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Water So Deep

Water So Deep

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by Nichole Giles

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Seventeen-year-old Emma Harris is drowning on dry land.

No one knows what's happening to her, and she'd like to keep her evolution from human to mermaid a secret, but the truth is getting harder and harder to hide. From her adoptive family, from her friends, and especially from the irresistible James Phelps.

Her time in the ocean is spent dodging a


Seventeen-year-old Emma Harris is drowning on dry land.

No one knows what's happening to her, and she'd like to keep her evolution from human to mermaid a secret, but the truth is getting harder and harder to hide. From her adoptive family, from her friends, and especially from the irresistible James Phelps.

Her time in the ocean is spent dodging a possessive merman, while her time on land is split between caring for her special-needs brother and squeezing in every last possible moment of human life. She soon realizes falling for James is unavoidable when he constantly comes to Emma's rescue and somehow manages to see through her carefully constructed icy facade to the vulnerability she lives with every day. Everything about James makes Emma yearn for a life on land she just can't have.

When Emma's brother disappears on her watch, James is the only person she trusts to help her save him. But even if they can save her brother, nothing can prevent her return to the sea. Whether she likes it or not, Emma is changing--unable to breathe without yielding to the tide--and it's only a matter of time before she's forced to surrender forever.

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Jelly Bean Press
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Water So Deep , #1
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Meet the Author

Nichole Giles, the author of the Descendant trilogy, has lived in Nevada, Arizona, Utah, and Texas. She loves to spend time with her husband and four children, travel to tropical and exotic destinations, drive in the rain with the convertible top down, and play music at full volume so she can sing along.

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Water So Deep 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
AKirkland More than 1 year ago
This is one of those books that's a little hard for me to review because I have mixed feelings about it. So why the four star rating you wonder. Well because I asked myself if I really enjoyed the story as whole and the answer is yes. I love mermaids and I think this story had a unique twist with us getting to watch this girl slowly transition into one against her will. I can only imagine how scary that would be including the creepy merman trying to claim you as his own! Am I anxious to read the next book of this series? Super yes! I zipped through this one so fast and immediately wanted more. Really I only have two minor problems with the book. 1- Emma seemed to have never tried very hard to find a solution to her problem. 2- That cliffhanger ending! Which in itself isn't my only issue with the ending. My biggest thing was that we only get to hear the ending from one p.o.v. and the missing one seemed to be the one I would most want to know. Assuming that will be resolved in the next book though has me excited to continue this story. * I received this book in exchange for my honest review *
JenBibi23 More than 1 year ago
*I received an eBook copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review.* I loved this book! It was a great mermaid tale, but more importantly, a universal young adult read about teenage issues, dealt with in realistic terms. Of course the love interest is dreamy, but the realistic ending was perfect! I can't wait to read the next one! Definitely worth reading!
Anita_Radcliffe More than 1 year ago
I had a few problems with this book, although they weren't so huge that they caused me to dislike the book. I wish the story would have moved along faster. I feel like we didn't really reach the climax of the story until the last fifteen pages or so. This left the reader with little to go on at the end of the story. I would like to applaud the author for including a diverse character set. As someone with a "dis"abled sibling, I loved Keith's character. I appreciated how is problems were very realistic, and how independent he was. Overall, I enjoyed this book. I certainly didn't LOVE it, but I didn't dislike it either. I would probably read more by this author. FTC Disclaimer: I recieved a free ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. 
Maari More than 1 year ago
There is nothing that you can do to delay change.. Well first, let me say, look at that cover! Beautiful, right? This book was wonderful! Very different to be able to 'experience' Emma turning from a human into a mermaid and the struggles that she deals with in doing so! Without giving anything away, there are many trials for her, in many forms..This book does end in a cliffhanger & does leave some of the storyline open for more details. I look forward to seeing where this adventure takes us! 
SherryF More than 1 year ago
I saw the beautiful cover and knew this would be about mermaids and that I had to have it! Nichole Giles’ writing had me from the beginning. Emma knows she only has 412 days, days before she must return to the water, 412 days left to be human, 412 days left before she is completely mermaid, 412 days left before she is to join Merrick, who will take her to Atlantis. Emma – she was hatched. How funny is that? I never really thought of where mermaids come from, have you? I can’t help but chuckle as I write this. :-) I feel she will get what she wants, but I don’t know how. Since the change had begun, she needs both the air and the sea. Her gills are not fully developed, but as the end of her life as she knows it approaches, she requires more and more time in the sea. I love Nichole’s vivid descriptions of Emma’s underwater world, the colors, the coral, and the critters. I would love to swim with the fishes like she does. Heather is her best friend, but the most important person in her life is her brother, Keith. How would she be able to leave him? Keith is handicapped, yet very observant. He is naive and gullible. Merrick – how could he love her, he doesn’t even know her. The Sea King has given her to him, but does he have an agenda of his own? He is the Duke of Atlantis and determined to have her, at all costs. Only two people know her predicament – her grandma and Merrick, until she meets James. No matter how she fights the attraction, it can’t be denied. How will she tell him? How will he take it? I am so eager to find out and I want her to be happy…with James, not Merrick, but how can that be? James befriends Keith and he is surprised how much he comes to care for the little guy. That just shows us how we need to be open to people and experiences, otherwise we may miss something truly special in our lives. I really like that James does not allow high school peer pressure to dictate his actions. The romance between Emma and James develops slowly, making it realistic, with all its trials and tribulations. I seem to be reading a lot of young adult books since blogging and have come to love them. Parts are predictable and cliche – two boys fighting over the same girl gets old, but when the writing is good I have to ride the wave with the author, wanting to share the characters experiences. The teenage angst of growing up is a big part of the story and Nichole did a great job of showing how Emma and James overcome their problems, at least, until…the cliffhanger. DRAT! I hate having to wait for the next book, so Nichole, I hope you are writing…and quickly. I received an ecopy in return for an honest review.
rhonda1111RL More than 1 year ago
4 stars This is a fantasy YA novel. It is a clean read. It is easy to follow and I was not ready for the story to end. I hope there will be a second story come out. Emma Harris is in high school. She is hiding a big secret for the last few years. Only her grandmother knows it. Last year she had a horrible experience. This year she has kept more to herself. Emma is turning into a mermaid. She needs to swim in the ocean and with every week she needs to spend more and more time in the water. Soon she will not be able to live on land anymore. A merman has explained to Emma what is happening to her. He also tells her that she has been promised to him as his mate by the King of Atlantis. James Phelps is a new kid in town. He hopes to be able to join the basketball team. He has his own drama with his life. He likes Emma but she keeps telling him no she does not want to date him. This has a lot of teenage drama let alone the fantasy drama. It deals with depression, teen abuse, and special needs students. I think she should have let her parents know a lot sooner. Especially what her adoptive father is researching. I enjoyed reading this story. I want more of this story. I was given this book to read and in return agreed to give a honest review and be part of Water So Deep blog tour.
lilacqueen75 More than 1 year ago
I was so lucky to be able to read two great mermaid books back to back! I really enjoyed the take on this one. It was very creative in how mermaids come to be. Emma is such a great character and one that I absolutely adored! She has a younger special needs brother and she is so good to him. She's so helpful to her parents and is a good student, too. After a tragic incident at the end of her junior year, she's very hesitant to date again or to become involved with boys at all, especially since her time with her family is running out. James is new in town and he's determined to break Emma's walls down. He's used to scrapping his way through life, fighting for what he wants. He's got a rough bad-boy image, but appearances can be deceiving. I fell in love with him and his tender heart. He reigns in his emotions so well and is great! I love the way this story unfolded. It was suspenseful with a dash of mystery, full of toe-tingling romance, and very imaginative. It ended in a way that left me wanting more and I can't wait to see what happens next! Content: moderately clean (some innuendo, attempted rape, boy and girl spending night in same house, but nothing happens, naked merman with no details, mention of Emma changing into swimsuit, not graphic); moderate language; moderate violence; very brief mention of a character going to church, but no details. *I received a copy in exchange for an honest review