by Kiri Newton
Published November 12th 2012 by Bookpal Australia
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.
'"Oh, come on! Now is not the time to join the Mile High Club," Zoe thought angrily.'
This book took me on a journey that I had never been. I had never read any type of mermaid book. And this one captured my attention from those first words. Zoe was on her way to the States to begin her college education. But the plane never made it. She was rescued by the mermaid/merman, Josiah that just happen to be a Prince. He had brought her back to life by biting her. Yes I said biting! (Vampire mermaids!) :) Turning her into a mermaid as well. And after a "love tryst" on an island, his family shows up making him return Zoe to her home.
After several years and now engaged to be married to Daniel, Zoe has put that time of her life out of her mind. Then Josiah shows back up with a plea to help find out what is going on with the merfolk getting sick. After a chain of events and eventually losing Daniel and having Nox another mermaid come into the picture, Zoe is confused and trying to figure out what to do. Then the biggest cliff hanger ending I have ever read happens and I was just flabbergasted! Ugh!!!
Zoe was a great heroine. She was strong and determined that whatever hand she was dealt by becoming a mermaid, she was going to do whatever she had to do. And Josiah reminded me of a little boy who never grew up. And then there was Nox a "mamas boy" who had let his mom dictate his whole life. You could tell he was just sad.
The romance that was in there was just the right amount, but it was breath taking all the same. As much as I wanted Zoe to marry Daniel I also wanted her to be with Josiah, the one that made her skin hot and tingle when he touched her. And then there was Nox... Well you will just have to read it and see for yourself.
I did enjoy this book. That really surprised me that I kept wanting to turn the page and see what was going to happen. I've not read many mermaid books but this was a great one to begin with.
I gave Undertow 4 Stars! And I hope to get to reading the next one soon! :)
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.