Bubby: We really enjoyed the first book in the World of Aluvia series, Fairy Keeper, so I was expecting good things from Mer-Charmer. And I was right! In fact, I dare say that it was better than Fairy Keeper. Fairy Keeper was mostly focused on Sierra and the fairies (naturally) and Mer-Charmer is mostly about Phoebe and, of course, the merfolk. Cutest thing in the whole book? The little baby merfolk are called seawees. Isn’t that just adorable?
Sissy: That IS adorable, but unimportant. Irrelevant to the storyline. Stay sharp and focus, Bubby! We have work to do!
Bubby: She’s been bossing me around since she got here this morning, readers. I’m being oppressed…
Sissy: Wah, wah. Somebody call the wambulance. What IS relevant is your comment about how Mer-Charmer might be even better than Fairy Keeper, with which I agree. Younger sister Phoebe finally comes into her own in terms of calling and magic (how come you haven’t come into your own magic, Bubby? That would be useful!) and the story is compelling and delightful.
Bubby: I HAVE come into my own magic. It’s the ability to smile and keep blogging when I want to rip your lips off and beat you about the head and shoulders with them. Ahem. Let’s just say that it’s been a rough week here at Chalet du Bubby! I love the romance between Tristan and Phoebe. I’m not sure exactly how old they are (or if merfolk’s ages match up to ours) but they seem to be in the younger to middle teen range. Old enough to have desperately overwhelming emotions but not old enough to do anything about said emotions. I appreciate that author Amy Bearce keeps it all very age appropriate.
Sissy: I like my lips and want to keep them. And I brought you a Super 44 ounce Coke Zero this morning, which was apparently not enough to tame the raging beast inside! Speaking of raging beasts, Phoebe and Tristan encounter some nasty beasties in this ocean-centered tale. Phoebe also is forced to mature quite a bit and learns to deal with some very difficult adults. She does it well, with the help of Amy Bearce’s wonderful prose and imagination.
Bubby: I’ve always been more of a fairy fancier than a mermaid maven, but now that I’ve seen this richly woven and quite original take on merfolk, I might have to take off my wings and pop on a glittering, scaly tail. Wonderful characters, immersive setting. Can’t wait for World of Aluvia book three (Dragon Redeemer, coming May 2017)!
Sissy: Mer-Charmer is so well crafted. It was a joy to return to Aluvia. We’ve hinted at the elements of romance, magic and adventure, but there are also unexpected twists. You will not be able to guess how the story ends. I thoroughly enjoyed this fantastical mer-tale!
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