Review: ‘Everblue’ (Mer Tales No. 1) by Brenda Pandos

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Blurb (from Amazon):

Best friends share everything with each other. Or do they? Seventeen-year-old Ashlyn Frances Lanski is tired of her boring, single life. Spending time with her best friend Tatiana, dreaming about kissing Tatiana’s twin brother Fin, and swimming competitively are her only sanctuary. The girls plan to leave their drab lakeside town far behind for college. But when Tatchi fails to return home after a family emergency, and no one knows where the family has gone, Ash chooses to do something drastic to find them. Ashlyn is about to discover what she’d thought to be true her whole life, wasn’t, and the truth, too fantastical to imagine. Secrets lurk beneath the deep blue waters of Lake Tahoe, secrets that will change Ashlyn’s life forever.


Ok, so to begin, this book has an interesting concept and a lovely cover design, but it ultimately failed to grab me. When I think of mermaids and merfolk, I think of seduction, danger, the lure of the sea, the dichotomy between human and supernatural…this book didn’t quite seem to have that, although its characters were likeable (particularly Ash) and it was also very clever in parts- for instance, I loved the detailed descriptions of the merfolk lair, their colour-changing fish tails, and the gel lenses that come down over their eyes so that they can see. It was sweet and enjoyable in parts.

As mentioned, I also liked the idea in itself, but it soon became a bit too twee for me- more of a high school romance, set mainly in cafeterias, swimming pools and classrooms than something spun from fairytales and fishermens’ legends. So for that reason I give it 5 out of of 10.

Note: I got this as a free book via Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited


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