by M.E. Rhines


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Obedience has always been a matter of survival for sixteen-year-old mermaid princess Pauline. Her mother is the tyrannical Queen Calypso, who rules the kingdom of Atargatis with an iron trident. To utter one word against her would mean banishment—or worse—so Pauline bites her tongue and minds her manners. But on the eve of her sister's merling-shower, all of that is about to change. Confronted with the truth about what happens to the human men who are betrothed to the mermaids of Atargatis, Pauline realizes she can stay silent no more.

Determined to end the queen's dark tradition, Pauline goes along on a search for shipwreck survivors, secretly planning to free them. But things get complicated when she finds herself inexplicably drawn to one of the men. Before she realizes what's happening, she has kissed him—and a kiss from a mermaid is not without consequences. Now Pauline will have to risk everything if she is to save the young man and thwart the queen's dark plans…

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781634222396
Publisher: Clean Teen Publishing
Publication date: 07/31/2017
Series: Mermaid Royalty Series , #1
Pages: 300
Sales rank: 1,351,613
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 13 - 18 Years

About the Author

ME Rhines is a southwest Florida native currently living in North Port with her two beautiful children and a third, much larger child whom she affectionately calls husband.

She writes young adult paranormal romance to feed her belief that fairy tales are real and nonsense is necessary.

You can also find her adult romances under her edgier alter-ego, Mary Bernsen.

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SINK 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed the twist on wicked mermaid mother,banning mermen. It took a twist with her children, but they did well. A good fast read.
Fantasybkgirl More than 1 year ago
Oh my goodness SINK was so good! I didn't want to put it down, I was drawn in right from the start. This was one of those books that kept me up late at night reading. Pauline is a teenage mermaid who pretty much does what she is told. Her mother is Calypso, the Queen of Atargatis and basically everyone is frightened of her. She is so ruthless in her evil doings within the kingdom. But that all changes when she learns what happens to the human men once they are done with them. Now that Pauline is sixteen she is allowed to go on a hunt for a sunken shipwreck. What she doesn't except is to be drawn to a human teenage boy, Eddie. That is when everything changes. She must do whatever she can to keep him safe and not let anyone find out he is now in Atargatis. Pauline also wants to take down her mother and end her rule of terror. I really liked the story line and the characters. The author did a great job with the story building and I just loved the whole underwater world. We also get introduced to another part of the ocean, Atlantis. It was so cool and unique I would love for that to be real and be able to visit. How cool would that be! I loved Pauline, Eddie and the sea witch Myrtle. Eddie was such a fun, romantic interest and Pauline is just a kick but chick. I loved the ending, it was not what I was expecting at all. Overall great book that I recommend reading!
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Liz Konkel for Readers' Favorite Sink by M.E. Rhines is the first book in the Mermaid Royalty series. Pauline has finally turned sixteen, allowing her to take part in her sister's merling shower, but this isn't the joyous occasion she expected it to be. Her mother rules over their mermaid city of Atargatis as a tyrant, showing no mercy to those that go against her. When she discovers what happens to the human men they harbor, Pauline is horrified by the truth. Her rebellious claims attract her mother's wrath. As punishment, she's forced to go on a hunt to retrieve humans from a shipwreck, but Pauline sees this as an opportunity to thwart her mother's plans and save the survivors. She doesn't expect to be drawn to one. Unable to fight back the song of the sea, Pauline kisses him and sparks a chain of events she isn't prepared for. She knows her mother will kill him if he's found, but the only way to save him is to uncover the truth of her family's history and the startling secrets her mother has worked to bury. What opens with a stunning image of a mermaid party, with singing and music, turns into a dark scene of murder. M.E. Rhines pulls from mermaid folklore, spinning the darker elements with humor and lighthearted romance. The mermaids are clearly reminiscent of sirens that sink ships, but most of the darkness is due to Pauline's mother. She's a tyrant queen that has convinced this small kingdom they're the last ones of their kind, and has several secrets. The queen is clearly the wicked witch fondly found in fairy tales. As the story progresses, Pauline discovers all these secrets her mother has buried, and the world opens up in unexpected ways. Pauline has a genuine personality, a bit naive and young, but she puts others before herself and has an honest bravery. It's her will that makes her a strong heroine. Sink has a fairytale style to it with several elements and characters. There's the sea witch, the villain, the love story, and the potential for happily ever after. The focus is primarily on the fight against the queen, but the love story plays an important role. It's appreciated that, though her new found romance with Eddie gives her the last break that she needs to fight back, he's not what started her rebellion. From the beginning, she's spoken out against the queen and found horror in her mother's reign over the kingdom. Sink has a unique portrayal of mermaids that is reminiscent of fairytales and lore with surprising twists, dark secrets, and first love.
CrossMyHeartAndHopeToRead More than 1 year ago
*I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!* So I haven’t actually read too many mermaid books simply because most of them don’t seem too interesting. I read the synopsis of Sink and was immediately hooked. And I’m glad to say that Sink was a very good mermaid read! Pauline is the main character and a mermaid. She is also such a great character to read from. She is the youngest of three sisters and has always felt somewhat out of place. She isn’t quite sure if she is the only one that believes that things could be different. I enjoyed watching her grow and become more confident in herself throughout the journey. She’s incredibly brave and despite having a terrible mother, is still able to do what is right. Eddie was Pauline’s love interest but also a nice addition to this story. I definitely enjoyed his fun and caring personality. According to the ocean, Pauline and Eddie were a perfect match for each other and I thought so as well! :) Eddie was put into a confusing and rather scary situation but he took it all in stride and supported Pauline and her choices all the way. And Pauline was so selfless when it came to Eddie. His protection and well-being were always at the front of her mind. There were a few other mermaid friends including one pretty cool dolphin. :) There was also a legendary city that was introduced to Pauline and Eddie which they made their way to. I liked seeing how one mermaid city was different than the one that Pauline had grown up in. Aside from the characters, I thought there were certain parts of the story that were unique and intriguing. These mermaids weren’t just simply mermaids. They each had their own unique powers. And the kingdom of Artagatis did not have one single merman around! The reason for this is quite intriguing like I said earlier. The ending was where the action definitely picked up and it was pretty awesome to see these strong and brave mermaids fight for what they believed in. All in all, Sink was a great first book in this fun and intriguing mermaid series. I can’t wait to see what is next for these sisters and their friends! If you are interested in mermaid reads, then definitely check this one out! Haven’t found a mermaid book that’s captured your attention yet? Look no further than Sink!
Book_Bite_Reviews More than 1 year ago
This was the first book I have read by M.E. Rhines and I absolutely loved it. I will definitely be reading the two more books that will be coming out from this series, and will also be checking out the other books by her. For me, this book was a short one, but I couldn't have enjoyed it more. I loved how the author was able to weave so many characters and storylines into one book without getting the page count into the 400's or beyond. If it was longer I wouldn't have cared, because that just means more time with the characters for me, but I honestly think it was the perfect length. I loved the romance, the action, and all the darkness that was in this book. Throw a book my way will fantasy/paranormal creatures, romance, and some dark and disturbing plot lines and I will fall in love. You have GOT to read this one!