Monday, March 21, 2016


Title: Shearwater 
Author: Derek S. Murphy 
Part: One
Genre: " An innovative paranormal romance with a brand new magical system, and a version of mermaid biology that actually makes sense." (Source: Goodreads)

Rating: 3.75/5 ☆

Goodreads description: After her parent's accident, Clara is shipped off to live with a grandfather she never knew, in a town she can't pronounce. In Ireland, she soon discovers that her mother's secret past is filled with tragedy. Trying to track down the truth, she begins going through changes of her own, until she's not sure just who - or what - she is anymore. 

Then she meets the mysterious Sebastian, who won't leave her alone, and Ethan, who apparently can't stand to be near her. Both of them seem to have supernatural powers, and she's not quite sure whether they want to kill her or kiss her. Just when things are getting interesting, someone attacks her, and she gets a revelation that destroys everything she thought she knew about the world, humanity, and herself. 

>>>Explore the magical coast of Northern Ireland, and an new interpretation of the Tuatha de Danann, the Fomorians, and mermaid mythology. 

Review: Love is stronger than grief.

Before I start the review I just want to say that I read the first part, which means I have not read the whole story yet. This means that when the story will be whole, it might have a totally different outcome, rating, etc.

Mermaids, man! Mermaids!

So the story (without the prologue) begins  with the death of Clara's parents. It happened suddenly and tragically. And, you see, I totally understood why it happened. It was important to start the plot, to ship her off to a new world. But... I had the feeling that she got over it too quickly. Of course, some people are 'stong' and get over it quickly. But that was not what I felt when I read it.

When Clara came to Ireland, she didn't even get the chance to mourn. Sure, she did have a chance to not go to school for a few days, but even if she did take the 'offer' I don't think that's what she would've needed. 

But I know the reason why she forgot about the death of her parents, why she has no time for the grandfather she just found out about... It's the new handsome lad!

I get it, I do. 
Love is the main motive in many books, stories, poetry, etc. And these modern days are no different. And many authors seek out to that motive, either for the readers and story line or for themselves and their soul. But back to this! 
Love plays a big role in the story as Clara had just lost someone really important to her. People she loved. And she seeks out to new love. Romance. 

But honestly, if those kind of stories annoy you, I have good news for you! You could still enjoy this one.

The story talks about a mythical and magical place in Ireland. There are mermaids (merrow) and hunters. 

I loved how we slowly, bit by bit, got to know a little bit more about this world. It was clear and made sense, and it was beautiful. 

I'm not sure if Mr. Murphy made up those myths or not, but either way they were so complex, though through and wonderful! And the author used, introduced and just told them so appealingly. 

As for the character development in Clara, there was a small improvement, but I read that in part two there will be heartbreak, suffering, and there will come to many developments. And Clara will go from a "damsel in distress" to a "kick-ass heroine". But we'll see.

All in all, I am satisfied with this story and I hope that if you get the chance, you'll read it.

"“There may not be much magic in America,” Jackie said, “but Ireland still has its fair share. You’re in the land of leprechauns and fairies, now,” she said. There was a mischievous gleam in her eye, but something told me she wasn’t entirely joking."

"Yes, grief can be beautiful, as can death. Suffering, regret, tragedy—they are painful and difficult to deal with, but the ability to care enough to feel loss defines us as humans."

“Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.”

Have you read Shearwater? What did you think?

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