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Of Ocean and Ash by [Draeger, A.R.]
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A.R. (Amber) Draeger resides in rural Texas with her husband, Josh, and son, Logan. When not writing or reading, she is watching reality TV shows or tromping through the nearby woods. http://www.amberdraeger.com http://www.facebook.com/ardraeger http://www.twitter.com/adraeger http://www.pinterest.com/adraeger7

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4050 KB
  • Print Length: 163 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0692466533
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x955622b8) out of 5 stars 12 reviews
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9528ff90) out of 5 stars Hook, Line, and Sinker 18 Jun. 2015
By Anna Albergucci - Published on Amazon.com
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This story had me hooked from beginning to end. Though it's a tale of a mermaid's journey, it felt completely real to this world and left me thinking on the unfortunate circumstances that Ia and Matthias faced both separately and together long after I put the book down. Draeger is clearly not afraid to write scenes that are a bit disturbing. I like that, as it adds validity to the story and allows us to see what the characters are made of.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x958ed438) out of 5 stars Damsel in distress turned hero 11 Jun. 2015
By Joseph wyatt - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
This book is nothing short of amazing. I agree with a previous reviewer when she stated that description is one of Draeger's gifts. The imagery was beautiful. The hardships endured by Ia, the main character, made her victory a greater triumph. MUST READ if you love a protaganist/damsel that discovers her unknown strength. I can't wait to read the next novel.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x953d9e34) out of 5 stars You'll love the characters 9 Jun. 2015
By Carrie L. Wells - Published on Amazon.com
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The story, told in a fairytale-esque way, captures you at the beginning, submerging you in the mer world. Description is one of A.R. Draeger's gifts, and she brings the ocean to life. You'll love the characters, the setting, and the book overall!
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x953e403c) out of 5 stars Draeger does a wonderful job of weaving a new story from pieces of ... 15 Jun. 2015
By Bokerah - Published on Amazon.com
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Island life. Mermaids. Slaves.

Ia is thrown into the water at birth, abandoned for her deformity, she is adopted and raised by a mer-family. A storm drags her to the shore, and she finds herself transformed, but life on land offers challenges she never expected. Ia wants to go home, but something about Matthias draws her to him. Yet, Matthias is a tortured man, and just as Ia, caught between two worlds.

A.R. Draeger does a wonderful job of weaving a new story from pieces of the past. She does not flinch from the truth and history of period island life, but within this frame work she builds a real romance between two flawed people. Written in first person/past tense, we experience life with Ia - from the the sweeter moments to the stinging realities. I love the change in Ia, from beginning to end, and reading through Ia's struggle living between two worlds.

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HASH(0x953d4ef4) out of 5 stars I really want to applaud Quirky Bird for the beautiful cover they designed 18 Sept. 2015
By Leigh Anderson - Published on Amazon.com
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First of all, I really want to applaud Quirky Bird for the beautiful cover they designed. The cover is very well-done and was a big influence on my decision to agree to read this book.

Just so readers are aware, this a novella, not a full-length novel. I read it in about a day. It is very fast-paced, which is good and bad. I was able to easily read the story, but I think there was a lot of room for development of the Mer-world. The fact that the mer-people largely subsist on humans was very interesting, but the implications of eating humans was not really explored – especially by the protagonist Ia. I mean, she is pretty much a cannibal. She knows she was born human, why does it not bother her that she eats other humans? Also, the Mer-world seems to be female-centric, with Queens or High Mothers as the supreme rulers and female Callers doing the hunting to provide food. However, it is not a matriarchy. Men still hold power over females and are prized for their physical abilities. I found this to be an extremely odd set up and had the Mer-world been a true matriarchy, it would have provided an interesting contrast with the human world.

I also took some issue with the title and phrase “ocean and ash,” which is repeated throughout the book. The “ocean” link is pretty obvious, but why “ash?” There is a fire, but (I can’t say much without spoilers) not enough to implicate they are two halves of the same coin. “Ocean and Sand” or “Ocean and Land” would have been more appropriate, but I think the author must have fallen in love with the sound of “ocean and ash” and wanted to use it (I admit it does sound nice) even if it didn’t exactly fit the story.

Mermaid fiction has picked up in popularity over the last couple of years, but this is the first one I read. I found it entertaining enough that I will probably seek out more, but I would have liked more world-building here.
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