MER-CHARMER, by Amy Bearce
Genre: middle-grade fantasy
Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press
Date of Release: May 9, 2016
Cover Artist: Amalia Chitulescu
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.
ReviewMer-Charmer by Amy Bearce
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
*** Gifted in exchange for my honest review***
This is Book 2 in this series and it seemed a much more even pace and the world building and the action underwater had my imagination taking flight, I really wanted to grab my paintbrush and start to paint the images appearing in my mind. I've always loved the sea, swimming and the underwater city which was in ruins would be an image I would like to recreate.
Phoebe although she seemed not as Strong a main character as Sienna was in The Fairy Keeper, grew on me as she believed grew stronger in her belief in herself. Tristan was my favourite character, Mina too was a good secondary character.
The wraiths were very scary and the beast was a formidable evil entity... The scene where Phoebe finally confronts the beast was a very good twist, I really enjoyed how the final battle ended, although I felt sorry that Phoebe had to sacrifice as much as she did.
The book once again gives a good message to its readers, about not giving up, sticking to your principles and that courage comes in all forms, shapes and sizes.
I look forward to book 3 and finding out about Nell's adventure.
I would recommend this series for tweens teens and all fantasy readers who wish to never loose their inner child.
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About The Author:
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.
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