Updrift by Errin Stevens
Series: The Mer Chronicles (book #1)
Pages: 269 Pages
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal Romance, Fantasy
Publisher: Liquid Silver Books, November 2015
Since her father died, Kate Sweeting’s home life has been in the pits, her well-being on life support. Her future looks desolate until she and her mother, Cara, make another plan: abandon their shriveled existence for more promising prospects on the coast, where Cara can play small-town librarian-bachelorette and Kate can figure out what’s up with that secretive Blake family from the beach.
Everyone is eerily captivated with Kate and her mother, and Cara is the first to figure out why when the man of her dreams arrives all dripping and devoted and closed-mouthed about what he intends. Kate is willing to go along with their subterfuge for a while, but eventually makes a charge for the water to learn what her mother is hiding. Gabe Blake is there waiting for her…and so is someone considerably less friendly. By the time Kate navigates her way home, everything will have changed for her—what she feels, what she wants, and what she’ll risk to be with the man she loves.
My Review: 3(2.5?)/5 stars (spoiler-free!!)
I was sent this book in return for an honest review.
I think in order to properly review this book, I have to do it in sections.
I’ll start with the plot, which overall I would rate a 3/5. I really liked the way certain events played out, were paced, etc. However, some events felt like they weren’t necessary. For example, all of the focus on Dana and Will in the middle of the book. I thought they were going to be part of a key event/turn into main characters after all of the focus on them, but then they weren’t brought up again. Overall, the plot was pretty okay, I just didn’t like some of the, what felt like, pointless events.
Next is characters, which I would say were 3/5. I liked some of the characters, like Gabe, Carmen, Kate, etc. However, I just wish some of them were more developed. Again, the fact that Will and Dana were so developed for no reason really bothered me. But because of the overall pacing of the novel it’s understandable why only certain characters were highly developed. Overall, most of the characters were funny and likable, however they didn’t leave any lasting impressions on me and I had difficulty connecting with them.
One problem I had with this book was definitely pacing, which I would give a 3/5. Especially in the beginning of the novel, almost everything is extremely rushed, years going by within pages. Then towards the end of the novel, I felt as if certain parts were dragged on and on while others were rushed. I just really wished some moments could have been less rushed, especially the events I enjoyed.
Lastly, the biggest problem I had with this book was the author’s style, which is 2/5 stars for me. Throughout the book, point of views are CONSTANTLY changing, just about every sentence. It makes it so hard to understand what is going on at some points and is just extremely frustrating. I found that this was a problem mainly in the first half of the novel. However, I’m not sure if it became less rapid or if I just got used to it. ALSO, everything was sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo heavily described to the point that it was honestly just tedious. I’m a HUGE supporter of world building and description to help engross readers into the world, but I personally found this amount of description to be unnecessary.
Although I did have some problems with this book, I feel like overall it was an okay read with an interesting premise. I would recommend this novel to you if you enjoy romance, mermaids (sirens), and descriptive language.
Thank you for reading my review!! Also, a huge thank you to Errin Stevens for sending me her book for an honest review. Until next time, happy reading! 🙂
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