Sunday, 27 May 2018

Shearwater by D.S. Murphy

They found the dead girl on my birthday.
And I'm not entirely sure that her killer isn't the boy I just tried to kiss.

The longer I spend in Ireland, the deeper my life seems to unravel. Whisperings of a dark secret that caused my mother to flee from her homeland. Run-ins with a pair of undeniably handsome and strangely mysterious guys. A sleep-walking adventure that nearly got me killed. The nearness of the moon and the ocean would be almost romantic, if I wasn't being hunted for powers I didn't know I possessed.

 Not everything in mythology is just a story.
♆ Not every fairy-tale is harmless.
♆ Magic is very, very real... but so are the monsters from your worst nightmares.

Now I'm being chased by immortals, hunted by wizards, and forced to pick sides in a supernatural war I want no part of.

I might be the only one who can stop it.
But it will mean giving up the one thing my heart can't bear to lose.

If any book can be described as Twilight meets the Little Mermaid then it is this one. I think this read came at the perfect time for me as I have just started to watch the TV series Siren so I went into mermaid overload for the last week. 

Clara has had a pretty tough time of it when she has to move to Ireland she has to learn about herself, her new friends and her family. It is a lot for he to take on but some how she manages it. 

I particularly liked the new take on folk tales and stories that exist in Ireland and the writing style certainly gives us a whole ton of information which allows us to keep up with what is going on. Even going back to Greek mythology which is my favourite. 

I liked most of the character. Sebastian was interesting, I enjoyed that he never pretended to be something he wasn't. I liked Clara I thought she was relate-able but I wish she was a bit more of something. I'm not sure what but she was a little but lacking for me.
I didn't like the mean Girls and even Clara's friend I thought they were quite 2 Dimensional but then again maybe they will develop as the series continues. 

Unlike other reviewers I found that the more I stuck with the book the better it got. I really wasn't that bothered by the book at the beginning and I did really have to stick with it but as I got maybe 80/100 pages in I was enjoying the story. 

I did also think that the twists were a little predictable but I did still enjoy the story and It is always exciting to find a new author that I enjoy. I would recommend this book as there are not tons of mermaid tales (Pardon the pun) around. 

Thanks For Reading
Em x

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for giving me a copy of this book for a fair and honest review

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