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The sirens of Griffins Bay are in trouble, and the recent slew of royal suicides looks to be the least of their worries.For one, unless a blood relative of the queen shows up, no one's around to staff the monarchy. Well, except for a whack-job bureaucrat and he seriously won't do. Worse is the community unrest threatening siren society, a problem caused by too many humansThe sirens of Griffins Bay are in trouble, and the recent slew of royal suicides looks to be the least of their worries.For one, unless a blood relative of the queen shows up, no one's around to staff the monarchy. Well, except for a whack-job bureaucrat and he seriously won't do. Worse is the community unrest threatening siren society, a problem caused by too many humans in the pool, which means Simon and his off-limit girlfriend will have to run and hide if they want to make more of their flirtation... The solution doesn’t inspire confidence at first, but the Blakes have everything at hand to set their world to rights - namely, a hidden queen, a dead prince, and a facility for human manipulation. Once they find their sea legs, they'll restore order, distribute smart phones, and drive that conniving bureaucrat to a grisly, satisfying end....

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Breakwater Reviews

  • Judi Easley
    2019-06-01 07:41

    BreakwaterPosted on December 15, 2017The Mer Chronicles, #2Errin StevensSelf-Pub, Nov 2016Kindle, 243 PagesAlso available in hardcover, paperback, audiobookGenre(s) Mermaid Fantasy, FantasySource AuthorOther books in this seriesUpdrift #1, Outrush #3My Disclaimer:I was provided a complimentary copy of this book. I am voluntarily providing an honest review in which all opinions are fully my own. I am not being compensated in any way.~ Judi E. Easley for Blue Cat ReviewWhat it’s about…A continuation of the story of the siren community involving the Blake family and their close friends.With no one on the throne, a senior adviser is standing in so that the government can still operate. Xanthe is having problems finding her usual mental sureness for quick decision making and thinks there is someone from outside effecting her. She even has an idea who it is, as far-fetched as it might seem.A solution is found for the restless sirens who can’t settle into harmony with the humans the community lives alongside. And an outstation in Antarctica is created. It sounds bleak, but combine sky, ice, and water and you might be surprised what you can create.When Peter Loughlin’s ex-wife, Serena turns up and is Carmen Blake’s mother, there is a new queen on the throne. Not everyone is happy. Dunkin does his best to cause trouble and regain his “power”, but he’s made someone very powerful angry and he won’t survive this confrontation.Can the siren community resettle its members, appease the ruffled feathers, and make peace again for its community with what it now has to deal with? Can one member of a community live outside the rules, especially when he is stronger than any other?Technical Tidbits…The cover is wonderful with its depiction of Isabel shimmering in her change. It is a dark cover, as it should be given the fact that it’s a picture of Duncan’s abuse to her while he was controlling her and using the taser to make her change.The storyline is complex and amazing. Ms. Stevens is an author who packs a lot into a story and adds in small side stories along the way.The characters are great. The Blake family you will know from the first book, Updrift. Xanthe is revealed more this time since we get closer to her in this book. In Updrift her role was almost a cameo. Here, she plays a full role and we get to know her more as a person, a frustrated and angry person. Maya is a whole person this time as she has a story in this book. And we get to know Aiden better. We also get to know Sylvia and Simon Blake quite well with their story. Simon and Aiden are two of the workers on the Antarctica Project. And Sylvia gives us a great description of the place when she sees it.The pace is great. It moves pretty fast. It has some slower spots for some scenes and is just a bit choppy in a couple of places, but for the most part it’s pretty fast and intense. No confusion and no trouble keeping up with this pace though.The tension is kept up throughout the story. You are always aware of the bigger picture with this group even when you are with only two people. They are part of a community the is always aware of the community as a whole. Plugged in, in a way. Or maybe tuned in would be a better way to describe it.Writing quality? All you have to do is read about Simon and Sylvia’s time at the outstation on Antarctica, well the description of the dome and the space there. You feel as if you are actually there feeling everything Sylvia does as she lies there beneath the dark sky and feels a part of the sky and stars. Errin describes that first encounter for Sylvia in poetic terms that bring you into the space with Sylvia as she feels the space above her and the space beneath her blend and she becomes a part of both.And this is where you STOP if you don’t want to see any SPOILERS…The good, the bad, and the ugly…and how much it lit up my life… ✰✰✰✰⭒Wow! This was so different from the first book, but so good! This book was darker right from the beginning. Sylvia was taking her walks and she had a dream about a sea monster and being stalked. She also had a feeling it was real. But she had another feeling that it was Simon. So no matter how much mind wiping Simon was doing, she was retaining enough to be aware that this was going on and starting to put the pieces together, just not enough or quickly enough to not feel like she might be losing her mind. Shame on you Simon for several reasons. One, you aren’t supposed to be taking a second daughter from a family. Two, she’s starting to feel like she’s losing her mind, so your game is going on too long and you aren’t aware of it. Three, sneaking around is not a good idea. But, I guess it worked! He gets his girl in the end. It just causes trouble in the siren community and Aiden isn’t happy because his bond to Maya is broken up. No one realizes until it’s too late that Aiden has bonded to her.When Duncan is acting regent, he gets a taste for the position and isn’t happy when Serena shows up and points out that there is a blood-line and an heir to the throne. So when they pat Duncan on the back and send him home to put Carmen on the throne. Someone he feels is totally unsuitable and incapable of handling the job. Duncan takes off and tries to create his own community and cause trouble with his threat of revealing them all. His primary problem in the beginning was the fact that he really didn’t understand humans and their curiosity. They would have eventually wanted to know how the change was done. After the confrontation with the royal family, his biggest problem, of course, shifted to Peter. Then he no longer had any problems. I was glad Peter executed him. I wasn’t sure what Carmen would have done with him, but it would always have been a problem having him around.What will happen in a community of peaceful beings where everyone works for the good of the community with one who is stronger and there is no control for? Peter is stronger than anyone in the entire siren community. He was able to put Xanthe offline. He will tolerate no control over himself now that he’s back. Yet, he’s not the king and wants no position that will take anything from him. He is willing to teach others to cloak so that the community may develop a greater ability to defend itself. What is foreseeing for the community? Until now it’s really not needed an army per se. It’s only really had guards to protect the royal family. What Peter seems to have in mind is bigger and more offensive than defensive. Gabe is willing to take his cloaking training so hopefully he can keep an eye on things. I’m sure Xanthe will count on him. I’m looking forward to the third book Errin is working on, Outrush. I’m not sure when it’s due out, though. Maybe she’ll leave a not on the post and let us know.Highly RecommendedIf you haven’t read the first book, Updrift, I reviewed it on November 15th. It is amazing! And I gave it ✰✰✰✰⭒What it’s about… Kate Sweeting and her mother, Cara have moved to Griffins Bay to start a new life. To try to leave behind the grief of losing Cara’s husband. Cara runs the library and plants gardens and charms people.Kate becomes best friends with Gabriel Blake and his whole family by the sea. His is a family with lots of secrets. And as Kate and Gabe grow up their feelings mature. Finally, they get to spend enough time together in the water to find out what all the secrets mean for them.But there is one who wants what they have and is not afraid to reach for it.The two books would make a great Christmas present for someone who likes mermaid, oops, excuse me, siren stories. Both books are available in e-book, hardcover, paperback, or audible from either Amazon or BN.com.

  • Tricia
    2019-06-09 12:44

    BREAKWATER BY: ERRIN STEVENS I liked that the fantasy element was much more prominent in Breakwater. I also appreciated that the same level of care was given to the characters. Quite honestly that still remains my favorite thing in this series. It is clear the author spends a great deal of time and detail developing well rounded and mostly well liked characters and intricate relationships. I think Stevens truly shines there. I liked seeing some of the characters that we met in the first book, Updrift, in this one, playing larger roles. And I seeing some new characters that we were introduced to in Breakwater. I do think that there was a lot more going on in Breakwater too, plot wise. Maybe even a little too much with the many sub plots taking place. It was a page turner, but could leave your head spinning a little at times. All in all this was a good read and I enjoyed it. I look forward to seeing what happens with everyone in the next book!  I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

  • Robin Goodfellow
    2019-06-15 07:40

    -I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.Breakwater, by Errin Stevens, is a paranormal romance about protecting your home, and learning how to properly love others, no matter how painful it may be. The book is separated into three parts. Part One delves into the love lives of Maya and Sylvia, both of whom meet two mysterious, yet charming strangers. Meanwhile, Carmen finds out that she is the heir to the Siren throne, and must prepare herself to lead her people. Part two introduces Duncan Fleming is a disgruntled siren who is desperate to lay claim to the throne, and will do whatever it takes to wield that power again. All the while, Simon and Aiden must realize that love isn’t like the wondrous affection that everyone dreams of. In Part Three, Carmen and her allies must foil Duncan’s plans in exposing the sirens, and learns that no matter what, family looks out for one another. With the ending of one fairytale, and the beginning of another, Stevens illustrates the same, timeless gifts that love has to offer.I enjoyed Maya’s practicality, as well as Sylvia’s determination. Kate does have a point; owning a business at her age, falling in love with a siren, Sylvia has done a lot. Personally, it did seem like Simon did force his way into her life; for instance, he simply whisked Sylvia away to a place where he felt would be the most romantic. Even so, I must advise Simon that what he did was not an act of love; in fact it’s illegal in, I believe, most parts of the world. But despite that, it still worked out for them, however strange the experience was. I do admit that I did feel sorry for Aiden, especially since he felt like he belonged to Maya. Even so, he learns that this is just another aspect of love that he needs to understand; love hurts, and no matter what he chooses to do, it will keep hurting.Then there’s Duncan Fleming, a man ruled by his own selfish ambition. He used his wife to try to get what he needed, and enslaved humans simply because he had this need to be worshipped and loved. He denied Carmen her rightful birthright, because he was already addicted to the power he once had. While I was initially sympathetic to him, over time, he started to deteriorate in my eyes. He went as far as to try and expose his own kind to humanity. He lost all credibility with me, but because of that, he became an excellent, irredeemable villain.The book explores the inner workings of an incredibly confusing concept known as love. Like Updrift, the book shows that love can be innocent, and sometimes, our adoration of a person leads us to do crazy things. After all, a teacher did once tell me that love and insanity are two sides of the same coin. Simon had stolen Sylvia away from her life, though he did realize his mistake. At the same time, Duncan was in love only with himself. He was willing to do whatever it took to appease his arrogance, even if it meant that betraying his home. Stevens shows that love does encompass all types of timeless aspects, whether it be innocence, or selfishness. Like Updrift, Breakwater carries with it the same, enchanting atmosphere, bringing back the age-old possibility that anything can happen. From the amusing romance between Sylvia and Simon, to Carmen’s ascension to the throne, to even the sinister Duncan, this book reminded me of the classic fairytales we all loved when we were little. It carries the traditional ideas of good and evil, as well as the fact that justice always perseveres. There were times when the book seemed a bit too sweet for me, but other than that, I enjoyed this book. As such, I would give this book a rating of a 3.8 out of 5 stars, and would recommend this book to those who fell in love with I, Coriander, by Sally Gardner, and Gail Carson Levine.

  • Christina
    2019-05-29 08:45

    I hated Kate in this book I know there were more focus on other characters but still she just annoyed me in this book as opposed to Updrift. Because of this the beginning fell flat for me so it took me longer to get into it. The ending did the same because it felt like Kate and some of the other sirens were dooming Maya to fail in the marriage just because she's marrying someone different just because she's lost.... I understand how Maya feels and wouldn't marry someone if I didn't love them but the pressure her family and town put on her...lets just say I get that but dooming her to fail is so cruel. But what made the book great was the middle everyone was figuring things out the story was unfolding the twists and turns that's what made me love this series. She implements sirens into the real world and makes that story great. I just hated that this book made getting married quickly and compulsory the norm.. Updrift made that be more gradual at least in my opinion 4 out of 5 stars thank you so much Errin for the opportunity to read and review this book and I'm looking forward to reading more of the series.

  • MrPinkInk Jacques de Villiers
    2019-05-25 12:24

    "Each pulse was like a low-level sonic boom resonating in tiny bursts of vibration throughout her body. Chills skittered over the surface of her skin like an effervescent tide and a sound like the surf roared dully in her ears."Rarely, if ever, is a second book in a series as good as the first; in this case, I felt Breakwater to be, in fact, better than Updrift!The story continues seamlessly from book 1 and the main focus shifts a little, but I love how the intrigue practically doubles - i couldn't stop reading this book! Personally, I'm happy that Kate's pregnancy took a back seat and rather followed the drama of a succession.Character development continues unabated and the siren world grows with each page; Errin seems to have put a lot of time into rounding out each of her characters, regardless of the role they play, and their personalities spoke to me - I identified a little with each character, found something of myself in each of them.Her writing style is just as incredible as the first time I read it. And the last third? It was crazy good!!! I certainly am looking forward to the third installment, bated breath included!5 STARS!!!!!!! Go get it.

  • Lilmissmolly
    2019-06-12 09:39

    Breakwater by Errin Stevens is an interesting mermaid story that takes place in present day. It is the second book in The Mer Chronicles, and I highly recommend reading the first book before this one to better enjoy the story (I didn’t listen to the first book, Updrift, and felt lost for about 1/3 of the book). The story primarily centers around Carmen who finds out that she is the heir to the Siren throne. Plotting against her is Duncan Fleming, who was appointed the Regent after the prior Queen died in the first book. Simply put, Duncan doesn’t want to relinquish his claim to the throne and devises a plan to expose the sirens by brainwashing humans who worship and adore him. In the end, Simon gets his just rewards is a classic fairytale ending (his attempt at killing the new Queen backfires on him). There is a side plot of Simon kidnapping Sylvia, while Maya marries the wrong man for the wrong reasons. I expect these side stories will be better developed in the next book. I listened to the Audible version of this story narrated by Sean Posvistak who did an admirable job providing differing voices for all characters. I do wish he narrated in a more conversational tone though as his reading seemed quite excitable. All things considered, I would like to listen to the next book in the series and plan to listen to the first one as well as the concept of mermaids living among humans is fascinating.

  • Sweetpea
    2019-06-12 14:18

    Breakwater: The Mer Chronicles is Book 2 in The Mer Chronicles Series. I think that it is best enjoyed after listening to Book 1 for more background on the story and characters. I was pleasantly surprised that Breakwater was just as good as the first book in the series, something that doesn't always occur. Once again, I was transported to the magical world of sirens and had a great listening experience. Romance, suspense and a few surprises all made for an interesting story. Such a fun series! The narration was terrific and added to my enjoyment of the audiobook. I can't wait to see what happens next and I would recommend Breakwater: The Mer Chronicles.I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. This review is my honest opinion.

  • Betsy
    2019-05-26 13:29

    I was given this book by the author for free for my honest review. If you read book one Updrift and are like me then you're probably a little hesitant to read book two. I'm glad I'm the type of person that needs to finish a series once I start because book two is really good. I can understand why book one felt rushed to me. The author is slowly unraveling this siren world through intrigue, romance and surprises. I can't wait for the next book in the series. I thought it was geared more towards young adults when I read book one but boy was I wrong. Errin Stevens has reeled me in and I'm hooked. (Pun intended)

  • Betsy loran
    2019-05-22 07:25

    Worth the readI was given the book by the author for free for my honest review. If you read book one Updrift and are like me then you're probably a little hesitant to read book two. I'm glad I'm the type of person that needs to finish a series once I start because book two is really good. I can understand why book one felt a rushed to me. The author is slowly unraveling this siren world through intrigue, romance and surprises. I can't wait for the next book in the series. I thought it was geared more towards young adults when I read book one but boy was I wrong. Errin Stevens has reeled me in and I'm hooked. (Pun intended)

  • Sabetha
    2019-06-09 12:47

    The world keeps you reading.Much like book 1 in this series the world the author has created holds my interest much more than the actual story. But compared the book one the writing style has improved. Still plenty of telling, but not as much as book one. The plot in both books is a late reveal, which left me contemplating what the story was actually supposed to be about while reading which makes it harder to connect with the characters. If you love mermaid books this one is worth the read for the world alone. Its very well thought out and feels like it could be real.

  • Felicia Allen
    2019-05-18 12:27

    I liked how this one didn't just focus on Gabe and Kate. It focused on the siren community as a whole. I can't wait to read the third one.

  • Michelle (Bookaholic Banter)
    2019-05-21 06:21

    Will review shortly

  • Steph
    2019-06-11 10:37

    Breakwater follows several main characters on their slightly differing, but interconnected journeys between North Carolina and Shaddox, the mermaid/siren island. This book keeps up with Kate and Gabe, Carmen and Michael, Maya, Sylvia, and Kate's extended family (parents and aunt/uncle) from the first book of The Mer Chronicles, Updrift. There were some newly introduced characters. Unexpectedly, Peter's former bonded wife and Parker turn out to play a somewhat monumental role, greatly affecting Carmen. Siren characters Simon and Aiden, who were introduced very briefly in Updrift, were reintroduced as a much larger part of the plot in Breakwater. Duncan and his wife were also a newer, but somewhat important, focus in book 2, Breakwater. As I'm sure you can gather, there is a lot going on in North Carolina and Shaddox - plenty of drama, jealousy, and desire!I especially like that author Errin Stevens left me continually wanting to read on, because the characters are all so important, with so much going on and just as much hanging in the balance. Simon, particularly, threw me for a loop, as sort of a rule breaker, but in a more shocking way. He isn't a rule breaker of a rebellious sort, but rather follows a path I didn't expect he would choose (which is when he breaks "rules"). Maya and Aiden were also somewhat of a shock, but after reading The Mer Chronicles (books 1 and 2), it's understandable why things have to be as they currently are. With that being said, I'm anxious to see the outcome for Maya, whether her current situation lasts 5 years or more ;)Overall, I recommend this well written series (beginning with Updrift, then Breakwater) for ANY fantasy lover. The Mer Chronicles is an entertaining and enjoyable read!

  • Terry Pearson
    2019-05-27 13:18

    I was asked by the author if I would be interesting in reviewing Breakwater (Book II in The Mer Chronicles). Obviously I said yes. Here is my unbiased honest review.Breakwater follows several characters from Book I of The Mer Chronicles in addition to numerous new characters.I am not sure where to begin with this. What can you say about fish-like creatures who can shift into humans? I've never written a review about mermaids and mermen and in fact, this is the first time I have ever read a story about Mer people. My preferred genres are thriller/horror/historical fiction. That being said, it took me several chapters before I found myself interested in what would happen on the following pages. Once that happened I was able to engage with the characters. I found the book flowed nicely and the characters lovable (well, most of them) and well-rounded; my favorites are Simon and Aiden - with Simon being my overall favorite. Errin Stevens has written a nice story for fans of Fantasy / Mythology and I am sure Book III will be even better. Who knows, I might have enjoyed this one enough to purchase the following.My rating is 3.8 stars

  • Tracy Thomas
    2019-05-18 06:42

    **I was given this book for free, for partaking in The Happy Lil Book Nook Blog Tour for BREAKWATER by Errin Stevens. Below is my honest review of this book**I enjoyed this book, really enjoyed it. So much more than the first book. This makes the second book about Mermaids, that I have ever read. (Updrift, being my first). I felt like the writing was much better, the story flowed nicely, and I didn’t feel like I had to drag myself through reading it. Which was my struggle with the first book in the series. I am really excited I read this, and I got to see where the story was going, and I am so excited for the Third book, OUTRUSH.If you are a fan of Mermaids and Mythical creatures, UPDRIFT and BREAKWATER need to be a must read for you. I promise you will enjoy them, and grow attached to the characters, just like I have. Have any of you guys read these books?"She was the author of her solitude and had the power to rewrite herself."

  • Misty
    2019-05-24 06:32

    I voluntarily reviewed an advanced readers copy of this book provided by the author. I am having a little difficulty trying to figure out what to say about this book. I didn't really enjoy it as much as I enjoyed the first book.It pretty much starts off right where Updrift (the first book) left off. There are so many new characters that are introduced or that we got to know a little bit in the first book having their own storylines that I felt like it was a little to overwhelming. Kate and Gabe weren't as prominent in this book and I found myself really missing that. I go pretty attached to their characters after reading Updrift that I really would have like to have so much more of them in this book. Even though I didn't enjoy this one as much I am still really interested to continue on with this series to find out what happens next for these characters especially Maya and Aidan.

  • Kathi Porter
    2019-06-04 08:40

    This chick can WRITE. I read Updrift... and I literally cannot wait for the rest of this series. Tightly imagined, beautiful imagery, lush romance and action - the right amount. Run don't walk to pick this one up.

  • Cloud Riser
    2019-06-15 06:40

    Okay, I'm finally putting together my review. I've been sitting on it for far too long.I loved this. I dreamed about it. that's how into it I got. DREAMED OF IT, and that hasn't happened for a long time. Not with a book. Every character, all of the situations, all felt real and were fascinating. I couldn't put it down. I kept looking for excuses to keep reading. Seriously, get these books. They're so mystical and poetic with their writing. So awesome.

  • Sarah
    2019-06-11 06:33

    I totally meant to get this up a couple days ago because I did finish the book in 2016. It was great to reenter the mermaid world that Errin has created. She brings a nice mix of action, romance and emotional intrigue. There were a few times where the background narrative was a bit slow, but otherwise I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for my honest review and opinions.

  • Forest of Words
    2019-06-05 11:30

    This book really surprised me. I think the writing style improved so much from the first one. I loved the inner monologues of the characters and I could relate much more to them than in the first book. In Updrift there was so much direct speech that I couldn't get in to the story.However Breakwater was a real pleasure to read.Also I love the beautiful covers of both books!

  • Taylor
    2019-06-16 11:31

    I love this series! This is adorable and creative and makes me totally want to be a mermaid!

  • InD'tale Magazine
    2019-06-14 14:30

    Told in Ms. Stevens' always elegant writing style, "Breakwater" dives deeper into the evocative world of sirens.Read full review in the 2017 April issue of InD'tale Magazine.