Thursday, August 2, 2012

Review: Florence

Goodreads Description:

Seventeen-year-old Florence Waverley is out of her depth. Literally. Kidnapped and taken below the waves to the mer world of Niemela, she is the ultimate gift for merman Prince Kiren: a human familiar tied to his side. But nothing is what it seems amid the beauty and danger of a dark ocean.

Every Niemelan has a role to play, from the mermaids who weave towers out of kelp to the warriors who fight sea monsters. But in trying to survive, Florence will end up in the middle of a war between the mer and the Darkness. A conflict that will push her between two brothers: Kiren, the charmer inexplicably drawn to both her and the monsters; and Rolan, the loner who has been pushing her away since the day they met. But in order to take a stand--and find out where she belongs--Florence will have to risk it all: her life, her heart... and her very soul.


My Thoughts:





This is the third mermaid book I’ve read recently. I wasn’t sure if I would like mermaid books but I have absolutely loved two of the three that I have read. And I am happy to say that one of the two that I loved was Florence by Ciye Cho. 

The world that Cho created was magical and enchanting. 
Cho has a real talent when it comes to building worlds and giving such beautiful descriptions that you are able to vividly picture every detail. I loved the world of Niemela. I loved that everyone had a place and they understood the reason for it. Everyone did their part and earned their keep. There wasn’t a lot of emphasis on material things; which I thought was great. I’m afraid our society has become much too materialistic so seeing a world that shared everything was incredibly refreshing.


The characters in Florence were all very interesting. There are so many things I want to say about some of the characters but I don’t want to give anything away because some of the characters really threw me. As one character puts it, “Nothing is as it seems.” Basically, I’ll just say that Florence is a great female protagonist. Throughout the book, her character undergoes a massive transformation. She goes from being a person that sits backs and watches to one that takes action. I loved watching her character develop. As for the love interest, my fingers are tied. Trust me though, there is a great love story in there!

The storyline was fast paced and full of mystery. There were lots of twists and turns and a lot of them I wasn’t expecting. A lot of books are predictable and after reading as many as I have I think it’s difficult to create a book with a unique storyline. Florence definitely did that. Of course, there were a couple of things that I figured out but for the most part Cho does an excellent job of keeping the book exciting and suspenseful.

I hate comparing books to other books but this book did in a way remind me of Of Poseidon. To me, Florence is what Of Poseidon would have been like had it taken place in the ocean rather than on land. Both storylines are unique but the feel of Florence reminded me of Of Poseidon. I definitely recommend this book to fans of Of Poseidon.

Florence leaves off on a cliffhanger. I can’t wait to see what happens in book two. If the next book is anything like it’s predecessor it will be amazing. 




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