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.
Nichole Giles, the author of the Descendant trilogy, has lived in Nevada, Arizona, Utah, and Texas. She loves to spend time with her husband and four children, travel to tropical and exotic destinations, drive in the rain with the convertible top down, and play music at full volume so she can sing along.
Water So Deep – Book Review
4 out of 5 stars
Water So Deep read very quickly. The writing was smooth, cohesive and easy to follow. The writer gets you connected to the main character very quickly in the first chapter. I felt like that created a lot of much needed depth for the main character. She felt very real and a little more mature than most high school girls are, which was nice. Sometimes it gets annoying to read about super immature high school girls, though I know they exist.
I felt like the middle of the book was a bit stagnant emotionally. There wasn’t much growth happening, so I sort of lost my connection with the characters. Their relationships with each other changed, but that was really it for character growth. There was however a lot of story in the middle of the book. There was plenty of stuff happening which, in some ways makes up for the lack of emotional growth.
I enjoyed the mermaid aspect and the differences between your mermaid’s of legend and the mermaid that she was becoming. It seemed well thought out for the most part and added a bit of magic to the story. I did think there could have been more about the mermaids and her change into one as well. About three-quarters of the way through the book, I remember thinking, “tell me more about the mermaids!” Pretty soon after that there were some more details, but I think I would have liked more.
The story ended in an annoying place, but they all do when a sequel is expected.
Overall I really enjoyed the story, and the writing. It was a quick read and enjoyable. With just a few complaints, I would recommend this book for any young adult in high school.
I tried not to give away many details here. If you want a few more details and don’t mind spoilers, continue reading below. But know that some of these are MAJOR spoilers.
**SPOILER ALERT** The main character is abused and almost raped in the very first chapter which was almost a big turn off for me. I don’t handle the harsh realities very well. As I was reading I got really worried, but was pleasantly surprised by how much I understood with very little detail of the actual event. It gave the main character some depth and something very real to react to emotionally throughout the story. I really got hooked at the very beginning. Unfortunately the middle was where I had trouble keeping interest. The story is written for young adults, which I am not, but I do tend to enjoy young adult literature a great deal. Anyway my biggest issue with the middle of the book is that it was much of the same thing…emotionally. There was plenty happening to the characters—arrests, fights, assaults—but the main couple was in this back and forth will we won’t we that just seemed too stagnant for too long. They got together, then broke up, then kissed, then didn’t talk to each other. And ya, that’s high school, but it was the same emotional struggle the whole book. I wanted the characters to grow a little, learn something—mature a little—Not just change their minds about whether or not they loved each other. My biggest complaint about the book as a whole is about one particular scene. At the very end of the book, the main character saves her brother from the ocean and her boyfriend is waiting for them on land. When they get on land the boyfriend and girlfriend have a super long romantic conversation/interlude while totally ignoring her shell-shocked brother, who is only mentioned once while the couple is making out. I understand that it was an emotional time, but I am sure she would have been more concerned for her brother than she was acting in that moment. Ok , complaining aside, I actually really did enjoy the book. I thought it was perfect for it’s young adult audience and dealt with real life serious issues rather than just fluff.