Sunday, July 29, 2012

{ Florence by Ciye Cho }

July 1, 2012 by Studio Amazepop
Format: ebook
Source: from author for review

From Goodreads:

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.

My Review:

When I was approached by author Ciye Cho to read and review the first book in his new series...well, I was prepared for a wild ride. One thing I learned from Ciye's first series? He has one wicked imagination! You know what? I was pleasantly surprised by this new series. I found myself totally immersed in his world of Mermaids and Mermen. The world of Niemela and these characters were so easy to adore.

Florence was not only believable, but likable too. And one thing I loved is that we see her grow a great deal throughout this story. Princess Yolee is the perfect little sister. Adorable! Loved her! Prince Kiren and Prince Rolan are the perfect balance between the good and evil, even if at times the lines are blurred on both sides. Author Ciye Cho did a great job of developing these characters and slowly introducing us to a budding romance...between who...I'll never tell. But I will say this? Rolan could definitely creep up to one of my top swoon worthy characters of all time...just saying.

Not only do we get an amazing visual of the world of Niemela, but there is action and danger at every turn. This is a YA series, but I would definitely recommend this one to middle grade readers too...of course Adults too! This is a perfect summer read for the beach. It's a fast easy read, filled with a fantastical world and illuminating lovable characters.

In the end, I highly recommend Florence to anyone looking for something a little different, something fun with just a hint of romance. I can not wait to see where book 2 takes Florence and the world of Niemela. Thank you Ciye Cho for a GREAT read!


 4 stars!

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