Title: Deep Waters
Series: The Lemoso Legends, #1
Author: Sophie Rhodes
Publisher: Self Published
Tags: Young Adult, Romance, Mermaids, Paranormal
Hearts: ♥ ♥ ♥
We have walked in the furry feet of a hobbit, flown through the air on broomsticks with wizards, and fallen in love with vegetarian vampires. What series will have readers holding their breath next? Deepwaters, an underwater tale of mermaids and forbidden love set against the modern backdrop of climate change.
Deep within the waters of Earth lives a mysterious species of mermaids, the Lemoso. Recent human environmental disasters have threatened the Lemoso’s way of life and forced their prince, Raymos Seabolt, to take a stand. Boundaries are tested and rules are broken as Raymos fosters his forbidden romance with a human, Julia Cork. Can their love transcend their differences in time to save the waters that they both hold so dear—the Great Lakes?
When her mother sees her being bullied by her classmates, she takes Julia home to be home schooled. This means more freedom! Her parents think that she’s wise enough to set her own pace. This means more trips to the lake! No one to disturb her, since it’s cold now, she loves every minute of it! Today however, she has company. And he’s even swimming in the freezing water? Who’s crazy enough to do so?
The lunatics’ name is Raymos. His task is to watch the ExCo boats who are searching the lake for oil. But when he rises from the water he suddenly smells a delicious scent. It’s definitely a female smell, so who’s the owner? And the moment he sees her, he knows…
Julia and Raymos get to know each other more and more. Something blooms between them. Julia learns about a whole new world and she and Raymos have to face the consequences of their actions….
All the mermaid books I’ve read until now usually star either a mermaid or a girl who eventually transforms into one (except Everblue). This book isn’t like that, since there isn’t a mermaid in sight, instead it’s about a merman and his love for a human girl. Nice twist of the all-known story ^^ Although the plot is quite different from Hans Christian Anderson’s story 😉 It was nice to get to know the underwater world through the eyes of a merman, cause we hardly ever get to know something about them!
The theory about changing from full human to half fish was also well thought of. No magic or witches this time, just plain old physics: the manipulation of the atoms. Very credible if you think about it. Everything is made of atoms, so if you change them, you change yourself. Only question that remained: how are they able to do so? With incredible mind power?
This book also pays a lot of attention to the environment and the result of human meddling with nature. This is the first time I’ve read such an eco-friendly book. It really made me think about all the things we as humans have done to nature and how long this can last. A little too much at times, which made me feel that it was more propaganda to take care of nature than a story. But she did bring the message across: I’ll pay more attention to my environment ^^
The downsize of a lot of propaganda is that I didn’t feel that much happened in the book. You get to know the underwater world, the Lemosos, their history (another excellent twist in Aphrodite’s story ;)). Then we have the slowly budding romance between Julia and Raymos, the universal enemy is introduced and some surprising things happen at the end. But real adventure and excitement were hard to find..
The romance between Raymos and Julia was also not really to my liking… Not that I had problems with it, I just missed the fireworks. I now that this is how two people usual come together, but it’s not what I like for my book couples 😉 I prefer some differences in opinion, or fights and then the make-up sessions ^^ This smoothness made it feel to good to be true at times, the stuff of fairy tales. Or it could be I’m too influenced by frenemy couples 😉
One thing I absolutely loved in this books are Julia’s parents. It’s like they were created to embarrass her, time and time again. Not in annoyingly, but in a genuine funny way. Although I don’t think I’d still think the same if I were Julia 😉
3 HEARTS. A good story, with excellent use of old existing stories, which are giving a nice twist. Even if there wasn’t much action, the world building and characters were good developed. There’s also a lot of attention for the environment, sometimes too much, but it gives you food for thought!
What did you think of it? Please leave a comment 😉
The Lemoso Legends
- Deep Waters