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.
Description taken from Goodreads. I received an advance copy of this book, published April 19th, 2016, in exchange for an honest review. These opinions are my own.
So some people are saying that this is connected to the Little Mermaid story, and I’m disappointed to say that I hated this book almost as much as I dislike the Disney version of The Little Mermaid. Lia is just as insipid and infuriating as Ariel, and there was never a moment where I wasn’t painfully aware that she was narrating.
Some scenes, she felt the need to narrate every. single. last. thing.
Some scenes, she breezed over completely with blatant disregard for the show, don’t tell rule.
As a result, the pacing of this novel was completely thrown off and I had to put this book down for several days and read it in chunks so that I didn’t give up on it entirely.
While this is probably based off the Hans Christian Anderson version of the novel, never fear, the instalove similarity remains strong between the Little Mermaid and Emerge! Honestly, I had absolutely no idea why Clay and Lia liked each other or even hung out more than once. Lia just seems to love every part of him and get attached to him right away and be super jealous of his girlfriend.
It’s safe to say that the pacing was a complete mess, which gutted the plot, and the characters and romance went down the drain pretty quickly. The narrative isn’t even worth mentioning. It was unclear about a lot of things, and even though I understood the story, it was exhausting to read.
On the bright side, I did like the worldbuilding and magical realism that Easton put together. It was fun to hear about Lia’s environment and her family, and I did enjoy Lia’s best friend, Caspian. Actually, if this had focused less on the boy from the mainland and more (or should I say mer :333) focused on what Lia had, then I would’ve enjoyed this much more.
Series: Mer Chronicles #1