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Book Review: Evergreen

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Evergreen by Brenda Pandos (Mer Tales #2) – eBook, 282 pages – Published August 30th 2014 by Obsidian Mountain Publishing

Following EverblueEvergreen is the second novel in Brenda Pandos’ Mer Tales series. There are currently two more books in this series, Everlost and Evermore.

Fin – a merman – and Ash – a girl – are promised, and struggling to be apart from each other. Ash is at home in Tahoe, whilst Fin is with his parents in the safe house in Florida.

At the safe house, Fin meets the lost princess, Galadriel. She ran away from home, and has a number of boys attached to her. But who is her real mate? Where is he?

Desperate to get back to Ash, Fin decides to head back to Tahoe while his parents are away. Galadriel insists on tagging along, as her mate is apparently in that area as well. But when they arrive, they are met with more trouble than they expected…

And to top it all off, it turns out that maybe Prince Azor isn’t of royal blood at all. In fact, Ash isn’t even human…

Again, this is a very cheesy, romantic tale. Again, having the male as a mer is a nice touch, and the whole switch-up with the royal merlings was quite a shock. However, Pandos has a tendency to include a lot of questions in the form of the characters’ thoughts, rather than leave little details and possibilities up to the readers’ imagination. For example, having already hinted at the fact that Galadriel is promised, I really don’t think there’s any need for Fin to think to himself: Is she promised? Who to? This series isn’t really my cup of tea, but I still wouldn’t say it’s bad at all. There are a few grammatical mistakes, pieces of missing punctuation and the such, giving the book a sort of unprofessional, amateur feel. But the plots are pretty good, even if there wasn’t as much action in this sequel as I’d have liked. I think this book also deserves 3 stars out of 5, like Everblue.

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Book Review: Everblue

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Everblue by Brenda Pandos – eBook, 305 pages – Published July 29th 2011 by Obsidian Mountain Publishing

Ah, who doesn’t love a good mermaid story?

I started reading this a while ago, but never got to the end. This time I actually finished it, and am about to start the sequel, Evergreen.

Basically, Ashlyn’s best friend, Tatiana, is a mermaid. Her whole family are mer, including her twin brother Finley, Ash’s long-term crush. Their father guards the Lake Tahoe gate to Natatoria, the underwater land of the mer.

When their dad is requested for a mission, the twins and their mother are stuck in Natatoria. Meanwhile, Ash is getting close to the most popular guy at school, while worrying herself to death about her friends’ disappearance.

Fin sneaks out of the gate without permission, witnessing Ashlyn falling off a boat and injuring herself. The only way to save her would require the life-long joining of their souls. As punishment, Fin is thrown in an underwater prison, until Tatchi breaks him out and the pair escape Natatoria together. Again, they are captured – only this time, their punishment is to be promised. For mer, a promising is more powerful than marriage. But Fin is already promised to Ash, and he refuses to allow Tatch to be promised to someone she loathes so much.

Their father returns to break them out of Natatoria for good, but for Tatch he’s too late. The family flees without her, blocking up the gate in Tahoe. For a while, Fin and Ash finally get to be together, until the family receives word of mermen heading their way.

I’m really not a romance person, especially not cheesy romance. I do love a good mermaid book, and the way this is about a human girl and a merman (as opposed to the other way round) is refreshing. But it’s just a bit too lovey-dovey for me, and rather predictable.

Ashlyn herself seems to overreact rather a lot, and a lot of her “serious” problems are pretty, well, stupid. To be fair, I know of a few teens that would react in a similar manner, but they are not the kind of people I want to be around. So basically, Ash got on my nerves a bit throughout this book.

Natatoria is nicely developed, and the story behind the king and his son’s love for Tatch is a good detail. It’s not an ordinary mermaid book, but still has a nice hint of magic and mystery.

It’s a relatively easy read, but a bit too cheesy for my taste. I didn’t love it, I didn’t hate it. 3 stars for Everblue.

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