Today I am welcoming Ciye Cho, author of Florence to my blog! His book is a colorful mermaid tale about a girl named Florence who is kidnapped and taken to Niemela, an underwater mer kingdom. We will start of with the interview, then have the book review!
Welcome to On The Shelf, Ciye and thanks for the interview!
What inspired you to write this story?
“Florence” was inspired by my obsession with merfolk. Beyond that, marine biology is one of my favorite subjects, and I live quite near the sea–so a lot of things seem to fuel my daydreams about merpeople.
What made you think of making the merpeople so colorful? Continue reading
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Fall under the spell of Wake—the first book in an achingly beautiful new series by celebrated author Amanda Hocking—and lose yourself to the Watersong.
Gorgeous. Fearless. Dangerous. They’re the kind of girls you envy; the kind of girls you want to hate. Strangers in town for the summer, Penn, Lexi and Thea have caught everyone’s attention—but it’s Gemma who’s attracted theirs. She’s the one they’ve chosen to be part of their group.
Gemma seems to have it all—she’s carefree, pretty, and falling in love with Alex, the boy next door. He’s always been just a friend, but this summer they’ve taken their relationship to the next level, and now there’s no going back. Then one night, Gemma’s ordinary life changes forever. She’s taking a late night swim under the stars when she finds Penn, Lexi and Thea partying on the cove. They invite her to join them, and the next morning she wakes up on the beach feeling groggy and sick, knowing something is different.
Suddenly Gemma is stronger, faster, and more beautiful than ever. But her new powers come with a terrifying price. And as she uncovers the truth, she’s is forced to choose between staying with those she loves—or entering a new world brimming with dark hungers and unimaginable secrets.
I really enjoyed Amanda Hocking’s Trylle Trilogy, so when I found out about Wake and that it was about mermaids, I was very excited. Wake wasn’t exactly what I expected it to be. The first almost 3/4 of the book were kind of slow and I didn’t feel like there was much to the book about the mermaid/siren aspect. It didn’t really pick up until the last bit of the book. Continue reading
Just for Fins (Fins #3)
Tera Lynn Childs
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When Lily Sanderson decided to remain Crown Princess Waterlily of the mermaid kingdom Thalassinia, she knew she couldn’t just coast along in the current. But since she’s spent the last couple of years on land—with gorgeous human Quince by her side—Lily’s not sure she has the fins to lead a kingdom. Even her maddeningly pretentious cousin Dosinia seems to know more about ruling than she does.
But Lily has to dive in deep to keep her promise to Tellin, her mer bond in name only, whose kingdom is suffering in the changing ocean climate. Lily knows this is a seven seas–sized problem: from sea animals dying to oil spills and threats to humans. They’ll need to create some serious waves to make the mer community aware and get it to join together to make things right. Even if that means facing one of the iciest queens in the mer kingdoms.
Just when Lily thinks her double life on land and sea can’t get any more complicated, an ancient mer law might separate Lily and Quince after all. It feels as if the pair is up against a solid tsunami wave!
In this third installment in the series that began with Forgive My Fins and Fins Are Forever, Lily will have to find a way to balance safety and justice for the mer people as well as for the humans she loves.
I love, love, love this series! The world the author builds is amazing and bright and vibrant. The fins series is just so much fun to read; I can’t get enough of Lily and her gang. The characters have grown a lot sicne the first book and I really like the way they have developed. Continue reading
When fourteen-year-old Luce is assaulted on the cliffs near an Alaskan village, she expects to die when she tumbles into the icy water below. Instead, she transforms into a mermaid. Luce is thrilled with her new life – until she discovers the catch.
This book was immensely well-written with superb descriptions, making for a very vivid image in my mind’s eye. The author has made a beautiful scene of an Alaskan beach and wonderful sea and sunset images, very lovely. She also had put a creative twist on a mermaid tale. Girls do not undergo normal transformations into mermaids, and it takes something very traumatic to get them to change. This novel may be outside of some people’s comfort zones because of the traumatic experiences that led up to the girls’ transformations. There are also the little “larva mermaids” that are ill-treated.
The story is not a very happy one; there are many dark moments and death all around. Luce wants so badly to belong, but she questions often whether she should be with this group of mermaids. I liked how different Luce was from the rest of the mermaids and how she still held on to her strong conscience even after everything that happened to her. The author wrote very strong characters, including a couple that brought up very loathful feelings (I hated Anais).
This was certainly not your typical boy meets girl, instant attraction, get over dilemmas, everything turns out peachy kind of YA novel. There are several issues, including death, greed, and power hungry people, plus there is no romance what so ever. This novel is darker, more complex and deeper than most YA novels. So if you want something that has many layers to it, then this book may be for you. It may have gotten a 4 from me, had it been a little faster-paced. I’m not crazy about slower books; makes me feel like I’m reading slower than I should be. But, all in all it was an enjoyable novel and I will be reading the sequel to know what will happen with the tribe and Luce.
Beautiful descriptions, imaginative, on the slower side, no romance.