RELEASE DATE: 1st July 2012
GENRE: YA Fantasy romance
FORMATS: eBook & Paperback
Seventeen-year-old Florence Waverley is out of her depth. Literally. Kidnapped and taken below the waves to the mer world of Niemela, she is the ultimate gift for merman Prince Kiren: a human familiar tied to his side. But nothing is what it seems amid the beauty and danger of a dark ocean.
Every Niemelan has a role to play, from the mermaids who weave towers out of kelp to the warriors who fight sea monsters. But in trying to survive, Florence will end up in the middle of a war between the mer and the Darkness. A conflict that will push her between two brothers: Kiren, the charmer inexplicably drawn to both her and the monsters; and Rolan, the loner who has been pushing her away since the day they met. But in order to take a stand--and find out where she belongs--Florence will have to risk it all: her life, her heart... and her very soul.
MY REVIEW:My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Have you ever wonder what lies in the deep ocean? In Florence we discovered this magical world habited by incredible creatures and the Niemelians, a group of mermen and mermaids.
An outsider in the world, Florence is dragged into the deep. There she finds this new reality. Florence never felt part of the surface and enjoys observing people capturing their lives through her camera. At the very beginning of the book someone captures her and takes her to Niemelia. This way Florence introduces us in a wonderful, colorful and fascinating world.
Florence is the perfect female character. One you can easily relate to and love through the story. She finds herself trying to fit in this world and mostly trying to figure out the intentions of the mermen.
The mermen… what to say about them? Rolan and Kiren are two brothers which have opposite personalities. They create the perfect match to Florence. Rolan is a great character and you get to know him as the book moves on.
And Yolee, she is adorable. This little girl-mermaid is one of the best characters. You just want to hug her or listen to her. She is the perfect friend for Florence and helps us to understand much of Niemelia.
One of the things I loved the most were the dialogues, because they never felt forced or corny. That’s something that it’s hard to find. In YA novel there’s a tendency to give the characters a kind of dialogue that sometimes doesn’t feel real. But here the characters and their actions seem credible and easy to read.
The way Niemelia is described is AMAZING. Its colors, tastes and textures, really make you feel that you are seeing it. Somehow you can see what Florence is seeing and feeling all the time. It feels so real that you forget you are reading a fantasy story. The author created this place that lives on its own.
The whole story is well written and it’s very entertaining. The actions never slowdown and every time you turn to the next page something new happens.
In general a book to recommend and read more than once.