Book Review: Scales by Pauline Creeden

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ScalesI shared an excerpt from Pauline Creeden's new novella, Scales, a few weeks ago--and I am excited to share the review of the book today!  Be sure to check out the other stops on the book tour!

Quick Summary of Scales.  Verona is a bottom feeder. She is the one mer in her clan who is considered the ugliest and least intelligent. Growing up with the constant bullying and abuse wasn’t the worst of what her kind had in store for her. At seventeen years old, she must now endure “The Reckoning.” The scales will measure her worth to her clan. Will she endure thirty days as a land-walker to gather information and knowledge to appease her clan and return a valued member? Will she wait three years, until she is twenty, and find a mer of her kind to accept her and marry her? Or will she suffer exile for the rest of her life?  

Scales introduces readers to a whole new world.  I am new to the fantasy world of mermaids--so I do not have any prior experience with books focusing on the mer world or its culture.  I did; however, feel completely drawn into Verona's world in the short space allowed by the novella.  I love Pauline Creeden's writing style--and have read and enjoyed her takes on many themes.  She develops her book's setting so easily and thoroughly that readers become included and quickly invested in the characters' worlds.

Scales leaves readers needing the next novella in the series!  While the plot of Scales finds a little resolution--most of the larger problems and issues remain ongoing by the story's end.  Creeden offers just enough closure and leaves just enough loose ends to leave readers ready for the next novella in the series.

Would I recommend Scales by Pauline Creeden?  First of all, I have not read a book from Pauline Creeden that I would not recommend.  I love her writing style--no matter the genre.  This novella is written for young adults and is a quick, easy, fun read.  While the book focuses on Mer People and their fantasy world; the issues faced are very realistic to our real world.  Creeden does an excellent job keeping the fantasy world in tact while adding all realistic, human elements from our world.  I would certainly recommend this book for fantasy story fans--but, would also recommend it for anyone ready to try a fantasy story. 

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 Pauline CreedenAbout the Author
Pauline Creeden is a horse trainer from Virginia, but writing is her therapy. In her fiction, she creates worlds that are both familiar and strange, often pulling the veil between dimensions. She becomes the main character in each of her stories, and because she has ADD, she will get bored if she pretends to be one person for too long.

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