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Updrift (The Mer Chronicles) Paperback – November 2, 2015
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I won't lie to you, I wanted to like this book from the beginning. I am one of those little girls that never recovered from her first viewing of Disney's The Little Mermaid. I have pretty much been obsessed with the idea of beautiful colorful Mer-people swimming around in the ocean somewhere for as long as I can remember. Admittedly this probably gave me pretty high expectations going in. Knowing this I tried really hard to give Updrift the benefit of the doubt all through part one. All through the seemingly endless backstory of Kate Sweetings life with her mother Cara. The tireless ways that she filled her time, first as a child with a sad mom and a couple of nice best friends and then as a teenager forced to spend way too much time on school and work and none on social interactions in a weird push from her parental figures that Kate never questioned even when she expressed mild distain for it. The author took the idea of telling one story to set up another a little too far if you ask me. I honestly think I could have had the entire part one of this book summed up in 2-3 chapters and been totally happy and invested enough in the characters to add context to the next parts of the story. Also I probably could have done without anything Will and Dana related, not that they were terrible uninteresting characters just that they seemed kind of pointless... like filler in a book that needed absolutely no help with additional content.
HOWEVER. I really need to emphasis this, by the time part one ended and part two began I was hooked by this book.
I mean really I can kind of pinpoint the moment that turned it around for me. It was when Gabe pulls Kate into the water and begins the swim to Shaddox. From that first instant, when she screams his name out at the sea without even knowing why, I knew I couldn't turn away from this book.
I loved every single fantastical element of this book. I loved the way the author played with Mermaid/Siren lore and myth. I loved the colorful description and the way the reader was truly drawn into the experiences of swimming with these creatures and seeing them in their natural habitat. I LOVED the villain of this story. I loved the way he was introduced (which admittedly was in that slow part one of the story that I talked of and I thought pretty much nothing of it at the time) I loved his backstory and the overall themes of the importance of family that permeates this entire story.
Really it's kind of surreal how much I loved the last two parts of this book in comparison to my feelings over the beginning. What makes it even weirder for me is that I totally see what the author was trying to do by giving us so many details up front (many of which come back up in one way or another later on). I can see that she wanted you to know and care about these people before things started moving fast and getting intense. I respect the storytelling abilities of the author, this is easily one of the most well developed books I have read in a really long time.
I think in the end I have to say that I enjoyed this book because anything else would be untrue. I may have been a bit less than enthused in the beginning but really the moment that switch flipped I was definitely 100% in and by the last page I was totally experiencing all the feels this wild ride of a story wanted to make me feel.
In fact I have already began trying to find other people to read this one because I feel like I need someone to talk about it with...if that doesn't mean it was a good book I don't know what does.
Other than Han's Christian Anderson's The Little Mermaid, I haven't ventured much into the waters of siren mythology. So I found the modern take on the folklore of Updrift to be fascinating and refreshing.
The romance here is spot on. I found myself riding the waves of sexual tension with pleasure. And the intrigue kept me turning pages far into the night.
Beautifully written, Updrift has been one of my favorite reads this year and my hands are itching for the sequel.
It is not often that I read a book that captures such a beautiful perspective of a child, and this novel achieved that perspective from the beginning. Errin Stevens also made Kate's growth appear so effortless, and I felt like a mother not wanting to let go of my growing child as the novel went on; however, I loved watching her come into confidence as she became a young woman and I even felt proud. Through love she was able to grow, and I admired the love and care she had for her mother. That mother/daughter bond is very important, and I enjoyed seeing it so clearly presented in this contemporary literature. Stevens knows how to create a story that is not one - dimensional, while also satisfying that need for romance that many readers hold high. Her writing was believable but outlandish at the same time, and I couldn't help but believe every word that she wrote. Watching a young woman come into love and find out secrets that change the way she views those around her was breath taking, and so relatable to contemporary life.
Now, I have read multiple mermaid themed novels, but this one stood out to me more than anything else I have read. This is because Stevens averted from all stereotypes surrounding mermaid based literature, and wrote her own rules. I didn't feel like I had read this story before and I didn't think that it was just a redo of an exhausted story line. Her characters were vibrant and flawed, just as human as we are, and even now I have a hard time admitting that they were fictional. Stevens knows how to make myth real, and I am desperately waiting for Fall 2016 to come so that I can grab the sequel and continue this beautiful story. Updrift is a novel for multiple age groups, and I feel better off emotionally and mentally now that I have read it. That is not something I can say about a lot of literature, and Stevens is a treasure to be found in today's cluttered literary market.
I became uncomfortable as the story progressed with the interdict against working mothers that permeates the narrative, however. Throughout the novel, various female characters are shown giving up all other ambitions to stay home. Readers are also shown the effects of living otherwise in the way Will and Peter both react to their wife and mother, respectively, choosing to have careers. With the many reptitions of this pattern, I found the story to be seeking to edify me on a decidedly singular way of life, which distracted me from the overall storyline.
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I love reading about mermaids. "Updrift" by Errin M Stevens is no different.Read more
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