Release Day Review! One Thousand Tears by Pauline Creeden

One Thousand Tears
by Pauline Creeden
Publication: June 13th 2018
by Evershade Publishing
Category: YA
Genre: Dystopian, Fantasy
Source: ARC provided by author
in exchange for honest review

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Among mermaids and humans, cruelty has many faces.

One secret Adelaide has kept for as long as she can remember—her love for Jonas. She is the daughter of the clan’s elder; he is a bottom feeder. As Mer, they can never be together. But as humans, it might be possible.

When Jonas’s reckoning comes, he must go to land during the cycle of the full moon. But when the next cycle comes around, he doesn’t return. Fearing what might have become of him, Adelaide follows and gains legs for herself. But living life as a human is much more difficult than she imagined. And finding Jonas is just as hard. To follow him to the underwater city, she must endure the Initiate’s Trial. Her strength and resolve will be tested, if she wants to find Jonas and survive.

Adelaide must prove she’s more than just a mermaid princess.

~My Thoughts~

One Thousand Tears is a dystopian mermaid tale. Let that sink in for a minute.

Right? That was my reaction as well!

This story begins by introducing the reader to Adelaide, a young female Mer, in her everyday life in the ocean. The reader gets a sense of who she is, what her family (and Clan) dynamic is like, and what struggles and fears she has to face.

She loves Jonas, a ‘bottom feeder’ as titled for purposes necessary to maintain their way of life. She’s not supposed to love him. She’s the daughter of an Elder. It would be the end of her should her feelings every be found out. The lengths she goes to in order to seek him out on land, as briefly stated in the synopsis above, are remarkable. But isn’t that what any of us would do for love? The crazy thing is that I wound up rooting…well, I can’t tell you just yet. Go read it and let’s discuss!

Pauline has really outdone herself with this story. While it’s not a full length novel, she has packed so much depth into this incredible tale that it doesn’t feel too short or that it’s lacking anything. I feel like I just finished reading a full length novel in record time! The story has relatable and likable characters, and then characters that you straight up want to bury in the ground in an unmarked grave far, far away. These pages are filled with emotion, tension, and action that kept me glued to the pages.

I highly recommend One Thousand Tears to all fans of fantasy and dystopian genres. The mashup of the two is beautifully crafted and wonderfully cohesive. And while we’re not left with a major cliffhanger (because we all know those drive some people insane), there will be more to Adelaide’s story…

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~About the Author~

Pauline Creeden is an award-winning author, horse trainer, and overall book ninja. She becomes the main character in each of her stories, and because she has ADD, she will get bored if she pretends to be one person for too long.

Armored Hearts, her joint effort with author Melissa Turner Lee, has been a #1 Bestseller in Christian Fantasy and been awarded the Crowned Heart for Excellence by InDtale Magazine. Her debut novel, Sanctuary, won 1st Place Christian YA Title 2013 Dante Rosetti Award and 2014 Gold Award for First Place YA Horror Novel.

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