I received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Salt by Pauline Creeden
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Her kind treats her as less-than-human, but she’s always been so much more.
Mermaid life has never been easy for Verona. Her scars give evidence of her abuse. When her day of reckoning arrives, she is determined to endure exile. According to her father’s experience, exile is better than becoming a land-walker and risking her life among the humans.
However, when she saves the life of a drowning human boy, she inadvertently sets off a chain of events which force her to choose a path: stay with the humans she has become attached to or return home to a life of scorn. A savage hunter draws closer, threatening even the humans. Her only hope is to keep everyone safe until the next full moon, but those around her devise their own plans.
A show of hands… who wants to be a mermaid? If you put your hand up and screamed “ME ME!” then this is definitely the book for you. It’s clean and sweet, with just a touch of darkness. Pauline Creeden has presented our world through a fresh set of eyes, showing the reader the absurdity of human lives through a mermaid’s perspective.
I will admit, it’s not quite the romance I was expecting it to be. There is a slow build in romantic tension, but it was almost subtle enough that I doubted its presence would make itself known. I know for sure the next book in the series will have a chance to build on it. In fact, there are a few plot threads that were started but I found them leading into the sequel, so I’ll have to try my best to be patient and wait for more.
Speaking of more, if you haven’t read the prequel, Scales, you probably should. It’s a short story about Verona’s life before land, and is hinted at strongly throughout Salt. It’s certainly not required in order to follow along with the story, but it adds to the overall story. And it’s… FREE! So, you can pick it up —> HERE!