Emerge "A Fresh Take On Mermaids Mythology" {ARC Review}

Monday, April 11, 2016
Emerge by Tobie Easton Review

I've always loved the mythology of mermaids, so this book with it's gorgeous cover and promise of mermaids instantly captured my attention. (the whole little mermaid thing didn't hurt either, I'm a real sucker for retellings)


Title: Emerge
Author: Tobie Easton
Series: Mer Chronicles #1
Genres: Fantasy, Romance, Retellings
Source: I received an arc from  Month9Books in exchanged for an honest 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.



Favorite Quote

I can’t swim. No matter how sparkly and tempting that water is. No matter how it glistens in the sunlight, ripples in the California breeze, or reflects the swaying palm trees. One quick dip and my legs will go poof. Besides, I’m late for P.E. Again.

The story starts off simple, but twists into a much more complicated plot.

In the beginning it's just about a girl named Lia who's secretly a mermaid and her hopeless crush on a human boy she can never be with, however with the entrance of the mythical, dangerous siren song the stakes get a lot higher and the story begins to move much faster.

The romantic relationship plays a huge role in the plot. Most of the romance was sweet and I did really like the chemistry between Clay and Lia, however at times it kinda got on my nerves. Though all together it was cute and I really ship the two.

My favorite part though of this story was most definitely the mythology.

Some parts of the story felt a tad info dumpy when they were explaining the whole siren thing, but it wasn't too noticeable. I specifically enjoyed how the story of The Little Mermaid was incorporated. Also the siren thing was pretty cool and don't forget the whole secret mermaids-living-on-land society.

Have you read Emerge? Do you like mermaid mythology?