Series: Mer Tales #1
Published by Obsidian Mountain Publishing on March 22nd 2012
Number of Pages: 320
Genres: Fantasy, Mythology, Paranormal Romance, Urban, Young Adult
Purchase: At Amazon
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.
This was a pretty unique take on mermaid lore. I hadn’t seen most of these before, and the way they were explained made it believable. I liked the idea of a kiss being special, so special that to kiss someone twined your souls together and basically made you married. I also liked that mermaids and mermen had different powers and abilities from each other. Like mermaids being immune to squid ink, but mermen being knocked unconscious from it. I won’t go into all the interesting twists, but there are quite a few of them, all done in a way that was plausible.
The chapters swap between Ashlyn and Finley’s point of views. Ash has most of the odd-numbered chapters, and Fin gets the even. Though occasionally one character or the other gets extra chapters. I liked Tatiana (though I’m not sure how her nickname of Tatchi fits her name?), and the reason for the bad guy being bad was believable.
The world of the merfolk was detailed without being overly so, or feeling like an info dump. The characters themselves were full-fleshed out and easy for me to get attached to.
I didn’t like what happened to Tatiana, and the entire plotline where Ash almost kisses some other boy a few times felt a little contrived at times. (Cute boy is about to kiss her, but oh wait! there’s a noise, must look to see, and… the kiss lands on her cheek. Rinse repeat.) But overall, I did enjoy the book and will be looking to pick up book 2 soon.