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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 LBound 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.OUT OF PRINT...

Title : Surface
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ISBN : 9781605925325
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Number of Pages : 108 Pages
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Surface Reviews

  • Brenda Ayala
    2018-12-01 17:17

    This just didn't do much for me. There was instalove galore and completely irrational actions from everyone, which made it really hard for me to relate to the characters and feel anything for them.First, I have no idea what anyone's personalities are. I know Celeste is a materialistic brat because she cares more about showing off Versace clothes than being with her boyfriend she only gets to see for 4 hours, and I know Luc is honorable or something because that's what I was told in the text. I know Theia is good at swimming. But really, all I know is how much they all love each other. Does Luc have friends? Is there such a thing as a hobby underwater? It seems like the only hobby they all have is secretly going to the surface to hit on humans and then bemoan the fact they can't be with said human. I know literally almost nothing about Theia. She decides she loves Luc (based on nothing but looks) after like two hours of being with him, and then spends the rest of the time being super possessive and resenting anything that takes her from her precious Luc. But honestly, what do I know about her? I know she has a birthmark, and that she swims well. And she loves her mom supposedly, but has no second thoughts for how her mom must feel about her missing for so long. But she's with Luc, so who cares?(view spoiler)[Celeste literally threw everyone under the bus. She tries to pass herself off as being a sweet and nice girl. But what does she do? All she cares about is designer clothes, getting her neck sucked by Reid, and screwed everyone she "cares" about over. She was the one that made it so that Angelique had to die. She knows Luc cares about Theia, and she still spits her cruelty with her. She forces her mother into really compromising positions where she had to do everything in her power just to save Celeste from death and yet she still has the gall to complain about her punishment. I hated her character and I wish she had been the one to reap the consequences of her actions and not her friends. I won't even bother talking about the fact that she pulled a gun on Theia and Luc.(hide spoiler)]Luc and Theia were just not exciting. They're in love with each other after like two hours and Theia would get randomly possessive. I will give her credit for realizing she did it, but still. It wasn't endearing.I at least thought the villain was good. He was ruthless and spared no expense, and I believed he really was evil. Some of the things he did within the pages were absolutely violent and he did not seem as contrived to me as everything else. If anything, I'd say he was the only one with real motive for his actions; at least his later actions mirrored his past experiences.If I get right down to it, I would have preferred more action and less mooning over how beautiful everyone was.I will admit that I love the cover. I kept going back to stare at it because I thought it was so well done.

  • Alyssa
    2018-11-15 23:44

    Okay, first thing. Right off I would like to say that this book seemed truly original to me. I was hooked the second I started reading. I don't believe I've ever read a book about mermaids before. The basis of my mental mermaid picture came from The Little Mermaid. Where the mermaids are nice and have a kind heart. Duane's take on them however, had me absolutely riveted. They were fascinating demonic little creatures. Cruel, uncaring and hungry for flesh. They were used as an ultimate punishment of crimes for Christ Sakes! Then there was the artagasians, I found them to be unique (maybe i'm just not well versed in the lore of the mer-folk). I pictured them as just extremely attractive humans, with bright almost glowing eyes. As for the story line, it started fast-paced and full of action (part of what drew me in I suppose). It progressed rapidly, never a dull moment. It contained a few twists and turns that kept me guessing and wanting to turn the page for more.There was only a few things I wasn't over the top thrilled about:1. The POV of the book switches a LOT. And don't get me wrong, that's fine. I just sometimes had a hard time deciphering whose POV it was. 2. I would have loved it if Daune had managed to work in some more descriptions of this magical place under the sea. I was extremely intrigued, and I was constantly wishing for more. I wish I was able to at least paint a picture of it in my head.3. It seemed as though the relationships in this book (especially the romantic ones) progressed incredibly fast. Theia had practically just met Luc and she was falling head-over-heels for him. This part had me questioning the book. However at the end I was able to settle this internal debate between my logical side and my fantasy obsessed romantic side, when Luc explained their relationships to be written in the stars at birth.OVERALL: 4 Stars. I will most definitely be recommending this to my friends :)

  • Emily (Mrs B's Books)
    2018-12-04 22:41

    **This book was provided to me by the author for an honest review**This book grips you from the moment that you start reading the first page. It pulls you into a world of mermaids and a new race of underwater people called Artagasian's.Theia learns that she is not fully human, but also part Artagasian, meaning that she is a Siren and should not exist and would have been killed at birth. Able to live on both land and underwater she is hunted by others who would want to use her for their own selfish purposes.The story ends with a cliff hangar and you can't wait for the next book to come out. I will be waiting to see what else this author comes out with.

  • Morgan anderson
    2018-11-14 01:28

    My first reaction: WOW, not bad! Not bad at all!! This book's about Theia, a sweet smart girl who was kidnapped, thrown in the ocean, only to be saved by the handsome artagasian named Luc. Like most artagasian from his tribe, Luc lives under water, has pale skin+hair, and OF COURSE is super attractive. Artagasian aren't mermaids, they're like humans that live, and absorb oxygen (I've never heard about this myth before, but in the story it mentions some French book about them so whateves). In the story mermaids are these little demon things, they look nice and sweet but try to eat you... Anyways Theia figures out she's part artagasian and part human = siren. And then we come to our problem. In all the mermaid-watery-siren-themed books I've read (not many) it's always illegal to make babies with humans. So Theia's an abomination-should-be-dead-gunna-die/hunted-girl throughout the story BUT plot twist: Luc has a naughty sister ;) ;) Celeste: blonde, fair skinned, seems nice IN the beginning, normal, but is in love with a human *gasp* .I know right who would love a human? [image error] Now this was my favorite part of the story. I'm a sucker for star-crossed lovers and such, so reading about Reid and Celeste was perfect :) The story did a good job at what I think love should be. The two characters were gently and patient around each other. I just wished there was more scenes between the two! But the book was really short ,sadly. and the author didd cram a lot of story into 150pgs or so.The third point of view in the story is Hugh's. this is the antagonist, who quite frankly was pathetic. I mean he sucked as a villain, I get it. you aren't always supposed to like villains. but he wasn't very clever or cunning :(. if there's a sequel I hope the author will step it up a notch. SPEAKING OF WHICH, there better be a sequel!! you think I'm just gunna settle for THAT ending?!?! no, I must know more. you hear me Miss Daune??? You have to write a sequel, my sanity cannot take the unknown. Welllll, I really enjoyed the story and would definitely recommend reading if you're looking for a new series, want something quick and entertaining, or just really like mermaid-type stories!Happy readin!

  • Michelle
    2018-12-12 17:20

    I have now written this review three times because I lost it everytime I went to save it. (please keep that in mind haha.) I have been in a reading slump lately. I have just been so busy that whenever I finally make time to sit down and read, I was so stressed that the books just seemed kind of meh. I am happy to say that Surface broke my reading slump. I was able to just lose myself in this book for a few hours and I really enjoyed it! It was kind of like a mermaid book. It really was a siren book but the closest thing I can describe it as was mermaid esque. I have never read a siren book yet so I'm not sure if their descriptions were pretty typical or unique, but I liked their depiction in Surface. Theia has it pretty rough at the start of the story. I felt awful for her and I wasn't really sure the direction that the story was going in at the beginning. But after about 25 pages or so the paranormal element came to light and it was much smoother sailing for me from there. It was at this point that I got sucked right into the story and didn't "surface" until I was done a few hours later. Theia is a fighter. She is smart and practical and so sweet. I loved all of those things about her. I was really rooting for her and it was so easy to connect with her. Luc was also pretty cool but I didn't feel like I got to know him as much. I can't wait for the next book so I can get more of Luc's backstory and see his character develop some more. Surface takes place partly under water, and I thought the underwater buildings and everything were so cool. I wish the world was described a little better because they had structures and indoor areas and I wanted to learn more about the logisitics of everything, but while I was reading I was fascinated with the underwater scenes. There are multiple characters and storylines that all converge as the story goes on. I thought this part of the book was really well done. I liked how everything was woven together. Tiffany Daune did a great job with that. And as the story goes on, the more and more the action builds. Sirens are very sought after so it seemed like everyone was coming for Theia. But im putting my money on her. Every time. Surface is the type of book that you can pick up and easily read in one sitting. It is fast paced and interesting and it was exactly what I needed right now. I can't wait for the second book. There is so much I want to happen in it. I want to learn more about the main characters and about the world- including that mermaids gate!

  • Alise(Readers in Wonderland)
    2018-11-21 21:35

    3.5 _________________________________ Surface Review_________________________________Full formatting of this review at link above.When I first read the blurb, I knew I had to read this one. Anything about mermaids, Sirens, selkies, or even water by itself draws me in.Theia starts off the story kidnapped by a group of three, totally unsure of what they are going to do with her and why they took her in the first place. When they dump her into the ocean, it is even more of a mystery. Luc, the main love interest, saves her from what would have been a drowning or death by killer mermaids. Theia finds out that not everything is what it seems.SURFACE has a wide variety of POVs. While this can make or break a story, I felt it strengthened this novel as a whole. Unfortunately, the POVs I least enjoyed where those of the main characters. All the teenagers in this novel were a little too angsty and a little too obsessed with love, especially when compared to how mature and intelligent all the adults seemed. Whether this is actually genius, I don't know. The terminology and background in SURFACE is magnificent. There are so many terms and so much history to learn to this world and I found this was the best part of the novel. It is so original. Sometimes the information was just thrown at the reader, which could get a little overwhelming because there is just so much to learn and absorb. Daune's version of mermaids was also a great bonus. Think Pirates of the Caribbean, not The Little Mermaid. These are flesh eating, evil creatures. The mermaids you probably are used to are more similar to the Sirens in this novel, which is exactly what Theia is.I recommend this to fans of mermaids, Sirens, and the like.

  • Farrah
    2018-11-13 21:30

    My Rating: 3.5/5A great YA with a unique idea. Surface was a lovely read with an interesting take on mermaids and sirens.I really liked how the mythology of water dwellers was handled in this book. It was different from what had been seen previously and I really liked the idea behind it. I wish some of the world-building had been more solid because there were a few holes. But, it wasn't too big a problem. I still really liked the mythology. The characters were good. But since there were so many, there were flat. I didn't feel that there was enough focus on any of them-even the main protagonists-to make them dynamic people. But, I still liked the characters.Theia was a good heroine. She was strong, even in the face of killer mermaids and a trial for her death. She wasn't the most memorable heroine, but she was likable. Luc was about the same. He wasn't the most outstanding hero, but he was likable. He was a sweetheart. However, I didn't find the love between Theia and Luc to be believable. They had known each other for less than a day and hadn't spoken very much (and never about anything other than the conflict at hand) before they decided they were in love. So, I didn't feel their relationship was totally believable.The plot was okay. It switched perspective quite a bit. I'm okay with that, but I wish the transitions had been better because I often got lost before I figured out that there was a change and perspective and whose perspective it had been transferred to. But the plot moved quickly and I was kept interested the entire time. There were quite a few surprises, betrayals, and secrets in store. And the ending had me curious to find out what happens next.A nice YA romance. Not amazing, but a good read.

  • Angelique
    2018-12-02 23:23

    Theia thinks she is just a normal girl. Very unhappy with her mom for uprooting her from her friends and shoving her into preppy hell just because of a house. Imagine her shock when she finds out, that no – sorry Theia your a Siren. Not so normal after all. Shock set aside, she does meet Luc. A really sexy guy who she cannot help but fall for. Even though she does have some issues trusting him. It is pretty much safe to say I have never read anything like this. All my previous paranormal/fantasy type books were mostly centered around fairies, vampires or werewolves. So I really enjoyed this. Theia had some issues, but mostly she was a really great heroin. Strong and deliriously in love with Luc. I really like how easily they connected.The intro to the book was amazingly thought grabbing. I picked it up and was immediately like – FOR REAL? It was great to have the action straight from the start. A little terrifying having Theia floating around in the ocean within the first 5 minutes – but still really good reading material.Some of the characters I couldn’t really connect well with, And I was a little sad that the only one I could actually connect with turned out to be a conniving little cow (Celeste).It has a great ending, not too open ended that it made me feel bereft and just enough unanswered questions to make a girl feel like a second book could be well worth the look.

  • Belinda King
    2018-11-24 23:36

    I recieved this book free in exchange for an honest and fair review. I really enjoyed this book.I like the idea the author portrays with a race of people called Artagasian's who live under the sea but are not mermaids. There are Mermaids as well, however they are a fearsome breed. When Artagasian's mix with humans the result is an unlawful Siren. A person who can walk on land and live under the sea without limitation. The reason they are forbidden is because of the danger they impose to the people under the sea, and the natural resources.Theia is the main character in this story and I like how she evolved as a character. I loved Luc and the connection the two have.I was a bit confused at first with the kidnapping and how Theia was disposed of in the chase. It did not take long for my questions to be answered. I like how the author takes you on this journey and puts little ideas in your head and then takes you in another direction.Madeline (Luc's mother) has many secrets. One of which the author has purposely brought up a little towards the end of the book. I am hoping to read the next book as I am sure that the adventure with Theia and Luc has only just begun.I do like how the book finishes with most of the ends tied up so that you can feel satisfied enough. The author also leaves enough questions unanswered to lead into the next book, which I also like .. alot.I enjoy reading book series, especiially when I really enjoy the first book. There is nothing worse than reading a book you love to find that it is the end of that adventure and there is no more.Since this is Surface #1, I know the author intends to expand and write Surface # 2 etc...I liked how the author incorporates in her book some issues relating to the worlds natural resources and the greed of man.I would highly recommend this book and look forward to the next books in the series. Tiffany I would love to read and review your next books.

  • Holly
    2018-11-29 17:44

    *I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.What I liked:I loved the mythology of the mermaids in this book, including the history of the Artagasians and the mystery surrounding the legend of the Sirens. All three are very different from each other, yet their histories intertwine with one another. Their Laws are strict and unyielding, and when rules are broken, punishment is death.The pace of this book was set fast. It made a great start, and I was sucked in from the very first page. It was very suspenseful, leading up to a climax where people died and others' lives were ruined. What I didn't like:The insta-love feeling. Within the span of a couple days, Luc and Theia are already "soulmates," which I would understand if the aspect of their destiny written in the stars was more prominent in the story. But it didn't feel very real; it kind of felt forced, or at least, more unbelievable than genuine. The book was very short, which I wouldn't have minded so much, if the author had focused on a few characters instead of a bunch of them, including the bad guy. It was very hard to relate to any of the characters, because you find out literally nothing about them. There was very little personality to them, and in the end, I didn't care about what was going to happen to them, even Theia. Also, I didn't enjoy the writing style very well. Mostly that was because there were so many errors. Misplaced quotation marks and an unreasonable amount of commas, and a few places where there should have been another word in the sentence. The bad about this story outweighed the good for me. I'm not sure if I'm even going to continue the series. I wish I could say I loved it, I really do. A book about mermaids? Count me in. But this book fell flat for me. I enjoyed the mythology and the cover. Other than that, it wasn't a favorite read.

  • Gayle Krause
    2018-11-26 18:19

    Daune does an excellent job hooking the reader in the action-packed beginning of this undersea fantasy. Though I’m familiar with the mythology of mermaids and sirens, this story introduces us to a new race of sea people. The Artagasians look like humans, but breathe underwater like mermaids. And Theia, the teen main character, is neither. She’s a siren, born of a human mother and fathered by one of these sea people.Though the beginning promises to keep the reader’s interest, the middle is predictable and some logic issues arise, but if you don’t read deeply, the inconsistencies don’t affect the plot, and are explained in the complicated ending. The huge cast of characters, human, siren, and Artagasian, take the reader on a guessing game to decipher who is friend and/or foe. The numerous twists do not fail to address the reader’s intuition.Surface is a teen love story that spans two worlds and two generations and it continues in the sequel, Landlocked. This is a good light read for the summer, especially if read at the beach. Watch for bright blue eyes and swirling birthmarks.

  • Christina
    2018-11-14 18:22

    I received this book in exchange for an honest review. I was drawn in by the blurb about the story. I enjoy books about mermaids and/or sirens. This book had both. The story not only follows Theia but a few other characters as well. Sometimes I find changing perspectives annoying but with this story I appreciated reading other characters' perspective and found it pretty interesting. It is not completely clear at first how the different stories will come together but I feel like Daune did a good job bringing the individual stories together while leaving some mystery for another book. I do agree with some of the other reviewers' criticisms that some of the characters could have been developed more so the reader could connect more with those characters. That being said, I felt like I still really enjoyed the story as is and found it almost hard to put down. I would definitely recommend it to fans of other mermaid/siren tales or someone looking for a quick, enjoyable read. I look forward to reading more by Tiffany Daune.

  • Bonnie (A Backwards Story)
    2018-12-09 00:32

    Underwater-themed books are always at the top of my reading list. There's something about them that captivate and enchant. When I saw the gorgeous cover for SURFACE, I was bewitched and couldn't tear myself away. The cover is a siren itself, so it's only fitting that the novel is about a girl who discovers that she's a siren. Sirens in SURFACE, however, aren't the variety we're so used to seeing. They are the result of the relationship between a human and an Artagasian, forbidden, and condemned to death before they're even born. Their blood is special, and their existence must be prevented at all costs.Theia has grown up with her human mother, never dreaming that forbidden blood courses through her veins. She thinks the birthmark she's had on her shoulder since birth is ugly, yet it's also the key to her birthright. When she's kidnapped from her home and dumped in the ocean, Theia quickly learns that she's far from an ordinary girl. She's Artagasian, able to breathe both on land and underwater. She was supposed to die as a child due to her parents' forbidden relationship, but she was saved, and she and her mother have been living inland, far from the sea. Now that Theia's identity as a Siren has been discovered, however, humans and Artagasians alike hunt her, coveting her blood, and willing to kill to get what they want...Looking for action, adventure, romance? SURFACE has a little bit of it all. I would have loved to stay beneath the sea longer to learn more about the Artagasians, but look forward to seeing more when LANDLOCKED comes out this summer. The concept of Sirens and the abilities coursing through their blood was innovative; I haven't seen this before in mermaid lore, and you know I've read a lot of these books. The Artagasians also have unique abilities I haven't encountered previously, and the fact that they have legs and not fins reminds me of FATHOMLESS by Jackson Pearce. I would love to learn more about this in the future as well. Artagasians are separated from mermaids in SURFACE, and the mermaids are more like unintelligent animals, at least in the glimpse we've currently seen of them. They're vicious and brutal, which is how I genuinely feel that wild mermaids would actually be. They remind me more of the deepsmen from IN GREAT WATERS by Kit Whitfield or the larva from Sara Porter's Lost Voices trilogy (LOST VOICES, WAKING STORMS). They are darker, scarier, and I hope to see them again in more details come LANDLOCKED.For all the intrigue around Tiffany Daune's world-building and unique lore, I do wish there was a little more, and look forward to a second book. There is a case of insta-love in SURFACE, which is always a pet peeve of mine in YA fiction, though Daune does take the time to create a reason for this later on in the book. I'm also not a fan of love interest Luc's materialistic sister Celeste despite the fact that we read from her POV at times, though she is a catalyst with a purpose in the novel. There could definitely have been a little more character development, but since so much focus in SURFACE is on world-building, I fully expect to see powerful characters in LANDLOCKED, even as we delve deeper into the underwater lore of Daune's world. There's so much potential with this series, and I'm looking forward to seeing where Daune takes readers next.

  • Kristen
    2018-12-04 21:34

    GENRE: Young AdultTHEME: Fantasy, Romance, and MermaidsRECEIVED: Blog TourBLOG: The beginning of Surface was intense; grab the edge of your seat introduction to a wonderfully written fantasy. It’s a rush of unknown for the lead character Theia, she is taking from her home in the middle of the night by strangers and dropped into the ocean without being able to question what was going on. I was immediately drawn into the mystery of why she was taken, why was she brought to the ocean and how is she going to survive. I love being brought into a story with questions, mystery and suspense, but it only got better from there.Surface follows Theia, who has been kidnapped and left to struggle in the middle of the ocean wondering why she was left for dead. But she soon realizes she not alone, the ocean carries not only creepy mermaids that bite but beautiful under sea people who can breath under water. Theia learns her connection to this mysterious new world and the dangers of her being there. Theia’s only thoughts are how can she get home and why is it dangerous for her to be in the water.Theia is a strong young girl who is pulled into an under water world after a frightening occurrence. The way she dealt with being left in the middle of the ocean was probably how many would react, erratic, calm, wonderment and giving up. Her ease into this new world was interesting; she is captivated by Luc who saves her from the crazy mermaids, along with the beautiful world she’s now in. She is special, born of a human and what Luc is an Artagasian. It is something forbidden and makes her a Siren. There is a lot of mystery behind what happened with her family and to why she was brought to the ocean. Luc is Theia’s love interest and like her parents they form a forbidden connection. He learns from his mother about Theia and that his mother might not be someone he should fully trust. And much as I enjoyed Luc and Theia’s relationship, there are so many secondary characters that I couldn’t get enough of. The group who kidnapped Theia has a whole secondary plot that connects to her and the Artagasians. As well as Luc sister Celeste who like Luc finds a forbidden love, which she keeps a secret. I almost wish that the secondary stories were in the second book because it did slightly distract me from Luc and Theia’s plot.Overall I liked being able to immerse myself in a different setting than the vampire, werewolves and fae worlds I’ve been stuck in. There is such a great concept behind the rules of the mythical beings on the land and in the water, it all started because of one incident long ago (which I wont spoil). There are so many secrets that I just didn’t know what was going to pop up next. The ending leaves the reader at a perfect point to continue with the next installment, I’m curious as to what Theia will do now after the choice that has been forced on her by the Artagasians. If you love myths, mermaids, suspense and of course romance, you want to add this to your wish list a.s.a.p.RECOMMENDATION:This is a young adult fantasy novel that is suited for anyone looking to dive into some underwater adventure and mystery. Fans of Revel by Maurissa Guibord and Of Poseidon by Anna Banks will love Surface by Tiffany Daune.

  • Katie
    2018-11-27 00:30

    I really enjoyed reading Surface by Tiffany Daune. I haven’t read a mermaid book before, but have a few on my TBR list. I found the writing style to be fantastic and so easy to read that the pages turned by themselves. The beginning was extremely intriguing and held me captive until the end. I am definitely a new fan of Ms Daune’s and can’t wait for her next book, Landlocked in June 2013.My first thought was “what is Theia?” Everything was happening and I was kept guessing until the story unfolded. Theia has no idea what she is or where she belongs and has been living a relatively normal life. Her Father died when she was little and Theia cannot remember him very well, but can always associate the water with him. She is always drawn to the water and has always been a part of the swim team at school.Theia is kidnapped and dumped in the ocean. Struggling to stay afloat, she is yanked under the surface and is faced with a creature that is tearing her apart. Worried about sharks being attracted to her blood and these unknown strange creatures, Theia is resolved to dying. She is rescued and when she awakes, she’s in a strange environment. Luc rescued her and has been watching over her. He explains that Theia is below the surface and because she is breathing under the water that she is the same as him. But that’s not the case!Theia is a SIREN! She is a forbidden creature and one that is in grave danger. There are so many secrets and people hiding that Theia has no idea who is a mermaid or a siren or something else. Luc tries to explain his world and what exactly Theia is supposed to be, but it isn’t pretty. The creatures that attacked her are known as mermaids; horribly scary and dangerous (remind me of the mermaids in the lake in Harry Potter). Luc is an Artagasian, a being that lives under the surface in a cave like community, but has a human body appearance. They are able to breathe in water, taking oxygen from the water itself. The more time Luc and Theia spend together, they are extremely attracted and falling for each other. Forbidden love is what they have, but their love for each other has been written in the stars.Can Theia make it back to the surface safe? What about her kidnappers, will they try again? Will she discover the truth about her parents and her life? Can Luc and Theia really love each other and be together? There is so much to this book and it has everything you need for a fantastic series; intrigue galore, betrayal, love, secrets, hot boys, fun and mythical creatures. There are a lot of answers I am still chasing and I cannot wait for Landlocked to see what happens. What happened to Theia’s Mother during the kidnapping and why is everybody hiding the truth? This book was a great introduction to the series and the world of the Artagasian’s; with such a unique mermaid tale, you can’t go wrong.

  • Cindy
    2018-11-28 21:46

    While not overly fond of the mermaid books I have read, I definitely wanted to give them another shot to see if I could like them. With it's beautiful cover, Surface caught my eye instantly. After reading over the synopsis, I knew I wanted to give it a shot. Surface, while not causing me to fall in love with mermaid folklore, definitely gave me a more positive look on these paranormal creatures, and made me want to check out other mermaid/siren books.Surface is action packed and detailed from the start, throwing the reader into a scary situation which leads Theia, our protagonist, to learn the real truth about herself. Learning that she's a siren didn't really shock her as much as I expected it to, but partly this is because her few memories of her father were only by the water. With the help of Luc, an extremely handsome Artagasian, she learns more about their history and how she is in danger, not only from others sea creatures, but humans as well. I was mildly put off with how easily she handled learning every thing she learned, but I brushed it off as I read on to find out more.The story switches points of views among several characters, surprising me at first, but in the end I found it added a lot more to the story. Since we are able to learn more about the characters and their intentions, instead of getting a one sided story, I was able to connect to several of the secondary characters who play pretty important roles in developing the story. The more we learn about every character, the more interesting the book became and, really, this is what captivated my attention most.I was a little disappointed that some things were not explained in more detail (like how the underwater world really works? I mean, Theia doesn't notice when she is first underwater, and I thought that was kind of weird.) But I did like how the author offered a lot of information (but not an overwhelming amount) on the differences among Artagasian, mermaids, and sirens, along with an fascinating history to back it up.I don't want to go into too much detail about the story because even though it is short, it presents a lot of interesting surprises that I would rather not spoil, and offers an interesting ending that I really liked.Overall: With twists and turns, a sweet boy and some romance (which does happen to be kind of quickly formed between the two characters - insta-love, anyone?) interesting characters and back stories to help bond each one with the reader, and an interesting take on mermaids/sirens, I definitely enjoyed Surface. I am sure fans of paranormal and mermaid books will find this one a good read to dive into as well, and I look forward to reading more from Daune in the future.

  • Andrea
    2018-11-17 22:44

    I'm a sucker for mermaid stories.​​ ​Surface is a story about a siren, but that's close enough for me. Yet at the same time, it's not a mermaid story.The novel starts off with a young girl being kidnapped from her home by Dumas, Fiona, and Oliver. After being dumped in the ocean, she is quickly attacked by creatures, that appear to be little girls, but is saved by a boy in the water and wakes up in his bedroom. Which is at the bottom of the ocean.Luc is not a mermaid, none of his family is. Apparently mermaids aren't that friendly and are pretty nasty under the sea creatures. ​ ​​Luc and his family are actually called Artagasians and they have an entirely different history and background. I would have liked more detail in this underworld community.​ It's such an interesting take on the mermaid/siren legend, but I wanted to know more and I really felt like Daune could have really explored this world in more depth.I thought the numerous POVs were interesting and not only helped build a story, but kept it moving as well. I thought Daune created this really nice web of stories, some of which you don't see the connection until the end of the story, which was a nice touch.The romance between Luc and Theia was in instalove and pretty much turned me off from their romance. I'm not an instalove person. Instalust, sure. Instalove, no.I wasn't sure how I felt about Celeste. Part of me felt bad for her and part of me thought she was beyond immature. I understand her situation is not ideal, but she really went above and beyond with her selfishness. Not a character I could get behind.I thought Dumas's story was very interesting, probably my favorite amongst the group POVs. I would have liked to see more of him and his crew and really delve into the story line.Overall, I wish I could have gotten to know the characters better. Surface really just skimmed the surface of these characters and their stories. I feel like there is a lot more to be revealed and turmoil to go through before Duane is done with these characters.

  • Tonyalee
    2018-11-26 21:34

    See this review and more on my blog Lilybloombooks A copy was provided by the author for an honest reviewI participated in the Blitz! for this and immediately, it piqued my interest. I haven’t read too many books on mermaids and underwater creatures but I love the concept of it. It’s so fascinating.Just to say; the blurb is a little bit misleading. Yes, it’s about Theia discovering a hidden world and secrets about her past, but it’s also about SO MUCH MORE. Because of this, my review will be slightly vague because I don’t want to give anything away.Theia is stolen. Kidnapped, with no reason as to why and where her captors are taking her. After being dumped into the Ocean, she comes face to face with flesh eating creatures (Mermaids!) and then rescued by Luc.I really enjoyed the twisted, underwater world. It’s beautiful and the terms and history was so fascinating to learn about. It’s complex, original and the execution of it was perfect. I was never overwhelmed it just flowed so smoothly.Although I enjoyed discovering this world along with Theia, I wasn't as interested in her POV as the others. I thought her acceptance was too quick and her feelings for Luc happened pretty quick too. That being said, her hesitation to trust anyone else was justified. I felt bad for her too. Discovering ones existence is taboo and that there are quite a few people who would destroy her, isn't something to take lightly.We have an array of characters here. What really stands out is how well their POV were written and how everyone’s “story” or life wove together. Although it’s told in third person, it was easy to connect with each one. Of all the characters, I really liked Celeste. She seemed more passionate and real– which made her actions towards the end cut deep.Overall- I really enjoyed this! Well written story of fascinating creatures, lore and intricate plot that will keep on your toes! Can’t wait for Landlocked.

  • Books
    2018-12-04 20:32

    Never realizing that she is different and could be extremely valuable, Theia lived a normal life for seventeen years. That is until she is abducted and dumped into the sea. Soon she discovers her true roots, befriends the beautiful Artagasian boy, Luc, and realizes that several greedy, selfish people are after her blood. Literally!Although Surface is not a long book and reads at a comfortable pace, it has a great deal of action, drama and nail-biting suspense. As this book is entirely set outside of Theia's school, it does not contain the usual school politics present in so many young adult novels. Still, make no mistake, this story has its fair share of young people, their concerns and their joys. As Surface deals with a fair amount of romance between young adults, it definitely contains some thoroughly poignant as well as passionate moments.The characters are well-crafted and fleshed out. I found however, that one of the secondary characters, Celeste, almost comes across stronger and better developed than the main character, Theia. Celeste's frivolous nature and her mood swings give her a personality presence not often found in secondary characters. Theia, on the other hand, does not really have much time to display distinct personality traits as she is thrown from one impossibly difficult situation to another. However, as the story progresses and Theia faces numerous challenges, she becomes much more assertive than she is in the beginning.Hugh, the greedy, grudge-bearing antagonist in the book is as evil as they come and doesn't even have any mercy for his own son. The counsel of the Artagasians, not so much a bad presence as a threatening one, will do anything to protect their tribe. Set in the modern world combined with fantasy, romance, the sea and a touch of Syrian mythology, Surface is a book that should appeal to many readers of all ages. Let's hope that we'll soon see more from this brilliant author who can write such a unique tale of fantasy. (Ellen Fritz)

  • Tracey (Life and Literature)
    2018-12-03 19:25

    Theia clutched her head. She pinched her eyes shut. Death was supposed to be peaceful-not a nightmare.Surface is a book that jumps straight into the action. From almost the first page you are thrust right into the story along with the characters. And it pretty much continues that way throughout the whole book.When we first meet Theia, she is oblivious to what she is and is about to be thrust into a world completely removed from anything that she has known to date. I loved having a front row seat to her struggles as she tried to understand exactly what she was experiencing. Tiffany Daune did an awesome job in capturing all of Theia's emotions.The story takes us on a journey with all the characters. Not told from any one particular point of view, Surface instead lets us become acquainted with each character culminating in the point when they all come together and we learn exactly how they all fit into each others lives. But the characters I loved the most were Theia and Luc.He was beautiful. Loose waves of golden hair fell around his face in an ethereal halo, and his blue eyes sparkled like sapphires.There is quite a bit of romance in this book which I loved. Theia and Luc have an intensity to them and their feelings for each other developed at a cracking speed. But Luc is seriously so sweet and loving and protective it's no wonder that Theia fell hard and fast.Luc was so perfect, so beautiful.This was a really quick read. There was room for the story to be expanded at different stages, but that was more my desire to get to know the characters on a deeper level and understand the workings of the worlds created by the author. I'm not sure if Surface will be a part of a series of books, but I really hope that there is at least a sequel. I would love to know what the future holds for the characters. And also have the opportunity to read more from Tiffany Daune.

  • Leigh
    2018-11-15 21:36

    ORIGINAL REVIEW AT: LITTLE BOOK STAR 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.

  • Bexxy (Desperately Seeking HEA's Blog)
    2018-11-21 22:29

    I was given a copy of this book for an honest and unbiased review."Peace washed through her as she drifted away—safe in the arms of death.”Theia has spent her life thinking she was normal not knowing the true history of how she came to be. Luc had a path set in the stars that he was due to follow. One chance meeting and both there paths were changed forever.Surface captures your attention from the very first page dragging you into a fast paced story that you can't put down. You are instantly pulled into Theia's complicated story about a history she doesn't know exists. In the middle of the night Theia is kidnapped and dumped in the most unlikely of places, the middle of the ocean. Thinking her life has come to an end she prepares for death as she is attacked by what she believes to be are sharks. Theia awakes believing she is in heaven when she opens her eyes and her sight is set upon a beautiful boy that rocks her world to the core with the truths that he tells her.This is the first book I've read about Mermaids and Sirens and I don't know why I haven't tried reading one earlier! I really enjoyed reading this book but there was definitely not enough of it. The story could definitely have been expanded to include so much more. At the start I was slightly confused with all the different POV's but half way through the story everything started to link together and make sense. I actually ended up liking he different POV's as well. I really enjoyed everything about this book except the length, I do hope that Tiffany Duane chooses to expand this book into a series. I think all readers of this book would enjoy getting to know the characters and the Artagasians world.I would recommend this book as an opening to the Mermaid/Siren world, it was an enjoyable opener into a world that resides on the Ocean Floor.

  • Toni
    2018-12-13 19:36

    read-for-reviewso late one night Theia is kidnapped and dumped into the middle of the ocean with out knowing why, after being out there for hours a boy name Luc comes along and saves the day so to speak, after talking to him she find's out she is a siren ,which is a 1/2 Artagasians and 1/2 human. the law states that this is forbidden and the law's harsh and unyielding when rules are broken and punishment is death there is no way around it they will be sent to the mermaids gate.since never reading about mermaids or sirens and always wanting too i jump at the chance to read this book, i couldn't wait to start it.i like the story line about Artagasians i found them interesting and would have like to learn more about them.the mermaid side of it surprised me i never thought about seeing mermaids in this light,so it was real different and that's a good thing i like when work is original. the book is action packed right from the start that would have been good if it was only focused on a few characters like Theia point of view and Dumas and not a hole lot of them , i feel like i really didn't get to no the main characters that well which i take it is Theia, Luc and Dumas.i really don't think there was any need to hear Hugh's point of view we could have found out what we need to no through Dumas later on in the book.on a good notes i found the book nice , easy and light to read.for the story between Theia and Luc i found it all love you's but no challenge to it, they ever worked to get each others love so it does not feel real , i am really sorry to say that i found this book boring in so many ways i cant find anything that stands out that would make me want to read it again or remember it for any reason but in saying that it's good for a first book in a series and i think the 2nd will be better if it is more about Theia and Luc.

  • Shirley
    2018-11-19 00:35

    I am sorry to say that I did not like this book at all. Ok well I did like the begininng when she first gets taking. That was entertaining because you didn't know what was going on and why the were taking her. Then the story just starts getting ridiculous. Fist off. We have the main character Theia. She started off strong. She fought her attackers and I thought to myself....Yea this girl is going to be smart and kick ass. But then she meets Luke and gets all stupid. I usually love insta-love. I know most people hate it but I like the thought off everyone having their one true love out there that is made just for you. But with Theia and Luke there was just nothing. She thought he was hot but that's it. Then after knowing dude for like 2.5 seconds she loves him. She didn't even think like I feel a connection or sparks or electricity something. Just nothing. Then you have Luke's sister Celeste. THAT GIRL I WANTED TO SMACK. Ok so she loves this human boy and know she is breaking the rules. Then when they get caught she throws her best friend under the bus, who has been sneaking off with her to the surface and told her that Theia was a siren so she could be human. She pretty much sentences her best friend to death. I mean damn I get that you love this boy and you wanted to save yourself but couldn't she have come up with a better cover story instead of just blaming it all on everyone else. She kills her best friend.All in all I hated this book and will not be back for the second one.

  • Jackie (No Bent Spines)
    2018-11-28 01:18

    *Author Provided a free copy in exchange for an honest review*Full Review on: I had a full freaking review and then I accidentally pressed the back arrow. fmlHere we go again...Ahhh...insta-love at its finest. I usually don't like the REAL LOVE in 24 seconds kind of love. Okay I didn't for like 4 pages of this one either..then I fell in love with the style and ultimate dedication to each other they had. Kinda awesome, you know? Sirens are not like anything I've ever read in this book...Sirens: noun- A creature of which both human and mermaid blood courses through its veins. A siren has the ability to both live on land and in water. If one is to be discovered, the act of living is punishable by death. I have a new appreciation for seaweed and its amazing healing powers. Here's What Happens:So basically the a girl who think shes human get stolen from her bed, tossed in the ocean, chewed on by mermaids and gets rescued by a super cute merman prince (insert insta love here)She saves a few people Wow. This books is actually pretty uneventful...For a short book (about 170 pages) it didn't feel too rushed. Too much. The Characters: I liked them. Ms Daune gave you just enough of them for you to fall in love with them. She gave you just the right amount of them to make you want them to live and have their happily ever after.

  • Teresa Garcia
    2018-12-12 18:44

    My first impression was that I really liked the cover. I was intrigued by the juxtaposition of above water and below water.Then as I read I was made to wonder why the heroine was kidnapped. The way it was set up she seemed to be just a normal girl at the beginning. At first I thought it was a mystery, and then a romance. At 41 pages into the book there were already more than enough possibilities to have the gears in my mind spinning as I tried to figure out where Ms Duane will take the story next.Something that resonates with me, and that I include in my own stories, is the danger that mankind can put on the natural world. I was very glad to see this warning show up in the story.I am also very pleased by how natural the character interaction is. There were quite a few scenes that had me chuckling. There were also those scenes that had me nauseous with worry for the characters.The description was also very good too. I give extra points for incorporating the kudzu vines. That starchy root certainly is a staple for those that have it in their diet, but when they get growing wild...there's a reason they get classed as invasive. The juxtaposition with one of the Artagasians, Celeste, I found particularly interesting given her personality.The book leaves off at a good place. There is still room for expansion, and yet it is tied off leaving a sense of closure as well. I am looking forward to reading the next book, I very much want to see what happens next.

  • Kasey
    2018-11-24 00:25

    Surface sucked me in from the opening scene, at first I wasn’t sure what to expect given that Theia was essentially getting kidnapped and the scene was from the kidnapper’s point of view. I’m glad it was because while I wasn’t a huge fan of Dumas from the beginning it definitely allowed me to see that he wasn’t pure evil. I liked Luc, I felt like he was a really good guy from the beginning, I didn’t like the insta-love between him and Theia. I can understand an immediate connection, but it just feels like it was way too fast for them to jump right into “Oh my gosh, you’re my soulmate!” Theia seemed really nice but I don’t feel like I got to know her. I mean I know she likes to swim and she loves Luc, and that’s really all I know. Celeste was the hardest character for me to really like, I sympathized with her throughout most of the book, but I didn’t really like her. Celeste was shallow, and she only cared about herself. Celeste’s selfishness ended up costing Nolan and Angelique their lives and any happiness that Theia and Luc might have found. I hated in the end that Celeste was complaining about going to the oyster fields, she deserved that punishment and so much more. I’m giving this book a solid 3 stars because it did draw me in and kept me hooked. However, the point of view switching cost alot in character development. I felt like I didn’t get to know any of the characters well at all. I’m looking forward to the next book and really getting to know Theia and Luc.

  • Laura *Little Read Riding Hood*
    2018-11-20 20:33

    Surface has a great premise. You don't see stories about mermaids and Sirens very much in books for some reason. And maybe that's because they are hard to pull off. It is hard to imagine beings living under the water, breathing the water, with all those atmospheres pressing down on them but still able to breathe the air.There are several story-lines you have to follow while reading this. Dumas and all his people, Theia whom I would consider the main character, Celeste, Madeline, Luc, Hugh ... it just seems like there is too much switching back and forth. All the story-lines do come together at the end but they don't wrap up like I felt they should. BUT ... I did feel anxiety for the characters and really wanted everyone to end up with their happily ever after.Speaking of happily ever after ... INSTA LOVE. *shakes fist* It is so not needed. I get like/lust/attraction at first sight, and maybe because these characters go through a traumatic event together they feel love for one another, but seriously, 2 days?This story did keep me entertained, though not always invested. I would suggest this as more of a mid-grade book rather than YA, but the violence that occurs pushes it into YA category. A solid 3 stars.

  • ReadingToTheStarsAndBack
    2018-11-30 22:44

    Review originally posted at: ReadingToTheStarsAndBack(I don't know about Gummy sharks but a bar of chocolate and a glass of lemomade worked!) Surface is full of myths and mermaids and action!Surface starts with Theia being kidnapped. So already we have some action in the house. Um…book? Theia finds out that she can breathe underwater and realises that she isn’t human.I liked that it had different storylines intertwined, and that it wasn’t just about Theia. Finally a romance that I liked! It wasn’t totally ridiculous and I thought it was quite sweet.Running underwater taps though! Not scientific but I would liked it if Surface had explained more about how things worked under water and things like that.There is potential for a sequel, but it worked well as a stand-alone.Sorry about the shortness of the review, having a bit of reviewers block. How inconvenient! (And how guilty I feel :( Sorry! I really enjoyed it and thats all you need to know, right?)

  • Selina Liaw
    2018-12-07 01:45

    Books & Sweet'Surface' grips your attention from the very beginning.This is because its filled with action, mystery and suspense.The beginning is really good because it made made me feel as if I'm hanging off the edge of the cliff.It made me question a lot of things and 'Surface' really got my attention.I love how Tiffany gave a twist to the whole mermaid-siren thing, the idea is fresh and its good.However, I didn't really get the chemistry between Theia and Luc. Their love was so sudden, it made me stumble. It'll be really great if there's more suspense between them because readers could really see the chemistry between them grow into a beautiful thing.The setting, which is in the sea, are not really explored. Hopefully, the second book will be better in terms of the description of the setting and the chemistry between all characters.All in all, 'Surface' is a wonderful read.Sincerely,Selina.