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Beyond the Sea (Beyond the Sea #1)

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**Revamped, restyled, and rereleased in May 2015. Beyond the Sea is a NA paranormal romance intended for mature readers.**

The rules are simple: Stay away from the surface, remain hidden at all times, and never fall in love with a human...but rules are meant to be broken.

After the brutal murder of her sister, Melia is forced to flee from the only place she’s ever called h
Kindle Edition, 318 pages
Published April 28th 2015 by Emily Goodwin (first published April 17th 2012)
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Howard Parsons
Apr 17, 2014 Howard Parsons rated it it was amazing
No doubt, it has become a maxim amongst those who follow my reviews of Mer-fiction that if I write a review, I am going to naturally say that it's a great book. In reality, I only write reviews for books that I believe are really good/great/fantastic. Therefore, in the lines below, is my review of a Young Adult bit of Mer-fiction that I found to be really good and enjoyed immensely. As an added bonus, there is the cover art up at the left. It is one of the very few depictions of a mermaid - or m ...more
Haley ~ YA-Aholic
May 03, 2012 Haley ~ YA-Aholic rated it liked it
'Yeah, just as human as I am, minus the tail, ability to breathe underwater, and I’m sure a pet dolphin or two.'

Beyond the Sea was a great mermaid story, the world under the sea that Emily had created was magical, and the friendships she put on land were nothing short of beautiful!

Melia’s sister was murdered, she doesn’t know by who, or how, but she does know she was murdered. To keep Melia safe, Melia must stay on land with her mother for a while. Melia in the common term is a mermaid, she can
Lisa Markson
Feb 25, 2012 Lisa Markson rated it it was amazing
In my opinion

I had the privilege of reading the ARC of this wonderful book. I have never read anything from Emily or even of anything about merrows. I was really happy with the direction that the book was going. Especially what it is like as a teenager growing up in today's world where people are all different. And that whether it is a new boy or even a new friend that you are accepted for all of your strengths and faults. Melia proves that she is not just a fish out of water she has strengths a
Jun 27, 2015 Lindsay rated it it was amazing
Shelves: beta
Emily is one of the most versatile authors I have ever encountered. I was first introduced to her Guardian Legacies series, quickly followed by the Contagium books. This is the most light-hearted of the bunch, but it still has a very dark nature to it, filled with Darklings and death.

I first read Beyond the Sea in its original incarnation, as YA, where the sex faded to black, and the language was clean. I had recommended the book for a mature teen audience, but the newest version has taken steps
Mar 01, 2012 Sarah rated it it was amazing
I was given an ARC of Beyond the Sea by Emily Goodwin and couldn't put it down! This is by far my favorite book written by this emerging author. It has the perfect balance of romance, suspense, and fantasy. The characters are developed in such a manner that I felt I actually knew them. The plot was created with care; I actually read the book a second time to discover how Emily Goodwin connects everything- something mentioned in the beginning of the book is referenced again at the end.

It was ref
Kassidy Carter
Jul 15, 2015 Kassidy Carter rated it it was amazing
5 out of 5 beautiful Stars
I received an ARC for an honest review.
What can I say? I LOVED THIS BOOK! I have read Emily Goodwins other books and loved them. She is definably a go to author for me. She can write so many different roles and each time she out does her self.
Beyond the sea was such a beautiful story. It was extremely well written from beginning to end. One thing I love about Emily Goodwin is that she knows how to keep you invested in her books. Beyond the Sea was no different. I pick
George The Girl
Jul 14, 2015 George The Girl rated it really liked it
This book was a little different than the style I am normally drawn too. I wasn't sure exactly how I was going to feel about it, but I tried to go into it with an open mind. I am so very glad that I did! Melia isn't human, she's a merrow from the ocean. Similar to a mermaid. This gave a whole new perspective to this new adult book. I've been getting tired of there being so much immature drama and angst in that genre, and there was none of it in here! Melia is such a refreshing character because ...more
Victoria Meza
Jul 13, 2015 Victoria Meza rated it really liked it
I was so excited cause this is my very first ARC and I loved it. Thanks Emily for choosing me for this and opening yourself up to my opinion. I hope this helps out others to get this books and "dive" <- get it ;) !!! ok, dive into it and let you imagination lead the way.
Emily, is your All around author. From a dark thriller read and twice banned book Stay and the accompanying book All I Need to your action filled zombie craze book to this thinking out of the box book.
I will NOT put any spoil
Megan Conrady
Jul 01, 2015 Megan Conrady rated it really liked it
spoilers* I received Beyond the Sea by Emily Goodwin as an ARC, and I must say, I was not disappointed! I don't normally pick and read fantasy books like this, but I am glad I gave it a chance! We meet Melia, a "merrow", who is adapting to living on land after her sister's murder. She quickly falls in love with Peter, a human, which she is supposed to stay away from. I loved the love story here. It actually gave me butterflies, and made me nostalgic of what it feels like to first fall in love. W ...more
Jun 21, 2015 Melanie rated it it was amazing
I love the way that Emily Goodwin makes it to where you can escape into this book and feel like you are a part of both the human world and the merrow world. I would start reading and just get lost in this book. I loved it and all the emotions it brought with it.

Along with romance, this book had it's fair share of suspense and made you wonder how things were going to end. This is a very well written story and I fell in love with Melia and Peter as a couple. Melia is a young lady that has been th
Michelle Monroe
Jun 10, 2015 Michelle Monroe rated it really liked it
Beyond happy with this book!

**Received a copy for an honest review**

I love reading paranormal books, usually they are about Vampires, Werewolves, Shifters, Angels, Fairies, etc. But I had the unique pleasure of being introduced to the fabulous world of the Merrows by Miss Goodwin, my very first Mermaid book and I have to say, I am not disappointed.

I love the world that Emily has created for the Merrows, they are their own little society living under the sea with their own rules and regulations,
Kyla Quinn
Apr 11, 2015 Kyla Quinn rated it really liked it
I was gifted this book in exchange for a review.
This was my first mermaid book and I was very pleased!

Melia's sister was murdered and now her mother has mad her move onto land to be safe. Oh, and did I mention that Melia can transform into a human? Just like in The Little Mermaid but without Ursula and signing over her voice and all that creepy stuff! So now that Melia is living on land she wants to know who killed her sister, and why, because she wants to go back home. She doesn't like being
Jun 16, 2015 Theresa rated it it was amazing
Let me start by saying I love the fantasy world of mermaids, and this one definitely raised the bar for me! I loved Emily's world, I loved how she took two separate worlds and combined them. Generally speaking the past books I've read have keeped the worlds of the sea and land quite separate but not here and I loved it! I loved how strong the friendships were that were formed and the love that grew to full blossom through the book! I loved the twists and turns through it all and seriously can't ...more
Katherine Barbosa-ariza
Jul 10, 2015 Katherine Barbosa-ariza rated it it was amazing
I received Beyond the Sea as an ARC in exchange for an honest review. I have read and LOVED her Contagium Series, as well as her Guardian Legacies series. Once again, Emily Goodwin does not disappoint! There is romance, action, suspense and humor at just the right moments. It is an interesting take on mermaids (merrows). I love the references to Greek mythology. The story draws you in from the beginning and leaves you wanting more at the end. The characters are so well developed and relatable. I ...more
Jun 11, 2015 Kelsey rated it it was amazing
What can I say other than Goodwin did it again? Beyond the Sea was an overall fantastic, fast-moving storyline that pulled on my heart just at the right moments. I picked up this book a total of 18 hours ago. Yes, you heard that right. This was completely different from her novels Stay and All I Need which just goes to show how multifaceted Goodwin is!

The characters are rounded—flaws, and "perfections" alike. Never have I found myself so intrigued reading about the different myths and folklore
Jun 15, 2015 Katy rated it it was amazing
Emily Goodwin spins a delightful fairy tale by taking mermaids (or "merrows) to the next level. Not only is "Beyond the Sea" romantic, but this story is exciting, dangerous, sweet, and beautiful. I've never read a book about mermaids since "The Little Mermaid," which was a picture book with an abbreviated version of the Disney movie. "Beyond the Sea" is a classic fairy tale in the making for modern times. Can't wait for the next installment!

The characters were relatable and I felt a great connec
Holly Wireman
Jun 26, 2015 Holly Wireman rated it it was amazing
Emily has done it again! This book was amazing! You get mystery, drama, and romance. What more could you ask for?

I read the original version of this story - as young adult genre - I thought it was good then (and nail biting). The new revamped version has even more in it. I like that some things are the same, but love the differences. I never read stories like these until I read Emily's. She writes so you get sucked in from the beginning and keeps you there for the whole book. You will never be b
Alex Royer
Jun 24, 2015 Alex Royer rated it really liked it
Another great book by Emily Goodwin. It's less dark than her previous books probably because it's a new adult story. But still, I definitely recommend it if you want to read a good paranormal romance. EG has created a whole universe with strange creatures and great characters. The romance is nice and there isn't too much angst. The ending is not yet resolved but there is no real cliffhanger which I appreciate.
I will definitely continue this series and can't wait to see what EG has in store for u
Mandy (I read Indie) Anderson
Beyond the Sea starts out with us meeting Jamie and learning about her special gift of being able to see ghosts. Everyone at school calls her a freak but the new girl, Melia, sees something special in Jamie. She needs Jamie's ability to help find out who murdered her sister. And soon the 2 girls become fast friends now that Jamie knows Melia's secret, that Melia is actually a merrow. When secrets are revealed and lives threatened, choices will have to be made. But what if those choices put more ...more
Anne Milne
Jun 16, 2015 Anne Milne rated it it was amazing
This is so different from anything that I've read by Emily and I was a little apprehensive going in but I shouldn't have been. The are so many depths to this story but for me the biggest thing I took was about accepting people despite how they look, or act, or the colour of their skin which is something that the modern world seems to find so hard to do. It's beautifully written as always and although they are sex scenes they are not hardcore . Looking forward to the next one in the series
Apr 05, 2012 Brittany rated it it was amazing
I was fortunate to be able to read an ARC of this book. It was the first book that I have read by the author and I must say that I admire her writing style. I really fell in love with the characters in this book. It's been awhile since I read a good mermaid story and this was just the one to get me back in the genre! There were several "characters" that I hadn't had the experience of reading about before so I had to do a bit of side research, but that is just my curious nature, so I don't think ...more
Xantippi Leska
Jun 20, 2015 Xantippi Leska rated it it was amazing
Received in exchange for an honest review.

I enjoyed this book, I haven't really read any merrow (mermaid) books before, but it was a captivating read. The story line flows well and has a good mix of romance, friendship, intrigue and suspense.
Carrie Peeples
Oct 17, 2012 Carrie Peeples rated it really liked it
I love how this book makes things so tangible and real. The way that Emily Goodwin makes you identify with the characters is awesome! She was able to give the generalized background story of each character without digressing from the story and setting things up with the characters. This books plot and subplots are very like its title. There are small ones that crescendo on their own like small waves that are building and building as it goes. Each subplot seems to make a bigger splash as you read ...more
Victoria Adewale
Apr 17, 2014 Victoria Adewale rated it it was amazing
Amazing book can't wait to read more of this book

This book is amazing with the fantasy was so realistic, I just make you feel like you were right their at that moment.!! I LOVE THIS BOOK
Elizabeth Singleton
Apr 09, 2015 Elizabeth Singleton rated it it was amazing
Normally I'm not so much into mermaids. But this book is awesome. It kept me interested from start to finish. I picked it up and couldn't put it down. As always Emily does not disappoint.
Jun 16, 2015 Emily rated it it was amazing
A great mermaid read! I loved the world Emily Goodwin created and I definitely wish I could be a mermaid. Loved it!

I received an arc in exchange for an honest review.
Felicia Semmler
Jun 29, 2015 Felicia Semmler rated it it was amazing
If you have read an Emily Goodwin book you expect a certain level or writing and story development.
I felt like I was in the story - that I was a Merrow like Melia and new to land and learning how to even walk in heels.
Jamie is a great addition and Melia deff needed a friend after everything she went through.
Peter is the perfect guy next door with a less than stellar family but it doesn't change what an amazing guy he is.
I love the mysterious world that is built and the suspense and wondering
Collene DesArmo
Jul 10, 2015 Collene DesArmo rated it it was amazing
Shelves: absolute-favs
This book is, by far, the best book I've read this year! It captivated me from the start! All of the characters are appealing and I cannot put it down. Peters character is so complex, deep and sad, u just feel for him and what he goes through everyday. It's steamy, passionate love that I love to read! I cannot WAIT for the 2nd one! 2 thumbs WAY WAY UP
Paula Genereau
Jun 12, 2015 Paula Genereau rated it it was amazing
What a amazing story. I've never read a mermaid book before but this story will rock your socks. I received a ARC for a honest review.

Melia is forced to flee from her home after the murder of her sister. Rules were always clear to stay away from humans. Pretending to be normal she hangs out with a Goth Girl & goes on about her way. UNTIL she meets Peter. He knows she's different but doesnt know how. When Peters in trouble can she risk her secret in order to save him?

This is a must read. Emi
May 14, 2016 NightlyEssence rated it liked it
This was an okay read.
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Emily Goodwin is the author of the twice banned dark romance, STAY, as well as over a dozen other titles. Emily writes all types of romance, from love stories set in the zombie apocalypse to contemporary romances taking place on a western horse ranch. Emily lives in Indiana with her husband, children, and many pets, including a German Shepherd named Vader. When she isn't writing, Emily can be foun ...more
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