Book Review & Giveaway: Release

Release (Submerged Sun #3)
By: Vanessa Garden
Published by: Vanessa Garden
Release date: September 27th, 2016
Genre: YA fantasy
280 pages
Source: Purchased by reviewer

This review contains spoilers for the first two books in the series.

It has been a long road to release for Release, but Vanessa Garden has self-published this final instalment in the Submerged Sun trilogy. The first two books have also been re-released, which is good news for those who picked up the first and couldn't find the others in their territory.

The underwater city of Marin is much changed from when we first encountered it in Captivate. Marko and Miranda are stranded in Bob's Bay, constantly checking for a pod to enable them to return. Miranda is concerned about her sister Lauren's welfare, and with mutilated girls washing up randomly on beaches, it's clear Damir is up to his old tricks.

In Marin, Sylvia has the baby she's always wanted and is consolidating her place as ruler. Robbie is trying to find out what happened to Lauren, but his reduced eye sight is not making it easy. He's also trying to find a way to get Marko back to reclaim the throne, but Sylvia will not give it up easily. Even if Marko can reclaim his throne, he and Miranda may not be able to be together.

All of the threads that have been woven through the first two books come together here, and the fight for Marin comes to its conclusion. 

This is a great final instalmentto what has been one of the more original YA series I've read.  The stakes are high and the pace builds to a thrilling climax.  Marko and Miranda's romance is sweet and enduring and it's nice to read a book where the romance isn't the point of tension.

The action packed conclusion to the Submerged Sun Trilogy...

While the citizens of Marin eagerly await the birth of Lauren’s child, Miranda and Marko must deal with the pain and heartache of banishment and being forced to live on land.

But when the bodies of young women begin to wash up on beaches all over the world, their legs mutilated in a telling way, Miranda and Marko become desperate to return to the glittering underwater city.

Because if Damir is back to his evil ways, then Miranda's sister, Lauren, is in grave danger.

Will Miranda and Marko return to the city in time to save Lauren?

Or is Lauren, and the entire city of Marin, doomed already...

We have TWO signed copies of Release up for grabs thanks to Vanessa Garden. This giveaway is open internationally, but one of the winners will be chosen from Australian entrants. You must be 13+ years of age to win. If you're under 18, you must have parental permission to enter. The book will be shipped by the author. Reading Lark is not responsible for prize delivery.

The giveaway runs from January 11-18. Winner will be notified via email on January 19.


  1. Oh squee!!! Still so happy that these are available in the US! Need to get book 2!!

    1. I'm really glad that Vanessa was able to finish this story.

  2. I would need to begin the trilogy from the start. This world sounds intriguing.

    1. It's really different, which is always refreshing in YA fantasy :)


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