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review 2017-06-02 03:16
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 2017-05-08 17:14
read the other books first!
Shifting Currents - L.M. Brown
Independent reviewer for Divine Magazine, I was gifted my copy of this book. This is book FOUR in the Mermen and Magic series. I have not read the other three. And I think maybe I should have, because I felt I was missing something. Something about the Gods and Goddesses waking that wasn't recapped here. That's just my opinion, and I can only give my opinion, but I really think it would have helped ME. Delwyn is a merman, and Oracle of the Past. He cannot see unless he is in a vision. what he enjoys the most is almost spying on lovers of old. Centuries ago, Fabian was Oracle of the Present. When Fabian catches Delwyn watching him and his lover, Delywn is shocked, but intrigued by the Altantean. They begin to spend more and more time together, til one day, they can be together for real. Mer-people books come through so rarely, and I had high hopes for this one, but that missing SOMETHING from not reading the other three books left me feeling a bit let down. Oh don't get me wrong, its still a really good book, and I did enjoy it, for the most part. I just . . . .ugh! I can't word it right, without making the book look bad, because it really ISN'T a bad book, not at all. I just needed that from the other books that isn't here, that's all! It's told from both Delwyn and Fabian's point of view, in the third person. I spotted no spelling or editing errors. And I really DID like it, I just didn't love it. Given time (she says, falling off her chair laughing!) I'll go back and read the other three books and come back to this one again. I just don't know when that's likely to happen. I can't see that I've read anything else by Brown, but I would like to read more. because of that SOMETHING missing from the other three books... 4 stars **same worded review will appear elsewhere**


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review 2016-12-20 16:10
Updrift - Errin Stevens


Updrift wasn't exactly what I was expecting, but it was still an enjoyable read. I guess I was expecting a little more action and fantasy in this book, and while it did ultimately deliver on both of these, it did take quite some time to really do so. BUT where these elements were lacking in the first half or so of the story, there was really strong character and relationship development. In my opinion this was probably the strongest element in this story. So while it wasn't quite what I was expecting, I still enjoyed the journey to get to the parts I was anticipating. I think there was a lot of exploration into coming of age, falling in love, being a friend, a daughter, a mother, an aunt, basically the whole family dynamic in general. Stevens develops and nurtures each relationship with a lot of time and care, and I appreciate that.






Once we got more into the fantasy elements of the story, I found it quite interesting. I really liked that the men (Sirens) were the feature here. I feel like so often with "mermaids" we are getting the female take on them, so it was nice to see Stevens' version with the Sirens taking the lead.






I liked the idea of them as a generally peaceful and devoted race. The fact that they mate for life was a sweet touch. I really enjoyed seeing a little of their home in the sea and their customs. Although I feel like there is a lot that could still be done with that aspect of the story. I had really high hopes for the world building here, but I feel as if there could have been more there. I would really love to see this world be expanded upon in the next book. I think that would take these books to a whole new level. All in all I enjoyed this book. I am looking forward to seeing what the next book, Breakwater holds in store!

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review 2016-07-03 11:58
really REALLY good read.
Prince Of The Sea - Jon Michaelsen
Independent reviewer for Divine Magazine, I was gifted my copy of this book.
Jonathan plans a romantic break with Paul, only to find Paul not coming. So Jonathon travels alone to the place he grew up in, and immerses himself in his memories. When he meets the handsome stranger on the shore, Jonathon is pulled into a world he knew nothing about. A world that cannot be exposed. A world that might mean Jonathon never sees his friend again. Darker forces are at work, though; forces that wish harm to the stranger's kind.
I haven't read many mer-people books, and its always nice to read something different. And this is different.
And it was good! Its written slightly differently. We get Jonathan, in the third person, and they we get some of those darker forces, and I was hoping we'd get the stranger too, which would have rounded it all off nicely, but we don't and this is why I can't stretch to 5 stars. This reason alone.
Its almost clean too, which, strangely for me, I really enjoyed! I do like a bit of sizzle and steam, and there isn't really any here. Passion and love, yes, but none of the sex. I really REALLY enjoyed that! Just goes to show, just because you love something in one book, you might not in another. And vice versa.
A very well written, well delivered, different story. I would like to read more by this author, and even better, if there is a follow on to this story.
I've tried to keep very vague so as not to give too much away. But this is a really good book! 4 stars
**same worded review will appear on Goodreads, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.com and BookLikes**


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