Title and Author: Florence by Ciye Cho
Publication Date: July 1st, 2012
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal
Seventeen-year-old Florence Waverley is out of her depth. Literally. Kidnapped and taken below the waves to the mer world of Niemela, she is the ultimate gift for merman Prince Kiren: a human familiar tied to his side. But nothing is what it seems amid the beauty and danger of a dark ocean.
Every Niemelan has a role to play, from the mermaids who weave towers out of kelp to the warriors who fight sea monsters. But in trying to survive, Florence will end up in the middle of a war between the mer and the Darkness. A conflict that will push her between two brothers: Kiren, the charmer inexplicably drawn to both her and the monsters; and Rolan, the loner who has been pushing her away since the day they met. But in order to take a stand--and find out where she belongs--Florence will have to risk it all: her life, her heart... and her very soul
I have received this book from the author in exchange of an honest review. The idea of a human being taken into the world of mermaids seemed very interesting and the story did not disappoint me.
Florence is the story of a girl – Florence – who is abducted and taken in the world of mermaids to be given as a gift to Prince Kiren. Nothing is quite what it seems underwater, though and Florence will quickly find herself in the middle of a war and two brothers.
I find it difficult to like and connect to Florence at first. She was a little boring and reserved but, as the story developed, so did her character. She became a strong and driven character.
The brothers Kiren and Rolan are two very interesting characters. They are completely different from each other, which I think added a lot to the story. Plus, the fact Rolan is so secretive and mysterious kept me intrigued.
I think the relationship between Florence and the two brothers developed nicely. The love triangle wasn’t really a love triangle since Florence’s relationship with each of the brothers is so completely different.
Florence is an interesting story and it developed well, even though there were some slow moments especially at the beginning of the book. Cho’s reading style is very descriptive which makes it possible for the reader to imagine all the mermaids, fish and settings.
All in all, Florence is a good story. It’s easy to read and the world created was exciting and different.
If you like a good Young Adult, Paranormal story about mermaids you’ll be able to enjoy this book.
Rating: Worth Your Time (4 Stars)