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Mers, a YA Mermaid Dystopia (Mer Chronicles Book #1) Kindle Edition

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  • File Size: 2225 KB
  • Print Length: 213 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Eloquent Enraptures Publishing (December 21, 2013)
  • Publication Date: December 21, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005Z327OE
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Ami Blackwelder is a Paranormal and SciFi writer. Angels, Mers, Elves, Shifters, Vampires, Zombies. She also has some poetry and short stories.

Pen names: Rebecca May (historical/contemporary)
M. Black (Dystopia/Thrillers)

"Ami Blackwelder is an author with a Unique Voice and Unpredictable Plots."

Part Irish, part Swiss and part English Ami Blackwelder loves to read and write in her spare time at her townhouse in Orlando, Fl. Close to where she graduated UCF with a BA in English where she won Best Fiction 1997 for From Joy We Come, Unto Joy We Return. After university, she travelled while teaching English for eight years in various countries. Later she returned to school for her Montessori Degree and teaches when not writing. She has been published in various magazines and newspapers such as Bewitching Brews and Devilish Desserts, Twisted Dreams, AIM Korean Magazine, and Pattaya Today newspaper in Thailand. Taj Mahal Review magazine, Hope Ocean shorts collection, Harvests of New Millennium magazine, and several issues of Poetic Monthly magazine.

She believes in animal rights and supports and

Her motto: They Defeat Those Who Believe They Can.

Come visit me.

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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Marie C. Cordalis on November 9, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
First the good... Great premise! Kudos to Ami Blackwelder for the idea. This is a dystopian future that I've never thought of, much less read about. I thought the author did a great job thinking this world up along with the strife and tension between the "races" in the different areas of it. The "Aristos", the "Mers", the "Commoners", the "Magi"s" and all the rest were very well imagined. And the horror of the callous treatment of the Mers was so well done in it's offhand "this is just the way it is" manner that it really made my spine tingle! This book was a great start at fleshing out this future world.
Now the bad. I had a terrible time with the characters. They just never made me care about them because they just seemed so shallow and two dimensional. I got really tired of Mira "smirking" at people for one thing. I also don't think it's necessary to spell out everything the characters are thinking and feeling. Leave some of it unsaid, so the reader can use their imagination.
I understand that publishing to an e-reader is different and maybe more complicated than regular publishing (?), but I really think it's important to make sure you are using words correctly in your work. If one of your characters is "peeking" at something don't spell it "peaking". "Revealing" shouldn't be spelled "reveling". Maybe just spellcheck errors? I don't know but they were little things that distracted me from the storyline and decreased my enjoyment of it.
All in all, I loved the story premise and plot and the possibilities they contained, but I was disappointed in the finished product.
I received a free copy of this book in order to review it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 6, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
I received a free copy of The Mers to review.

The Mers was an interesting take on a story about mers and humans, set in the future after global warming has caused the Earth to become a "waterworld" with very little land. Mers are isolated in their own section of the scarce, dry land, and the humans are in another area. Under rules of their agreement after the war, neither group is to cross the borders.

Mira, the main character, is curious about her past - she is not like the other Mer folk. She plans a journey to cross the border into human territory to find out about her true family. This story tells about her life in the Mer village as well as her journey of enlightenment.

I enjoyed reading the story and found it quite inventive. My copy had a few errors, but I had no trouble following the story. I think this might be a problem with a lot of Kindle books.

I look forward to reading the next installments in this trilogy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mandy on October 27, 2012
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I received Mers from the author Ami Blackwelder in return for a honest review from a giveaway on Librarything. The book is set 100 years in the future,over that time the earth has changed dramatically, causing humans to adapt to survive. Humans took to the water growing webbed feet and hands, gaining the ability to breath and swim under the water, these people are now called Mer. Mira isn't a mer, but she grew up among the mers even raised by mer parents. However Mira has always wondered who where she comes from because she's the only one of her kind living on Liberty Island.

Mira decides to set out for the human colony even though they are forbidden to venture there she still has to know even if it means leaving the mer she loves. Nerin knows Mira maybe better then herself and he knows she's up to something but he's not going to let her go alone, so he goes with her, his little sister tags along with them. The trio journey to Jersey to find out who Mira really is. Since Nerin and Nerissa both have webbed feet and don't look like humans because they have adapted to the water it's up to Mira to explore the colony.

While exploring the city Mira learns that Mers are treated like more like slaves while the royals rule the city. She meets Ethan the son of the king and instantly form a connection with him, wanting to learn more about the humans. However the more she learns the less and less she likes about the royals, they see the mers as nothing more then a product that they can use like wigs, skin cream, and they are hunted by pirates.

I was super excited to win Mers because I've recently gotten hooked on mermaid books. I found the concept unique and fascinating, I had a hard time putting it down to do real life stuff.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By TicToc on August 5, 2012
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Article first published as Book Review:The Mers by Ami Blackwelder on Blogcritics.

Knowing who you are and believing in yourself are what most believe create that inner feeling of completeness and possibly even happiness. For those who do not know of their familial background, a quest for information almost always begins.

In The Mers by Ami Blackwelder, the author takes us into such a situation, one our heroine, Mira, can only guess at. Living among the Mers, a people that have evolved after the Great Deluge, she understands she is not like them. They have gills and webbed appendages, while she is not comfortable in the water and is not equipped with the standard gills or webs. Her hair is another stand out, it is bright cherry red and is not like that of any of her friends. Nonetheless she knows she is loved and she loves her friends and family with abandon. She just feels a little like an outcast because she is not like anyone else she knows. She thinks she may be more like the humans, but they are bad and she does not want to think about them. They are dangerous and want nothing more than to destroy the Mers.

After the flood, necessity caused many changes and when adaptions such as the Mers possessed came to light it created fear and distrust. War ensued and after peace was brokered, the Mers were allowed to live their lives on Liberty Shore, the former Ellis Island, away from the humans. The Humans kept New Jersey and life became more peaceful. The treaty worked for many years, but things were beginning to change. Strange water waves and dangerous sea creatures were now in evidence and threatening the lives and existence of the Mers. While lives were lost among the Mers, it was the disappearances that were the most disturbing. Life was becoming unbearable.
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