Now that Lia and Clay’s love has broken the Little Mermaid’s curse, everything has changed. Will Lia’s family remain on land, leading the only life she and her sisters have ever known, or will they move below the waves, to the sparkling new capital city? Lia is adamant about staying on land with Clay for her senior year. But at Melusine and her father’s trial, new revelations threaten what Lia holds most dear.

The verdict will shake Lia’s whole world, calling into question her future with Clay, her feelings for Caspian, and the fate of all Merkind. As she wonders who to trust, Lia sets out on a treacherous path that will lead her away from her sheltered Malibu home to a remote and mysterious school for Mermaids—Mermaids who may hold the secret to ancient magic Lia can use to either get back all she’s lost or to embark on a thrilling and dangerous journey.

*Note:  This book was provided to The Book Hookup by the Publisher but that did not in any way influence this review!!

Let’s start with the bottom line…I loved this book even more than the first one!  Don’t you just love when that happens?  I do.  In this second novel in the Mer Chronicles, the author takes us back to Lia’s world – to where we left off at the end of the first book.  And, as we watch the loose threads from that story get tied up, we breath a sigh of relief that Lia and Clay can find their happy.  But, Ms. Easton is having none of it.  No sooner did my heart start to embrace the calm, then the adventure began again.  And it didn’t let up until the very end.

Lia is once again torn between the Mer world and the human world – the expectations of her parents and culture versus her own dreams and desires.  I love her strength and I really enjoyed how much she grew during this story.  Her confidence is tested over and over but she’s fierce and always reaches out to do what’s right.  Clay…sigh…Clay.  He’s just the perfect boyfriend.  Sexy, swoony, smart, and devoted to Lia…can’t ask for more than that.  The chemistry between these two is perfect and I could spend countless hours basking in their sweet romance.  Now, I will admit to also swooning hard over Caspian.  As Lia’s best friend, he’s willing to do whatever it takes to make sure she’s happy and safe.  His unrequited love breaks my heart so, truth be told, I spent most of the book wanting to give him a hug.  Long story short, I just can’t pick a book boyfriend here.  Ms. Easton…can I have them both???

This story is built around the premise of trusting others – when you can, when you should, when you shouldn’t, and when it all backfires.  Over and over my heart battled my head in this trusting game.  I wasn’t always right about who to trust and neither was Lia but, even with the twists and turns she encountered, she stayed strong.  The baddies are bad and the story is a roller coaster that had me hooked from the very beginning.  And, after that last sentence, I’m desperate for book 3!!  If you like fantasy, take a leap into the deep end and immerse yourself in the wonderful Mer world that Ms. Easton has created.  Trust me, you’ll fall in love!  I know I did!

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