Breakwater

Breakwater

by Catherine Jones Payne
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Overview

Breakwater by Catherine Jones Payne

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?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781946693006
Publisher: Quill Pen Editorial Services LLC
Publication date: 05/17/2017
Series: Broken Tides , #1
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 878,550
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.55(d)

About the Author

Catherine Jones Payne is a Seattle native who loves the written word, international travel, crashing waves, and good coffee. Her earliest memory involves pulling up a rolling chair to her parents' old DOS computer-while wearing a tiara, naturally-and tapping out a story of kidnapped princesses. By day she's the managing editor of Quill Pen Editorial and the editor of Splickety Magazine. She lives in Waco, TX with her historian husband, Brendan, and their cats, Mildred and Minerva.

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Breakwater 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Spirit_of_song More than 1 year ago
Ok, I've been needing to get this up for awhile now. I've written it in my head several times now, but the hard part is getting it down somewhere outside my head. A big reason that I am not an aspiring author! But I promised Catherine when she sent me the book that I would review it, so here goes! Also, I strongly do not believe in spoilers, so I will do my best to keep them out of this review. Oh my goodness, mermaids. Catherine (I sorry, I tried to call her Ms. Payne, it just didn't work in my head) crafts a lovely, colorful world full of fish and fins! But all is not well! Tensions between the mermaids and the naiads are at an all time high, and Jade, our protagonist naturally gets stuck right in the middle of it all. First off, let me say that I read this book in a day. I could not stop. This is the first book I've read that takes place 100% underwater (other than you know... The Rainbow Fish book) and, as mentioned earlier, beautiful and full of color. I think Catherine does an excellent job of being descriptive about this world without weighing the plot down with too much information. Looking back, probably my favorite part of this excellent read were the naiads. I think the last (and only) series I've read with naiads in it was C. S. Lewis' The Chronicles of Narnia. I love that I got a chance to read these really cool mythical creatures fleshed out some in this book. Also, the naiads are where we get one of the major themes running through the book, that of tensions between different species. Especially given our current history, the timing is particularly apt for this topic, and while we aren't given all the answers (because, let's face it, nothing is that easy) I think Catherine does an excellent job portraying how a seventeen year old girl would think about and process these issues. (For those of you complaining about Jade and her friends being more concerned with their appearance and boys than what's going on in the world around them has clearly never been or known a seventeen year old girl.) Another reason I love Jade is I can only think of two other fantasy series' that prominently features a more introverted female protagonist (Tamora Pierce's Beka Cooper Trilogy and The Two Princesses of Bamarre by Gail Carson Levine) and I LOVE this. It's a small thing, but being an introvert, I identify with introverts. REPRESENT! Quietly, in your own homes. As it was a large part of the book, I am going to briefly touch on the romance. Mostly I like the romance because it works with some of the tensions between classes into the narrative more closely (not just exploring tension between species, we've got class tension too!) In most novels I can do without the romance, and this is not an exception to that rule. Alright, so you've read my rambling review! To sum it all up, I really liked this book, you should read it, also Catherine, please give me the next one. Seriously.
Laundry_Whispers More than 1 year ago
Let’s chat shall we? I want to talk about this book before I actually talk about this book. Honestly, I’ve never really thought about mermaids. Yes as a teen or early adult I watched ‘The Little Mermaid’. Yes, if I wasn’t older than a couple of decades I might remember a fascination or wonderment about them as a child. Obviously if there was it was short lived because I have no memory of such. If you know me at all, I’m not besties with the fantasy genre. Yarp, I’ve had my nerd card threatened to be revoked over this. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve read fantasy and even enjoyed fantasy, it’s just not my go to genre. It’s honestly been more than a minute since I spent some time with the genre. I dipped my toe with this book mostly thanks to the ever increasing insistence of Kristin. Have you yet realized that when I get tossed into something new/different/weird/quirky/chaotic/so on and so forth, it’s almost always her fault? Yup, I’ve noticed it too! That being said let’s actually talk about ‘Breakwater’. Obviously I have it 4 stars which means I actually really liked it. Many of the the things I enjoyed are tempered with things that were off for me. One thing I really think this book needed is more back story. The story gave me some of what I wanted but not enough. What was the deal with Jade’s father? How was it the naiads were pushed into the corner they were in? They were obviously welcomed into the city at some point but when and how did it start going so sideways? I get it, the naiads and the mer were in a racial clash that was extremely reminiscent of current news with the refugees in Africa and the Middle East. It reminded me of racial issues of the 1950’s and 60’s. It reminded me how of things started with the Jews in Germany leading up to WWII. It reminded me of a lot of issues throughout human history where one race or class or gender even felt they were superior to another and found ways to invoke that superiority onto the other and push the other down and keep them down in what ends up as an attempt to eradicate them. That’s probably a little too deep for a young adult book review isn’t it? This is what I thought of as I read this book. It was entirely more political (without politics if that makes sense) than I expected from a book about mermaids. But, I’m not complaining. The characters throughout the story were relate-able and bond-able. Sometimes, however, they lacked depth. I don’t mean like how shallow her friends were when the engagement was broken but in how they came to be in the situations they were in with the outlooks they had. It’s known that Jade’s father was killed by the naiads, which had to in some way color her views. While she was ready to stand up for them and embrace them I feel like there is more to Dad’s story than the dusting we were given to provide her this outlook. I respected her. I have a desire, no a need, to see where her story is going to lead. And for the love of gravy the cliff hanger at the end is enough to leave me checking for a release date on the next book already! I was provided a complimentary copy of this book by NetGalley. I was not compensated for this review and all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. I was not required to write a positive review.
Sweatheart68 More than 1 year ago
I loved the lush underwater world Catherine Jones Payne created. I loved that the main character Jade is a tomboyish mermaid. The setting is Thessalonike, a thriving sea metropolis, but it's not where Jade's heart lays, except she's promised to be married to a member of the mer guard who may be responsible for a naiad's death. Jones Payne weaves a fantastical story complete with teenage angst set in a fun underwater world. The tension builds from the beginning and twists come several times throughout the story. This is a clean teen read that I would recommend to any reader who loves mermaids, or other worldly fiction. I can't wait to see where the next installment takes Jade.
SherryF More than 1 year ago
I love the gorgeous cover for Breakwater by Catherine Joyce Payne. Oh…to be able to fly through the sea, jump with the dolphins, skim the sandy bottom of the ocean… The writing is spectacular, so creative and descriptive that I am able to visualize things and they play like a movie in my ming. Imagine, if you will, a feeder being surrounded by sea horses instead of hummingbirds. Your garden is full of colorful coral instead of flamboyant flowers. A dead naiad is the reason for Jade’s wedding being cancelled…by her. “I’m here to report a murder.” – Jade. The murder has drawn lines in the sand and there are threats and danger at every turn. Jade is from a high caste in the mer society, unaware of the reality of life for those less fortunate than her. She wants to do the right thing, is friendly with those from a lower caste than herself and begins to learn that there is so much more to life than she ever thought possible. The mers are the same as us, yet different…love, hate, political intrigue, betrayal, murder..Even mers face hard choices and sacrifice. What a fabulous storyline. I didn’t anticipate the direction Catherine Joyce Payne would take with the story and I am loving everything, amazed at the originality and detailed descriptions. The mystery is solved, but there is so much more of the story to be told and I am curious to see how Jade grows and develops. I voluntarily reviewed a free copy of Breakwater by Catherine Joyce Payne.
Laura_Pol More than 1 year ago
I was super bummed that I was unable to read this book in one sitting as I wanted to, BUT each time I returned back to BREAKWATER, it pulled me right back in (no pun intended, since you know, water currents and all). The world-building was really fascinating and loved the ways the author brings Jade's world to life. Kiki was so cool and totally made me want to have a pet dolphin! I thought it might be a little strange reading a story where everything takes place under water, but it wasn't nearly as strange as I originally thought. Plus, it's super cool to see beautiful fish come by. One of the things I loved most about this story was the overall message. I thought it very prevalent to today and thought about how I could show the same bravery as Jade did. She consistently went against the standards of what society said she had to be and do. She truly tried to love others that were supposed to be looked down upon (due to her status) and took it upon herself to be a voice for those who couldn’t be (talk about inspiring me to use my voice to make a difference!). Even more so, I loved how she was reminded that none of the events taking place as a result of her taking a stand for another was her fault. I felt that to be so important and glad Jade was reminded of this. The only thing I was really disappointed about was the near ending with Alexander. I don't want to give anything away, but I loved the introduction of his character and looked forward to having him back on the scene again. However, when he was I felt like he was a character who was pushed aside too quickly with no kind of say in anything (regardless of the situation). This was a really interesting read with a powerful message of loving others and taking a stand for what's right, even if it's against what society says. Would definitely recommend this story to YA readers who are looking for something that's not "shallow" and has a “deeper” meaning. *(I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts expressed are my own and was not required to write a positive review.)*
ruthsic More than 1 year ago
An underwater fantasy about a city of mermaids and naiads, Breakwater takes a contemporary topic and applies it to a different setting. If you haven't been living under a rock for the last couple of years, you will see the allegorical lines between the book and racial tensions in USA. The king of Thessalonike had provided sanctuary to naiads, but they are not accepted by the populace as a whole. Racial and class differences drive the majority of the plot, in which a privileged noble mer Jade has to decide whether to report her fiance murdering someone and risk open civil war in their city. In the world of Breakwater, the mers and the naiads are living in a reef in the ocean, protected from the deeper parts and thus essentially corralled into a single city. Travel outside is risky and naiads rarely risk moving out of the city and venturing to other, more favorable places. So, they accept their low status in the city and try to coexist with the mers who treat them like servants and in some cases, expendable. Jade is quite naive in that regard, because she doesn't see the injustice of it until she gets involved in protecting the naiads, and even then she frequently defaults to worrying more about what the whole 'scandal' is doing for her reputation rather than focusing on the fact that, you know, mers are oppressing the naiads. She is not a likeable protagonist in that way, and I was rolling my eyes quite a few times with her, much like the naiad Pippa who has to frequently educate her on the subject. As for the world, there is nothing much different about it from a standard historical novel set in the Victorian times. The society structure is similar, and the class system is too. For a society of mers that literally can swim in all directions, the city seems awfully confined to traditional land-like houses. Why have walls and courtyards, canals and doors and such in a REEF? It made no sense, and the world-building did not lend to the plot in any manner. And the writing was haphazard, starting with an abrupt introduction and then plunging headlong into the 'scandal', devoting half the book to the murder case and Jade's fashion (of all things). Overall, as a concept Breakwater is interesting but the book need to be have written/edited better.