Everblue (Mer Tales) by Brenda Pandos

Book Description

February 15, 2014
She wanted her life to change… he wanted his to stay the same.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.

Review –
Mermaid books are not books I ever read but in the last couple of weeks this is the second one I’ve finished.(See Monstrous Beauty in a previous post)
This is a very fast read and a bit or should I say a lot far-fetched (but what books about Mermaids aren’t?)  and it deals with teenage feelings of love, the strong bond of family and has plenty of action. It was good enough for me to read the next in the Mer Tales series, which I will report on at a   later date.
Though strange it is a very good read.
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Monstrous Beauty by Elizabeth Fama

Book Description

September 4, 2012
Fierce, seductive mermaid Syrenka falls in love with Ezra, a young naturalist. When she abandons her life underwater for a chance at happiness on land, she is unaware that this decision comes with horrific and deadly consequences. Almost one hundred forty years later, seventeen-year-old Hester meets a mysterious stranger named Ezra and feels overwhelmingly, inexplicably drawn to him. For generations, love has resulted in death for the women in her family. Is it an undiagnosed genetic defect . . . or a curse? With Ezra’s help, Hester investigates her family’s strange, sad history. The answers she seeks are waiting in the graveyard, the crypt, and at the bottom of the ocean – but powerful forces will do anything to keep her from uncovering her connection to Syrenka and to the tragedy of so long ago.
Review –
This is a wonderful story that is really two stories in one. One about mermaids and the other about ghosts and combines them flawlessly.  The story is also told in flashbacks so we learn the back story of some of the ghosts and the main mermaid. It also tells of a curse and of folklore of sea creatures. The mermaid depicted in Monstrous Beauty are not the “little mermaid” type but instead dark, driven, fierce and deadly.
Saying all that, it was a beautiful story of love and loss and I recommend  it to those who enjoy books about mermaids and those who never thought of reading a book about mermaids.

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