Thursday, June 28, 2012

Everblue by Brenda Pandos

Everblue by Brenda Pandos
Release Date: July 30, 2012
Publisher: Obsidian Mountaing Publishing

She wanted her life to change... he wanted his to stay the same.  Best friends share everything with each other. Or do they? Seventeen-year-old Ashlyn Frances Lanski is tired of her boring, single life. Spending time with her best friend Tatiana, dreaming about kissing Tatiana's twin brother Fin, and swimming competitively are her only sanctuary. The girls plan to leave their drab lakeside town far behind for college. But when Tatchi fails to return home after a family emergency, and no one knows where the family has gone, Ash chooses to do something drastic to find them. Ashlyn is about to discover what she'd thought to be true her whole life, wasn't, and the truth, too fantastical to imagine. Secrets lurk beneath the deep blue waters of Lake Tahoe, secrets that will change Ashlyn's life forever.  - Goodreads.com

I love a good mermaid story, and Everblue definitely delivered that.  I've had this book on my shelf for quite some time and am just now getting around to reading it, but the way was worth it.  This was pure escapism for me and it was perfect timing.

The underwater world Brenda Pandos created was extraordinary.  I love how this mermaid world deep under the lake in Tahoe had such an amazing city.  It wasn't just rocks and coral and fish and seaweed, like in most mermaid stories.  They had a city, with apartments, air-bubble places where they could swim up, shift into legs and walk around.  How cool is that?  Pandos definitely has the world-building down.

I loved this characters in this story, and the struggles they are being faced with.  Pretty much everyone in this story is forced into doing pretty much the exact opposite of what they truly want, and it definitely ratchets up the tension in this story.  I loved the fact that half this story was told in Fin's point of view.  I love to see a story from the male protagonist's prospective, and although I liked Ashlyn, I have to admit that Fin's part of the story was by far the most interesting.  I almost felt that Ashlyn was just extra to everything else. 

Because a majority of the story takes place with the two of them apart, I did feel quite a disconnect from the romance.  It was hard for me to really get to a point where I'm pulling for the two of them together considering there was nothing for me to really hold on to since the reader never got to see them together.  The book starts off with them just having been friends for years.  They both secretly like each other, of course, but neither knows the other feels that way.  Then they're separated before anything gets going.  So this definitely made it difficult to be emotionally invested in their romance to the point that when something finally happens, it's almost unbelievable that it would hit that hard that fast.

Despite this, I think this series has a lot of potential.  The writing was vivid and suspenseful, and I am definitely looking forward to the sequel.

If you liked this book, be watching for the sequel on 6/29/2012:













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