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Early Review: Emerge by Tobie Easton

EmergeTitle: Emerge

Author: Tobie Easton

Genre: YA Paranormal

Series: Mer Chronicles (Book #1)

Publication Date: April 19, 2016

Format: Paperback, 300 Pages

ISBN-101942664915 (Month9Books)

ISBN-13: 978-1942664918 (Month9Books)

Reviewed by: Bridget


Lia Nautilus may be a Mermaid but she’s never lived in the ocean. War has ravaged the seven seas ever since the infamous Little Mermaid unleashed a curse that stripped Mer of their immortality. Lia has grown up in a secret community of land-dwelling Mer hidden among Malibu’s seaside mansions. Her biggest problems are surviving P.E. and keeping her feelings for Clay Ericson in check. Sure, he’s gorgeous in that cocky, leather jacket sort of way and makes her feel like there’s a school of fish swimming in her stomach, but getting involved with a human could put Lia’s entire community at risk.

So it’s for the best that he’s dating that new girl, right? That is, until Lia finds out she isn’t the only one at school keeping a potentially deadly secret. And this new girl? Her eyes are dead set on Clay, who doesn’t realize the danger he’s in. If Lia hopes to save him, she’ll have to get closer to Clay. Lia’s parents would totally flip if they found out she was falling for a human boy, but the more time she spends with him, the harder it is for her to deny her feelings. After making a horrible mistake, Lia will risk everything to stop Clay from falling in love with the wrong girl.

Quick & Dirty: Adorable, light story that was a refreshing change to what I normally read! If you are a mermaid fan this one is a must read!

Opening Sentence: I can’t swim.

Excerpt: No

The Review:

Lia Nautilus is a mermaid that lives in the gorgeous city of Malibu! She lives in a secret community full of mermaids trying to escape the devastating war that is ravaging the ocean. Years ago the infamous Little Mermaid caused a curse that stripped all mer people of their immortality and the ocean has been chaos ever since!

Just over a year ago Lia was finally able to maintain her land legs long enough to start attending human high school. It is extremely important that Lia’s community remain a secret, so getting involved too much with any human would be a problem. For the most part this isn’t hard for Lia but there is one boy she has to be really careful around. Clay Ericson is gorgeous, friendly and seems to understand Lia like no one else can. Keeping her distance has been hard but necessary.

When Clay starts dating a new girl, Lia knows that it is for the best but she can’t help feeling jealous. But something feels off with Clay’s new girlfriend and Lia has to decide if saving the boy she loves is more important than keeping her people’s secret!

Lia is a sweetheart and one of those characters you can’t help but love. For most of her life she has always played by the rules but it was fun to watch her break out of that mold. As the story progresses she becomes more adventurous but also a little more reckless. She makes quite a few mistakes throughout her journey but she also learns a lot. In many ways this is a coming-of-age story and you get to see a lot of growth out of Lia, which really helps you to connect more with her character. I thought she was a great Heroine and someone you could easily relate to. I’m excited to see where her story goes next.

Clay is a goofy, sweet, lovable guy that was easy to fall for! I liked that he was different and not your average teenage dreamboat! Sure he is good looking and charming but he also had insecurities! It was refreshing to read about a great guy that deserves a great girl! His relationship with Lia was perfect! I loved how they interacted with each other and they had amazing chemistry!!! Clay was definitely a swoon worthy book boy!

Emerge is a wonderful fairytale that incorporates the tale of the Little Mermaid! I feel like the best way to describe this story is to basically use every synonym associated with the word cute! This is seriously one of those adorable books that are so fun to read. It’s not super complex and I wouldn’t say it was super unique but it was definitely an enjoyable read. The characters were engaging, the romance was sweet, and the pacing was spot on! It is a great story for both young and old. Personally, I’m going to recommend this to my eleven year old niece. I think she will love it. The only slightly negative thing I would say is that the story is a little forgettable and pretty predictable, but otherwise, I really enjoyed this one. If you are a fan of the Little Mermaid this is a must read!!!

Notable Scene:

My eyes meet his open, questioning ones, and I stop thinking, Grabbing two fistfuls of his shirt, I yank him up close to me. I raise myself on tiptoe and finally—finally—crash my lips against his.

He doesn’t move. For an instant, he’s completely still.

Then his lips part and I’m tasting him. He astounds my senses. My world becomes a whirlwind of supple lips and exploring tongue, of light stubble and sweet, gasping breath.

Mer Chronicles:

1. Emerge (April 19, 2016)


FTC Advisory: Month9Books provided me with a copy of Emerge.  No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.


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