Book Review: Drowning Mermaids By Nadia Scrieva

Author: Nadia Scrieva
Goodreads Summary: 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 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.

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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 never read anything like this before. Although this looks like  this is just a book about ‘mermaids’, it isn’t. Yes, there are mermaid-like creatures in it but that’s not really the focus of the book. Quite a lot of things happen over the course of the book, but it doesn’t feel rushed at all, just jam-packed full of excitement.

At first I thought that the romantic aspect was a bit weird because of the different ‘mermaid’/human age differences but I soon grew accustomed to it. The romance was quite subtle and even though it was an important plot line it wasn’t thrown in your face. I think the pairing between Aazuria and Trevain could’ve been developed a little better, but it was good nonetheless.

The characters were all extremely likeable and I admire the majority of them for their strong values when it comes to friends and family. I love that beneath the water the characters turn into different people but with the same basic traits because the secret identities make everything more exciting.

All in all, Drowning Mermaids was a fantastic book that took me by surprise and thoroughly entertained me. There are some major plot twists towards the end which were just so unexpected and that makes this book all the more entertaining! I would highly recommend it and I am looking forward to reading the next book!

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