Tuesday, August 29, 2017

*Review* Treading Water by Ginna Moran

Genre: YA Paranormal
Published: August 29, 2017
Pages: 292


After being transformed into a mermaid by the irresistible Carter Stevens, Ava Adair finds herself submerged deep in the sea without the ability to return to land. She trades a beachfront condo with her best friend and future plans to go to college for a life where her sole purpose revolves around Carter and the mermaid traditions she wants nothing to do with.

Fitting in with other mermaids is the last thing Ava wants, and after refusing to go through the coupling ceremony with Carter, Ava falls under the scrutiny of the colony’s mighty king, who would wipe out towns to keep his kingdom safe. When the king threatens not only her relationship with Carter but also the chance of reuniting with her family, Ava must figure out how to escape from the ocean and the king’s rule or never see the beloved shores of her home again.


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 this book makes my review untrustworthy, so be it, but this is my honest review. 

This is book two in the Spark of Life series, and you absolutely should read Diving Under first. I mean, I feel like Ms. Moran does a good job of re-telling the important details from the first book, so it's not absolutely necessary to read it first, but it is strongly recommended (and I can't say for sure whether or not this book will still make sense if you don't read Diving Under first as I did read Diving Under first). 

This book pissed me right the fuck off. Honestly, pretty much everything about Ava's life in this book is horrible for her. There were a few high points, but mostly I was angry on Ava's behalf. I think a lot of that anger was because it felt to me like there were just so many rules that Ava had to follow as a mermaid, but she was just expected to know them, like no one really told her what was allowed and what was against the rules, but if she broke a rule, she was in just as much trouble for breaking it, and that's just really not fair in any world, human or mermaid.

One of the highlights of the story for me was one of the new friends that Ava made. Luna was definitely my favorite character in this book. But any character that made Ava's life a little less miserable would have won that honor I'm sure. It's sad what happened to her.

So overall I give Treading Water 5 out of 5 stars. - 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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