Shlyn But in contrast to just waiting for the right moment to confess Ash Fin is set on forgetting the beautiful red head next door because his carreer has not been decided upon and he does not want to force an underwater ife on her For Fin and Tatchi are mermaids who are permitted to Shielding the Suspect live temporarily onand because their father is guiding a gate in the Lake that A Vampires Christmas Carol leads to their monarchic underwater country When Fin s family is summoned down by the capricious son of their present King there is not even time to say good bye And while Tatchi tries to evade evil Azor s advances and Fin tries to replace hisonging for Ash by courting a mermaid who reminds him of her Ash is on the one hand concerned because of the twins absence on the other hand she basks in the sudden interest of the school s really nice star uarterback in her and nurtures her crush on him which had been slumbering in a corner of her heart How will everybody get happy with the right partner how is Azor going to be defeated and how can Tatchi get to Rafaels Suitable Bride live the humanife she Not For Sale longs forThese uestions are not so easily answered because of the unuestionably uniue mermaidore which is essential for Everblue and which is in Daddys Little Cowgirl large part responsible for me being repelled To be fair From aogical point of view there is nothing wrong with the construct It is even very believable because it fits into the pattern of merfolk This is What I Want legends and fairytales But if I think of Everblue as aove story between girls and boys I am supposed to Building a Perfect Match (Chatam House, like or ateast understand fom a human angle the ore turns into a paranomal romance nightmare Mermaids are a different species They are either born alpha mer or made by a willingness to stay with a merfolk partner beta mer who really stay second class citizens When daylight falls on their tails directly or indirectly via mirrors they morph into egs Simultaneously something happens with the breathing apparatus too The most important things are that mer blood has healing ualities came in handy when mermaids encountered shipwrecks in former times and that a kiss and one kiss only between two mers or a mer and a human mingles the two souls permanently and makes the two persons addicted to each other up to the point that the absence of one makes the other one go crazy This explains why sea faring men encountering mermaids after a storm or a swim went slowly mad jumped into the waters and drowned or joined their tailed saviours and were never to be seen again That these mermaids were kissing the poor guys in the first place does not need to always have been an erotic urge A mer s kiss is also reviving for a person whose Heart Of A Thief (The Crusaders, life s flame is on the brink of blinking out For the teenaged merfolk in Everblue it means that regardless to whom you are attracted to or who you fell inove with you first kiss voluntarily accidentally or forced determines who you will eternally Whispers in the Dark (The Black Watch long for who you cannot be without whose body will turn you on without fail who youove To avoid random matings the mer families do not approve of or which weren t really planned by the hormone Beguiled laden teens all unmated merfolk is constantly heavily chaperoned To me this once press the button guarantee of eternal mutual infatuation Tatchi and Fin s parents are permanently making out seems to be a thousand times worse than for instance an unwanted pregnancy or an old fashioned arranged marriage for both allow for several choices It does not take into account that people change that people have intellect something in common or not in common something to talk about or not to talk about It is just some weird chemistry that traps a couple into an ironock of inescapable bliss Horrific don t you agreeAs the story progresses the reader is in for a treat of how awful the mating kiss can turn out view spoilerTatiana is forced to kiss evil Prince Azor and feels compelled to stay with him and even shield him from her brother s attack in spite of her always having been the one willing to Home at Last leave the merworld and become a full time human for the sake of her personal freedom hide spoiler I ve seen aot of mermaid type books around some of them with really positive reviews I always just kind of Ranchers Refuge (Whisper Falls, looked at them and thought Mermaids Meh But when I read the description for Everblue it wasike a Last Seen... light went off Here was a book about my two absolute favorite things in the universe YA fantasy romance and the ocean Insert ear piercing suealSee Iove the ocean I threaten to run away to the ocean ike some kids do the circus Notice I m using present tense I m an adult and I STILL MAKE THIS THREAT SOMETIMES I MAKE GOOD ON make this threat Sometimes I make good on too That s why I was so excited about Everblue It s a good dose of oceanic escape with romance and magic and other fantastical thingsEverblue s and bound action actually takes place in Lake Tahoe so the setting was very well done The underwater setting is beautiful and well imagined Pandos has constructed a meticulous detail oriented world here where plot isn t sacrificed for convenience I found it to be both imaginative and practical The author clearly sat down and thought Ok what would it be Waiting for You (Lifesworn, like to actuallyive underwater The two main characters were well done I have to say that Fin was my favorite though The story is told in alternating male female 1st POV which was refreshing There really does seem to be a The Mediterranean Billionaires Blackmail Bargain lack of male 1st POV in YA but Pandos does it well The book isong enough to be a full A Christmas Seduction length novel with a complete story arc of its own yet it clearlyeaves room for its seuel without The Pregnant Midwife leaving readers feelingike What But what nextAn overall great read Fans of Amanda Hocking s Trylle Trilogy Addison Moore s Celestra series and Aprilynne Pike s Wings series will probably find this to their iking I didn t finish this book and believe me I tried But when I got to 71% and I realized I m still waiting for something exciting to happen when a few chapters back the climax already happenedI knew it was supposed to be exciting but all the time I was just bored with the book I knew I just can t Maybe why I felt really bored and detached to the story was because I didn t care for the characters except maybe Tatiana She was really the only one
With Attitude And SpunkLet S Start With Ashlyn She Is attitude and spunkLet s start with Ashlyn She is OF THE MOST BORING CHARACTERS I HAVE EVER READ ABOUT I wouldn t wanna be friends with her There should be a CATEGORY TOO BORING TO LIVE SHE S IN THE Too Boring To Live She s in the team got nominated for Senior Ball ueen um is best friends with a mermaid Tatiana got promisedare you even serious Promised Anything is better than that even betrothed to said mermaid s twin brother Fin Oh and et s not forget she DROWNED IN A LAKE SHE S THE CAPTAIN OF THE SWIM TEAM If I remember correctly She also fits in the TSTL category Plus she smells NetBeans IDE 8 Cookbook like honeysuckle ALL THE TIME IT S NOT EVEN FUNNY and doesn t have a socialife That s about it So how come TWOnot one but two hot guys get interested in her Beats me Fin I have to say he doesn t think Master Locksmithing like a guy He uses words such as travesty A world without Ashlyn in it even if she wasn t mine would be a travesty And Ashlyn s curvy hips and wavy red hair takes his breath away for theove of. Etitively are her only sanctuary The girls plan to Born to Blog leave their drabakeside 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 drast. All that is good That s not real You see a girl and FOCUS ON HER WAIT FOR IT HIPS Oh another good one Thoughts of tangling my hands in her red curls and bringing her ips to mine grappled with my being Good one His choices of words baffle meOther matters I have to address1 An iPhone party WTF is that Then the iPhone party began photos texting videos you name it 2 A picture of us with the inscription best friends forever written with Accelerated Learning liuid paper reminded me how weoved to play with Mom s office supplies at Gran s shop That is Fitzpatricks Dermatology in General Medicine, Eighth Edition, 2 Volume Set like saying Iooked up into his eyes and remembered when I ate a spaghetti with meatballs yesterday afternoon3 Ash s mom and sister Bipolar much Her sister goes all snugly with Ash after she had her accident because it raised her social standing at school Who in their right mind uses her sister s accident to become popular Her mom could seriously be The Dual Diagnosis Recovery Sourcebook labelled as bipolar She says maybe Tatiana s dad has drinking problems and when Ash reminds her of it she backtracks and denies it What WHY And when Ash had her make up done she says teens try to grow up uickly blahblah Then when Ash s dad intervenes she says Ash misunderstood and that she shouldn t go for too much make up because she s already beautiful and all that crap MAKE UP YOUR MIND WOMAN If you don t wanna hurt your kid s feelings SAY THE RIGHT THING Don t make her feel worse you know Encourage and support are NOT in this woman s vocab4 Fin s mom Oh here we go another bipolar one She and Ash s mom should go hang out in a psychologist or something 5 Tatch or Tatchi Tatiana is a perfectly beautiful name Why do you need to make it sound cheap forack of a better word5 Lily and Callahan Just when Fin starts to Clashing Views on Abnormal Psychology like Lilya co mermaid the author decides Ash should have an accident so they d magically kiss and get promised Oh way to go Same thing with Callahan After the kiss Ash and Fin don t care about Callahan and Lily any6 The kiss Supposedly when a mermaid kisses someone they re bound forife or something That s not right but so since that concept has already been used in Fins Are Foreverwhich I enjoyed far than this one7 Misspelled words and wrong grammar Idk if this is because of themobiebook I readthank goodness I didn t buy this book but misspelled wordswrong grammar seemed to clutter the bookFor examplebut the direct shot took affect uickly Yes affect with an A not effect inlayed busyness etc Ahem Georgia s handy work had turned into black trails down my cheeks Uh handiwork With the I and a space Okay Sorry I Writing Matters! - Student Book ll stop being such a smart ass now I just had to8 I put them to my nose inhaled the sweet fragrance and swooned You d think she was given a hanky with chemicals in it that make you sleep But no she s referring to FLOWERS9 I swallowed hard tasting dragon breath that could kill small animals HAHAHAHAHAHANO WHAT R U EVEN TALKING ABOUT Way to start my 2012 Reading Challenge Ugh I can t even Let s begin with the beautiful cover that just calls your attention This is a great example of when a cover will sell the book without opening the book itself The cover model represents one of the main characters in the book and the water rippling to me represents the Mer people It just a beautifully design cover with so much depth to it I m so glad this cover belongs to Everblue because Brenda deserves the best for all her hard work Everblue is not my first mermaid book that I ve read Everblue is the first Mermaid story Ioved though I didn t have a doubt in my mind when I pick up Everblue to read that I would not ike the story I knew its was not Brenda s Talisman series but I knew Brenda s writing style and have always ove it Now knowing that I would ike the story I didn t expect that I would be blown away by it Brenda has grown as a writer and her writing shows it This was also her first time alternating characters in her writing and i enjoyed how they transitioned back and I enjoyed how they transitioned back and All readers will iterally dive into Brenda writing and devour Everblue probably in one or two sittings Then Brenda Hudson Valley Mediterranean leaves you animated for the next novel in the series wanting to know what will happen next Everblue takes place at Lake Tahoe You meet Ashlyn and her best friend Tatiana If it wasn t for having her friend Ashlyn would die of boredom She is also ready to possibly make a move on Fin that s Tatiana twin brother The best friend have decided to seak out a college in Florida and go there and get away from it all Ashlyn believes that Tatiana Father is a drunk and too strict and has even seen him get somewhat violent So she understand why Tatiana wants to move away for college So the girls have their plans all ready and set to go Well that all changes the day Ashlyn realizes that Tatiana and her family including Fin have disappear without a trace they didn t say where or why they had toeave or where they went They are Doing Democracy in Indigenen Gemeinschaften long gone and Ashlyn donest understand They haveeft the family business and house unattended What about their college plans they are already accepted Then a few days The Secrets of Boys later Ashlyn sees a older man and younger goodooking guy at Ashlyn and Fin s house she figures out this must be their cousin and uncle They of course give Ashlyn no explanation for why they are there but Ashlyn finds it strange that she wants to kiss this cousin of Fin s Until know the only boy she has wanted to kiss is Fin even though he is Ashlyn sister Fin has not open up to Ashlyn because of his family secret that he must keep hidden from any human See Fin and Tatiana are Mer people Now don t think that the Stop Whining--and Start Winning lives of the Mer are perfect Not at all Fin and Titiana wantto escape thatife of theirs and Charlie and the Christmas Kitty live on in the human world instead of the water They must fight against their rules and their King s son to try and go back toand Fin fears he will never be able to return back to Il sale della vita land and it drives his crazy That pushes him to sneak out one day at the gate to Lake Tahoe from his world That s when both Fin and Ashlynives will change forever and star a whole chain of events Seems after all this time Ashlyn might not be saved from his world If your ooking for a well written story and characters that are interesting and uniue then pick up Everblue today This book is a must have for anyone any age a must have for anyone any age reads either YA or Adult review ink An enjoyable YA mermaid story7 out of 10 I finished reading Everblue today I was ucky enough to get a sneak peek and I oved it Without giving anything away so much happens in this book The plot is well thought out the world building is wonderful and the characters are varied and interesting Brenda Pandos does a fantastic job of guiding the reader allowing them to absorb the history and social structure of the Mers within the universe of Everblue without it being overwhelming and distracting from the story I found myself smiling at some points and at other times holding my breath to get through a scene At the end of each chapter I couldn t wait to start the next right away As a result I finished this book much too soon Everblue is an absolute must read for anyone who enjoys something a The Nine of Us little different in YA Let s see what we have here shall we. Ic to find them Ashlyn is about to discover what she’d thought to be true her wholeife wasn’t and the truth too fantastical to imagine Secrets urk beneath the deep blue waters of Lake Tahoe secrets that will change Ashlyn's ife forever.
READ & DOWNLOAD Everblue Mer Tales #1I feel in a basic review mood so I m just going to cover the bullet points Plus since this is a water type book I get to put cheesy fishy and water metaphors in my review Things I Hiding in the Bathroom liked The cover is gorgeous The book hasikable although simple and expected characters The protagonist is the girl next door a head of the swimming team great family The Perils of Pursuing a Prince (Desperate Debutantes, loyal to best friend crush on the brother The male protagonist is alsoikable enough strong spirit and strong ties The best friend of Ash and the brother of Fin is also a typical type wanting to swim away and escape the ties of what she is Characters in this one while nothing exceptional in terms of being different fit into their trademark roles well enough The relationship is sweet and simple while I m not a fan of the strange kiss thing about that below the way they are with each other does get the heart a tug Mermaid world Cutesy water inspired sayings The Barracks Thief and Selected Stories like Holy Crawfish Great Poseidon A match made in water It sike Batman s Robin had a baby with a mermaid Things I disliked Mermaids in this world are promised to another if they choose to kiss them Something mystical about their souls mixing or whatever This is odd because he ends up promised because of mouth to mouth rescue Any kiss can force a union including forced kisses I hate that concept It cheapens Becca and the Prisoners Cross (The Copernicus Legacy lifeong soul mates to me there should be intent as well Strange point of view play The book is written in first person point of you with I but it is written in two people s points of view It should have been heshe since there are two narrators In addition to this each chapter is divided into the other person s role It will say Ash or Fin This mechanical way of storytelling may work on paper in theory but it makes the story a The Commodore (Aubrey/Maturin, little mechanicalchoppy Not much happens besides from Fin s point of view The romance is supposed to be a major part but that doesn t swim to the top until toward the end Too much time to get there as well It would have been better if time were focused on Fin since that s where the action played out Aittle juvenile with the writing style It s aimed for YA but I think it reads for middle school typeOverall it s not a sinker but it s not a swimmer Mermaids are fascinating to read about and the characters work okay but there s a Dare Mighty Things lot of changes needed to bring this book up to par Full review on my blog Book Series Addict Everblue was a disaster for me I found it as a free Kindle download on and it has gotten some pretty good reviews on both and Goodreads And I have no idea why The initial worldbuilding was pretty great and in the first ten percent of the book I was hooked The remaining 90 percent of the book I was confused annoyed and constantly wanted to stop reading The worst aspect of the book for me was the characters Ash especially was such a self centered rude whiney bitch At one point just before or after she becomes the most popular girl in school overnight she compares herself to HESTER PRYNNE from The Scarlet Letter because she s SHY She s rude to her mother her best school friend and herittle sister I m The Texas Rangers Heiress Wife love realistic characters and how much realistictypical teen can you get but I also want them to beikeable Fin was no better he made the stupidest decision whined all the time I honestly didn t care whether they happily survived their mess or not though I was hoping notThe plot was awkward as well You find out in the first chapter that they both silently have the hots for each other then for the next 45% percent of the book they hardly think of each other Ash gets a boyfriend while Fin scopes out the mermaids I get
The Why Of It But It Was Annoying How Amwhy of it but it was annoying How am supposed to be invested in their relationship with that going on The drama and events that unfold ater seems hastily thrown together and unrealistic as did several other story elements I had to force myself
TO FINISH READING THIS ONE Ifinish reading this one I I fell in ove with this book from the very first page or the minute that Finn was introduced I enjoyed that the book is narrated by 2 different characters I feel that it gives it personality The world that is created in this book is pretty interesting I never thought that I would be interested in Mer People but BRENDA PANDOS HAS DEFINITELY SUCCEEDED IN Pandos has definitely succeeded in my interest I enjoyed this book very much and am Eternal Quest looking forward to reading the second book in this series Can t wait for it Author Brenda Pandos has a way of writing that captures her readers She creates awesome worlds where anything is possible and where you can insert yourself into the book After reading her books I tend to find myself thinking about them picturing them for several days I can t get them out of my mind I usually wonder what will happen next I say if an author can stir somethingike that then they must be pretty good Maybe since reading Otfried Preu The Widows Little Secret ler s The Little Watersprite almost 30 years ago and certainly since reading Der Sommer als Nixe kam translates as The Summer Nixie Came by Evelyne Kolnberger two yearsater I have been mesmerized by the idea of mermaids their mysteries and their underwater worlds The beginning of the current mermaid trend in YA fiction and paranormal romance about two years ago conseuently made me very happy and alert In the meantime I have picked up as much disappointing stories as interesting ones But I am determined to enjoy the wave as Resurrection Year long as itasts And although I have stopped putting every new merfolk book on my wishlist I still patiently sift through the debris in order not to miss the rare gem Everblue the first book of the Mer Tales Series by Brenda Pandos sadly belongs to the category of stones I am going to throw over my shoulder with some flip behind it Yet I am sure some other mermaid fans stumbling across the book will decide that they have finally found what they had been The Fire Within (Rockford Fire Department looking for I am going to try to explain in detail so you can decide whether you would judgeike me or ike themFirst a description to make you familiar with what I am talking about Everblue is told in the first person Its point of view switches from chapter to chapter between the two main characters usually a plus for me High School senior Ashlyn and her best friend s home schooled twin brother Finley Ash Fin and Tatiana ive on the shore of Lake Tahoe Ash has helped Tatchi to secretly apply for the admission and a scholarship at the Florida Atlantic University where they want to spend their college years together although they know that Tatiana s parents who do not even allow their kids to go to the Tame an Older Man (Harlequin American Romance, local High School and who often disappear with the twins for days will not exactly be thrilled about their daughter s plans for the future Truth is Ash doesn t really know Since the day several years ago when Tatiana s dad smashed a glass vitrine because Ash had suggested a sleepover at her house she hasn t set a foot on the family s premises She remembers her own parents mumbling something soundingike alcohol related problems but she has never breached the subject Another thing she does prefer not to talk about is her Treacherous Is the Night (Verity Kent, long standing crush on Fin Apparently a pity because for Fin there has ever been only Best friends share everything with each other Or do they Seventeen year old Ashlyn Frances Lanski is tired of her boring singleife Spending time with her best friend Tatiana dreaming about kissing Tatiana's twin brother Fin and swimming comp.