New Release: Review: Scales A Falling in Deep Collection novella by Pauline Creeden


Scales A Falling in Deep Collection novella by Pauline Creeden 
published on May 26, 2015 
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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?

Woman in water


TO KEEP FROM SCREAMING, I bite hard on my lip. The copper mixture of blood and saltwater mingles on my tongue. Mer claws rake against my back. The barnacles on the post to which I’m tied stab me in the chest. Pain sets my body on fire. Everything burns. I squeeze my eyes shut tight and keep my silence. “Ugly.” “Repugnant.” “Unsightly.” “Ignorant.” “Bottom Feeder.” Each word cuts as deep in my flesh as the physical wounds my clan inflicts. It can’t last long. I can endure this. As soon as the sharks catch scent of my blood they will come, and the Mer will scatter. The world spins around me like a whirlpool. My breaths come quick and shallow, my heart pounds faster in my ears. Each second is an eternity, until I realize fresh wounds are not adding to the burning in my skin. The elder’s sharp tongue whispers in my ear. “Now you will be measured.” My wrists fall free of the post as he cuts the ties. Exile. My Reckoning has begun.



I find SCALES to be a great little novella. It captured my attention quickly and didn’t let go. I read Scales in one sitting and was left wanting more. Pauline Creeden is a great story teller. I am never disappointed when I read one of her books. Scales is no exception, it is amazing. I like the contrast between the normally logical mer and the emotional mer, who is considered a bottom feeder. I find Verona very relatable and felt sadness for her situation. The storyline is easy to follow with added twist to keep it interesting.  I am glad that the first 2 chapters of SALT are included, so I could get a taste of where the story is headed next.  Wow! I can’t wait to get my hands on that book! It has some fascinating twist that will be fun to explore when it is released.

Verona is a mer who is considered the lowest of the low in her culture. Labeled a bottom feeder and exiled from her home, she has to learn to fend for herself.  She is left with a choice to either remain in exile or go live with the landwalkers, that she fears, for 30 days and gather useful information to be accepted back as a valued member of society.  She gets help from unexpected sources in her fight to survive and she finds there is danger lurking around every coral when you are alone. 

About the Author:
Pauline Creeden is an award-winning author, horse trainer, and overall book ninja. 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. Her debut novel, Sanctuary, won 1st Place Christian YA Title 2013 Dante Rosetti Award and 2014 Gold Award for First Place YA Horror Novel.

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