Book Review: Emerge by Tobie Easton

Type: Series
Genre: Fantasy, Romance
Publication Date: April 19, 2016
Publisher: Month9Books
Source: Paperback // Amazon
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Summary:  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.


2.5? I don't like it, nor do I hate it. There were definitely a lot of problems I had with it, but there were also certain aspects that I really liked. Emerge is a stereotypical mermaid book that follows Lia who is a descendent of The Little Mermaid living on land after some troubles in the sea. 

I had a really hard time getting into this book mainly because of the romance. Lia falls in love with a human, Clay, which is forbidden and I usually like reading forbidden love stories, but this was not at all great. Clay is the typical hot bad boy in the story so it's no wonder that Lia likes him. However, there was definitely no chemistry between the two whatsoever. Their interactions seem to be rather awkward and I would rather she end up with her childhood friend instead.

The overall plot was bleh. It was cliche and the moment Mel showed up, I knew right away that she was not to be trusted and I was right. It was predictable and I was actually surprised that I got through to the end even though I skipped through most of the chapters and skimmed the rest of the book.

Although I didn't enjoy it, it doesn't mean that others might not like it as well. It is just the matter of personal opinions and personally, I don't really like mermaid books. I can definitely see the appeal with this book and others that really do like reading about mermaids and forbidden love would really enjoy this.

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