The sequel to Fish Out of Water is a sexy, funny mystery about strength, love, and French fries.
When the clerk at a burger joint is assaulted for trying to sell a fish burger to a hot blonde, it's just the beginning of a clash between Land and Sea. The world is going mad, and Princess Lecanora is on a special mission to stop it. There are just a few complications…
First, life on the land is a bit harder to adjust to than expected, what with the wearing of clothing and the consuming of delicious (but pointless) calories. Second, the most evil magician the world has ever seen wants her as his bride – consensually or otherwise. Finally, a completely inappropriate gun–toting mercenary who goes against every one of her pacifist principles keeps rocking her world.
As the forces of darkness gather, Lecanora must come to terms with the lengths she will go to in order to save the sea home she has always known, and the land she has come to love.
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This is the sequel to Fish Out of Water. This one follows Rania and Princess Lecanora as they explore the land and find the secret to the end of the world. The novel starts with Lecanora attacking the manager of a fast food restaurant for serving fish. They have just come back from their water kingdom of Aegira, and are trying to find connections to recent destructive events in their home kingdom. They're going to need help, so they recruit Rania's mom, as well as Doug and Larry, Rania's friends. I can't say too much more without spoiling the book, and without spoiling the first one for those who haven't read it. Suffice it to say, things don't always work out as planned. They also have to contact Susan Murray, presidential candidate, for her help in this. There are a lot of twists and turns in the plot, but it wasn't too hard to follow. It also ties up neatly at the end, which means that there probably won't be a 3rd novel. Fish Out of Water was written in 1st person, from Rania's point of view. This novel is written in 3rd person. It was a little jarring at first, but that may have been because I read both of them back to back. If I had read them when they were each first published, it may not have been an issue. It was also jarring when the novel switched to present tense during one very big scene (I don't want to give it away). Usually when that happens, the different scene is in italics, to distinguish it. This one wasn't, and I felt it should have been rewritten to reflect the rest of the book. These are relatively minor quibbles, though. All in all, a good book.
I was so freaking excited when I saw Beached up on NetGalley. Its predecessor in the Aegira Chronicles, Fish Out of Water was one of my absolute favourites from last year, with its colourful characters and wicked sense of humour, and I have been waiting on baited breath to find out where to next for my favourite mermaids. Oh, Ros, I was totally sold! When the story starts with someone selling a fish burger to a mermaid, you just know you're in for a good read! First things first, read Fish Out of Water before this one. A) You will not be disappointed, and B) Beached will make more sense. I'm not going to get all up in your business and spoil your reading experience by spilling the story. Beached answers some of the questions I had left over from Fish Out of Water, as well as setting up the next tale in the Aegira Chronicles. Please do not take this as me saying that Beached is purely for bridging - so not true. I loved Lecanora for her sweetness and innocence, and in equal measure for the velvet sledgehammer side of her personality - the power she finds in herself as a result of what she goes through in the course of the story, without abandoning her gentle side. I enjoyed the romance between her and the dark and mysterious Doug. Two more different people on the surface you could not find, but I love how well they worked underneath it all. What works so well with this series are the colourful and vibrant characters that surround Lecanora - I was thoroughly chuffed to see more of Rania and her merman Carragheen, and I was hoping against hope that they all would find a way to defeat the patently evil Manos. There are moments of great humour and scenes that will break your heart. You will always be entertained. There are many a delicious twist and turn in this adventurous and romantic tale of the sea and land, and you will be eagerly awaiting the next chapter in the series as soon as you close the pages on this one. My rating: 4.5 out of 5 Note: I was provided with an advanced reader copy of this book by Escape Publishing via NetGalley in return for an honest review.
Beached is the story is the second installment for Ros Baxter’s Aegira Chronicles and follows the journey of Princess Lecanora to save her kingdom of Aegira. Aegira, for those of you who have read book one (Fish Out of Water), is based on a Norse myth and sets this story up in an mythical and whimsical type of aura that can’t help but automatically pique your interest! But when you mix that with a little love, mystery, suspense, some magic, and a handsome mercenary from the Land…how will this all turn out? And when this ensues the clashing of two worlds, how far will Lecanora go to prevent all chaos from taking place? So, my thoughts: I really liked this book, I did. But it did have a few snags as well. While I do love me a mermaid read, there was something missing in it. For me, I just felt disconnected from the plot and the writing. It just didn’t pull me in as much as book one did with the character being a strong, snarky, and opinionated female. Maybe that’s just a preference of mine: strong protagonist leads instead of whiny, oblivious, and completely naïve characters. I’m not saying that the temperament of Lecanora annoyed me. She didn’t. She was just too innocent for my taste is all. But, I guess that’s the diversity that Ms. Baxter brings as Rania and Lecanora are polar opposites and bring something new to each plot development. How refreshing of her! So over all, a nice splash of salt water for me filled with intrigue, conspiracy, and a young girl gathering her strength and digging deep within herself to prove to herself and others that she has what it takes to save her beloved sea home.