Buy Link: Amazon
Genre: YA Fantasy
Published: February 2013 by Noble Young Adult
Series: #1 (Surface)
Length: 191 pages
Source: author (review copy)
“Bound to the water bound to land, a Siren’s soul will never be safe on either side of the ocean’s surface. Hidden beneath the rolling waves lies the secret to Theia’s past and as she unveils each haunting truth, she realizes the last seventeen years of her life have been a lie. Now, drawn into a mysterious new world and with nowhere to turn, Theia must place her trust in Luc, a beautiful boy who stops her heart with each dazzling smile, but even his unearthly charm can’t hide the truth—he has secrets— dark secrets binding him to his world—an underwater world where Theia will never belong—a world determined to destroy her soul.”
The book started out with an action packed, intense scene. Theia was kidnapped, and they didn’t have a choice but to drop her in the ocean. That’s where she finds out that she is not a human after all. She’s a Siren. I really like how there is a world underneath the ocean. I would have loved to know more about the place, how it looks like, how their culture is, how do they breathe etc. but the book tends to focus more on Theia and other characters. It switches point of views which sometimes confused me since it didn’t have an order; after each chapter, it would either change to a different character’s perspective or would stay the same. Because of how the p.o.v. often changes from Celeste to Theia to Madeline to Luc to Dumas and finally, to Hugh, I couldn’t relate & was not attached to any of these characters.
I think how Theia accepted that she wasn’t fully human was too soon. I didn’t buy it. Although it is about Theia finding out what she really is, the book focused a lot on romance between the characters which.The romance was really sad because was forbidden love. You’ll see how they each make sacrifices, whether to trust their decision or not, and if it’s really worth it. I do like how despite the confusing transition of p.o.v., it was all intertwined and all connected. There are a few twists here and there which I also enjoyed. I like how the mermaids were shown in this book. They weren’t like the mermaids from The Little Mermaid, so definitely watch out for that. It really surprised me.
Overall it was a nice read. I didn’t dislike it or love it. I wish there was less romance though. I recommend Surface if you are a fan of forbidden love, books that are about Sirens and other underwater creatures.