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(Mer Chronicles #1)

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Lia Nautilus may be a Mermaid, but she’s never lived in the ocean. Ever since the infamous Little Mermaid unleashed a curse that stripped Mer of their immortality, war has ravaged the Seven Seas.

So Lia has grown up in a secret community of land-dwelling Mer hidden among Malibu’s seaside mansions. Her biggest problems are surviving P.E. and keeping her feelings for Clay Er
Paperback, 300 pages
Published April 19th 2016 by Month9Books, LLC
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Tobie Easton Hi, Janelle! Yes, I'm excited to tell you there will a second book in the Mer Chronicles--and a third book! Mer Chronicles #2 is called SUBMERGE and i…moreHi, Janelle! Yes, I'm excited to tell you there will a second book in the Mer Chronicles--and a third book! Mer Chronicles #2 is called SUBMERGE and is set to release in 2017. I'm writing Mer Chronicles #3, IMMERSE, right now. So excited for you to read the rest of the series!

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Wendy Higgins
This is a tale of the modern descendants of The Little Mermaid from Hans Christian Andersen's version. It's the most fun I've had reading in a long time. There were several times when I was out-loud giggling like crazy. It's got romance, adventure, and fantastical lore. I definitely recommend this one. ...more
May 21, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-2016
2.5 stars? I'm not sure how I feel about this.

I liked Lia well enough. Her inner monologue comes off as much younger than the age she's supposed to be. She has good intentions, but doesn't make the best decisions and I struggled with some of her choices. I loved her moments with Amy the best; those seemed to be the most authentic.

There are a lot of other characters, but we all know I need to mention the boys. I saw more of a connection between Lia and fellow Mer, Caspian, but it was Clay {the
Feb 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, 2016
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I absolutely loved this book. It is magical and captivating and everything I wanted in a book about mermaids. I can't tell you how long I've been searching for a mermaid book and this was the perfect book to start my love for ya books about mermaids.

I have always adored The Little Mermaid since I was young. But I thought the Disney fairy tell was too sweet to be true. I'm so thrilled that Tobie Easton took Hans Christi
Apr 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I have to admit I went into this book extremely skeptical but still optimistic. I've read (or attempted to, at least) other novels about mermaids. I love mermaids; I mean, come on, perfect hair all the time, no shaving, no periods???! But every single one I've read falls so dang short of expectations that I was weary to even want to read anything about mermaids. This one, however, it's so well done. Full review to come later!

*edit as of June 20, 2017*
Reading this book in June made me not only lo
Lori Goldstein
Dec 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
You can't choose your relatives as much as you want to (say, for example, when they doom your entire race). Such is the lot of the Merpeople in Tobie Easton's delightful debut EMERGE. In this twist on The Little Mermaid (a la Hans Christian Anderson not the big mouse), Lia and her family live among the humans, hiding their true selves and forming a new Mer society Above because of a war that's been raging Below. This is truly a fish out of water story and Lia's struggles to fit into high school ...more
Jacqueline Smith
Jun 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Okay y'all, this is one of my new favorite books. Once I started it, I could not put it down.

I love mermaids. I love mermaid stories. I especially love mermaid stories that tie other mermaid stories together... much like this one!

Lia is a teenager with older sisters, a crush on the cute boy who plays guitar, and a keen desire to get out of gym class. She also happens to be a Mermaid. Not just any Mermaid. Lia and her family are distant cousins to The Little Mermaid herself... the Princess who
When given the opportunity to read an ARC of Emerge, I jumped at the chance. I really enjoyed the fresh take on mermaid mythology sprinkled throughout the story. Lia was in many ways your typical high school junior, but she also struggled to keep her mermaid side a secret. She's also fighting her attraction to an off-limits human boy, Clay. When a new girl shows up and captures Clay's attention, Lia feels the urge to protect him, although she doesn't know why. I especially loved the interaction ...more
Pete Tarsi
Aug 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
As a YA author whose debut book is a story about mermaids, I assigned myself a mission to read similar books in the genre, and I’ve enjoyed them to varying degrees. Well, there’s a new fish in the ocean: Emerge by Tobie Easton. This is her first novel, and the blurb sounded interesting, so I decided to give her a chance—one debut YA mermaid author to another.

You know what? I’m overjoyed she emerged on the YA mermaid scene.

Our narrating protagonist is Aurelia Nautilus (Lia for short). She and he
Sep 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I want to be a mermaid too! Emerge is the fantastic start of the Mer Chronicles, and I'm totally addicted. Submerge Book 2 is due out 12th September, and it's just as good. I love the added touches like sea talk and the legends.

Lia is a mermaid trying to fit in a human world. Her legs don't work the way she wants, and she has to watch she doesn't slip up with her mermaid ways. Clay is a human boy at school she has a crush on but try's to keep her distance from. A new girl starts at school and st
Adriana Mather
Jan 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is a well-crafted and beautifully articulated adventure story! Easton has created an enchanting subculture complete with language and unique customs.

Aurelia, Lia for short, is a 17-year-old mermaid struggling to fit in in a human high school in Malibu, CA, where she and her family relocated when the Mer-wars made living under the sea too dangerous. Her struggles are exacerbated by her crush on her classmate Clay. Human-Mer pairings are forbidden.

I loved this story from beginning to end. D
Dec 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
LOVELIEST BOOK! Absolutely cannot wait until April & for the world to see it!
Jennifer Hummer
Dec 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to get an advanced copy of EMERGE. It's clever, funny and magical. Who knew there could be so much drama under the sea? ...more
Jasmine Lee
Dec 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book is amazing! Read it and you will not be disappointed.
Amber Ballard
Feb 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: series
I loved this book, I can't wait to see how their lives will be changed and follow Lia and clay and see their love progress. I would love a book from Caspains point of view!!! ...more
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Have you ever stepped into a series and was left wondering if you missed something?  Maybe you somehow skipped a few chapters beforehand?  Because that's exactly how I felt when I started Emerge.  By the time I got my footing, it was a little too late.  Which was such a disappointment, because I was so excited for this book!  A curse on the mermaids because of what The Little Mermaid did, and we get to hear the story from one of her descendants?  YES please!  But as I read through the pages of E ...more
Cassie C
Aug 11, 2015 rated it liked it
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This book is a little difficult to review because I'm honestly not sure how I feel about it. It definitely didn't live up to my expectations (or the pretty cover), but it wasn't a bad book at all. It was a cute, short mermaid story that will appeal to a lot of YA readers. However, it is kind of hard to tell you exactly what I didn't like about this book (which is also why I debated on whether or not I wanted to review this story at all).

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3.5/5 stars

I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

This was such a great read! This story has everything that a good story needs- awesome world building, intriguing characters, magic, and mystery. Everything is put together magnificently to form a unique story. While I thought that some things could have been added to the story to give it more appeal, the story is quite enjoyable.

What I liked
I loved the story. I was enchanted by it. The plot was well th
Sep 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I just got this book and finished it in two days - talk about binge-reading :) In all honesty, it's a LOT of fun and a really smart story that keeps getting more intriguing and deep as you go. I can only think of two other books that pulled me in this much, which is a big compliment. Here are my thoughts so far, I will update this review again in a few days with more thoughts.

The story revolves around Lia Nautilus, a mermaid living on land in California. In her magical world all Mer have l
Aug 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing

Characters: Lia is a fantastic protagonist. She's someone who is easy to root for, and she makes enough tough decisions to give her a lot of nuance. Her family members all have distinct personalities, and it was interesting to see how she interacted with each of them. (I love love love Amy!) Clay is very swoon-worthy, and Caspian is perfect beyond words. The villains are also great, because they're not just evil for the sake of being evil.

World-building: Fantastic! So ma
Kathy Osborn
Feb 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
What a sweet YA romance!!! I enjoyed reading this book from Tobie Easton, it had mystery, sweet romance and magic all wrapped up in one.

Lia is a mermaid who lives with her family on land, however under her house is tunnels of salt water that they reside also. All of the mer people are under a curse from Little Mermaid time as they are no longer immoral.

We are taken on a journey through Lia's first time in a human school and her struggles to fit in the human world. She is not allowed to get rom
Elsa Munoz
Mar 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I got an ARC in exchange for an honest review:
This book was AWESOME to say the least. Easton takes the Little Mermaid tale and adds a completely new, intriguing and totally believable twist to it! Lia (the main character) is just your average mermaid living among humans. As is normal for any teenager, she falls in love. Yet to get close to him would be dangerous, because there's no way she can reveal her secret! The fact that the merpeople live among normal humans was such a great hook! But I ha
Sara Ella
Mar 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is an epic story. Every detail is beautifully described. Tobie Easton creates a magical mer world within the unbelieving human one. I really enjoyed her playful mer-isms and her refreshing, water-based views! She is very inventive in creating the mer home and culture. It was easy to immerse myself; her mer world is so different from reality and unique to the sea--very fun and fascinating. Like all Disney stories with a happy ending, Lia succeeds in providing a blooming romance and all the a ...more
Apr 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
#TeamMermaid! It will come as no surprise that I love mermaid books, but I'm also very picky about them (I've started several that I just couldn't finish). EMERGE was so good that I read it in five days! I loved that it was based on the original version of The Little Mermaid, instead of the Disney version. I loved the curse, and Lia's guilt over what she was doing, and the large cast of characters, and the way they fit into the tapestry of the story. There were a couple of sciencey bits that bug ...more
Savannah Dooley
May 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I think the only way I could have enjoyed this book more is if I'd read it as a pre-teen, when my imagination was at its peak. Let's be real, even at 30 I didn't want to put it down. The characters are well drawn and the plot kept me guessing, but what really hooked me (heh) was the richness of the world Easton builds, with delightful details that immerse the reader in a secret Mer-culture with its own history, language, customs, and physiology. You get the sense that this first book just scratc ...more
Claire Fayers
Jul 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book has romance, it's got mystery, it's got magic, and most of all it's got mermaids.

A wonderful, original twist on The Little Mermaid, Lia Nautilus has all the pressures of high school, plus the fact that her legs may turn back into a tail if she loses concentration. I like heroines who make mistakes, and Lia makes plenty as she fights her attraction to classmate Clay whilst trying to keep him away from the unpleasant new girl.

The story is told with humour and a good sprinkling of merma
Emily France
Aug 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016-ya-debuts
I was lucky enough to receive an ARC of EMERGE, Tobie Easton's fantastic debut novel. I was instantly hooked by the premise... a community of Mer people who are hiding out among the residents of Malibu?!? YES, PLEASE. This story is richly imagined and wildly creative. And on top of a great tale, Lia has such a witty voice; I'd follow her narration anywhere. I can't wait for book two. Bravo! ...more
I received an eARC from the publisher in an exchange for an honest review

A direct descendent from Little Mermaid has cursed the Mer folk, war has ensued to find a political leader who is not corrupted. The Mer folk are enraged they want their immortality back but thanks to the Little Mermaid they are trapped and age like humans. Lia and her family live in Malibu, her parents oversee and run the foundation they have started on land to ensure they are protected and are blended in with the way huma
Mar 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars
*ARC was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review*
It has been a while since I’ve read a book on mermaids, and therefore, I was thrilled to be offered the opportunity to read the debut book by Tobie Easton, EMERGE.
--The cover was a pure visual delight, it, coupled with exciting description built up quite high expectations for this book.
--The dark turn of the Little Mermaid mythos was interesting, and I thought that that was very well done ( if I hold on to the s
Suze Lavender
Apr 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Lia and her family are living in the human world for many years, but they are actually mermaids. If she wishes them to appear Lia has legs and she goes to a regular high school. Lia's living a protected life. Because there's a war going on at the bottom of the ocean her family stays on land. There are rules that mermaids have to follow and Lia has some problems with one of them. She can never fall in love with a human. Only Lia really likes Clay and there isn't much she can do about that. She tr ...more
Cary Morton
Apr 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
I received a copy of this book directly from the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Emerge by Tobie Easton is one of those books I could easily dismiss as a 5 star read because it’s a YA book and call it a day. “It’s meant for kids” seems to be a popular mantra when it comes to explaining away plot holes and inconsistencies. I’m not going to do that, though, because as good as this book was—and don’t get me wrong, it was good—there were certainly some world building problems that
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Award-winning author Tobie Easton was born and raised in Los Angeles, California, where she's grown from a little girl who dreamed about magic to a twenty-something who writes about it. Her debut novel, Emerge, is a Gold Medal Winner (Young Adult – Sci-Fi/Fantasy) of the Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards and is Book 1 in the acclaimed Mer Chronicles series. The trilogy follows the descendants of the ...more

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