The Rising by Terra Harmony

The Rising (The Painted Maidens Trilogy, #1)The Rising by Terra Harmony
Release Date: November 7, 2013
Publisher: Patchwork Press
Format: ebook
Pages: 271
Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance
Series: Painted Maidens Trilogy, #1
Sources: Netgalley

Goodreads Synopsis:

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Fifteen-year-old Serena is the youngest member of a dying race. The increasing acidity of the ocean is destroying her home, slowly eating away at the once thriving underwater landscape. But since the night of Serena’s birth, it is an outside force that most threatens their dwindling population. Werewolves, who once served as protectors for mermaids in the Kingdom of the Undine, now seek to eliminate all who dwell in the ocean — and Serena is about to find herself right in the middle of the deadly conflict.

Given the title of Werewolf Liaison, Serena is determined to make things right for her people. When she ventures to The Dry, she meets Liam, the werewolf with hazel eyes, and her whole world gets turned upside down. As Serena discovers the real history between werewolves and mermaids, she is left wondering who her true enemies are.

My Thoughts:

Have you ever picked up a book that sounded pretty good and you were looking forward to reading it, and then been blown away? This is exactly what happened with The Rising. Terra Harmony has put together a story worthy of an opera. A beautiful symphony that has me laughing, crying, cheering, raging, and finally left me wanting more. I am totally hooked on The Painted Maidens Trilogy.
The storyline was very good. Terra created an underwater universe and a way of life for the mermaids, with traditions and daily routines. Each of the main characters had very distinct personalities, and intricately woven back stories that connected beautifully. The plot itself was full of mystery, twists, and romance.
I loved Serena, the main character. She was a strong, independent, caring individual, who really cared about the Undine and their home, even if she always felt like an outcast. Kia is a perfect match for her, if she could only be brave enough to accept his love and admiration.
Ronin, quiet and reserved, and Rayne, mother of all orphan Undine calflings and therefore, amazing in her own right, are my favorite couple in this book. They are so supportive of Serena and have each dedicated their lives to important tasks in their society.
Terra Harmony is a very talented writer who has brought together mermaids and my personal favorite of paranormal species, werewolves. Not in a million years would I have imagined these two creatures could possible work well together in a story. I mean, come on—two totally different worlds, right? Well, Terra did it! I am hooked and can’t wait for the next book…….

But until then, I definitely recommend The Rising and invite you to join us on Tuesday, October 29, 2013 for Terra’s visit to My Bookish Fairytale, which I am so excited for. 

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