Source: From Netgalley and Patchwork Press in exchange for an honest review. This in no way alters my opinion or review.
The Rising by Terra Harmony
Series:The Painted Maidens Trilogy #1
Publisher: Patchwork Press
Publication Date: November 1, 2013
Seventeen-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.
The Rising was one of the first books that I got YEARS ago on Netgalley and I am really pushing my way through my older books to get reviews up for them. I loved this cover when I requested it and still do, it is so bright and vibrant.
This book started out pretty slow for me, you learn about Serena from her point of view and it is interesting but it does take a while to feel for her and care. I think that I started really getting into the book more as she begins her Werewolf Liaison role. The plot became more amplified and exciting at that point. And it was around that time the romance began too, so the book really picked up and I began to enjoy it. The plot had a lot of great twists in it that I really wasn't prepared for and I liked that about it.
Overall, Serena was not the best main character, she was interesting but a little dull which I think adds to the overall plot - since Serena feels like an outcast and unimportant. This was a fun read once I got into it and I am interested to see where the series goes at some point but don't need to jump in right away.