Breakwater by Catherine Jones Payne

Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult

Pages: 230ish

Expected Publication May 30th 2017 by Fathom Ink Press

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A red tide is rising.

Jade, a seventeen-year-old mermaid in the underwater city of Thessalonike, finds her world upended when her fiancé murders a naiad. As tensions surge between the mer and the naiads, Jade must navigate murky waters, negotiating her responsibilities as the daughter of one of the king’s most trusted advisors and her budding friendship with a naiad. But as she tries to fight the tide of anger in a city that lives for scandal, she discovers that danger lurks in every canal. If she fails to mend the divisions between their worlds, the upwelling of hate will threaten to rip apart everything she loves.


My Thoughts

After a severe let down by Deep Blue, I have been waiting and on the search for a Merfolk book that didn’t have me rolling my eyes constantly or wanting to lob the book across the room. [See my review for the reasons why I felt that way!]

I wish I could say that this book was refreshing, but it simply wasn’t. Jade came across as a shallow, self centered individual the moment the book opens, her ideals are frivolous and even as she is supposed to grow she is floundering [no pun intended.] The supporting roles add a distraction, rather than enrichment to the story.

For the first half of the book it is Jade wallowing in self pity and fretting over trivial things. There is room here to explore on the world, in fact, there were many missed opportunities to delve into the world, to show us Thessonalike on a larger scale or even present a deep, interesting view of political intrigue. While there is some it is [no pun intended,] shallow on many levels. I never felt invested in this story, likely because I felt it just skimmed the surface, sprinkled ideas and [ughhhh these punny things,] just continued to tread water.

The second part? I felt the same way, it only touched on surface issues, never really made me connect or feel as I were part of their world. Friendships were easily lost, love was cast aside and picked up again. I just felt terribly disconnected.

The story ended abruptly, so abruptly that I squinted and flicked backward on my ipad to ensure that I hadn’t skipped a part.

It was not living up to my hopes, but it also wasn’t terrible.

Do you have a favorite mermaid book? Share! I’m on the hunt for a great one.



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