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Author: Kiri R. Newton
Publisher: Bookpal Australia
Tags: New Adult, Paranormal, Romance, Mermaids
Source: A copy was made avalable by the author in exchange for an honest review
Hearts: ♥ ♥ ♥
For far too long these sailor-drowning, ship-sinking sea sirens have been portrayed as happy, peaceful creatures who want nothing more than to fall in love with a prince and live happily ever after. Undertow is an unconventional twist on one of the oldest mythological creatures known to man.
When Zoe boards the plane, on her way to college, little does she know how much her life will change. Her plane crashes, while she’s on the toilet and there’s no way for her to escape her death trap… But the next thing she knows, she’s on a deserted island. With a hot naked young man. Did she go to paradise?
The truth is more bizarre than she could ever comprehend. The young man is no angel, but a
mermaid merman. A merman who resurrected her, cause she did die in that toilet. On top of that he transformed her into a mermaid. Zoe finds this a bit hard to believe till she sees her own tail and is able to breathe underwater.
She spends a great, dreamy day with the merman, called Josiah, till his family shows up. Who aren’t exactly trilled to find out that their son converted a human. And Zoe isn’t exactly happy to find out that Josiah bit her in order to gain immortality. So when his father orders Josiah to send her back to the humans, she has no problem following it. She doesn’t want to stay with someone who uses her!
Josiah, however, thinks otherwise, as he turns up in her office a couple of years later. A month before she’s about to marry Daniel…
Wow! A vampire mermaid! Haven’t heard of that one. Although they technically don’t drink blood, but with their sharp pointy teeth and the bite that is needed to convert a human, I’m still convinced they are vampire mermaids (or man 😉 ) ^^ This is so not like the stereotype! And wait, there’s even more! There are even different tails! Like the different kinds of skin color we humans have, merpeople have different kinds of tails. For example merpeople from the north-pole have a seal-like tail and the people from the North sea have a more eel-like. There’s also a vast history, which at times crosses ours. I finally got to know the truth behind Poseidon’s and other mythological creatures story. I like it when an author uses the known and creates something entirely new ^^
The story was pretty good, I enjoyed it more than I thought I would. The beginning immediately captured my attention, but it wavered when Zoe meets Josiah. I couldn’t place that part of the story at first. I had a hard time understanding why and only saw the whole much, much later. Only then, could I fully comprehend what exactly happened and what the consequences would be. This lack of knowledge left me confused a great part of the story. Which in turn made me enjoy it less.
I had also some trouble with the romance in this book. Or lack there off. I just didn’t feel the attraction Josiah and Zoe had going on. It felt more like they were good friends or siblings than a couple. There was no fluttering or looks, just a warm loving feeling. So I was a bit disappointed, till I read the ending. With a major cliffhanger and where I could suddenly feel everything that was missing. But with no explanation to why I couldn’t seem to find this earlier…
3 HEARTS. I found myself in a story that was a bit confusing at times, but it still managed to capture me. There was a whole new kind of mermaid: the vampire mermaid and an intriguing history, which at times renewed my look on mythology. My favorite ^^ The romance was a bit dull until I got to the cliffhanger.Only then, it was finally turned on full force, but it left me hanging as to how the story could have ended that way (as usual with cliffhangers -.- ), so I’m looking forward to the next book!
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About Kiri R. Newton
Its weird right but as an author I could tell you about my characters inside out and yet when people ask me to talk about myself I go all quiet. Anyways, here I go.
I am a child of ‘91 born in Jandowae, a tiny little town out past Dalby. When I was five my parents decided to pack everything up and move to Tonga in the South Pacific after Dad visited there and mum fell in love with the place after reading a book about it. So I grew up in a third world country, fluent in a second language by the time I was eight and lived amongst the locals who I was friends with.
When I was thirteen my father passed away and due to the fact that the government refused to pay my mum a pension over there like they did my father, we were forced to move back to Australia.
As for my writing career, I started writing progressively longer short stories in Grade 5 where one teacher noted on my report card that ‘I had unique ideas and an unusual talent’. By Grade 7 I had completed my first novel a post-apocalyptic fiction where cats are the highest life form and live basically as we do and follows the lives of a litter of cats, the characters based on a litter of cats belonging to my neighbour. I continued writing different things from horsey stories to Phantom of the Opera fan-fiction right through my teenage years, nothing serious, mostly just a lot of scribbling.
In Grade 12 I realized that if I was going to be serious about being a writer I needed to finish stories, not just have a lot of random scribbles to my name. So forgoing all my assignments I finished my second book called Dynamite which is an Australiana tale about a racehorse. Two years later I went on holidays to Fiji, came home and three months later Undertow was completed. In the middle there I wrote a Tolkien-esque fantasy epic called The Dark Assassin with my now ex-boyfriend. The year after that I completed Hazardous, which will be my next published title.
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