Mer-Charmer by Amy Bearce is the sequel in the YA Fantasy series, World of Aluvia, full of magical creatures and quests to save them.
Click HERE for my review of Book 1, Fairy Keeper.
“Fourteen-year-old Phoebe Quinn is surrounded by magic, but she can’t muster any of her own. Her sister is a fairy keeper. Her best friends are merfolk. And all she does is dishes and housework.
When Phoebe finds out a terrible sea creature is awakening that preys upon the peace-loving merfolk, she becomes determined to help them, even though it means going with Tristan and Mina to their home deep in the sea.
Beneath the waves, Phoebe learns she’s more like her sister than she realized. The merfolk are drawn to her, and she can sense the magic of the sea all around her. Magic is finally at her fingertips, but that’s precisely why the stirring dark power under the waters decides it wants her most of all.
Now she must not only help the peaceful merfolk escape this ancient enemy, she must master her out-of-control powers. If she fails, she will die and darkness will rise and enslave the merfolk once more. But embracing her full power could cost her the very people she loves the most.“
Amy Bearce does a great job in creating such fun magical realms for her characters to explore. As you may remember from Book 1, Fairy Keeper, we were introduced to the merfolks during the climatic ending and the daring rescue performed for the girls.
But this isn’t a book told from Sierra’s perspective. Nope, this series continues four years after the release of the fairy’s slavery and is told from Sierra’s sister, Phoebe.
I will say that the author does a great job in creating a different feel to the story as the main character is the more timid version of Sierra. Even though there is a lot of strength and determination, Phoebe brings a softer tone. But, she begins to take charge of herself when she feels a tug towards protecting the sea and those who may be in danger within.
What I liked about this book is how it builds as a sequel while also feeling like a whole new realm. We are drawn into a society where Phoebe is constantly battling the merfolk for their trust. I will say that this society was beginning to get on my nerves with their insistent mistrust and repetitive nature in blowing Phoebe and her warnings off.
But through it all, the plot drives her to never give up, and along the way, we learn even more of the world building and magical features. There may be more to Phoebe than her and her friends may have once thought.
Overall, I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars. I loved reading the sea-worthy version of this magical tale, but there were some points that I wished we could have explored a world beyond just the mer-society. But, the last few chapters really had a hook on me, and the mild plot twist at the end brought me to completing this book rather quickly. This is definitely a series I will be continuing on with Book 3.
Published: 9 May 2016
Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
How I Read It: eBook from Publisher
*Disclaimer: I requested a copy of this book from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. All of my reviews contain my honest opinions only and are not influenced in any way.*
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