“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.”
– Taken from Goodreads (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/11700785-everblue?from_search=true)
I’ll start this review with a very random comment: I’ve never, ever, heard a Tatiana being called Tatch or Tatchi, and I hope I never will, as it just doesn’t sound right (and I should know, given that’s my name).
As far as mermaids books go, this was an okay read. It was quite slow, only picking up in the final 10%. And I was not happy with some things, as they felt too easy. Case in point: the promising. Once a mermaid (or a merman) kisses someone, they are promised, that is, bonded for life. And that promising seems to completely change the couple involved. It’s a magical version of insta-love, in other words.
It was an interesting take on mermaids, in my opinion. It was a bit convenient that the heroine is already a swimmer at the beginning of the book. Toward the end, some things felt a bit weird especially if the couple’s situation was considered by an outsider. And it was not a very satisfying ending, as there is a cliffhanger of sorts.
I will read the next book in the series, but I’m not in a rush to do so.
Rating: 2.5 out of 5