Review: Florence by Ciye Cho

Missing summer? Hungry for more mermaid novels like Waterfell by Amalie Howard? Look no further!
Cover image from Goodreads

Cover image from Goodreads

Disclaimer: I received a e-copy of this book in exchange for a review. All opinions are 100% honest and my own, as always!

Publication date: July 2012
Author: Ciye Cho
Official Plot Summary:

Seventeen-year-old Florence Waverley is out of her depth. Literally. Kidnapped and taken below the waves to the mer world of Niemela, she is the ultimate gift for merman Prince Kiren: a human familiar tied to his side. But nothing is what it seems amid the beauty and danger of a dark ocean.Every Niemelan has a role to play, from the mermaids who weave towers out of kelp to the warriors who fight sea monsters. But in trying to survive, Florence will end up in the middle of a war between the mer and the Darkness. A conflict that will push her between two brothers: Kiren, the charmer inexplicably drawn to both her and the monsters; and Rolan, the loner who has been pushing her away since the day they met. But in order to take a stand–and find out where she belongs–Florence will have to risk it all: her life, her heart… and her very soul.

My Review
At first, I didn’t know what I was diving into. Yes, I said diving into. This novel is self-published, I believe, but do not let that scare you away. I think self published books can get a bad rap, which is absurd, because not everyone can get published (financial reasons, logistics, time…) by a publishing house. The company who publishes the book does not mean the book is any less quality than another!

Anyway, Florence is a likeable character. You’ll have fun shipping her with the many mermen she meets (ooh, we can have debates about this in the comments when you read it!), and you’ll just have fun exploring Niemela.

Florence is a breath of fresh air for the YA genre. I’ve read several other mermaid books before, but Florence is an original spin on mermaid tales. (Wow, I’m on a roll with the unintended mermaid pubs today!) I love that it is not the stereotypical “I am a human who discovered I am a mermaid oh no!” book. Mr. Cho approached it from a different angle, adding some more ominous twists to the ordeal. You get to see the mermaid world, rather than the human one!

 

Speaking of the mermaid world, the world and characters are nicely built. I feel like now that I have finished the first book, I’ve lost a friend, because there are some really nice characters in here.
The only nitpicking I can really do here is I did wonder the whole time, what on earth are the humans doing right now? I mean, you find out a girl in your class was abducted, is anyone worried? Is anyone panicking or crying that this girl suddenly disappeared? As ordinary as she was, I’m sure someone cares, but this is all irrelevant to the story.

 

I give Florence 4 stars!

 

The novel is currently 99 cents in most eBook retailers right now, and the third installment in the series is released February 9th, 2015, aka today! It is also available as a paperback. (And you know me, I love physical copies of books!)

Happy Reading 🙂
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