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ARC Review: Surface Tensions (Island Adventures #1) by G.R. Jordan

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Flora Reviews… Surface Tensions (Island Adventures #1) by G.R. Jordan. My thanks to the publisher, BooksGoSocial (via Netgalley) for the advanced eBook.

What’s Surface Tensions about?

by G. R. Jordan

Read: 5th – 13th August 2018

Surface Tensions is a novel that kicks off GR Jordan’s new series – Island Adventures. This stand-alone sci-fi/fantasy story is an adventure full of suspense, romance and gentle British humour. It’s set on a Scottish island where the discovery of mermaids has divided a community; those who want to wipe them all out and those who want to save the enigmatic creatures.

 What did I like about Surface Tensions?

Gary Ross-Jordan is a new-to-me author. However, I was impressed with his writing style and the prose he used. I found this story intelligent, the characters compelling (even those I didn’t like) and liked the way he reflected all of human nature within these pages.

Primarily, I think that this story is a lovely gentle British comedy-drama.

I really enjoyed reading how the tail unfolded (pun definitely intended). Each character had their own chapters so that we could get to know them. Throughout the story, we were given insights to help understand what it means to live on an island as part of an insular community. We are introduced to quite a few of the main protagonists of this story, the islanders, and I liked that some resonated with my own personality. While others rubbed me up the wrong way. However, all were complex creations who felt very real and believable.

Surface Tensions wasn’t what I was expecting.

It’s NOT a paranormal romance between a human and mermaid – it’s actually a story about the human condition. About how different people react to the unknown, what’s different or new. It also highlights the comparisons between island life to that on the mainland. I didn’t know what to expect, where Mr Jordan would take us. I had no idea how the story would climax and who would come out on top.

Surface Tensions has made me chuckle out loud, made me rage with indignant frustration, put a soppy smile on my face as well as had me holding my breath, on the edge of my seat.

Was there anything I didn’t like?

So, now I have to be honest and say why Surface Tensions had me dithering between a 3 or 4-star rating.

I am probably being rather mean to Mr Jordan and doing his book a disservice. However I need to explain, the dystopian type themed books are not my cup of tea. I don’t like reading stories where everything is as bad as it possibly can be because of the inevitable brutality of our species. Mob mentality really frightens me. When a group of people assemble because they’re emotional and angry about something I shiver. It only takes one act of violence to whip the crowd into a fury and I know that this viciousness, this sense of righteousness is just there barely below the surface. That’s the horror story right there!  I find it very hard to read stories that contain scenes of this nature, and at times, Surface Tensions did make my heart and soul weep. It’s why it took me so long to read, I had to keep putting it down, breathe and step away from the story. I need my fiction to take me away from the horrors of the human condition. Perhaps I should be praising Mr Jordan for getting me so emotionally connected rather than penalising him… 😉

Basically, what I’m saying is…

I did really enjoy this book. It’s got everything that I look for in a good story; adventure, great characters, action, humour and a sprinkling of romance.

I’d recommend Surface Tensions to fans of paranormal mysteries and dramas. I can confirm that the content (e.g. language, violence, sex, etc) is not horrific due to the lack of graphic blood or explicit sex scenes. However, I’d suggest that the target audience is older owing to the tension and thriller aspects of the story.

So, has my review of SURFACE TENSIONS (ISLAND ADVENTURES #1) encouraged you to find out more? Just click on any of the links below to check out the book yourself or to find out more about the author. To see the other books I’ve read, take a look at my profile on Goodreads.


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I'm in my late forties, my interests are varied but since menopause hit a few years ago, I find myself becoming a "grumpy old woman" all too frequently - where has my infinite patience gone!?! Lol!
I bought a Kindle in the summer of 2013 and haven't stopped reading since. If you want to know more about me, check out my blog -

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