Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Into The Deep by Missy Fleming

Into the Deep

by Missy Fleming

Blurb: No one understands the fury of the ocean like Zoey.

Ten years ago, she lost her leg in a freak shark attack. The night after her sixteenth birthday, she has yet to accept her awkward prosthetic limb or the fact she will always be different. Wary of the sea, and its hidden threats, she ventures to a bonfire at the beach. She’s mesmerized by its awesome power, wondering what she ever had to fear, until a rogue wave sweeps her into the cool, salty water.

Zoey believed mermaids were creatures of legend, characters in silly children’s stories, but it’s hard to ignore the captivating tail that’s suddenly appeared, or the sense of finally being whole. She abandons her life on land in search of answers about who she really is and where she came from.

What she discovers is a kingdom full of intrigue and danger, as well as a royal father she never knew existed. Settling into her role as a mermaid princess, she learns her family is under attack, both on land and in the water. Raging storms swell up, threatening coastal cities, and sea levels rise practically overnight, endangering the lives of everyone she loves. Determined to stop the strange phenomena, Zoey becomes caught up in the race to track down what, or who, is responsible for the catastrophic events.

But, Zoey possesses another secret, one born of legend and more powerful than any mer or human can imagine.

Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy

Publication Date: October 23, 2013

Series: Into the Deep (book 1)

Pages: 240 

My Rating: 2.5 stars

A free copy of this book was received from the author in exchange for an honest review.

So, I love mermaid books. Even after I started getting sick of the paranormal genre, I am still a voracious reader of anything that has to do with mermaids. So I didn't didn't hesitate to read Into the Deep.

Maybe that love for mermaid fiction is the reason that I am giving Into the Deep a 2.5 star rating. Because if I am being completely honest, there are a lot of aspects to this book that would normally annoy me a lot, but they didn't as much as they should have.

Starting off with what I did enjoy about this story, I appreciated the fact that Missy Fleming tried to spice up the cliche mermaid tale. One thing that really annoys me about mermaid books is that they always seem to be the exact same story. And this one, I'll admit, does start off in that pattern, but halfway through it gets a bit more original, with Zoey having to go up against a sea witch. (I'll admit this does sound a bit like Little Mermaid, but there's a lot more action instead of singing in this book.)

I also liked the greek mythology that was integrated into this story. Ever since reading the Percy Jackson series, I have loved the stories in greek mythology, so I thought it was nice to have some in here.

What I didn't like, first and foremost, was that Zoey was a bit too perfect. She starts off as insecure due to her missing leg, but as soon as she gets to the ocean, all that disappears. Everyone loves her, and she basically had no flaws at all aside from struggling to control her powers. Here is what other characters say about Zoey:

"You're brave and caring."
"Nature blessed you. Because of that, you may be the strongest among us."
"You're outspoken and honest."
"You're not like anyone I've ever met, Zoey."

Another character I didn't particularly like was Zoey's love interest Nerio. Nerio likes to talk and talk about how awful humans are. Okay, I can understand that since he was a mermaid and he sees pollution a lot, but he constantly tells Zoey that, who is half human herself, and is completely surprised that she actually would stand up for them. If someone kept talking trash about where I had lived, I would not be very happy with them, much less be crushing on them. I could not understand what Zoey saw in him.

In conclusion, I thought this ended up just being average. I liked the plot, but the characters irked me a lot.

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