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.
I have always adored The Little Mermaid since I was young. But I thought the Disney fairy tell was too sweet to be true. I'm so thrilled that Tobie Easton took Hans Christian Andersen's version of the Little Mermaid. She brought one of my favorite childhood fantasies to life and I'm forever grateful.
Emerge is a wonderful and captivating retelling of the Little Mermaid. I love the fresh aspect of mermaid mythology throughout the book. Lia is a determined yet lost trying to navigate her way through the human world. Her family has to take refuge on land because of the war brewing in the sea. Lia must adapt and become "human." Lia is willing to follow mermaid norms but when she believes that Clay is in danger, she is willing to break the rules and become a *insert thing here* in order to save him.
Lia is a wonderful narrator and protagonist. She doesn't have everything figured out. She is exploring what it means to be human. She is curious and thoughtful and wants to see the world through her own eyes. Her love and determination drives her throughout the book.
Okay so the top of the book it says "Mer Chronicles 1" WHAT DOES THAT MEAN!?! IS THERE MORE!?!? Please let their be more.
I would highly recommend this book for those who love fairy tell retellings and mermaids.
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