A red tide is rising.
As the daughter of one of the mer-king’s trusted advisors, seventeen-year-old Jade has great responsibilities. When her fiancé murders a naiad, plunging the underwater city of Thessalonike into uproar, tensions surge between the mer and the naiads. Jade learns too late that the choices she makes ripple further than she'd ever i ...more
I thought Breakwater was going to be a quick, light, and easy read – I was wrong on two out of three. Sure, I did finish the book in two days, but it definitely wasn’t light and easy. In fact, it was a lot more political than I ever expected a mermaid story could be. But I actually really appreciated it – the book feels very topical.
In the city of Thessalonike, two races live uneasily together – races known as the mer and the naiads. The naiads have water powers that scare the mer, so t ...more
I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.
I was already seen as a naiad-lover.
Jade is the daughter of one of the mer-king's closest advisers. Growing up in a life of privilege and opulence, she knows little of struggle and inequality---other than the fact that her father was killed trying to fight it.
Engaged to Tor, she prepares for her future with him---until she stumbles upon him in the courtyard, holding a ...more
Can we start with this cover *swoon* SOOOO beautiful! I love it!!! I am an absolute cover snob, and this shiny beacon caught my attention right away!
In addition to a beautiful cover, Breakwater was a great book. It has a new and startlingly unique spin on mermaids, and if you haven't joined the merworld yet, this is the perfect book to get you started. I love young adult books, they are actually my goto genre, but this one was a bit to ...more
But as you can see, I didn't rate it five stars ... because I was so very disappointed in Jade and her mother for their decisions at the end of the book. *is still reeling from it all*
Breakwater is book one to a series called ...more
Just look at the cover
Ins’t it gorgeous???
Yeah once you have finished admiring it you can move on… take your time ^.^
Everything was new to me in this book that grabbed me since the very beginning and it did not disappoint me until the very end end. I loved the way the author displayed the main characters and focused on som ...more
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I made a request for this e-arc from Netgalley at a time when I didn't know what I wanted to read. When I saw the cover I was intrigued because the last mermaid themed book I read was Deep Blue which I, surprisingly, came to like. So much so that I read the entires series so with that thought in mind I wondered if lightening could strike twice?.......... As a heads up, it ...more
Honestly, I'm still on the wall with this. I love the cover to pieces, but reading this book made me realize that this could have been so much better.
I know I've been putting RTC on the last few reviews, but this one I will really need to think on... maybe read again since I don't remember half of the book. *sigh*
I'm not a person who DNFs books lightly – I make it a point to push through as much as possible but I have a breaking point, I really do. And I admit I'm a person who suffers from being intrigued by books with gorgeous covers – the term "don't judge a book by its cover," however, is a good warning I should have heeded in the opposite sense of what it means. This book, for me, failed miserably in several areas of what I think makes a book good.
The concept was great; it had the foundatio ...more
The world-building was really fascinating and loved the ways the author brings Jade's world to life. Kiki was so cool and totally made me want to have a pet dolphin! I thought it might be a little strange reading a story where everything takes place under water, but it wasn't nearly ...more
Also, this book provides an approachable way to discuss the issue ...more
I have to say I was pleasantly surprised by Catherine Payne's Breakwater. Surprised because the first 10 minutes of the book left me skeptical. As the summary discloses, our story begins with our heroine, Jade, finding a murdered naiad in the arms of her fiancé. But before we get right into action, we catch a tiny glimpse of Jade's character through her inner monologue that gave me cause for concern.
"Of course, she’s ...more
This is exactly the kind of Christian-produced fantasy I'm ever searching to read:
- A unique fantasy world with awesome settings and believable cultural worldbuilding?
- Characters who aren't predictable and yet are always authentic as to who they're supposed to be?
- A plot featuring a number of unique and unexpected twists that keep the story constantly moving?
- And, most importantly, relevant themes and thematic questions that are difficult, painful, and yet utterly important f ...more
But I was impressed. By the end of the first chapter, the story turned from "cutesy mermaid gonna get married" to murder most foul. The main character is a teenager and is realistically presented as such. She's 17, a little naive, and trying to do the right thing, but bumbles her way into crisis after crisis, often accidentally making things worse. And yet, with all her lack of self-awareness at times, she's sympathetic, and ...more
Though I enjoyed Breakwater for the most part, I felt like I was missing more imagery and details about this underwater w ...more
Oh my goodness, mermaids. Catherine (I sorry, I tried to call her Ms. Payne, it just didn't work in my ...more
The story of Jade and her life underwater was a very interesting one. There's politics plot to destroy and a very vivid, colorful underwater world. I liked the premise of the book, but what kept me hook to the story was the constant race against time in order to save everyone.
Needless to say the reason I also loved this book was because the underwater city where Jade lives is named Thes ...more
Ive read similar plots many times before and I totally saw the missing naiad ...more
Jade broke the engagement she had with Tor after seeing him hold the dead body of a naiad. He confessed and asked her not to tell anyone about the murder. She knew where her moral code would stand by.
She reported the murder to the inspector and her normal life is now turned to a nightmare. Lies, questions, violence and treachery threatens her search for the truth. Will she be strong enough to handle the situation or would...more
Breakwater hooked me from the start, and left me wanting more. I couldn't put it down! The main character, Jade, has to make a lot of hard decisions when she finds out her fiancee is a killer. I was especially interested in Jade and Pippa's friendship, and I hope we get more of that in the next book. No spoilers, but the ending chapters made me cry. ...more
Oh…to be able to fly through the sea, jump with the dolphins, skim the sandy bottom of the ocean…
The writing is spectacular, so creative and descriptive that I am able to visualize things and they play like a movie in my ming. Imagine, if you will, a feeder being surrounded by sea horses instead of hummingbirds. Your garden is full of colorful coral instead of flamboyant flowers.
A dead naiad is the reason for Jade’s wedding being ...more
This was an interesting read, think Law and Order with mermaids. The main focus of the story is about a trial for murder that involves the fiance of the main character. Jade is a seventeen year old mermaid who is engaged to a captain in the mer guard. At a party at her fiance’s house, she finds him holding the body of a dead naiad girl. Tor, her fiance, admits to killing the girl, and th ...more
I have given this book four stars; in consideration of the age which I am reviewing for.
First off, the cover is beautiful, a good cover can draw a reader in to the book and Catherine has superbly accomplished this task. Secondly, a reader will want to pick up a book if it looks unique, and lets face it, there are not many books with Mermaid's on the cover, and for this I am thrilled for the book!
This book is rated as Te ...more
Really loved this cover and even though the mermaid looks a little too seductive for my taste in this picture, it's still so beautiful! Had no idea what to expect with this book and there's only two reasons I would pass up a fantasy book that grabs my attention with a cover like this one, it's either too boring or offensive for my reading taste. I can honestly say this book was NEITHER and I read it while having a cold :) I couldn't turn the pages quickly enough and Breakwater def ...more
(view spoiler)[The premise is typical. The merpeople are the superior race and there are tensions between them and the lesser naiads in an underwater metropolis. A girl from the upper crust of the merpeople finds compassion and fights for the underdog, and finds herself in the process.
I just couldn't get into it. There were a lot ...more
Breakwater features young Jade, a high class mermaid with a strong sense of justice. Like the description says, she faces a life-changing choice when she finds her fiancé with a dead naiad in his arms.
Many YA series follow a young protagonist leaving family and hometown, finding themselves in an alien land or through foreign magics. In a refreshing change of pace, Breakwater's Jade resists the urge to flee for ne...more
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