First I want to talk about Evergreen, by Brenda Pandos. For those of you not aware of this series, I talked about it in an earlier post, but to catch you up, it's about a human girl named Ash and her best friend Tatchi, and Tatchi's brother Fin. The catch about Tatchi and Fin? Well, they are mermaids. Now let me tell you one thing, I really wasn't into stories about Mermaids, and then I stumbled upon this series. Now, I am addicted and Brenda has a fan for life! One thing I loved most about Evergreen were the moments of "WOW I did not see that coming!" While it sounds slightly dramatic, there were several moments of that within this book. Here is the description right here:
"Enter the watery world of treachery, greed, and the binding mer kiss as the story continues with Evergreen, book two of Mer Tales.
A kingdom on the brink of war.
A king on the fringes of insanity.
A family running for their lives.
Ash and Fin’s only desire is to be together and dive into their happily ever after, though their conflicting worlds work to pull them apart. Neither is ready to convert to the other’s life: become a human or a mer. Little do they know that somewhere in Natatoria a secret holds the fine fabric of everyone’s lives together. If the truth is discovered, Ash and Fin will no longer have the luxury of waiting. They’ll be forced to choose. But will it be for loyalty or love? Or will someone else make the choice for them if they can’t decide?" -goodreads.com
Sounds juicy right? That's because it is. With the introduction of a couple new characters, one of which I thought was going to bring some trouble in paradise to Ash and Fin, the plot became more complex and engrossing. With a jam packed end that will keep you turning the pages and gasping this continuation was a fantastic second novel within the series. Pandos also creates a web of different story lines together seamlessly (the decision/ confusion on whether Ash should be turned into a mermaid or not AND Ash's family trying to set her up with Fin's uber creepy cousin) that don't feel too crowded within the book itself. It was a truly heart wrenching decision for Ash whether to turn into a mermaid or stay human and as I read along I couldn't help but go back and forth with her.
Seriously Fin could not be more book boyfriend material. He's heroic without taking away Ash's ability to stand on her own two feet and look out for herself. Plus the end of the book I couldn't help but squeal in happiness, (you'll have to read an find out why)!
Pick up this series it's super worth it! Or if mermaids aren't your forte, pick up Brenda's other series, the Talisman Series!
Overall I recommend this book to any one who is a fan of the series, fan of mer, fantasy, love/romance, or is looking for a new series to start!