September 01, 2012

Florence by Ciye Cho

by Ciye Cho

Published: July 1st 2012
Publisher: Studio Amazepop
Format: Paperback
Pages: 336
Source: Received from author
for review purposes
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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.

Florence is invisible. Well, not really, but she feels like it and tries to stay unnoticed. Even when she's been in her school for ages nobody knows or even recognizes her.
So when she's kidnapped to Niemela, the mer world, she's not really devastated. For the first time ever she can be seen. And for the first time someone gets interested in her. Actually, there's two someones; brothers Kiren and Rolan.
But can she really trust neither of them? Or will she just end up losing her soul?

The book starts with Florence heading to class trip and telling her backstory. And it was a really strong start! You are sucked to the story right away and like always, I loved the whole "loner-of-the-school"- thing going on.
Soon after Florence is sucked to the Niemela and I struckled little with my reading. Mostly because I like to get along with the plot quickly and I'm fine with little knowledge about the surroundings. That leaves more room for my own imagination. But now I felt like the description of surroundings went on and on, so I started to skim. Otherwise I might have gotten overwhelmed with the information and stop reading altogether.

After this the plot picked up pretty slowly, but not too slowly. We get to meet bunch of mermaids, including the king and his sons, Kiren and Rolan. They're quite the opposites: Kiren is fun and outgoing, Rolan pretty closed up and even hostile towards Florence. Kiren is the younger brother, but soon to be king, since Rolan doesn't want the crown.
And everyone's convinced Kiren is the right choice, even Florence. Until his connection with the monsters become public. And when Florence learns about Kiren's darker side, she turns to his brother, Rolan. Who also isn't what he seemed to be.
No surprise, I really enjoyed the romance part of the book, since I'm a sucker for the love triangles and the deception etc., but you know that already ;)

Overall, I really liked the story and can't wait to read more! Especially when there's so many questions left open: What happens to Kiren? How did Florence understand Niemela's language? I'm pretty sure there's some secret regarding her parents, but what is it?
See, so many questions left open, it drives me crazy! But I'll try to hold to my sanity and see if there's going to be a second book that hopefully answers to all these questions!

Huge thanks to author for providing the review copy!

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