Thursday, June 7, 2012

Blog Tour: Drowning Mermaids by Nadia Scrieva

About The Sacred Breath Series

A series of contemporary fantasy/sci-fi novels about a subspecies of human beings who can breathe underwater.  The "mermaids" must struggle to preserve their way of life and survive conflicts with other mermaid clans in the modern world, as they quickly adapt to using new technology.

The books focus on Adlivun, a submerged kingdom off the coast of Alaska which is comprised of glacial ice and volcanic caves.


Deep under Arctic waters lies an ice kingdom carved into a glacier. Those who dwell within it possess magnificent biological secrets. Due to the dangers of impending war, the Princess of Adlivun is forced to flee her undersea utopia and regroup with her sisters in Alaska.

Captain Trevain Murphy is a successful king crab fisherman who has spent his life building his empire above the sea, and knows nothing of the empire beneath it. When he meets a mysterious dancer whose father has recently died, he extends kindness towards her, unaware of her unique genetics and royal lineage.

Trevain's attraction to the enigmatic Aazuria Vellamo will involve him in dangerous designs that will forever change his life, and his perspective on himself and his world. He embarks on perilous journeys in which he will need to release all of his insecurities and inhibitions in order to survive.

Read an exciting excerpt:

It was his angel. He knew her, although she looked nothing like before. She was his Aazuria, his mythical heroine. In the dancing glow of the oil blaze, she was simply too dazzling to be real and he knew that he must be dying. As she hovered in suspension before him, her skin and hair were almost luminous in the dark water, almost phosphorescent. Perhaps she never had been real. It did not matter—she was firmly grasping his hands, and it sent a feeling of comfort and tranquility through him. He knew that she loved him.

He could see forgiveness and acceptance in her expression. None of the turmoil between them mattered any longer in this pacific moment. In her benevolent gaze, he could finally forgive himself. He smiled at her, although his vision was fading, and the world was disappearing. He tightly gripped her hands to thank her for coming back for him. He could not bear the thought of letting go; he did not want to be robbed of her touch. He tried to keep his eyes open for as long as possible, to keep looking into her unfamiliar ultramarine orbs. So this was what she really looked like, in her element. He wished he could have known her true form. It was mystical.

Trevain could imagine no better way to die. No better sight to see the last time he closed his eyes. A peaceful smile descended on his face, and the captain’s tired eyes closed for what he knew to be the last time ever.

  My Review:
I was looking forward to reading Drowning Mermaids since we don't get to read a lot about any kind of life under the sea.  I expected Drowning Mermaids to be a light read, I had no idea why I expected that! ;)
    After having finished reading the ARC weeks ago, I can ruminate on the fact that I actually liked it.  (Hindsight is a weird thing).  It was a slow read for me at first but after a couple days of putting it down every so often after reading some pages, I got into it a little.
            The romance between Trevain and Aazuria is unlikely but it works somehow.   The writing to me was somewhat choppy and young in the fact that every detail was explained.  I loved hearing about Alaska though since I have always wanted to go there.  And until the very last page, Nadia keeps you in suspense which in turn keeps you turning the pages.  In the end, I'd give it 3 stars.  Not my cup of tea, but it could be someone elses's

Nadia will be awarding a "Drowning Mermaids" beer mug to one randomly drawn commenter on the tour as well as bookmarks to randomly drawn commenters at every stop.


  A Little About The Author

Nadia Scrieva was born in 1988 in Toronto, Canada. She studied English and Anthropology, graduating with an Honors B.A. from the University of Toronto in 2011. She likes knives. Her female characters are powerful in every sense of the word, and her males have complexity and depth. 

Writing has been the most meaningful part of her life since she was a child; she was raised by books more than her parents. She communicated with paper (and eventually Microsoft Word) more than she ever did with her friends.

Nadia has an addiction to receiving feedback from readers, so do not hesitate to contact her with any of your comments, questions, ideas or just to say hello!


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