Thursday, April 11, 2013

Florence & Luminaire - Reviews (Reposts)

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FlorenceFlorence by Ciye Cho
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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.

 It's probably, most definitely, because I read multiple books based on the Persephone myth in the weeks and days prior to reading Florence that as I started a part of me wondered "Is this just a mermaid retelling of the same myth?"
As interesting as that would be, no it's not; just like the description says nothing is what it seems.

It was not what I expected, although I'm not sure what it was that I was expecting since it was my first mermaid story. Being my first, I loved it. Hopefully there will be more or I'm going to have to start aimlessly wandering through all the other mermaid tales out there (much like I have with the Persephone myth.)

Though lacking a few minor details, the descriptions were amazing and so vivid it was easy picturing Niemela.
It's such a great adventure that Florence goes on, you just feel yourself getting caught up in the strange "mer world."

I'd call it a bit magical and a lot of fun.

Florence is not only a great summer read, but a great read for anytime. I couldn't read it fast enough.

Originally posted July 1, 2012

Luminaire (Florence Waverley, #2)Luminaire by Ciye Cho
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Published November 28th 2012

Being the only human in a world of merfolk... isn't easy. Florence Waverley chose to stay in Niemela, but things have gone awry. Secrets have risen and the prince she cares about has pulled away. All the while, dark dreams warn her of a tragedy that only she can stop. But in order to save the merman she loves, Florence will have to enter the Life Path tournament: a brutal test of fear and madness.

The tournament is a rite of passage--a maze where young mermaids and mermen battle to find their purpose. It is also a place where Florence will face grave danger: mermaids with evil magic, tunnels filled with sea fire, and guardians who wish to use her as a pawn in their secret plans. But will Florence be strong enough to survive the tournament... or will she perish inside it?

Everything hangs in the balance: her life, her world, and her love.

It was kind of like Divergent meets The Hunger Games, with a little bit of Goddess Interrupted.
(Totally random note I'm Aquarius, but hate being around water.)

I must confess as much as I really liked Florence the first book in the series, I wasn't too crazy about it.
Not crazy meaning I didn't even remember to add it to my top ten list.

When I received the review request for this I found myself very excited to be returning to that world.
And now I'm also looking forward to going back for the third.
And how we need that third.

It's such a fun and suspenseful journey that Florence goes on. And you thought everything she went through last time was something.
Fighting giant sea snakes and an evil prince are nothing.
This time around she's fighting giant sea snakes and a standoffish prince. Which really is a lot more difficult than an evil one.

Florence, choosing to stay in Niemela, is now trying to find her place there and find where she truly belongs.
She's just a girl trying to find a place in the world (aren't we all?).

Along the way she does encounter far scarier creatures, new friends and new enemies.

This was nonstop, especially once the tournament starts. I don't think there was a moment to breath from the sea creatures to evil mermaids all the way to those characters you know you wouldn't mind if they burst into bubbles (although you do know you would be a little sad).

Originally poster March 29, 2013

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