Monday, July 9, 2018

Water (The Water Series #1) Review

Water (The Water Series #1)
By: Emory Gayle

Cora Reed is haunted by the night her twin sister drowned. Seven years later, she’s still afraid of the water, and can barely keep herself from falling apart completely. The last thing that Cora wanted was to fall in love. But she couldn’t have prepared herself for Darrien Locke, the handsome swim instructor at Camp Crystal. 

Unbeknownst to Cora, they are already connected in unimaginable ways. Mysterious things begin to happen to her, plunging her into a whirlwind of danger and chaos. Only one thing remains steady…Darrien. But he’s not at all what he seems. 

Darrien must help Cora discover who she really is, before a terrible power in the deep reaches her. To do that, Darrien must commit the ultimate betrayal. 

In a stunning reimagining of mermaid lore, Water is the perfect combination of suspense, mystery, humor, and romance. Its gripping tale of love and danger, combined with a terrifically detailed world below the waves, will have readers breathless and begging for more.

I downloaded this book free from Kobo yesterday, and within a few hours I had not only read it but purchased and read the next two books in the series as well. It's pretty safe to say I'm loving them. As most of you know, YA Fantasy is my genre of choice, but I've been pretty limited as to my reading of different races and lore. This was my first real introduction to mermaids, mermen and sirens. I can't lie, I went into this book thinking I wasn't going to like it, I mean how interesting could mermaid's be when they're limited to an existence under water? I was surprised when the first few chapters in I realized that the setting of this book would take place almost exclusively on land. For those of you shaking their heads at my naivete, I told you, limited exposure.

The main draw for me right off the bat in this series was the depth of the tragedies and set backs that the main character, Cora, has experienced in her young life and the reverberations that still exist in her life because of it. She is responsible for the well-being of her younger sister, Bree, as their mother has become a depressed recluse after losing Cora's twin sister, Ana, in a boating accident and Cora's father walking out on his broken family who were still reeling after Ana's death. You get the sense that because of Cora's mothers depression and anxiety, Cora and Bree are sheltered and limited as to what they're allowed to do and experience in their young lives. You find yourself rooting for both girls to get out of the overprotective and suffocating wing of their mom.

Cora's character begins by being a quiet, sheltered teenage girl who is terrified of open water since the death of her sister. She and Bree get the opportunity to get summer jobs at a camp for kids and while Bree is excited about it, Cora is more reserved, more nervous. While she wants nothing more than to be away from her mom for the summer, she also doesn't seem to have much of a sense of  the leadership required to be a camp team leader. She has a deep mistrust of male's because of her dad leaving and therefore has a hard time being civil to Darrien, the (unbeknownst to her) merman who acts as the camp's swim instructor. 

While all this is going on Cora is completely unaware that she herself is actually a mermaid. Her father left her family after Ana's death to take his place on the throne of Mer and he has sent his guard Darrien to gain Cora's trust and bring her home to their kingdom under the sea. Obviously, with Cora's deep-rooted fear of open water that will prove to be difficult for Darrien to accomplish. Especially since Cora has no idea that mer people even exist. 

As with all books I read, my weakness was the romance that grows between Cora and Darrien. Because she is a princess and he is only a guard a relationship between them is forbidden. In the beginning they try to stay away from each other, Darrien because he knows the truth of their forbidden situation and Cora because she is afraid to become a heart-broken shell of a person like her mom has since her dad left. 

I clearly loved the story, the only real issue I had with the book was the lack of editing. By the third page there was already a spelling mistake and it was the first of many I would encounter with this series. I was more forgiving of it than I would normally be because I understand that Emory Gayle is an independent author who self publishes, and we all have to start somewhere and mistakes happen. It just surprised me because these books aren't exactly new, I mean this one was published in 2016. Is there no way for author's to go back and fix their ebooks when they notice errors in grammar? If not, that's too bad. I have read a few reviews from readers who are much less forgiving than I am who will give up on a book because of these types of errors, no matter how good a story is.

All in all I am still enjoying this series, I'm on the last book (Book 4) right now, and have added it to the list of books that I want physical copies of. This author is one of the few that I've found who sell her books directly from her own website and will sign them for her readers. She's also a Canadian living in Canada and the books were set in Canada......well the on-land parts anyway. As I said earlier this book is available on Kobo for free right now, so check it out! Even if it's not your typical genre, you may be surprised at how much you like it!

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Thanks for reading!

Opinionated Bookworm

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