Monday, February 16, 2015

Review: Water so Deep by Nichole Giles

Seventeen-year-old Emma Harris is drowning on dry land.

No one knows what’s happening to her, and she’d like to keep her evolution from human to mermaid a secret, but the truth is getting harder and harder to hide. From her adoptive family, from her friends, and especially from the irresistible James Phelps.

Her time in the ocean is spent dodging a possessive merman, while her time on land is split between caring for her special-needs brother and squeezing in every last possible moment of human life. She soon realizes falling for James is unavoidable when he constantly comes to Emma’s rescue and somehow manages to see through her carefully constructed icy facade to the vulnerability she lives with every day. Everything about James makes Emma yearn for a life on land she just can't have.

When Emma’s brother disappears on her watch, James is the only person she trusts to help her save him. But even if they can save her brother, nothing can prevent her return to the sea. Whether she likes it or not, Emma is changing—unable to breathe without yielding to the tide—and it's only a matter of time before she's forced to surrender forever.

Review: Rating- 4.5
What did I just read?! Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful story!

I take notes while I read so that I can write my reviews. I started out with this little note:
I love reading young adult books. I feel like they're about teenagers, but most of them are still relatable for adults. This was one of those books I thought was more geared towards the younger readers especially with lines like, "The sight of his flexed biceps made her insides go melty." Her insides went melty? Melty? I'm going to try and over look that.

Then I didn't make another note until this:
At 97% through the book I couldn't believe how much it changed. It was full on adult situations such as the problem with marrying the Merman, her missing brother, and figuring out huge life altering situations. I couldn't help shedding a couple of tears for the predicament Emma found herself in and how torn her heart was. I felt so bad for her. I felt bad for James, her family, everyone.

Now I've finished the book and had to take a bit to calm down. There were more than a couple tears shed. There might have been some ugly crying. What kind of ending was that? That was not a nice ending.

I know a lot of people are asking if there will be a book two and my guess is yes. There has to be. There are way, way, way too many questions unanswered. The story is really just the beginning. This book took the plot, the characters, everything and tied it over a tank of piranhas. We'll have to wait for the next book to see how they escape that predicament.

Overall, it was an excellent read! I absolutely can not wait to get my scaly hands on the next book!

I received this book in exchange for an honest review.


  1. Thanks bunches for the review! Hugs.

  2. This story sounds good, it's going on my To-Read list :)