Saturday, March 10, 2018

Best of: Florence by Ciye Cho - Book Review - Repost

Originally Posted: July 1, 2012
*2018 Note to author: I am so sorry I couldn't bring myself to finish the last book, I let far too much time go by.

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Florence by Ciye Cho
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Published: June 28th 2012

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.

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