Mike’s Review of Scales: A Falling In Deep Collection Novella by Pauline CreedenAuthor: Pauline Creeden
Title: Scales
Published On: May 26th 2015
Publisher: AltWit Press
Pages: 140
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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?

mikes review


5 Stars (5 / 5)

Short but definitely not sweet, Scales is a mermaid novella featured in the Falling in Deep Collection. Verona is a mermaid, and an emotional one at that growing up amongst a very Vulcan-like logical mer-culture that regards mer-folk like that as inferior and stupid.

A lot was packed into this little novella, a fantastic undersea world and culture, some great characters, and just enough of a captivating story to reel us in hook, line and sinker (yup I went with the fish reference!) It’s a great taste of the bigger story we’ll get in the novel “Salt”. Of which the first chapter is included and will have you just as hooked I think.

About Pauline Creeden

In simple language, Pauline Creeden 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.

Pauline is a horse trainer from Virginia, but writing is her therapy.

Armored Hearts, her joint effort with author Melissa Turner Lee, has been a #1 Bestseller in Christian Fantasy and been awarded the Crowned Heart for Excellence by InDtale Magazine. Her debut novel, Sanctuary is scheduled for release September 30, 2013, and has already been nominated for two awards in YA Science Fiction.

One of Pauline’s short stories has won the CCW Short Story contest. Other short stories have been published in Fear & Trembling Magazine, Obsidian River and Avenir Eclectia. An urban fantasy short will appear in The Book of Sylvari: An Anthology of Elves from Port Yonder Press, and a vampire short will appear in Monsters! from Diminished Media Group.