Everblue: Mer Tales #1

Everblue: Mer Tales #1

by Brenda Pandos


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ISBN-13: 9780982903391
Publisher: Obsidian Mountain Publishing
Publication date: 03/28/2012
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Brenda Pandos lives in California with her husband and two boys. She attempts to balance her busy life filled with writing, being a mother and wife, helping at her church and spending time with friends and family.
Working formerly as an I.T. Administrator, she never believed her imagination would be put to good use. After her son was diagnosed with an autism spectrum her life completely changed. Writing fantasy became something she could do at home while tending to the new needs of her children, household and herself.
You can find out more about her daily challenges and discoveries on her blog at brendapandos.blogspot.com.

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Everblue: Mer Tales #1 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
jenababy13 More than 1 year ago
As soon as I saw this book pop up on my goodreads page, my first thought was 'WOW what a stunning cover!!' and my second thought was 'I have to order that now!' And, I am so glad I did. I fell in love with book from the first chapter. It's a unique, filled with tons of action, beautiful story and I loved every second of it. Everblue starts off with Ashlyn & Tatchi who are neighbors and best friends. Enjoying an afternoon on the beach - Ash plans to finish her senior year in high school and then her and Tatchi will have college adventures together. Then, Fin shows up, Tatchi's twin brother and also Ash's long time crush, taking Tatchi home. As Ash continues on with her life, she realizes that Tatchi and Fin have left without a trace. Ash, feeling as something terrible has happened, tries to continue to figure out what happened to her best friend and her brother and before she knows will come colliding with a world she never could have imagined. Firstly, I just noticed the last 'e' on the cover of Everblue is shaped like a mermaid fin! HOW CREATIVE. A little detail that I adore! As I've said before... I love books that have to do with water or Mermaids. It's something I've always loved. And, I just adored this book. I loved the creativeness of the world, how it's told from duel viewpoints, the romance, the friendships, I just loved it all. Being able to be inside Fin and Ash's head and follow each of their stories was just brilliantly done. Brenda crafted the book beautifully. We watched both Ash's and Fin's worlds start together, be torn apart but only to come crashing back into each other. Speaking of Ash & Fin... yes I loved them both. Ashlyn (beautiful name by the way) is your normal, swimmer, teenage girl. She's pretty but not popular, captain of the swim team, has friends, and is everything you'd expect in a daughter. You can't help but love her. And Fin... oh Fin! :) Fin is sexxxxxyy. Come rescue me any day! With his blonde hair, piercing blue eyes, and totally caring self he's easy for fall for. Also there's Tatchi, Fin's twin sister and Ash's best friend. I have to say I loved Tatchi's character as well. Shes strong and stubborn and I cannot wait to see what happens to all three of them in the next book! Another quick character I really liked was Callahan. How could you not love the gorgeous, baseball pitcher with a sweet heart? I'm dying to see if he's in the next book! I was so happy with how the book ended, yet I was also a tad bit like 'Awwww MAN!'. I'm so anxious for the next book. I need to know what happens with Ash and Fin and Tatchi and everything!! I'm so glad I ended up buying and reading this book right away. I loved it SO, so much. Easily a new favorite and I cannot wait to find out what happens with the rest of the series! PS. I need a little blue vile of essence please! PPS. I TOTALLY know where I want a tattoo now. ;)
Twilightsdance More than 1 year ago
Let's begin with the beautiful cover that just calls your attention. This is a great example of when a cover will sell the book without opening the book itself. The cover model represents one of the main characters in the book and the water rippling to me represents the Mer people. It just a beautifully design cover with so much depth to it. I'm so glad this cover belongs to Everblue because Brenda deserves the best for all her hard work. Everblue is not my first mermaid book that I've read. Everblue is the first Mermaid story I loved though. I didn't have a doubt in my mind when I pick up Everblue to read that I would not like the story. I knew its was not Brenda's Talisman series but I knew Brenda's writing style and have always love it. Now knowing that I would like the story I didn't expect that I would be blown away by it. Brenda has grown as a writer and her writing shows it. This was also her first time alternating characters in her writing, and I enjoyed how they transitioned back and forth. All readers will literally dive into Brenda writing and devour Everblue probably in one or two sittings. Then Brenda leaves you animated for the next novel in the series, wanting to know what will happen next. Everblue takes place at Lake Tahoe, You meet Ashlyn and her best friend Tatiana. If it wasn't for having her friend Ashlyn would die of boredom. She is also ready to possibly make a move on Fin, that's Tatiana twin brother. The best friend have decided to seak out a college in Florida and go there and get away from it all. Ashlyn believes that Tatiana Father is a drunk and too strict and has even seen him get somewhat violent. So she understand why Tatiana wants to move away for college. So the girls have their plans all ready and set to go. Well that all changes the day Ashlyn realizes that Tatiana and her family including Fin have disappear without a trace, they didn't say where or why they had to leave or where they went. They are long gone and Ashlyn donest understand. They have left the family business and house unattended. What about their college plans? they are already accepted. Then a few days later Ashlyn sees a older man and younger good looking guy at Ashlyn and Fin's house, she figures out this must be their cousin and uncle. They of course give Ashlyn no explanation for why they are there but Ashlyn finds it strange that she wants to kiss this cousin of Fin's. Until know the only boy she has wanted to kiss is Fin, even though he is Ashlyn sister. Fin has not open up to Ashlyn because of his family secret that he must keep hidden from any human. See Fin and Tatiana are Mer people. Now don't think that the lives of the Mer are perfect. Not at all, Fin and Titiana wantto escape that life of theirs and live on in the human world instead of the water. They must fight against their rules and their King's son to try and go back to land. Fin fears he will never be able to return back to land and it drives his crazy. That pushes him to sneak out one day at the gate to Lake Tahoe from his world. That's when both Fin and Ashlyn lives will change forever and star a whole chain of events. Seems after all this time Ashlyn might not be saved from his world. If your looking for a well written story and characters that are interesting and unique, then pick up Everblue today. This book is a must have for anyone, any age that reads either YA or Adult.
Emelie_C More than 1 year ago
When I began reading this book, the setting and the plot had me unable to stop turning pages. I don't want to give anything away, but I do say this book is worth your money and time! If you are a mermaid lover, you will not find another book like this. I can only hope the seond book comes out soon as I cannot wait for it!
WordSpelunking More than 1 year ago
This is one of the recently published books that I have been most excited about reading. I mean mermaids, mystery, and romance?! Yes please to all three! So I was so thrilled when Brenda Pandos' Everblue not only met my expectations, but completely blew me away. I found Everblue to be a captivating, wondrously original and impossible to put down read. In this book, Pandos has created a whole new world of mermaids that I've never seen before. She has taken mermaid myths, legends, and lore and has added her own fantastically creative and original spin to produce a truly enchanting and innovative idea. As a fantasy and mermaid lover, I found her take on the world of mermaids to be quite refreshing. Pandos writes with such breathtaking clarity, detail, and vivid imagery that her mermaid world feels incredibly real, and I was simply swept away into it. The fantasy elements are delightful and whimsical, but also smart. Beyond the fantasy elements, there's a real depth and insightfulness to this mermaid world that come through as the complexities of mer political and social hierarchy, law, and customs are explored. As awesome as the fantasy elements are, this is very much a character driven story. The story is told from Ash and Fin's perspective in alternating chapters, so these characters have to be likable, relatable, and realistic, which they totally are. I found it really fascinating to get both a female and male perspective and was intrigued by the differences this made in their respective chapters. Ash has a shy, quiet, and subtle personality that adds a softness and emotional edge to her chapters. While Fin has a big, confident, unpredictable personality that adds a bit more urgent excitement to his chapters and makes them more action driven. But the two differing perspectives and vibes that these characters lend to their chapters never feel overwhelming or too contrasting; I found them to really balance and complement one another. The romantic aspects are lovely and sweet, but I really liked how they were also complicated and messy and never easy. There are quite a few romantic relationships that unfold and are described in this book- some strong, some fragile, some forced, some lasting, some bittersweet- that really explore all the different stages, aspects, and facets of romantic love. The main romantic storyline is especially beautiful because it is built on a natural and organic progression of feelings, which, without spoiling anything from the book, is very significant.at least to this reader. I love this book. Everblue captivated, thrilled, and enticed me with its imagination, originality, and emotional depth. The ending left me thoughtful, excited, and so very eager for more. I'm hooked on this book and it is definitely a MUST read! One of the things I liked best about this book is that the teenage characters, mainly Ash; Fin; and Tatchi
ValiaLind-Author More than 1 year ago
Ashlyn is a girl with a best friend and a crush on her best friends brother. Sounds like a typical teenage drama, right? That is until she finds out that her friend has been keeping a huge secret from her. Mermaids. There are mermaids in this book people. I enjoyed every moment of this story. Ashlyn is an interesting character, who works to figure things out when her best friend disappears. I like the fact that she’s smitten with Finn for years, while he’s smitten with her. I like Finn. A lot. He’s a great character, and I feel like he balances Ash out very nicely. They’re definitely two peas in a pod but at the same time they have to fight to stay together. I also like that both were in other relationships before finally having a chance to be together. It kind of shows that there are other roads to take, and there are other people in the world that can teach you valuable lessons for life. Finn and Ash’s relationship is so beautiful it makes your breath catch. I also really enjoyed being able to get into both of the main characters heads and see the world through their eyes. It gave the story a special kind of a touch. Tatiana was also a wonderful character that brought a certain touch to the story. The brother/sister duo was definitely a nice addition to an already great story. The world Brenda builds is beautiful, romantic, and enchanting. The story takes something we already know and love and gives it a new, exciting twist. This book was everything I hoped it would be. I cannot wait to see what happens next in the world of Everblue. Thank you so much, Brenda, for giving me the privilege of reading your story. Everyone needs to get their hands on this book! Its worth it!
WilowRaven on LibraryThing 7 months ago
I love the name of this series - Mer Tales - because that's exactly what it is. A tale of merpeople. Mermaids and mermen and the world they live in and the rules that govern them. There's more though. Action and love and friendship and devotion. It's all wrapped up together making for an engaging and thrilling story.We are treated to 2 points of view. Ashlyn or Ash is a human, senior in high school who isn't very popular and doesn't seem to be all that sure of herself. Then there is Finley, or Fin, almost 18 and not human at all :) His sister Tatiana and Ash are best friends and have been for a long time. But as Ash discovers, there is a lot her friends haven't been telling her.I did like this dual POV but for the first half of the book I felt like I was reading two completely different stories. Fin, Tatch and their parents leave, without telling Ash anything. So we have Ash going through the motions of high school with her rather obnoxious friend Georgia and then Fin, living in his people's underwater city, trying to fit in and figure out what is going on with his family. There is only 1 short chapter before Fin and Tatch leave so the story didn't really flow that well for me in the beginning.And as much as I liked reading about Fin and his world, I was a little bored reading about Ash. I never warmed up to her and the way she acted, especially around the stereotypical 'hot guy' at school bugged me. This made it a little hard to root for her in the end. I would have liked to see more of Fin's world. There seemed to be a lot of layers to his people's lives and I really hope book 2 will give us more background and details.Though, once Ash and Fin's worlds collide? Pretty much couldn't put this book down. I needed to know what happened and maybe at some points the story dragged a little but overall it didn't distract from the adventure.Without giving too much away, I do need to say that I am not a fan at all of the romance in Everblue. It's almost calculating, as in, it has rules to follow and really? These rules take all the joy out of the relationship for me. We don't get to see the two love birds together very much until close to the end and then once they are together it's instant, I can't live without you love, which never sits well with me. But again, it's following a sort of order that the rules of the story have set forth so while it might not be my cup of tea, it makes sense for the storyline and the characters involved.Final verdict:Overall, I very much enjoyed Everblue. Brenda is awesome at weaving a story together and making you feel like you're there with the characters. And while I might not have liked all the characters or elements in Everblue, I felt engaged as a reader and really, that's more important to me.Labeled as Book One, I can only assume there will be a Book Two and I for one know I will be reading it. Not so much a cliff hanger as a pile of unresolved issues was left at the end of Everblue and I'm really excited to see what happens to Fin and Tatch and hopefully learn more about the fabulous world they live in.
BellesBeastlyBookBlog More than 1 year ago
I went into this story a little leary because a lot of mermaid tales tend to have sex and nudity in them. But I was very surprised to find that it didn't! These teen mers are modest, even their 'curse' words tend to be comical (eg: "holy starfish") which some may find silly but I enjoyed. Within the first few chapters I was pulled into this story. I found myself a member of their world, which was due to the good writing and description of the author. I would highly recommend this book for tweens, teens and adults who enjoy a mermaid tale. Be warned, though, this is a series and the story is a bit unfinished (cliffhanger). I don't mind it, because I like them, but some readers might not.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago