Tuesday, June 27, 2017

*Review* Diving Under by Ginna Moran

Genre: YA Paranormal
Published: June 27, 2017


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?


I was hired to proofread this book. The only aspects of the story that I influenced were the spelling and grammar. If you feel that my connection to the story makes my review untrustworthy, so be it, but this is my honest review.

So this is a book about mermaids that seem to follow rules similar to the werewolves in Twilight. And you're either going to have to read the book yourself to see what I'm talking about, or take my word for it, because I'm not going into specifics on that count here (spoilers!) And I don't consider it a bad thing. For me, the similarities just helped me to more quickly adjust to the rules, and they were easier to remember. 

So now that that's out of the way, will someone please read this book ASAP so that we can talk about it together, because I need to talk about this book with someone. It's like Gossip Girl meets The Little Mermaid with some Twilight werewolf style drama thrown in for good measure, except the relationships between the friends in Diving Under were not nearly as volatile or toxic as those found in Gossip Girl

For the most part this was a lighthearted read, although there was a fair amount of underlying tension with Ava trying to navigate her changing reality without getting caught. There was even one part that had me in tears from laughing so hard, but those were later to be revealed to be tears of lies! 

Overall I give this book 5 out of 5 stars. Highly recommend it to paranormal fans. - Katie 

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About the Author

Ginna Moran is a writer living in Austin, Texas but 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 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 television 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. 

Ginna Moran loves to hear from readers so visit her online at www.GinnaMoran.com. You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, and Pinterest.

Ginna Moran is currently hard at work on her next novel.

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