Review: Florence by Ciye Cho

Florence by Ciye ChoSeventeen-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.

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Review: The Undrowned Child by Michelle Lovric

Teo is browsing in an old-fashioned Venetian bookshop when a small, heavy book falls on her head. When the book greets her by name, Teo, an adventurous orphan, soon finds out that she is more than a tourist in the mysterious city.

An ancient enemy is stirring and it seems that Teo has been chosen to save Venice from his violent hatred. This is a historical novel of headless butchers, vicious seagulls, sharks, mermaids and curry.

Review

I have one word come to mind when thinking of how to describe The Undrowned Child and that is delightful. Even when you give enough thought to what’s happening around the main characters, rather than skimming over the surface, and you discover how dark the deeper subjects can be I still found it delightful. Delightful, delightful, delightful. Unfortunately I don’t believe I’ll get this delightfullness out of my system for this review so prepared to be bombarded with the word. Continue reading