Surface by Tiffany Daune
Publication: February, 2013
Genre: YA Paranormal
Bound to the water bound to land, a Siren’s soul will never be safe on either side of the ocean’s surface. Hidden beneath the rolling waves lies the secret to Theia’s past and as she unveils each haunting truth, she realizes the last seventeen years of her life have been a lie. Now, drawn into a mysterious new world and with nowhere to turn, Theia must place her trust in Luc, a beautiful boy who stops her heart with each dazzling smile, but even his unearthly charm can’t hide the truth—he has secrets— dark secrets binding him to his world—an underwater world where Theia will never belong—a world determined to destroy her soul.
He reached behind the tapestry and removed a book with worn letters across the front—La Doctrine de l’Origine. The book was bound in a scaly coat, like fish skin. Its edges were torn, and some of the larger scales had peeled off. Luc opened the book filled with thick pages, not made with paper, but rather some type of hide, and the lettering was burgundy, as if scrolled in blood.
Luc flipped through the pages and stopped a quarter of the way in. He set the heavy book down on the ship’s wheel.
“Here, look.” He pointed to a familiar image. “This is the mark—it is on you, and it is on me—it’s the birthmark of all Artagasians.”
Theia leaned in close to the pages. They smelled of dried fish, but also sweet like orange blossoms. Her finger traced the outline of the sketched birthmark. The same mark she had seen in the mirror her whole life. She had always been ashamed of the giant smudge on her arm, but not now, not when it lay so beautifully drawn in this book, not when her birthmark meant so much more.
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Tiffany Daune doesn’t get why people want to grow up or why anyone would ever stop eating candy. Her purse is filled with books, lip gloss and a few pieces of Lego bricks. She writes best with a dish of chocolate chips on hand and finds licorice makes a better straw than plastic.
She lives on an island and believes mermaids may be raiding her candy stash, though she hasn’t caught them, yet.
Surface is her first novel and pairs well with gummy sharks.