Title: Breakwater

Author: Catherine Jones Payne

Series Number: 1

Publication Date: May 30, 2017

Genres: YA Fantasy

Where I received the book: I received a copy of this book from the publishers via netgalley in exchange for a honest review.

Star rating:★★★★

Summary: A red tide is rising.

As the daughter of one of the mer-king’s trusted advisors, seventeen-year-old Jade has great responsibilities. When her fiancé murders a naiad, plunging the underwater city of Thessalonike into uproar, tensions surge between the mer and the naiads. Jade learns too late that the choices she makes ripple further than she’d ever imagined. And as she fights against the tide of anger in a city that lives for scandal, she discovers danger lurking in every canal, imperiling her family and shattering the ocean’s fragile peace.

Can the city’s divisions be mended before the upwelling of hate rips apart everything Jade loves?


i love the cover of breakwater so much! (*insert heart eye emoji*)

breakwater is definitely a one of a kind book. the characters, the writing style, everything. absolutely phenomenal. i love how the book focuses around the social injustice between the mer folk and the naiad. i like how it reflects what the world is like today. breakwater tackles some important issues and really makes the reader think while reading.

i didn’t like jade that much at first, but towards the end i absolutely loved her. jade changes so much as a person due to the events throughout the book. she befriends a naiad, and on her journey, she learns a lot about the society she lives in and herself. she is a strong protagonist, and a likeable character.

i wasn’t a fan of the romance. i liked alexander, but i felt the romance was a bit rushed and awkward. i mean, she was just engaged to someone else?

aside from that, i love the world building and writing style. catherine jones payne is a strong author and i can’t wait to read more books in this series!

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