - and I've definitely gone off vampire romances. I found out about this series when I was looking at giveaways on here and read about it... and the whole concept was interesting and rather unique.

After a few false starts, I finally got into this book. I liked the characters and there were several moments where I actually laughed out loud. The s
Bobby Treat
Feb 04, 2013 rated it it was ok
4 stars for the basic concept, 3 for the overall story arc, and 1 for the execution thereof. Whatever could have been good is ruined by meandering dialogue -- for instance, repeating a point over and over within a chapter.

The first scenes give the impression that Trevain is smart and self-aware. He's an accomplished fisherman, savvy enough to have made himself fabulously wealthy. But everything he says to Zuri, from beginning to end is either stupid (abysmally so), insensitive and tone-deaf, or
Jul 02, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I rather enjoyed this book, probably because I feel a little bit of an affinity with mermaids. I'm a water sign and I've always felt more at home in the water. Drowning Mermaids has both a strong female and male character neither which overpowers each other. It includes family components with siblings grandmother's aunts etc.
The characters actually put thought into an action before taking it. Adorable little love story, where in the end the male become the king of the kingdom which he marries in
Jun 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I just finished this book. I have to say I was skeptical at first, unsure how this mermaid story was going to make sense. I was really pleased to be sucked in to the story, and carried away to this magical land. Couldn't ask for more!!!! And SO happy that it's already an established series... On to book #2!!!
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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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