July 05, 2012

Florence by Ciye Cho Review

Florence #1
by Ciye Cho
Published on July 1st 2012
ebook, 203 pages
Find the title on Goodreads - Amazon

Seventeen-year-old Florence Waverley is out of her depth. Literally. Kidnapped and taken below the waves to the mer world of Niemela, she is the ultimate gift for merman Prince Kiren: a human familiar tied to his side. But nothing is what it seems amid the beauty and danger of a dark ocean.

Every Niemelan has a role to play, from the mermaids who weave towers out of kelp to the warriors who fight sea monsters. But in trying to survive, Florence will end up in the middle of a war between the mer and the Darkness. A conflict that will push her between two brothers: Kiren, the charmer inexplicably drawn to both her and the monsters; and Rolan, the loner who has been pushing her away since the day they met. But in order to take a stand--and find out where she belongs--Florence will have to risk it all: her life, her heart... and her very soul.

- Goodreads.com description

You know, I've never read a book about mermaids. Dunno why, but they somehow didn't appeal to me. And then I got this book for review, and I was like "Seriously? Mermaids?" I thought about it and then decided to accept it. 

And let me tell you, Oh my god! This book is awesome. The world that Ciye created is stunning. Bright colours, amazing characters and an intrigue, unique story. It's quite fast paced and the story flew by like a blur. 

The story is told in the first person, and the narrator is a girl named Florence. Sometimes there were chapters in the third person, so the reader can actually see also the things that doesn't happen directly to Florence. It gives the reader a better understanding.

Florence in the beginning of the book was a really quiet girl. Noone noticed her. Noone talked to her. She went with the school to a trip on the beach. She went swimming by herself and diving in the water got her face to face with a merman. He kidnapped her. She woke up in Neimela, a bright coloured world underwater. Stunningly beautiful. Somehow she was allowed to stay in Neimela. She became best friend with the Princess Yolee. Yolee is cheerful, nice young girl and she really likes Florence. She introduced Florence into the underwater world. Florence finally found a place where she belonged.

The boys. Prince Kiren. Prince Rolan. WOW. They were both quite interesting. Kiren was a charming prince with nice maners. Rolan on the other hand seemed cold and distant. BUT, like he said: Nothing is truly what it seems on the outside. And really, it's not ;)

This book was a fast pacing through story which will leave you crave for more. I really enjoyed reading it. So, if you like mermaids, action, and with romance filled story, Florence is perfect for you! 

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