Water So Deep by Nichole Giles is a new adult paranormal romance novel. Emma is half human and half mermaid. Her father was a merman and her mother was human. Emma is what is called a changeling (because of her human side). Emma was left on her grandmother's doorstep as an infant with a note. Her adopted parents had been struggling with fertility issues and Emma was an answer to their prayers. She has always loved the ocean and when she was sixteen she discovered that she is turning into a mermaid. The change happens slowly as she develops gills (scales, webbed feet) and learns to breathe underwater. Emma does not know what to tell her family. Her parents do not know about her heritage. Emma also has to worry about her mentally challenged brother, Keith. He is just starting high school and seems to gravitate towards the wrong type of friends. Emma has trust issues from an horrible incident with her ex-boyfriend, Tom. James Phelps, new senior at the high school, will have to get past Emma's issues to get close to her.
The book gets better towards the second half. There is a lot of normal teenage angst and relationship issues. We get to know more about the merman and mermaids as well as Atlantis in the second half of Water So Deep. I do want to warn you that you will be not be happy with the ending of the book (I was not). There were a couple of issues left unresolved, which, I will assume, means there is be another book. One thing that was troubling in this book is the violent tempers of the men who interact with Emma (Merrick the merman, Tom the ex-boyfriend, and James who is attracted to Emma). I will give this book 2.75 stars (out of 5 stars).
I received a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
What are you currently reading? I am reading Huckleberry Christmas by Jennifer Beckstrand. It is the third book in the series. I will be writing a review soon.
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