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Mer-Charmer by Amy Bearce (ARC) Review



Genre: Middle-Grade to Young Adult; Fantasy
Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press
Date of Release: May 9, 2016
Pages and Format: 219 pages; Mobi
My Rating:
 3 Stars

I received this ARC from the publisher Curiosity Quills Press in exchange for an honest review.

Fourteen-year-old Phoebe Quinn is surrounded by magic, but she can’t muster any of her own. Her sister is a fairy keeper. Her best friends are merfolk. And all she does is dishes and housework.

When Phoebe finds out a terrible sea creature is awakening that preys upon the peace-loving merfolk, she becomes determined to help them, even though it means going with Tristan and Mina to their home deep in the sea.

Beneath the waves, Phoebe learns she’s more like her sister than she realized. The merfolk are drawn to her, and she can sense the magic of the sea all around her. Magic is finally at her fingertips, but that’s precisely why the stirring dark power under the waters decides it wants her most of all.

Now she must not only help the peaceful merfolk escape this ancient enemy, she must master her out-of-control powers. If she fails, she will die and darkness will rise and enslave the merfolk once more. But embracing her full power could cost her the very people she loves the most.”

In this novel, we’re reacquainted with the world of Aluvia and the now 14 year old Phoebe Quinn.
Phoebe is inexplicably drawn to her mer-friends Tristan and Mina. As much as they are drawn to her too. Often breaking rules to come see their human friend.
After many problems that have popped up with the mer-folk including finding a mer-folk skeleton that had alarming marks on it, a run in with a water wraith and mer-folk suffering from lack of food and other issues, Phoebe embarks on a journey to combat an ancient evil and restore the mer-folks of their livelihood and magic.

This was like a reverse Little Mermaid. More like, Little Human becomes a Mer-Maid and saves her handsome mer-lad crush from evil. No singing lobsters, though, I’m sorry! Haha.

I don’t know, but I wasn’t really feeling this book. I found the story to be a little slow. It definitely didn’t hold me like Fairy Keeper did.

Either way, it’s still a great coming of age novel suitable for middle-grade and young adults alike. It has a wonderful heroine in it, a little romance and a great battle over evil.

Where to Buy:
Amazon US | Amazon CAN | Barnes and Noble | Book Depository

Meet the Author:

AmyBearce Amy writes stories for tweens and teens. She is a former reading teacher with a Masters in Library Science. As an Army kid, she moved eight times before she was eighteen, so she feels especially fortunate to be married to her high school sweetheart. Together they’re raising two daughters and are currently living in Germany, though they still call Texas home. A perfect day for Amy involves rain pattering on the windows, popcorn, and every member of her family curled up in one cozy room reading a good book.

Find Amy Bearce Online: 
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