★★★★ · book review

Emerge by Tobie Easton | Book Review

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Title: Emerge
Author: Tobie Easton
Age & Genre: YA – Fantasy/Fairytale Retelling
Publisher: Month 9 Books
Release Date: April 19th 2016
Pages: 300
Where to Buy: Amazon | B&N |Book Depository

My Rating: 4/5 stars

 FTC Disclosure: I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.


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.

My Thoughts

This book was so much fun to read and was utterly captivating. I loved how Easton expanded the world and immerses you in Mer culture throughout the book. I found all of the Mer language, customs, and the Foundation to be fascinating and I could honestly read a book that was just a guide to this Mer world because it is that awesome! I honestly just love that this is a modern continuation of the Hans Christian Andersen version of The Little Mermaid, it is just a superb take on a classic story.

Lia is such a great character and I really liked reading her perspective on the human world and her struggles. It is easy to love Lia, even when she makes mistakes, which is great because it is her perspective that we see her world through. I have to commend Easton on making such a loveable main character! Lia’s narrative had me laughing out loud and just made for a great story. I love all of the characters and just how easy the plot felt and progressed throughout the book. It never felt strained or taxing. This book could easily be a one sitting read because it flows so well.

I would highly recommend this book for anyone who is looking for a book that is one of those “have a good time” kind of read. The plot is straightforward and has some fun twists. I am a sucker for a good fairytale romance every once in a while and this book just doesn’t disappoint!

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