After Dark with Loren — Everblue: A Review

Posted May 14, 2015 by loren in After Dark with Loren, books, loren, Reviews / 0 Comments

After Dark with Loren — Everblue: A ReviewEverblue by Brenda Pandos
Published by Obsidian Mountain Publishing on March 22, 2012
Genres: Fantasy, Fiction, General, Paranormal, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 304
Source: Bought
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She wanted her life to change ... he wanted his to stay the same.

Seventeen-year-old Ashlyn Lanski is tired of her boring, single life. Swimming and spending time with Tatiana, her best friend, are her only sanctuary. The girls plan to leave their drab lakeside town far behind for college, and Ash hopes to finally ditch her longtime crush for Finley, Tatiana's twin brother.

But when Tatiana and her family fail to return home after a family emergency, Ashlyn chooses to do something drastic to find them. Finley Helton and his family are good at blending in as they run their sailing charter business in Lake Tahoe.

But together, they guard an ancient secret.

When a not so routine meeting forces Finley, Tatiana and their mother to return to Natatoria and Fin's father on a dangerous mission, Fin can't stay caged up for long.

Secrets lurk beneath the deep blue waters of Lake Tahoe, and a simple lifesaving kiss could change their lives forever.

My Thoughts

With sunny days and beach bags just around the corner, it seems fitting to begin this summer with wait for it……MERMAIDS! Let’s be honest, who doesn’t love mermaids? There is just something about them that just calls to you—maybe it is their Siren Song…

I’ve been fascinated with mermaids ever since Mermaid Lagoon in Peter Pan, of course, that just so happens to be my favorite Disney movie of all time…

Peter Pan Mermaids

And then you have the mermaids from Harry Potter that leave you just slightly terrified but also in awe…

Harry-Potter-Merman

The thing about mermaids is that they can be so vicious and lethal all the while being beautiful and mesmerizing. They have that personality that calls to our very core and we just can’t help but fall in love—I say they do it on purpose, but there is that fantasy element of wanting to know what it would be like to live under the sea.

It’s not anything new that YA loves mermaids with the many series that have been released and all similar but different in the best of ways. And though I own a few of the series, I honestly had never read one until this book…and you know what? I kind of loved it—actually, I did love it.

I honestly don’t know too much about mermaids except that they are beautiful and dangerous, however, not knowing what to really expect  this book just hit home for me. Yeah, sure there is the romance and the double perspective, except the mermaid is not a mermaid at all, but a merman. Man, as in male—and that folks is what sold me. I went in expecting for the whole story to be told from the female mermaid perspective, but that didn’t happen at all and it was just perfect. I like that the mysterious creature was in fact male.

Now, there were some not so great points to the book. Part of it was that some of the writing became very loose and generic which lost me as a reader, but just like that, it tightened and grabbed me again. Another thing is that at times it was extremely sappy and it annoyed me cause—and I will be honest—I’m not so great with romance and when it comes to YA genre romance, if it isn’t executed the right and correct way, it just becomes much too much.

One of my favorite things about this book is the world in which the merpeople live and the fantastic way that Pandos describes everything. It is incredibly fascinating tail (see what I did there) and let me be honest again, I really wish the entire story was told from our resident merman. But in all fairness, I really did enjoy it and the story was nice relaxation before bed.

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