Everblue

Posted 27 August 2013 by Kim in Book Review / 0 Comments

EverblueEverblue by Brenda Pandos
Series: Mer Tales #1
Published by Obsidian Mountain Publishing on 2011-07-31
Genres: Fantasy, Folklore, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 320
Source: personal purchase | eBook
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From the back cover...

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From the back cover...

She wanted her life to change ... he wanted his to stay the same.

Seventeen-year-old Ashlyn Lanski is tired of her boring, single life. Swimming and spending time with Tatiana, her best friend, are her only sanctuary. The girls plan to leave their drab lakeside town far behind for college, and Ash hopes to finally ditch her longtime crush for Finley, Tatiana's twin brother. But when Tatiana and her family fail to return home after a family emergency, Ashlyn chooses to do something drastic to find them.

Finley Helton and his family are good at blending in as they run their sailing charter business in Lake Tahoe. But together, they guard an ancient secret. When a not so routine meeting forces Finley, Tatiana and their mother to return to Natatoria and Fin's father on a dangerous mission, Fin can't stay caged up for long.

Secrets lurk beneath the deep blue waters of Lake Tahoe, and a simple lifesaving kiss could change their lives forever.

My Review

I have seen a lot of mermaid books around and generally moved on by, thinking they could only be juvenile.  How wrong was I?!  This book was highly imaginative with a great plot.

It is told in alternating points of view, from the first person perspectives of Ash and Fin.  It is pretty refreshing to read something in YA that has that male perspective, rather than the female voice that you often find.  Fin was as strong a presence as Ash and that was nice.  I loved Tati, Fin’s sister and Ash’s BFF.  She was desperate for humanity and provided a source of amusement with some of the parts of humanity that she grasped.

The underwater world in this could have easily been glossed over, but the author clearly took the time to really think about what it would be like to live under the sea.  The details she included were often those that I would never have thought of and it added a great deal to the story.  On land, the story took place in Lake Tahoe and the two settings made for an interesting background.

I loved that the culture of the mer people was so easily blended with those who live on land.  There was also a fabulous blending of mythology throughout this book that lent it a bit of authenticity.

My Recommendation

I loved this book!  Good book, great story, and I expect that Evergreen will be just as good!

4Mugs

About Brenda Pandos

Mommy warrior, comma-kazi, wife, computer whisperer, Pinterest addict, chocolate enthusiast, vampire and zombie slayer, merman magnet, and lover of all things pure and right. Well… maybe after a cup of coffee or two.

Author Brenda Pandos lives in California and is surrounded by the loves of her life—her husband, her incredible boys, a grumpy cat, eight chickens and her characters. Before becoming a full-time author, she worked as an IT administrator. After her son’s ASD diagnosis, everything changed. Being pregnant and embarking on a 35 hour a week in-home therapy schedule was grueling to say the least. She craved a meaningful escape.

Never having aspired to write before, she wrote her own vampire tale for kicks. Four months later, The Emerald Talisman was born. Unsure who’d want to buy her novel, she entered her fledgling book in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award and placed as a Quarter-finalist. That gave her the courage to go Indie and from there, she traversed into a life she’d never imagined and loves to this day. And since a small group of fans grew into a larger group of fans, all cheering her onto books two, three, four, five… and so on, she hasn’t looked back.

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