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Fangs & Fins

(Blood, Bloom, & Water #1)

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  59 ratings  ·  29 reviews
A dapper vampire. A sullen merman. Two heirs to a great conflict—and each needs to claim a beloved to become his kindred’s champion.

High school senior Ember Goodwin never had a sister, but after her mom’s remarriage, she now has two. The eldest is no stranger to her—Ivy is a witty girl in her grade who’s almost never spoken to the shy bookworm before—but she’s surprised to
Published May 1st 2018 by Snowy Wings Publishing
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Shirley Cuypers
May 20, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: ebooks, arc-beta, 2018
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This book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Amy McNulty!

Fangs & Fins
is the first book in the Blood, Bloom & Water series and tells the story of Ember and her step-sister Ivy. They are both opposites, but they have one thing in common: having the interest of a vampire and a merman…

Fangs & Fins is such an interesting concept! I really like that there are vampires and mermaids in this book. I’ve never read about these 2 creatures combined in 1 b
Tiffany Marin
May 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Two heirs to a conflict that has lasted generations, one a dapper vampire and one a sullen merman, each needing to find a beloved to become his kindreds’ champion. After her mother’s remarriage, high school senior, Ember Goodwin, suddenly finds herself with not one but two stepsisters, after spending her entire life as an only child. She’s familiar with the older of her new sisters as they both attend the same high school. Ivy is a witty, popular girl in the same grade, who’s never really spoken ...more
M.  Reads Books and Fics
Apr 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebooks
Thank you so much to the author for a copy in exchange for an honest review, I really do appreciate it!

So I have been a fan of Amy McNulty and her work for a few years. Since I have read Never Veil, I have just loved all of her writing so I am so glad there is yet another YA series for me to love because reading YA is definitely my addiction... I just can't help myself! I had no idea what to expect with this book, but I am very pleased overall. I have never heard of a vampire vs merfolk story so
May 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Ember's life changes drastically when her mother remarries. She always was an only child, but now has to share her home with her two stepsisters. Adjusting to her new life with her popular stepsister Ivy might take some time, but both girls are willing to make it work. In town strange things are happening and there are two boys who suddenly show a lot of interest in Ember and Ivy. Are these boys genuinely interested or are they hiding something?

The merfolk and the vampires have lived in relative
Kelsey Wheeler
Apr 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I've read a few other books by Amy McNulty and I really enjoyed them and loved the worlds she could come up with. So I was very happy to receive this being part of her review team!

Our two main characters are Ember and Ivy, they've just become step sisters. Ivy the most popular girl at school and Ember the complete opposite lived pretty normal lives until their parents decided to get married and Ivy and her little sister Autumn moved into Ember's house.

There's a new boy in town, Dean and a quiet
Nicole Vanadia Davis
The author sent me a free copy for an honest review. The premise of the story was original. Mere-people and vampires aren't two supernatural creatures normally paired together. I'm not completely sure it worked, but it was readable and interesting. I didn't mistaken it for another YA Paranormal I've already read. I liked the two main characters but I didn't love them. The two male main characters left a decent amount to be desired. I thought the vampire was a better character but he lacked depth ...more
Kalli Bunch
Apr 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Ember and Ivy have just become sisters (or Step-sisters, as it were) since Ember's mother married Ivy's father. Due to an as yet to be determined Claus in the war, the 2 sides had to wait until 2 girls who lived in the house close to the consummate land to choose a Champion. Ok, so what do I say without giving away too much? Obviously, Ember was chosen to be the Champion for Dean, and Ivy was chosen for Calder. On the one hand, Dean is stronger, faster, and "seemingly" better. Calder seems kind ...more
Oct 18, 2018 rated it it was ok
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**I got this book as an e-book from the author for an honest review**

To start this off, this book took me a solid month, specifically 6 weeks, to finish. It was very slow 🐢 in the beginning and I simply could not get into it. I didn’t find myself interested in any of the characters nor did I find the situation between mermaids vs. vampires to be even remotely intriguing. The synopsis made it seem much more fascinating with two heirs from both species fighting and claim
Debbie Turk
Jul 13, 2018 rated it liked it
A Tale Of Unrest In & Out The Woods & Pool!!🌳🏊✨

(Read using Kindle Unlimited)
Two new Step Sisters, one the 'good girl' Ember & one the 'popular girl' Ivy. Though they're very different they seem like they'll be able to get along without too much of a struggle 👍 Ivy is pleased that Ember seems to genuinely like her baby sister Autumn which helps!!

On the first day of school, since their Parents married, they are both approached by two different guys. Dean is new, old fashioned, very good looking
May 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
In all honesty the book peaked my interest not only for the paranormal aspect, but because Vampires and Mermaids together left me curious on how it would work. The final verdict is they work very well together. I have read previous books by Amy McNulty and she does not disappoint with what is brought to the pages. I mean for real she gives us a dapper Vampire named Dean and a sullen teenage Mermaid named Calder. Both princes on opposite sides of a war. When nerdy Ember and popular Ivy become ste ...more
Jun 27, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc-copy, paranormal
I enjoyed the storyline and I thought the paranormals were a cool & different take. Merpeople and Vampires in this book was a nice touch that I haven't ever seen before. I felt like there should have been more explaining as to the whole idea of accepting the call of champion. I would have LOVED Calder's character if I didn't feel like he was such a weak, pathetic, scared person. It really took away from him. He could have been fairly submissive or quiet without being cowardly. And truthfully the ...more
Apr 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book surpassed all of my expectations, and I'm not usually too keen on books revolving around mermaids (probably because they're usually cheesy). I was invested from the first sentence and abandoned my half read library book in order to finish this book and am already looking forward to the next in the series.
The characters are realistically written with dialogue that comes across as a conversation someone would actually have. Also, all of the relationships feel natural, and I appreciate th
Becky Price
May 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book. I read a lot of paranormal romances and I found this to be a breath of fresh air. It is completely original and unpredictable. I loved our MC's and loved that it is in alternating points of view. Since both of the MC's are female it did get confusing sometimes with the smaller details, like who was told what, but overall very easy to follow. I loved this author's writing style and I found everything to be very purposeful. I'm not sure I would write this book any oth ...more
Caroline Doig
Jul 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is my 1st read and review for this author and it’s such a fantastic read I really enjoyed it, this is a great start to a new series and I can’t wait to read more from this author. There are so many different paranormal creatures in this book and I loved all of the different types. There’s twists and turns, humour, action, adventure and so much more to keep you entertained and turning the pages. A great original storyline with so many great characters I really enjoyed reading this book and I ...more
Apr 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I received this arc for an honest review!!

OMG I don't even know where to start!!! This book was utterly fantastical!! I have never read anything by this author but after reading this gem i will be on the hunt for more!! Two stepsisters a vampire and a merman sounds amazing right?? Well it is....Amy has woven a tale with complexity, fantasy and enough intrigue to keep you wondering what the girls are going to do.....if your looking for your next amazing fantasy read look no further then this book
Jul 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A rather funny story and take on vampires, mermen, and step families. I liked the mix of teen high school drama and the paranormal as it made me laugh and kept me entertained through the whole story. I also liked that I never quite knew what was going to happen next. Liked that the girls had a better grasp of teen angst then the boys who were both odd in their own ways. All sets of families were also a hoot. I read it all in one sitting as it was just a fun story that I really enjoyed reading an ...more
Katherine Decker
High school is tough for any girl. Getting a step sister in senior year and trying to figure out boys is even harder. Discovering there are vampires and merefolk families are real and at war, harder still not to mention strange. Being chosen has champions for the princes of the families, confusing. Ember and Ivy find themselves is this exact situation. How will they react? How will they hide the truth? I could not put this down. Absolutely amazing start to an intriguing series. Where will the wa ...more
Oct 04, 2018 rated it liked it
A great idea for a story, with intriguing likeable characters. Vampires, merpeople and the ongoing war was a new concept for me and I was looking forward to reading it.

The story started out well enough. Adjusting to a new family and the introduction to the supernatural world.

Then the story became a little hard to follow. It needed more explanation of the war between the species and why they needed two champions to fight for them. Why these girls and what it was they were expected to do.

It just c
Apr 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
I thank the author for sending me a free copy for an honest review. This was certainly an original storyline for a book that included both vampires and merfolk. I have to say that this story kept me on my toes during the whole read. I expected none of it and was delighted by the author's creativity with it. I will acknowledge that I didn't really like Ember all that much and found Ivy to be my favorite. I look forward to the next book and seeing how all of it unfolds. ...more
Jul 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing
When I started reading Fangs and Fins I thought I knew the world that I would entering. Boy, was I wrong is the best way. Ember and Ivy are amazing characters that I want to know more about and their paths are just starting in this first book of the series. Amy McNulty did an amazing job with the world of this series with character development along with twists and turns that kept me turning the pages and looking forward to the next book in the series.
Jennifer Rupp
Jun 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I had a blast reading this YA Paranormal/Urban Fantasy Romance. Two warring princes, one a vampire, the other a merman (both incredibly handsome of course), enlist (coerce) the help of two high school stepsisters to champion them in their centuries old conflict. Well written, loads of humor and tension, addresses the difficulties (and benefits) of blended families, and has a very satisfying conclusion. I’ll look for the next in the Blood, Bloom and Water series!
Macy Klingerman
Apr 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
I was a fan of Amy’s Never Veil series, and that love has carried over to this new world. Fangs & Fins is a well written, highly entertaining book with characters that you’ll want to be BFFs with in real life. This book touches on family, friendship, love, and so many other things. I highly recommend you pick up a copy ASAP!
Elyse Narozonick
There were some great lines in this book - full of insight about how people think, but the majority of this book was filler while the author tried to stretch this story into multiple books. Nothing really happens in this book past the first two chapters, and it was disappointing. There is such an interesting framework, but the execution was not that great.
Kira Brighton
Nov 29, 2020 marked it as did-not-finish
Shelves: won-in-giveaway
*Received free e-copy via YASH*

This was fun at first, but it's awkwardly written, and after a while, the fast pace and the general concept just stopped working for me. DNF'd sometime after 30%, I think?
Jul 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Merman and vampire both need a mate. Two families join and they try to get along with each other. Who will they choose? Will they make a bond? How is it all going to work? Who will come out on top? A great read
I received an advanced copy and I enjoyed it so much that I want to review
S.K. Gregory
Jul 09, 2019 rated it liked it
There were some interesting ideas in this book, but I felt that there was so much going on and so many characters that it was hard to keep track of it all. It was a little slow in the beginning too. I would read other books by the author, but this one wasn't for me. ...more
Heather Rizkallah

Ember and Ivy have become step sisters. Butt when they both are chosen to be champions for opposite being things at home get a little crazy. Which side will win?
Jul 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I thought this was a very good read that kept one guessing what was going to happen next. I found it had it's share of surprises and look very forward to reading more from this author. ...more
May 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loved it. A totally different style to keep you interested until the end. Easy reading.
Claire Hill
rated it liked it
Jul 06, 2018
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Amy McNulty is an editor and author of books that run the gamut from YA speculative fiction to contemporary romance. A lifelong fiction fanatic, she fangirls over books, anime, manga, comics, movies, games, and TV shows from her home state of Wisconsin. When not editing her clients’ novels, she’s busy fulfilling her dream by crafting fantastical worlds of her own.

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