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Of Ocean and Ash by [Draeger, A.R.]
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About the Author

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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  • File Size: 4050 KB
  • Print Length: 163 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0692466533
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: June 6, 2015
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00Z3ZYJXQ
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #581,818 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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.

Recommended Read

***Some Adult Themes, Situations, or Language***
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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!
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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.
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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.
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I love the cover for Of Ocean and Ash by A R Draeger. It told me what I would find inside, a mermaid able to live on land and sea, and I think that is important.

The mermaid fantasy is lived out in the 1700s, during the time of slavery on a Caribbean island, an original and unique slant to a familiar storyline.

Ia’s life started out ugly, most would say, but she didn’t see it that way. She never would have found Mother, otherwise. Even through all the pain, doubt and abuse, Ia stayed pure in heart. She had found him and knew that was where she was supposed to be.

Politics, savagery, slavery, abuse and rape occur in the mer world, just as they do in the human world.

This 136 paperback of Of Ocean and Ash by A R Draegar does not disappoint. I have not read a mer book like this and loved that A R Draegar gave us a new twist on an old story, which is difficult to do. Most stories have been told many times, just the details are changed.

Of Ocean and Ash holds a lot in a small package, a romance that surpasses all boundaries and ends with a happy ever after. Isn’t that what we all want, a HEA, though the journey to get there was sometimes ugly. Some of the peripheral characters shown through in their ability to give, even when the only thing they had to give of was themselves.

My only complaint is I wanted Of Ocean and Ash by A R Draeger to be longer, more detailed and developed. I think A R Draeger could have brought me to my knees, but, alas, there was that something special missing. Needless to say, read this book if you love fantasy. I believe it will leave you wanting more, just like me.

I received a copy of Of Ocean and Ash by A R Draeger in return for an honest and unbiased review.
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By Bridgett on September 16, 2015
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I was given a copy of this book for my honest review, I was not paid for my review or my thoughts. These are my own.

I have to admit, I have been excited and nervous to review a book of someone I know, someone I communicate with. Granted, we are not best friends, we do not hang out on weekends or go have coffee and talk about recent trips and adventures, we do talk. Her and my mom talk. However, even though I know her, my rating still stands at 5 stars because I am here to rate her book and not her as a person (and she is pretty damn cool in my opinion ;) ).

First, the writing is amazing and very fluid, the story has moved a long very quickly. Every aspect of this story flows together in one smooth motion, like spreading rich, creamy peanut butter on a piece of freshly baked bread. You become enamoured with Ia from the very beginning. You want her to succeed at becoming a Caller, but at the same time, you don't want her to succeed because you want her to have the freedom to escape the likes of Ro. It is a historical romance piece, set during 1736 in the Caribbean. I believe the amount of research needed had to be immense to get the amount of detail for the different types of servitude (slavery, indentured etc).

I like history, I like how it is explained in the context of the story, how it is explained to Ia, who does not understand or know the differences, because it shows that a lot of research was done to get it correct. I do not read a lot of historical romance often, and I like the paranormal and historical romance combination to create this piece.

My least favorite character is Ro.
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