Today, I have a little book review from my recent read – I literally just finished this 10 minutes ago – Water So Deep by Nichole Giles. This mermaid book was sent over to me Kathy for free in exchange for an honest review.
Water so Deep by Nichole Giles
Genre: Young Adult Romance, Mermaids
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Seventeen-year-old Emma Harris is drowning on dry land.
No one knows what’s happening to her, and she’d like to keep her evolution from human to mermaid a secret, but the truth is getting harder and harder to hide. From her adoptive family, from her friends, and especially from the irresistible James Phelps.
Her time in the ocean is spent dodging a possessive merman, while her time on land is split between caring for her special-needs brother and squeezing in every last possible moment of human life. She soon realizes falling for James is unavoidable when he constantly comes to Emma’s rescue and somehow manages to see through her carefully constructed icy facade to the vulnerability she lives with every day. Everything about James makes Emma yearn for a life on land she just can't have.
When Emma’s brother disappears on her watch, James is the only person she trusts to help her save him. But even if they can save her brother, nothing can prevent her return to the sea. Whether she likes it or not, Emma is changing—unable to breathe without yielding to the tide—and it's only a matter of time before she's forced to surrender forever.
ReviewWhy are mermaid books always so sad, depressing, and dark?
Water so Deep started off with a scene that instantly got me engrossed into the next couple of chapters of the book. Among all the YA books I've read, there aren't many out there that starts off the way Waters so Deep started out. It felt more like a prologue rather than chapter one, as the book put it.
The flow of the novel constantly went up to its peak and down again to it trough. It had its sad bits, happy bits, sweet bits, and emotional breakdown bits that caused me to glue by eyes to my kindle app screen on my phone/ipad/laptop. The flow was perfect! This made it easier and much more enjoyable to read through rather than have the book constantly at the same pace with no exciting bits involved until the very end.
I loved the characters. Emma is strong as any other heroine in a Young Adult book. James is sexy as hell. The love between the two is and forever will be strong. *insert emoji heart eyes here* But Keith, to me, feels like he's been through the worst possible scenarios that Giles could put a fictional kid through. The poor thing.
As I got towards the ending and reached the epilogue, I had deja vu that brought me back to when I was reading the Beautiful Creatures series (Castor Chronicles). There is something about the epilogue that reminded me of a scene from the Castor Chronicles. But let's not dwell on that to avoid spoilers.
I hate the ending but what can we do. It can't be helped. It's a mermaid book, and as much as I enjoy reading them, I can't help but despise the way authors end it that way. So depressing.
To conclude my pretty short review, Water so Deep is an entertaining, engrossing, intense, and romantic novel that is filled with minor hormone induced comments that lightens up the novel and many secrets that won't be revealed until the very end...
I highly recommend this novel to those who enjoy reading paranormal young adult romance and of course, reading about merfolk.
I am pining for Nichole to release book two. Will there be book two? I feel like this novel needs a sequel.