Today I’m participating in a cover reveal for a mermaid book. I have had a love for mermaid things probably since I first watched “The Little Mermaid,” (The Disney version, not the sad original that broke my heart the first time I read it.) Because of this—and the amazing sounding synopsis— I decided to take part in today’s reveal.
by Ginna Moran
(Spark of Life, #1)
Publication date: June 27th 2017
Genres: Paranormal, Romance, Young Adult
Eight years after her older sister was swept out to sea, eighteen-year-old Ava Adair still swears off the ocean. It takes a promise of the best vacation of her life aboard the Ocean Jewel with her friends to get her even within reach of the waves. When she steps aboard the luxury yacht to sail the California coastline, the last thing she expects is to gain the attention of gorgeous Carter Stevens, the yacht’s deckhand, who becomes the perfect distraction against her fear of the open water.
On the yacht, a freak accident involving Carter reveals a secret he’s been hiding from Ava. She discovers that he’s a merman and by saving her, he changed her life. One misstep could reveal the new secret they share and ruin the life on land she’s desperate to maintain. Torn between a future on land with her family and a new life at sea, Ava must decide—is her former life worth fighting for, or can she accept that she belongs to the ocean?
Ginna Moran is the author of the Falling into Fame, Demon Within, Destined for Dreams, and Finding Nate series. She lives in Austin, Texas but is originally from Southern California.
She started writing poetry as a teenager in a spiral notebook that she still has tucked away on her desk today. Her love of writing grew after she graduated high school, and she completed her first unpublished manuscript at age eighteen.
When she realized her love of writing was her life’s passion, she studied literature at Mira Costa College in Northern San Diego. Besides writing young adult novels, she was senior editor, content manager, and image coordinator for Crescent House Publishing Inc. for four years.
Aside from Ginna’s professional life, she enjoys binge watching TV shows, playing pretend with her daughter, and cuddling with her dogs. Some of her favorite things include chocolate, anything that glitters, cheesy jokes, and organizing her bookshelf.
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Ah, this book has given me feels. Good feelings…Bad feelings…Whyyyy feelings. Yeah, it’s given me quite the emotional mix. I know I’m probably weird for it, but I like stories that have human-like goblins/trolls (You know, not the monstrous trolls that attack poor Hobbits in The Lord of the Rings). Add in a human girl who is forced to live in their underground society , and you get a lot of interesting scenarios.
Things I liked about this tale? Well, first, there’s the world of Trollus (Ah, the originality of this name…). It was depicted so well that it seemed like a real place. A somewhat dreary place, but still, a real one. I especially liked how the story had be guessing—and still guessing— how and why the once powerful Trolls and their city ended up being buried underground (not to mention cursed to remain that way). The story also dealt a lot with the unstable relationship the “noble” Trolls have with the “lesser” Trolls/Part-Human Trolls. The unfairness of the social system and an ensuing rebellion really gave this aspect of the book a Hunger Games vibe despite this being a fantasy.
I also liked the characters. They were all so well developed, and seemed just as genuine as their world. I also have to say that the hero, Tristan (save for his potty mouth) was quite amusing.
There were also some surprising moments that kept the book from being dull. And that’s a good thing, wouldn’t you agree?
However, there are some things that keep this book from being a five start read. For one, the foul language. The language was not necessary and just…Bleh. Secondly, the romance between a couple got a little too steamy. They were married, but still. 😛
So, while there were parts of this book I quite enjoyed (it reminded me a bit of The Hollow Kingdom, a book I love), there were other parts that make me frown inside. Because of that, I’m giving “The Stolen Songbird” a rating of three and a half.
Book Review Ratings:
4.I liked it!
2. Did not like it.
1. Did not finish.