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review 2017-06-02 03:16
BREAKWATER BY: ERRIN STEVENS
Breakwater - Errin Stevens

I liked that the fantasy element was much more prominent in Breakwater. I also appreciated that the same level of care was given to the characters. Quite honestly that still remains my favorite thing in this series. It is clear the author spends a great deal of time and detail developing well rounded and mostly well liked characters and intricate relationships. I think Stevens truly shines there.

 

I liked seeing some of the characters that we met in the first book, Updrift, in this one, playing larger roles. And I seeing some new characters that we were introduced to in Breakwater. I do think that there was a lot more going on in Breakwater too, plot wise. Maybe even a little too much with the many sub plots taking place. It was a page turner, but could leave your head spinning a little at times.

 

All in all this was a good read and I enjoyed it. I look forward to seeing what happens with everyone in the next book!

 

 

I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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review 2017-06-01 15:59
Giveaway – Breakwater by Catherine Jones Payne @cjonespayne @YABoundToursPR
Breakwater - Catherine Jones Payne

I love mermaids, so I was very excited to get my hands on this one.

 

I love the fabulous cover…and the story inside.

 

Cover by Kirk DouPonce

 

 

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Breakwater
by Catherine Jones Payne
Genre: YA Fantasy/Mermaids
Release Date: May 30th 2017
Fathom Ink Press

 

MY REVIEW

 

I love the gorgeous cover for Breakwater by Catherine Joyce Payne.

 

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 cancelled…by her.

 

“I’m here to report a murder.” – Jade.

 

The murder has drawn lines in the sand and there are threats and danger at every turn.

 

Jade is from a high caste in the mer society, unaware of the reality of life for those less fortunate than her. She wants to do the right thing, is friendly with those from a lower caste than herself and begins to learn that there is so much more to life than she ever thought possible.

The mers are the same as us, yet different…love, hate, political intrigue, betrayal, murder..Even mers face hard choices and sacrifice.

 

What a fabulous storyline. I didn’t anticipate the direction Catherine Joyce Payne would take with the story and I am loving everything, amazed at the originality and detailed descriptions.

 

The mystery is solved, but there is so much more of the story to be told and I am curious to see how Jade grows and develops.

 

I voluntarily reviewed a free copy of Breakwater by Catherine Joyce Payne.

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review 2016-07-17 19:41
July/Aug 2016 InD'tale Magazine review #4
Breakwater Beach - Carole Ann Moleti

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text 2015-10-12 13:56
Reading progress update: I've read 100%.
Breakwater (The Elemental Series ) (Volume 2) - Shannon Mayer

Lark and Bella take-on the Deep in this installment, and the author nailed all things Urdine with heart pounding shark fights, and even a Kraken! It was nice seeing the sisters' relationship develop into something less dysfunctional, officially meeting Peta for the first time, and things are progressing at a decent pace with Ash too. Full review to follow. ~4,5 Stars

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review 2015-07-12 19:25
Review: Breakwater (The Elemental Series #2) by Shannon Mayer
Breakwater (The Elemental Series Book 2) - Shannon Mayer

Another Shannon Mayer series that has just grabbed me and sucked me in again! I'm so glad there doesn't appear to be a large wait between books!!

What I liked: The characters and the Elementals' politics is mind blowing. One moment up and then crisis after crisis is happening not just in Larkspur's world but with the other Elemental worlds too. It's hard to figure out just who are allies and who is the enemy.

At first I was a bit unclear what was going on with Larkspur's father, the King, but Ms Mayer weaves the storyline very well. It's a bit convoluted but it makes so many more possibilities for the author to use in the further development. 


In Breakwater, Larkspur and her half-sister, Belladonna, are sent on a mission to "The Deep" Yep, underwater Elementals. Just think of all the possibilities of controlling the water and everything in it, to a point. Belladonna is being sent as the new ambassador to the Deep as the previous one appears to be missing. Larkspur is sent as Belladonna's bodyguard. 

The treachery begins as soon as the sisters arrive. Someone is trying to kill them. Here is where part of the twists and turns begin. The acting King of the Deep, Requiem, is just plain evil with no redeeming qualities. He is not the heir but has taken control and no one seems to be able to reach the rightful heir, Finley.

The action is fast and furious, the enemy is known and unknown and Requiem is up to more than taking control of the Deep. Out of nowhere, Ash, Larkspur's fellow Ender and mentor arrives to help, or is he there for another reason. Maybe, their father doesn't want Larkspur and Bella returning from the Deep at all. Who to trust, or is there anyone at all to trust is the better question.

I really liked the hint of romance at the end!!

What I didn't like: It's not so much what I didn't like but a gentle warning to prospective readers. There are a lot of characters to keep track of and whether they are allies or enemies can depend on the time of day. It's complicated! 

Another series from Ms Mayer that will go on my auto-buy list.

Highly Recommended but read the first book, Recurve, prior to this one!!!!!

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