Review: Shearwater by Derek Murphy


“I watched the colored lights and sparkles coming off of Sebastian in the dark water, as the ocean began the process of rebuilding his tail. I longed to join him in the water, to wrap my arms around him and let him carry me under the sea; but I wasn’t ready. For him, the ocean was a home; for me it was death. Without being able to transform, the ocean depths would suffocate me, the pressure collapse my bones and flesh.”

After her parent’s accident, Clara is shipped off to live with a grandfather she never knew, in a town she can’t pronounce. In Ireland, she soon discovers that her mother’s secret past is filled with tragedy. Trying to track down the truth, she begins going through changes of her own, until she’s not sure just who – or what – she is anymore.

Then she meets the mysterious Sebastian, who won’t leave her alone, and Ethan, who apparently can’t stand to be near her. Both of them seem to have supernatural powers, and she’s not quite sure whether they want to kill her or kiss her. Just when things are getting interesting, someone attacks her, and she gets a revelation that destroys everything she thought she knew about the world, humanity, and herself.


I love mermaids. I’ve aways loved them. When I was a kid, my favourite Disney princess was Ariel. Hands down, The Little Mermaid was my favourite movie. I really don’t know what it was about mermaids that drew me in. I guess I was always drawn to the magical feeling of being able to explore the sea and live in a castle underwater and to play in shipwrecks. Funny how I’m now deathly afraid of the ocean huh?


And yes I am now listening to The Little Mermaid soundtrack. Don’t judge.

But anyway, I think mermaids would have to be one of my favourite supernatural creatures. Unfortunately, majority of supernatural books only really deal with vampires or wizards. Go figure. So when I heard that Derek was coming up with a book on mermaids that was comparable to Twilight, I immediately knew that I was going to absolutely love it.


The book started out and ended amazing. I absolutly loved the pace even though it was slower then I’m usually used to. There was this addictive feel to it that books either have or don’t. The writing was easy to follow yet complex enough to make me feel like I was really there. I flew through the book and I would have actually finished it much earlier if I didn’t have to put it down to review another book.


I loved Clara. I thought she was such a strong willed person and she wasn’t some little loser that suddenly got popular because of her looks and the guys she was hanging around. Instead, she got to town, made friends with the pretty people and then continued  to stay grounded despite everything that happened. I don’t know if you get what I mean but it was very refreshing. The only thing I thought was bad was that she seemed to have very little sense of self-preservation. I mean you know Ethan is bad news and yet you let him take you out alone to an isolated place that is technically closed. And then you let him know that you know about the mermaid thing? I mean girl you need to get some sense!

Sebastian was not as strong a character as I wanted him to be. I kept getting these vibes like he was coddling Clara and making her out to be unable to function without him when in actual fact she obviously could. I don’t know. He was probably the most ‘Twilight’ character. He was basically Edward Cullen.

Ethan. I honestly don’t know what to make of him. He started out being your typical bad boy. Then he suddenly morphed into this cool guy who took Clara around and talked to her. Quite frankly I didn’t know what to make of him.

Bad Points

I probably only have two gripes with this book. Firstly it was marketed as comparable to Twilight. Unfortunately, I didn’t realise that this meant that it would pretty much copy Twilight. There were so many things in this book that were present in Twilight. And I am a huge twi-hard so yes, I did see every little thing that was done in reference to Twilight. So while I did enjoy the story overall, I really felt like there was no reason to copy Twilight. The story is strong enough enough to stand on its own two feet. The author himself is good enough to not be copying from anyone.

My second issue was with the history aspect of the book. Now I don’t know if this makes me dense but I feel like a lot of the history bits went right over my head. Now okay. I appreciate the fact that Derek is trying to weave actually history and mythology in the story. I respect that. But I think it could have been done in a much more engaging way. I felt like I was reading a history book and without meaning to, I found that I was skimming.

So yes. Only two major gripes with this book. Other then that, I just really wish that this was a complete novel. I mean I kind of understood why he chose to publish it in two parts but wanting feedback is not an excuse to release half a book. Derek, that’s what beta readers and editors and ARC copies are for. I will certainly be reading the second part of this but I am annoyed. I mean I read books like I drink water. I don’t want to have to wait for part two and then perhaps forget some little detail or part. It’s just frustrating. I mean you’re not Colleen Hoover bro. Calm down.

That said though, I think this book was an absolute gem and everyone should read it and go show him some support and love.

By the way, proceeds from this book will be going into oceanic conservation. How cool? Also, the author has a huge giveaway going. You can enter it here.

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