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Everblue: Mer Tales #1 [Paperback]

Brenda Pandos
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (610 customer reviews)

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Book Description

March 22, 2012
Everblue, Book #1 in the Mer Tales

She wanted her life to change ... he wanted his to stay the same.

Seventeen-year-old Ashlyn Lanski is tired of her boring, single life. Swimming and spending time with Tatiana, her best friend, are her only sanctuary. The girls plan to leave their drab lakeside town far behind for college, and Ash hopes to finally ditch her longtime crush for Finley, Tatiana's twin brother. But when Tatiana and her family fail to return home after a family emergency, Ashlyn does something drastic to cope with their loss. 
 
Finley Helton and his family are good at blending in as they run their sailing charter business in Lake Tahoe. But together, they guard an ancient secret. When a not so routine meeting forces Finley, Tatiana and their mother to return to Natatoria and Fin's father on a dangerous mission, Fin can't stay caged up underwater for long.

Secrets lurk beneath the deep blue waters of Lake Tahoe, but a simple lifesaving kiss would change their lives forever.


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More books by Brenda:
TALISMAN SERIES
The Emerald Talisman, Book #1 
The Sapphire Talisman, Book #2 
The Onyx Talisman, Book #3 
Out for Blood, Book #3.5 
Blood Wars #4 
MER TALES
Everblue, Book #1 -- free
Evergreen, Book #2 
Everlost, Book #3 
Evermore, Book #4
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★★★★★ ... is a gem in the trending genre of mermaids. A great YA read and stood out among the tons out there in the YA genre now." Jessie Potts, featured on USA Today

★★★★★ "... One of the cool things about this story is that it is told by two different narrators. Both are very interesting and well-written characters. Readers will love their interconnected stories." Janelle Fila, for Readers' Favorite

Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Obsidian Mountain Publishing (March 22, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0982903391
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982903391
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (610 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #490,172 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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101 of 112 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Simply awful. January 5, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Where to begin? This book was recommended to me by Amazon based on some other reading choices I had made. Though I am no longer a teenager myself, I do enjoy YA fiction, and this ebook was offered for free. But hard as I tried to like it, myriad problems kept getting in the way. The characters are cliche and one-dimensional to a laughable extent. They all seem to possess identical speech patterns and vocabulary, how is that realistic in any way? The descriptions of characters or scenery to paint a visual for the reader are either repetitively similar or lacking entirely. The plot is very thin, even for a YA book. I couldn't get pulled into to the author's version of a Mer World due to lack of details to sustain the premise. The spelling and grammatical errors were so numerous as to be appalling to the point of offensiveness. And when did it become regular practice for Amazon to allow blatantly fake positive reviews to overwhelm actual opinions? Read some of them! Glowing and gushing much? While I recognize that everyone is entitled to their own opinions, I am finding it difficult to believe that these people actually read the book they are reviewing. I'm strongly beginning to believe that someone is paying these individuals to fluff the ratings and boost sales. Clearly the message is, quit your job and start writing YA novellas, because anyone and everyone seems to be doing it, and poorly. Talent and skill for creating another world isn't remotely necessary. We'll just get some really appealing cover art, post some fake positive reviews, and link it to other books with real success and voila! The formula is complete. I am utterly disgusted, and could never in good conscience recommend this series or author to anyone.
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44 of 50 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An Interesting Spin on the Mermaids/Merman Trend! August 11, 2011
By Lauren
Format:Kindle Edition
When I first heard about Everblue, the first book in Brenda Pandos' new series, I knew I had to read it. Not only because I really enjoyed Brenda's first two books (The Emerald Talisman and The Sapphire Talisman), but because Everblue had to do with one of my new favorite trends in YA: mermaids. Luckily enough, Everblue turned out to be everything I was expecting and much more!

Ash and Tatiana (Tatchi) have been best friends for the longest of times. They share nearly everything with the other, and they even plan to go to college together in the fall. However, each has their own secrets to hide from the other for numerous reasons. For Ash, this means hiding the feelings she feels for Tatchi's twin brother Fin whose unreachable in ways she can't even begin to imagine. For Tatchi, this means hiding the biggest, most powerful secret she has, the secret she's been running from for way too long. Everything changes, though, when Tatchi and Fin mysteriously disappear into the night. No one, not even Ash, knows where they've gone and why new people have taken up residency in their house. However, Ash plans to find out, even if it means putting everything in her life on the line....

One of the things I enjoyed most about this book was split first person narratives between Ash and Fin, because it allows the reader to get a feel for both sides of the story: the "human" version and the "mer" version. In addition, both were adorable and fabulous protagonists. Ash was resilient and sweet- even managing to break through the small shell she surrounded around her life over the course of the novel. Fin, on the other hand, was more headstrong but still very sweet in the long run. Together they managed to have a sweet romance, even though I was sometimes put off by the insta-love feeling of it.
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85 of 101 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars World Development was good but February 28, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
The romance was gag worthy. Just another sub par story with an instant attraction/completion of the soul thing that many YA authors use to get around actually developing a romance. Except this one overdoses teen angst and adds in a "Lets get married at 17 with no money or plan to support ourselves because thats SO romantic and we are SO in love!" factor. Oh and the whole "its physically painful to be away from you" thing? All I have to say is blech.
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28 of 32 people found the following review helpful
By Ashley
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Spoilers ahead:
First of all, I think that this book had so much potential, but the terrible romance, one dimensional characters and frankly offensive treatment of the female characters totally ruined it for me.

The Characters: I can honestly say I hated basically every character in the book. Ash is moody and selfish, Fin is annoying and short-sighted, and Titanna is a walking stereotype for girls. I couldn't relate to any of the characters. I could have accepted this if there was something called "character development".

The Romance: This romance could have been so great. Ash and Fin had history, they were (sort of) friends. Plus who can't relate to having a crush on their friends cute brother? Unfortunately, the whole soul-kiss aspect ruined it for me. When Fin kissed her, he forced her to fall in love. She may have had a crush, but that does not excuse what he did. And he totally had another, less permanent option. The book says that mermaid blood has super healing properties. Why didn't he use his blood?? Fin gave Ash no choice in whether or not she wanted to be bonded to him forever. That's not sweet. That's not romance. That essentially holding someone against there will. It's wrong and disgusting, and feels very rape-y. Your first love does not have to be your last love. And don't get me started on the terribleness that is Tatch and Azor.

Treatment of women: The mermaids are basically second class citizens. All they do is giggle and paint each other. So, in short: Mermaids have child-like minds, but they are very dangerous. They are so irresistible, no man can resist their charms, a man might try to kiss her. So they need chaperones. Tatch is sexually harassed by her cousin and Azor, and no one really tries to help her.

And this all is just the tip of the terror that is Everblue. Don't read this book.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great but kind of sad.
Ash finally gets with Callahan , then Finn comes back and has to give her mouth to mouth.
Then her and fin get together, but then he has to leave.
Published 4 days ago by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars Didn't catch my interest but might catch yours
Not what I expected and it was hard for me to engage the story so I've not finished reading it. That might be because it is written for a teenage reader.
Published 8 days ago by J. Fleming
5.0 out of 5 stars GOOD
I have read this book four times now! It is very entertaining to say the least. I will read as many books as I can of Brenda Pandos
Published 9 days ago by Bri
5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME
AWESOME!!!

This whole series was awesome! One if the best I ever read. Couldn't put them down . Read all 4 in lest than a week. What to see more of Ash and Fin.
Published 18 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I enjoyed this book very much! A nice read, easy to get into!
Published 24 days ago by Kindle Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Great first book
This was such a good book that I finished it in no time at all. I was a little skeptical of the idea at first, but the author totally won me over with her characters and very... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Amber Rain
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy read kept me interested from beginning to end
Easy read kept me interested from beginning to end. Engaging. You want to know what is going to happen next
Published 1 month ago by Jenny Wilson
2.0 out of 5 stars Typical Story
There wasn't much build up and tension in the story for me to be intrigued. The fantasy stuff happen just because and everyone seems to be lenient about everything and it feels... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Cara
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I loved the whole series
Published 1 month ago by Tracy Ricketts
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun Read
It’s been a while since I’ve read a mermaid book, and I enjoyed jumping into Everblue.

Flipping between the human world in Tahoe to the mer world in Natatoria, I found... Read more
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