Book Review- Florence

Monday, 14 January 2013
Title: Florence
Author: Ciye Cho
Published: June 28th 2012
Pages: 336 (ebook)
Genre: Young Adult, Mermaids, Fantasy

Rating: 4/5

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.
I was contacted by the author and offered an ebook copy of the novel in return for an honest review. This has in no way affected my opinions of this novel.
I haven't read a novel about mermaids for a long time, longer than I can remember, so this novel really caught my eye. The plot was relatively simple and easily to understand, that's not to say that it was predictable, there were some good plot twists through the story.
I really loved the world that was created by the author, it was so different, and so imaginitive, I was fully engrossed by it. I also really liked the characters, I was worried about a love triangle forming, but thankfully that didn't happen. Florence is the main character and I thought she was brave and logical and sensible. I liked that she wasn't really popular at school, and I really want to know more about her family especially her dad. The two male main characters were really good too, Kiren seemed like he was going to be your typical YA heart throb, but as you get further through the book, you discover that isn't true. I like that he becomes more deep and developed as you go through, you find out there is more to him without really knowing anything about him! Rolan is the other male character, and he begins as the less likeable brother, but their roles are soon reversed. He starts off distant and seems to dislike Florence, but by the end he was by far my favourite of the two.
I liked the mysterious threat of the Darkness, which we know very little about, but which I'm sure will feature heavily in the next novel. The plot was action filled and adventurous, and moved along at a quick pace, keeping me enthralled.
Overall I would recommend reading this novel, as its different from most of the novels in YA at the moment, and I really enjoyed it. I can't wait to get started on the sequel.

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