The Mers (The Mer Chronicles #1) by Ami Blackwelder

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Title: The Mers
Author: Ami Blackwelder
Publish Date: October 31, 2011
Publisher: Eloquent Enraptures Publishing
Pages: 275
Other Books in the Series: Ethan's Empire (The Mer Chronicles #2), Mira Rising (The Mer Chronicles #3)
Buy the Book: Barnes & Noble 

What lies beneath the surface? One hundred years from now, the world has changed and brought with it, new forms of life. Who are the Mers? Who is Mira? Mira always knew she was different. Growing up with Mers, she never quite fit in. When Mira breaks the rules and takes Niren across the border that divides Ellis Island and New Jersey, a border that divides two vastly different worlds, she thought the journey to find out who she really is would be an easy one.

But as the world in Jersey proves to be a convoluted mix of Aristocrats who hate the Mers, Pirates who want to sell them, and Magi who want to use them...finding her true identity will be a challenge, especially when her best friend Niren is a Mer willing to fight to the death.

There is something about The Mers by Ami Blackwelder that is enchanting. The uniqueness of the story and the way that this race as well as the human race is written draws you in. You can't help but fall in love with the characters as they journey through an adventure to discover just who Mira really is.

Ami Blackwelder captures the earnest desire of Mira's to understand who or rather what she is. All Mira knows is that she's different from the Mers who raised her. Is she like anyone else out there? It is this unquenchable desire that drives this book to its pinnacle and places anyone that Mira holds dear in danger. Especially Niren, her best friend and love interest. 

I adore how the author captured the human race with all of its darkness coming into play throughout this tell. But where there is darkness, there is also light. You will come to hate and love the different humans that play a part in this book. There are those that would kill to find a Mer, only to kill the Mer later, and those that will be the greatest help to Mira in her quest to save her friend and return to the home she took for granted. 

It's a wonderful book. It's unique and beautiful.

About the author

Bailee is the type of person you would expect to find with her nose buried in a book or a notebook and a pencil in hand. She loves reading and she loves reviewing the books she reads. This is certainly becoming a passion of hers.