Mera: Tidebreaker by Danielle Paige

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Mera: Tidebreaker by Danielle Paige is a YA Fantasy Graphic Novel featuring a retelling of Mera and Aquaman’s origin story.

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Mera.2From Danielle Paige, the New York Times best-selling author of Stealing Snow, comes a Mera and Aquaman origin story that explores Mera’s first steps on land as well as her first steps as a hero or a villain, forcing her to choose to follow her heart or her mission to kill.

Mera is teenage royalty, heir to the throne of Xebel, the other not-so-lost colony under the sea. But Mera is destined to wear a different crown, that of Atlantis. When the inhabitants of Xebel plot to overthrow their homeland of Atlantis, Mera is sent to kill the heir to the throne, Arthur Curry. As the unrest between their colonies grows, Mera and Arthur unexpectedly fall in love…will Arthur Curry be the king at Mera’s side in Atlantis, or will he die under her blade?

Mera by Danielle Paige is an astonishing story that explores themes of duty, love, heroism and freedom, all through the eyes of readers’ favorite undersea royalty.


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This is the first graphic novel I’ve read in a long time.

I loved the color scheme with the aqua blues and striking oranges. The illustrations brought the story to life, and worked really well with the story.

Before going into this, I didn’t realize that this was a Mera and Aquaman retelling since I don’t like to read the full synopses when I pick up a book. But looking back, the story was a great version and really brought out the characters.

Even though I’m not used to the graphic novel style of storytelling, this was a good intro to the genre. I wasn’t a huge fan of the choppy dialogue, but for being a quick read, it all works together to bring an entertaining novel.

I gave this book 3 out of 5 stars. The ending wrapped up nicely and really showed her struggle between hero and villain. There is romance, rebellion, and strength all built into one quick graphic novel.


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Published: 2 April 2019

Publisher: DC Ink

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy / Retelling / Graphic Novel

Pages: 192

How I Read It: eARC from NetGalley

*Disclaimer: I requested a free copy of this book from NetGalley 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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