Emerge – Tobie Easton*

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Emerge Synopsis

“Lia Nautilus may be a Mermaid but she s never lived in the ocean. War has ravaged the seven seas ever since the infamous Little Mermaid unleashed a curse that stripped Mer of their immortality. Lia has grown up in a secret community of land-dwelling Mer hidden among Malibu s seaside mansions. Her biggest problems are surviving P.E. and keeping her feelings for Clay Ericson in check. Sure, he s gorgeous in that cocky, leather jacket sort of way and makes her feel like there s a school of fish swimming in her stomach, but getting involved with a human could put Lia’s entire community at risk. So it s for the best that he s dating that new girl, right? That is, until Lia finds out she isn’t the only one at school keeping a potentially deadly secret. And this new girl? Her eyes are dead set on Clay, who doesn’t realize the danger he’s in. If Lia hopes to save him, she ll have to get closer to Clay. Lia s parents would totally flip if they found out she was falling for a human boy, but the more time she spends with him, the harder it is for her to deny her feelings. After making a horrible mistake, Lia will risk everything to stop Clay from falling in love with the wrong girl.”

Note: This review is spoiler-free!

Why did I pick it?

I saw the author talking about the book and to be honest she had me at “descendants of the Little Mermaid” As a massive fan of all things mermaids I knew I had to read it.

I was a little unsure though. Up to this point, I’ve been generally disappointed by “mer” based fiction and have stopped at the first book in pretty much every popular series going. I was hopeful this series wouldn’t be one of them.

What I loved about it

I loved the depth the author went to in crafting the backstory, history and culture of the mer, the glossary at the end is a testament to the detail she’s gone to and it really added to the story for me.

Although there is a love story I liked that it wasn’t the sole storyline of the book, if anything, friendship and family were equally important and it made a refreshing change.

What I loathed about it

For me only two things niggled me. The first was some of the sea based puns, it’s one of the reasons I disliked other series so much. Thankfully they were used sparingly and less often as the book progressed.

Secondly, and a minor spoiler here sorry! The whole “mer with legs” situation. I loved it, it made for perfect storytelling, allowing Lia et al to move seamlessly from land to sea throughout the book. BUT the idea that mer maintain their leg form by remaining permanently “aroused” since a “legged” state is required for mer procreation, was a little weird if I’m honest.


At first, I was unsure but once the story got going and I got to understand the characters a little more I couldn’t put this book down. I was even reading it in my lunch hour, which usually means I’m hooked. The story itself is short but well written and I thought the pacing was spot on. It’s the first in the series and I look forward to reading Submerge, the second, soon.

When and where can you get it

You can purchase Emerge on Amazon today

* Book provided FOC in exchange for an honest and fair review





  1. September 13, 2017 / 12:13 pm

    This actually sounds really good – I certainly have never read a book about mermaids so that’d be a different element for me. I read a different take on Peter Pan a while ago and it didn’t live up to my expectations at all. I know this isn’t necessarily based off of The Little Mermaid but I think you always have expectations with books like this because usually the covers and the blurb make it sound so good. Fab review! xxx

    • hannah
      September 18, 2017 / 7:39 pm

      I think that’s why this one felt different, it was more of a what happens in the future plot rather than a strict retelling

  2. September 13, 2017 / 6:32 pm

    Love the concept of this – sounds like a fun, easy read.

  3. September 14, 2017 / 6:59 am

    oooh i’ve never read a mermaid themed book but this sounds good! X

  4. Hannah
    September 14, 2017 / 7:00 am

    This sounds like a really good book, the concept sounds brilliant, and it also seems like quiet an easy read!

  5. September 14, 2017 / 7:14 am

    I loved the little mermaid as a kid! The book sounds interesting to say the least, not quite my cup of tea but a cute book nonetheless xx

    • hannah
      September 18, 2017 / 7:40 pm

      I go through slumps of reading very little but this was so light and lovely it got me going again, I hope you enjoy it 🙂

  6. A Sparkle Of Grace
    September 14, 2017 / 3:28 pm

    This book doesn’t sound like quite my type, but interesting all the same.

    A Sparkle Of Grace

  7. olivia
    September 14, 2017 / 8:47 pm

    this doesnt sound like something i would normally read but it sounds interesting

  8. September 14, 2017 / 10:06 pm

    Oh my goodness I want to read this! The little blurb has got me hooked already! I’m definitely going to have to pick this up! I love all things mermaid hehe
    PaleGirlRambling xo

    • hannah
      September 18, 2017 / 7:41 pm

      me too, I’m sat here drinking a brew out of my mermaid mug whilst wearing my fleecy mermaid tail ?

  9. September 26, 2017 / 9:06 pm

    I’m really intrigued by this! Like you, I’ve always found mermaid-based fiction quite disappointing, but this sounds like it would be worth a read. Great review!

  10. November 21, 2017 / 2:01 pm

    I haven’t heard many Mer fictions either so this is rally intrigueing. It sounds a bit tongue in cheek with the leg thing? Either way that is so bizarr I now have to read it!

    Jen xxx

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