Double Review: Emerge & Submerge by Tobie Easton

Today, I’m going to do things a bit differently. Instead of two separate reviews, I’m going to do two mini reviews for two books in a series. The review for the first book will have no spoilers, and the review for the second book will contain mild thematic spoilers from the first book (not much more than what the synopsis reveals). Keep reading for mini reviews on the Mer Chronicles by Tobie Easton, which includes Emerge and the recently released Submerge.


Title: Emerge (Mer Chronicles #1)

Author: Tobie Easton

Genre: YA Fantasy

Publication Date: April 1, 2016

My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Lia Nautilus may be a Mermaid but she’s never lived in the ocean. Ever since the infamous Little Mermaid unleashed a curse that stripped Mer of their immortality, war has ravaged the Seven Seas. Now Lia lives in a secret community of land-dwelling Mer hidden among Malibu’s seaside mansions and attends high school with humans. To protect everyone around her, she must limit her contact with non-Mer. No exceptions. But when the new girl sets her sights on Lia’s crush, she will risk exposing her deadly secret to stop Clay from falling in love with the wrong girl.

The first book in the Mer Chronicles, Emerge, felt quite young, and had a few issues with cliches and tropes. Lia had quite a few very immature moments where she felt much, much younger than her character is supposed to be. The romance wasn’t earth shattering, and most of the more cliche moments happened between Lia and her love interest Clay. However, as a whole, it was wildly entertaining and fun. Mermaids don’t get a lot of love in YA for whatever reason, so it’s always nice to see a solid mermaid story. The writing was easy to read and had a good flow. As for the pacing, I felt like the story dragged in a few spots, especially towards the beginning, with things picking up quite a bit towards the end.

I give this title a 3 out of 5 stars.



Title: Submerge (Mer Chronicles #2)

Author: Tobie Easton

Genre: YA Fantasy

Publication Date: September 12, 2017

My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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.

The second installment in the Mer Chronicles feels much more mature than the first book, with many of the issues I had with tropes and cliches in the first book being resolved. Lia has grown so much since the first book, and it made the story even more entertaining and easy to read. On top of that, the pacing in this book felt more fast paced, with less dragging and slow spots. If you were on the fence about the first installment of this series, I would encourage you to give Submerge a shot, as it is a step up in almost every way.

I give Submerge a solid 4 out of 5 stars, and I hope to see this series get even better as it goes.


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