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Friday, August 19, 2011

Book Review: Everblue (Mer Tales, #1) by Brenda Pandos

Everblue (Mer Tales, #1) by Brenda Pandos
Reading Level: Young Adult
Release Date: Available Now Online
Pages: 304
Source: Received from author for honest review

Summary: 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.

My Review: For the past two years, Brenda has been a shining light in my life. She not only is a progressively amazing writer, but a kind-hearted person as well. Through her magnificent Talisman vampire series to a now breathtaking mer tale, she continually ups her game for the better. Now, all adoration aside, this novel contributed a vast look into the lives of mer folks. I've always been a fan of mermaids; there is something special about these mythical creatures that bring my curiosity out. Tatiana and Fin are by far one of my favorite brother, sister duos. Fin was a great pleasure to have around. His sweet nature, especially around Ashlyn, was downright adorable. Plus, he brought this strength that helped steady others through the complicated times.

Moving on, Ashlyn was Tatiana's best friend, who had no idea that her friend was far from being human. Personality wise, I didn't really connect with her as much as I would have liked. But, fortunately it didn't affect her narrative. Brenda has a unique way of pulling me in with her writing style. The dual narrative that was going on between Ashlyn and Fin created a great balance for both stories. It helped me connect with the human side of things, while also losing myself in the fantastical sea world. Overall, it was a delightful mer tale that will leave you wanting the sequel!

My Rating: (4.5)
Author's Info:
Brenda Pandos is mommy/computer whisperer by day and writer by night who lives in California with her husband and two energetic children. Shortly after the birth of her second son, Brenda's oldest was diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder that turned her world upside-down. Her life became round the clock feedings with a newborn and a daily stream of tutors working to help her son. She craved a meaningful escape. The main concepts of THE TALISMAN SERIES came to her in the wee hours of the morning as she reminisced the good old days when she lived with her best friend in the Santa Cruz Mountains. As a young girl, Brenda was a hopeless romantic, constantly lost in a fantasy world in her backyard of knights on white horses, mermaids and evil villains. As a teen, shows such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, and Interview with a Vampire intrigued her. With the encouragement of a friend after writing one chapter, she continued on to complete her first manuscript. Brenda is currently working on the third book in the series, The Onyx Talisman.

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Bookish in a Box said...

Hmm, I hadn't heard of this one, but it sounds good. The cover alone pulled me in, but your glowing review sealed the deal. Thanks for sharing!

Brenda Pandos said...

:d: you are so sweet! Has it really been two years? I want to reach into my screen and hug you. One day soon we'll meet. Thank you for everything.

LoriStrongin said...

Brenda and I have some of the same fav escapes (Buffy forever!). I love that we're getting all these new books delving into mer myth, and this one looks intriguing. Thanks for the rec!


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