Review: SALT by Pauline Creeden @P_Creeden

Title: Salt – a mermaid tale
Author: Pauline Creeden
Genre: YA Fantasy/Myth


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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.
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Salt (a mermaid tale)Salt by Pauline Creeden

Kat’s rating: 4 of 5 stars

*** I voluntarily reviewed this book, I gained no monetary incentives nor was I specifically requested to review the book, these are my honest ramblings and I hope you enjoy reading them – kat***

I wasn’t going to start the book straight away, but I needed to escape into fantasy land after reviewing a non-fiction book, and I didn’t put it down.
I’ve only read one or two mermaids, book’s and the cover drew me to sign up to review it, and I was hooked with the first chapter.

Verona’s status in life is not really explained in detail but she has had a rough life and has the scars to prove it, the life in a Mer Clan is Caste based and she is a ‘bottom feeder.
Abused and cast out to fend for herself for a year, she has lived in a small island bay, watching the humans as she tries to survive.

One night she saves the life of Logan, who has just returned to the island with his grandma (Mama Wend), she inadvertently beaches herself and ends up with legs… when she is taken in by Mama Wend and Logan, who think she is is a runaway, she explores life as a human, but Verona has till the next full moon to decide if she stays in the world of humans or return home to a life of scorn.

When danger comes to the sleepy town, Supernaturals who want to capture Verona for her life blood, putting Logan and the other townsfolk in danger, Verona has to rely on her faith in her strength to resist their spells.

The book has lots of avenues to explore, the Caste system in the Mer people using twists in the truth to use the weaker merfolk to do their bidding hopefully will be explored more in book 2. Verona’s experience with living with the humans shows her that everything she was told by the Mer’s is biased to their advantage, but with the threat of being an attractive ingredient to the witches who exist, Verona, is also worried for Her new friends safety.

Verona and Logan have a connection, will she stay with him or go back to being derided by her people?

There is a prequel that I am going to check out, to see if it gives more information on Verona’s life before her ‘Reckoning’ began.

It’s an enjoyable story which will lead into the next book and hopefully more about the Mer and the Humans who have become family to Verona.
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Author Bio:
In simple language, Pauline Creeden creates worlds that are both familiar and strange, often pulling the veil between dimensions. She becomes the main character in each of her stories, and because she has ADD, she will get bored if she pretends to be one person for too long. Pauline is a horse trainer from Virginia, but writing is her therapy. 

Armored Hearts, her joint effort with author Melissa Turner Lee, has been awarded the Crowned Heart for Excellence by InDtale Magazine. It is also the 2013 Book Junkie’s Choice Winner in Historical Fiction. Her debut novel, Sanctuary, won 1st Place Christian YA Title 2013 Dante Rosetti Award and 2014 Gold Award for Best YA Horror Novel.

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