Hi guys! Happy Friday! Today I am reviewing a book that is by one of the nicest authors I have met. I had the wonderful opportunity to see Tobie Easton at the SE-YA Book Fest back in March, and I got my copy of Emerge (which was an amazing book, see review here) signed. I was able to get an e-ARC of the sequel Submerge through the YA Girl’s Review Team, and let me tell you, I loved it so much. I hope you enjoy this review! Submerge is also releasing this Tuesday on September 12th, so don’t miss it!
About the Book
Now that Lia and Clay’s love has broken the Little Mermaid’s curse, everything has changed. Will Lia’s family remain on land, leading the only life she and her sisters have ever known, or will they move below the waves, to the sparkling new capital city? Lia is adamant about staying on land with Clay for her senior year. But at Melusine and her father’s trial, new revelations threaten what Lia holds most dear.
The verdict will shake Lia’s whole world, calling into question her future with Clay, her feelings for Caspian, and the fate of all Merkind. As she wonders who to trust, Lia sets out on a treacherous path that will lead her away from her sheltered Malibu home to a remote and mysterious school for Mermaids—Mermaids who may hold the secret to ancient magic Lia can use to either get back all she’s lost or to embark on a thrilling and dangerous journey.
Submerge releases on September 12th from Month9Books!
Disclaimer: I received a free e-ARC of this book from the author through the YA Girl’s Review Team in exchange for an honest review. This will not my review in any way.
Submerge was one of my most anticipated sequels of 2017 because I loved Easton’s debut Emerge. When I first started this book, I was in a slump. I was reading a dystopian novel that I wasn’t getting into, and school became really stressful. I needed a good escape, and Submerge helped me get through a tough week. I fell in love with this book the moment I first started reading it. Easton definitely stepped it up in her latest sequel by raising the stakes and tension. I just could not put it down. I did not want it to end, and I need more. Why can’t book three come any closer?
Easton pulled off one of the most challenging feats in writing so flawlessly: making a sequel that is better than an already amazing original. I loved Emerge a lot, but the author managed to raise the series up to another level. Submerge is a dazzling, enchanting tale of love, loss, betrayal, and hope in the face of trials. It draws readers into its enchanting undersea world, from its magic to its culture and history. The world-building is one of the strongest elements of the story: I was amazed at how intricate and detailed the Mer world and its society was structured. Reading Submerge makes you fall in love with Mermaids, even if you didn’t like them at first.
Another reason why Submerge is better than Emerge is because the author raises the stakes even higher. She packs in more action that will have you on the edge of your seat and tension that will give you chills. There are so many twists and surprises that I would not have been able to predict them all! Submerge shocked me in so many ways and left me with my mouth wide open at times. I just wanted to go up to some of the characters and go “Why? How could you do this to me, I mean Lia?” I just could not stop reading the book! It was so gripping that it felt like a roller coaster ride. My “just one more chapter” evolved into “I just want to stop everything and read.” Submerge is one of those books that you fall in love with from the first line.
Submerge has the potential to become one of my favorite series of all time if Easton blows it out of the water (pun intended) with the final book in the trilogy! It is really hard for me to want to continue a series, but the author made me hyped for the finale. Without spoiling the ending, the book does end on a cliffhanger that leaves you wanting more, and I love that. Submerge definitely was the book I needed at the moment. It transported me into a magical world full of Mermaids and mystery, a world that I did not want to leave. The Mer Chronicles is a series that you do not want to miss!
About the Author
Tobie Easton was born and raised in Los Angeles, California, where she’s grown from a little girl who dreamed about magic to a twenty-something who writes about it. A summa cum laude graduate of the University of Southern California, Tobie hosts book clubs for tweens and teens. She and her very kissable husband enjoy traveling the globe and fostering packs of rescue puppies. Learn more about Tobie and her upcoming books on www.TobieEaston.com.
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