Genre: Paranormal Romance
Series: The Mer Chronicles Book: 1
Author: Errin Stevens
Page count: 269
This is a spoiler free review!
For Kate Sweeting, love isn’t in the air. It’s in the water.
Since her father died, Kate Sweeting’s home life has been in the pits, her well-being on life support. Her future looks desolate until she and her mother, Cara, make another plan: abandon their shriveled existence for more promising prospects on the coast, where Cara can play small-town librarian-bachelorette and Kate can figure out what’s up with that secretive Blake family from the beach.
Everyone is eerily captivated with Kate and her mother, and Cara is the first to figure out why when the man of her dreams arrives all dripping and devoted and closed-mouthed about what he intends. Kate is willing to go along with their subterfuge for a while, but eventually makes a charge for the water to learn what her mother is hiding. Gabe Blake is there waiting for her…and so is someone considerably less friendly. By the time Kate navigates her way home, everything will have changed for her—what she feels, what she wants, and what she’ll risk to be with the man she loves.
First I want to thank Errin Stevens for sending me a review copy of Updrift!
I found this book quite difficult to get into in the beginning.
We start off with Kate being a child and moving with her mother to a new town. We got a taste of her home life and her family. I really enjoyed the beginning, but I found it very fast paced. This wasn’t necessarily a bad thing, although it made it hard to focus. A lot of things were happening very quickly after each other. A hundred pages covered 17 years in Kate’s life. Because of this I didn’t really connect with the characters until everything began slowing down. I did like them, I just didn’t form a bond with them like I wanted to.
When the second part of the story started, it began to slow down and I started to see more of the relationships the characters had built. In the speed-through of Kate’s life I didn’t see that very much. I knew the relationships were there I just couldn’t focus on them.
That being said I did really enjoy how the characters were with each other. Especially Kate and her mom. They had a natural understanding and were there of the other. They didn’t fight like a lot of teenagers and parents in books do, but they were happy and made the book so much cuter!
The characters were overall just really relatable. I know a lot of characters are, but these were people I could see walking down the street across from me. None of them were overly achieving and I found myself enjoying the smallest things.
The storyline was interesting. It was simple but effective. I was impressed by the way the plot was worked out. The twists that were put in the tales of sirens and their ways were really good blended with not only the stories, but the real world.
I do admit that I was confused at some points but quickly picked back up and understood when I read further.
I found Errin’s writing style very refreshing. It made you flow through the book as if you were one of the characters, and not just reading about them.
I recommend this book to people who want to read something cute and lovable, but still magical!