Water So Deep (Water so Deep #1)
Published: 2nd February, 2015
Jelly Bean Publishing
Seventeen-year-old Emma Harris is drowning on dry land.
No one knows what’s happening to her, and she’d like to keep her evolution from human to mermaid a secret, but the truth is getting harder and harder to hide. From her adoptive family, from her friends, and especially from the irresistible James Phelps.
Her time in the ocean is spent dodging a possessive merman, while her time on land is split between caring for her special-needs brother and squeezing in every last possible moment of human life. She soon realizes falling for James is unavoidable when he constantly comes to Emma’s rescue and somehow manages to see through her carefully constructed icy facade to the vulnerability she lives with every day. Everything about James makes Emma yearn for a life on land she just can’t have.
When Emma’s brother disappears on her watch, James is the only person she trusts to help her save him. But even if they can save her brother, nothing can prevent her return to the sea. Whether she likes it or not, Emma is changing—unable to breathe without yielding to the tide—and it’s only a matter of time before she’s forced to surrender forever.
What I liked: This isn’t too action-y of a mermaid story and instead it’s Emma’s struggle to try and stay on land when her body needs the sea. Her reason to stay is her family, especially the little brother she has which makes her seem like a very good and caring sister to me, not many siblings that I know that have special needs siblings are very invested in helping them. The romance was very back and forth, but for a good reason. I understood why Emma was so uncertain about having any sort of romance with James, and then she has to deal with her merman suitor as well! But there is no really “love triangle” in this story, because Emma is determined to stay on land if she can and wants nothing to do with her merman suitor.
What I didn’t like: I wish we could have watched Emma learn about the fact that she is a mermaid instead of being told it from the beginning. While it does get explained I always felt that the journey of learning something big about a character was very important and (even if I know what’s going to happen somewhat) it’s always something that fascinates me to no end. Also, this is the third time I’ve seen that image on a cover so it felt unoriginal to me (others here and here) considering they were all released within about four months.
Overall Review: While more of a slow read that was fun and enjoyable for me at the time, this book acts like a setup for the next book with the ending and how everything built up. The ending, while a jarring pause to the story instead of a cliffhanger to me, set up what I hope to be a good sequel that amps up everything that happened in this book and ties it all together.
Recommend?: This is a slow read so if you’re looking for something like that this would be perfect for that!
My Rating: 3.2/5
About the Author
Nichole Giles, the author of the Descendant trilogy, has lived in Nevada, Arizona, Utah, and Texas. She loves to spend time with her husband and four children, travel to tropical and exotic destinations, drive in the rain with the convertible top down, and play music at full volume so she can sing along.