Forgive My Fins by Tera Lynn Childs | Danie Reviews!

Forgive My Fins by Tera Lynn Childs | Danie Reviews!

My Review 17 year old half human-half mermaid, Lily, has spent the past three years residing on land with her Aunt. During these three years, she has made friends, and developed a obsession crush on a fellow student, Brody. However, she’s also the princess of the underwater kingdom, Thalassinia. In order to become princess, she must “bond” with Brody, by kissing him. Then he will turn into a mermaid, and they can flip their little fins off into the sunset. Sounds great, right? All her planning gets thrown off when, instead of Brody, she accidentally bonds with Quince, her annoying, jerk of a neighbor.   *insert sigh here* I apologize in advance for the use of caps in this review.   Alright. There are a couple issues I had with Forgive My Fins. The first being how Lily and Quince bonded. Seriously, dude. In what world is it okay to TRICK… Read more »

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The Truth of The Little Mermaid | Splash Into Summer Guest Post

The Truth of The Little Mermaid | Splash Into Summer Guest Post

Hey guys!  We are here today with a guest post from the epic and fabulous Jessie from Jessie Reads Everything.   She’s here to bring us the truth behind Disney’s version of The Little Mermaid and I absolutely adore this post.  Enjoy!! ********************************************************************* I grew up loving fairy tales. It may be because I was part of the generation who grew up when Disney was releasing all of their awesome fairy tale adaptations. I remember going and seeing The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, and Aladdin in the theaters. My childhood was amazing when it came to movies! I adored the Disney’s movies but also loved the original fairy tales. My grandpa would read the original Grimm fairy tales to me before bed when I stayed at their house. You’d think four-year-old me would have been scared by the originals, but instead, they fascinated me. I probably wasn’t a normal… Read more »

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The Golden City by J. Kathleen Cheney | Emily Reviews!

The Golden City by J. Kathleen Cheney | Emily Reviews!

I received this book for free from the author in exchange for review consideration.  This did not in any way affect my review. My Review I really adored this book.  Set in an alternate history version of early 1900s Portugal, The Golden City centers around Oriana Paredes, a sereia (or siren) who lives on land and works as a spy for her people.  (For more on the sereia, make sure to check out our interview with Kathleen here!)  Due to massive distrust between the people of the sereia and the current King of Portugal, sereia are absolutely not allowed anywhere in the land.  Oriana gets around this by wearing gloves to hide her webbed fingers and always wearing high-necked dresses to mask her gill slits.  She works as a companion to the daughter of an upper echelon family, but that employment suddenly comes to a close when the daughter is murdered and… Read more »

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Bout of Books 11 – Goals and Updates Post!

Bout of Books 11 – Goals and Updates Post!

Hey guys! Today is the first day of Bout of Books and I am here to quickly share my goals. There’s still a ton of stuff going on for Splash Into Summer and Danie is out and about traveling for some family stuff, so we’re sneaking in just under the wire here!  It’s not too late to join up this year.  Here’s the official scoop. The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 18th and runs through Sunday, August 24th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books… Read more »

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Interview and Giveaway with Author Polly Holyoke | Splash Into Summer

Interview and Giveaway with Author Polly Holyoke | Splash Into Summer

I am so excited today to bring you another author interview and giveaway as part of Splash Into Summer!  Today we are featuring Polly Holyoke, author of The Neptune Project, which I will be reviewing a bit later on in this event.  The Neptune Project features a dystopian society in which some teenagers are genetically altered in order to escape the overpowering government and must now live underwater.  It’s not quite full-on mermaids, but it had some of the most lush underwater settings I’ve read in awhile. If you read to the bottom of the interview, you have the opportunity to win a signed hardback copy of this book and a special gift from Polly herself!  This one is unfortunately US only, but if you are international, don’t forget our main giveaway! And, as always, to see all of our Splash Into Summer giveaways and fun posts, check out the calendar here, or… Read more »

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Why Mermaids? | Splash Into Summer

Why Mermaids? | Splash Into Summer

So when Bonnie first suggested to me that I help co-host this event with her, I was very excited.  I adore her blog and think she runs really amazing events. But then I had to stop a minute because — confession time — before I started preparing for this event I don’t think I had EVER read a single mermaid book IN MY LIFE.  So how exactly am I supposed to host an entire event on mermaid books I ASK YOU. But Bonnie welcomed me with open arms anyway, despite my mermaid newbie status.  And so I started preparing for the event by seeking out books about mermaids and sirens and selkies and other sea-related folk.  Although they are not as prevalent as other fantastical creatures, there were many more to choose from than I originally realized.  And now I seriously cannot be more obsessed with finding good mermaid/seafolk books…. Read more »

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Author Interview and Giveaway with Debbie Herbert | Splash Into Summer

Author Interview and Giveaway with Debbie Herbert | Splash Into Summer

Today I’m here with a really fun interview with Debbie Herbert, author of the romance Dark Seas series. I am so excited to be able to share this interview with you AND, thanks to Debbie, provide you the opportunity to win a few copies of her books for yourself!!  Enjoy! Remember, if you want to check out all the fun posts and giveaways we have going on as part of Splash Into Summer, just check out our main calendar here, and if you want to play along, link your posts up to our linky here! Interview with Debbie Herbert                                       For the uninitiated, can you describe your series? I write the Dark Seas series for Harlequin which involves a secret shape-shifting mermaid clan living deep in an Alabama bayou. The first book in… Read more »

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The Savage Blue by Zoraida Córdova | Guest Post Review and Giveaway!

The Savage Blue by Zoraida Córdova | Guest Post Review and Giveaway!

Today we have a really great guest post review of The Savage Blue by Zoraida Cordova courtesy of the fabulous Grace of Grace Books of Love!  And even better, you have the chance to win the book from Grace as well!  Make sure to read to the bottom to check that out! This is the second book in a series, and my co-host Bonnie has already reviewed the first book in this series, which you can check out here.  And in even more exciting news, Bonnie will also be featuring a review of the third book in the trilogy next week along with a guest post from Zoraida herself!  Definitely stick around to see all that cool stuff. Remember, you can always see the most up-to-date calendar of all of our past Splash into Summer posts at our kick-off post here, or link up your own splashy posts here!! ****************************************************************** This was… Read more »

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Danie’s Favorite Mermaid Movies | Splash Into Summer

Danie’s Favorite Mermaid Movies | Splash Into Summer

This post is part of our ongoing Splash into Summer feature co-hosted with A Backwards Story! If you’re interested, visit here to see the full schedule, enter our giveaway and see our collection of links so far or visit the linky here to link-up your own mermaid-y goodness!  I am so excited to be taking part in Splash Into Summer! I love mermaids. I’ve had an…obsession…with them since I was little. I used to sit on the steps of the pool, and pretend I was one. And of course, mermaids in books are always wonderful, but today I’m going to bring you just a few of my favorite movie mermaids. So here we go! All plot summaries are borrowed from IMDb. Peter Pan “But, Danie, Peter Pan isn’t about mermaids! It’s about a boy who won’t grow up!” BUT WAIT! Feast your eyes on this… “Based upon Sir James M…. Read more »

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Waiting on Wednesday: Atlantia by Ally Condie

Waiting on Wednesday: Atlantia by Ally Condie

This post is part of our ongoing Splash into Summer feature co-hosted with A Backwards Story! If you’re interested, visit here to see the full schedule, enter our giveaway and see our collection of links so far or visit the linky here to link-up your own mermaid-y goodness!  I don’t always participate in Waiting on Wednesday, which is a weekly meme hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine, but there is one book that has been percolating around in my mind ever since I agreed to co-host this event with Bonnie.  It has a gorgeous cover, an author with a previous track record, and IT’S A FANTASY STANDALONE!!! And, yes, I know the title of the post gave away what it was, but come on! I need to build up SOME intrigue in this post, right? Can you hear Atlantia breathing?For as long as she can remember, Rio has… Read more »

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