Friday, November 04, 2016

Book Review: SHEARWATER by D. S. Murphy


SHEARWATER (Ocean Depths Book One)
BY: D. S. Murphy

Published: January 19, 2016 by Urban Epics

Genres: Mermaids, Fae, Suspense, Murder Mystery, Mystery, Foreign Countries (Ireland), Romance, YA (Young Adult), Family Drama, Paranormal, Fantasy, Mythology, Impending Doom

Rating: 4.6 out of 5 (Rounded to 5)
Overview: 
Shearwater is a young adult mermaid novel that will appeal to lovers of paranormal romance, urban fantasy, witches, Irish mythology, and supernatural folklore. 

After her parents die in a car accident, 15-year old Clara Clark is shipped off to live with a grandfather she never knew existed... in Ireland. Once there, she discovers that her mother’s past is filled with secrets. Determined to discover the truth about her mother, a string of strange incidents cause her to question her sanity. As the mystery deepens, she begins going through changes of her own, until she’s not sure just who – or what – she is anymore. 

Then she meets the charming Sebastian, who won’t leave her alone, and the brooding Ethan, who can’t stand to be around her. Both of them seem to have supernatural powers, and she’s not quite sure whether they want to kiss her or kill her. When a shocking revelation destroys everything she thought she knew, she's forced to choose... whether to cling to the last of her humanity, or venture into the deep abyss in search of her true identity. 

I watched the colored lights and sparkles coming off of Sebastian in the dark water, as the ocean began the process of rebuilding his tail. I longed to join him in the water, to wrap my arms around him and let him carry me under the sea; but I wasn’t ready. For him, the ocean was a home; for me it was death. Without being able to transform, the ocean depths would suffocate me, the pressure collapse my bones and flesh. 

Explore the magical coast of Northern Ireland, and a new interpretation of the Tuatha de Danann, the Fomorians, and mermaid mythology. 

An innovative paranormal romance with a brand new magical system, and a version of mermaid biology that actually makes sense. 

This is PART ONE of the first book (Shearwater), of the Ocean Depths Series. 

Here's a teaser for the epic conclusion: Clara is in the middle of a war between two ancient cultures, and she just might be the key to saving humanity from extermination. Can she negotiate a peace before everyone she cares about is murdered? Or will she give up what she wants most, to save the one she loves?

Review:

I am a sucker for a pretty cover. You know this. So when I saw the cover of Shearwater, I had to stop and learn more. Then I read the words mermaid, Ireland and paranormal romance. SOLD. You had me at mermaid.



The online reviews don't do the book justice and I'm not sure why. It was fantastic. The characters wrapped me up and absorbed my attention like fifteen year old boys at a PlayStation display with free hamburgers. I was constantly second guessing people and their intentions. 

Clara was a bit of a Debbie Downer at first. You couldn't really blame her though. Her parents... dead. Her whole life ripped up and sent in a completely foreign (ha ha) direction. (Sorry, couldn't help myself there.) She was definitely acting like your typical fifteen year old. (No offense out there.) She started off rejecting the changes and the new people in her life. Her grandfather especially. Did I mention the school uniform? Uh, yeah... not her favorite thing.


However, place, people and things aren't what they seem. And our Clara develops rather quickly, learning she needs to not jump to conclusions and assumptions. The adjusting was challenging and she felt so out of place. There were certain people that were openly hostile to her for no reason. Everything around her opened up new questions about her mother and why she left Ireland. Not to mention that she had events happen that would scare the crap out of you. Weird and spooky things. 

Clara turns out to be a fighter. She tossed off the "why me" attitude and got down to business. Who am I? Why am I here? What are the connections between these people and my mom? Why did this local girl die? She pulled up her big girl pants and developed beautifully as a main character. 


 
We all have or will face major upheaval in our lives. How we face them is a true test of our character. Clara had to face death, moving, new school, new family, new friends, everything she thought was true and changes in the very DNA of herself. That's a lot to handle. 

Good thing she quickly developed friendships. Ethan, Jackie and Derry became anchors in her life, and cohorts in crime as they tried to solve the multiple mysteries surrounding them. Aedan was your typical rough teddy bear grandfather figure. However, he did lend some mystery to the story. 

D. S. Murphy grew his characters  with so many layers. He enveloped the reader in detail and descriptions. The suspense and the relationships were both organic and well thought out. Murphy paced the release of clues and revelations, keeping the tension throughout the book. Then there was Sebastian. I really liked him. He was carefully crafted and I felt I got to know him more throughout the book, not the "here-you-go" drop like others do. He turned out to be loyal, stubborn and I loved his quirks... like his car.

My one suggestion would be to better incorporate the accent of the locals and their terminology. When a book doesn't use the accent in dialogue, it's hard for me to keep the American accent out of my head when reading.  

The ending. Oh Lord.


The last chapter had me going nuts. There was drop after drop of bombshells. The cliffhanger ending had me running to my computer to frantically search for book two. Which isn't out yet.

Oh. My. Precious.



My husband laughed at me because I looked frantic. I NEEDED answers.



I actually wrote D. S. Murphy to ask about Book two, because it's MINE when it comes out. Unleash the grabby hands. So of course I would need to know when my torment would end.



Shearwater from start to finish is a great mystery read, with character development, great pacing and gorgeous cover. You'll want to get your own copy for your grabby hands today! Can't wait for book two!

Monday, September 12, 2016

Book Tour News! Bree Despain, Kasie West & more!

Hey all, There are some awesome authors going on a western US tour: J. R. Johansson, Gretchen McNeil, Kasie West, and Bree Despain. They are offering books, shenanigans and general fun! Come and see them if they're in your area! 
Oct 18, 7pm - B&N in NW Las Vegas. 
Oct 19, 7pm - Changing Hands in Tempe, AZ.
October 21, 5:30pm - B&N in Yuma, AZ. 
Oct 22, 3pm - Vroman's Bookstore in Pasadena, CA.
Oct 25, 7pm - The King's English in SLC, UT.

Friday, September 09, 2016

COVER REVEAL & GIVEAWAY!!! UNREST by Wendy Higgins


Unrest (BOOK TWO IN THE UNKNOWN SERIES)
By: Wendy Higgins

Publication Date:  February 16, 2017.

It's here! It's here! Break out the happy dance and wipe the drool off your face after you catch a glimpse of this GORGEOUS cover of Wendy Higgins' upcoming release, Unrest


The first book is already out and available at Barnes & Noble and Amazon.com. Here's a bit about book two and below is where you enter to have a chance to win one of 2 signed copies of UNKNOWN, the debut New Adult apocalyptic scifi from NYT bestselling author, Wendy Higgins!

Blurb:
Being on the run in the desert means food and sanctuary are hard to come by, but Amber Tate and her crew are not about to give up. Not after having so many of the things they love brutally ripped from them by an unknown enemy who sent their world into the apocalypse.

Survival takes precedence, but once safe shelter is found, their guards fall and the emotions they’ve been holding in are finally released. Anger, insecurities...lust. In their tight quarters, Amber, Rylen, Tater, and Remy can't escape it. The past must be faced, and passions run even stronger in the darkest of times.

In the midst of unrest, their worlds are rocked again when they discover the truth about the war that’s ruined their lives. They thought finding out the enemy's identity would give them the edge; instead it’s revealed terrifying dangers they never thought possible.





Goodreads Book Giveaway

Unknown by Wendy Higgins

Unknown

by Wendy Higgins

Giveaway ends October 10, 2016.
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Thursday, September 08, 2016

UNKNOWN by Wendy Higgins! Get it here PLUS NEWS on BOOK TWO!


Wendy is one of my ALL TIME FAVORITE authors, so you KNOW this is yet another delicious novel that you can sink your teeth into and devour. I have read it and found it fantastic. 
I'll be posting my review Friday. But don't wait for me! You can get your copy TODAY!
GET IT HERE!! And check out the NEWS on book two, called Unrest below the links!!

iTunes: goo.gl/R9nav8



Book Blurb for Unrest: Book Two in the Unknown Series
Being on the run in the desert means food and sanctuary are hard to come by, but Amber Tate and her crew are not about to give up. Not after having so many of the things they love brutally ripped from them by the unknown enemy who sent their world into an apocalypse.

Survival takes precedence, but once safe shelter is found, their guards fall and the emotions they’ve been holding in are finally released. Anger, insecurities...lust. Amber, Rylen, Tater, and Remy cannot escape it in their tight quarters. The past must be faced, and passions run even stronger in the darkest of times.


In the midst of unrest, their worlds are rocked again when the truth is made known about the war that’s ruined their lives. They thought finding out who the enemy was would give them the edge; instead it’s revealed terrifying dangers they never thought possible. 

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Happy Release Day! New book by Wendy Higgins!


Wendy is one of my ALL TIME favorite authors and she has just released TODAY! UNKNOWN is a brand new series and on sale NOW!

OVERVIEW:

Amber Tate believes the worst thing she'll suffer in life is dealing with the unrequited love she feels for her brother's best friend, Rylen Fite. She also believes war is something unfortunate that happens places far, far away from her rural Nevada town. She's wrong on both counts.

When an unknown organization meticulously bombs major cities in the United States and across the globe, a trickle-down effect spreads to remaining towns at an alarming speed-everything from food and water sources to technology and communications are compromised. Without leadership, the nation is split between paralysis and panic, but Amber isn't one to hide or watch helplessly. She's determined to put her nursing skills to use, despite the danger, even if it means working alongside the man she can never have.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Recommended Books to check out

These are some fantastic series that you'll want to check out:


Becoming Alpha by Aileen Erin
Genres: YA, werewolves, witches, fae, demons, romance, action, fantasy, modern day 


Ancient Guadians series by S. L. Morgan
Genres: YA, Multi Demensions, Fantasy, Supernatural Abilities, Aliens, Modern Day, Royalty, Romance, Suspense, Mystery 


The Royals Series by Erin Watt
Genres: YA (but with heavy gritty themes and sex scenes), High School, Recovery, Addictions, Family Drama, Social Issues, Bullies, "American Royalty", Rich verses Poor, contemporary, romance