Author: Errin Stevens
Series: The Mer Chronicles, #1
* I’d like to thank Errin for sending me a physical copy of Updrift*
For Kate Sweeting, love isn’t in the air. It’s in the water.
Since her father died, Kate Sweeting’s home life has been in the pits, her well-being on life support. Her future looks desolate until she and her mother, Cara, make another plan: abandon their shriveled existence for more promising prospects on the coast, where Cara can play small-town librarian-bachelorette and Kate can figure out what’s up with that secretive Blake family from the beach.
Everyone is eerily captivated with Kate and her mother, and Cara is the first to figure out why when the man of her dreams arrives all dripping and devoted and closed-mouthed about what he intends. Kate is willing to go along with their subterfuge for a while, but eventually makes a charge for the water to learn what her mother is hiding. Gabe Blake is there waiting for her…and so is someone considerably less friendly. By the time Kate navigates her way home, everything will have changed for her—what she feels, what she wants, and what she’ll risk to be with the man she loves.
First of all, I have to state that THIS COVER IS SO BEAUTIFUL!
*breathes* Okay, I’m done.
So we start off with Kate (Catherine Sweeting) when she’s a child and she’s just moved to a small town called Childress with her mom (Cara Sweeting). We get to know Cara and Kate, and we see them grow and move on from Kate’s Father’s’ death. In the beginning of the book, it isn’t as fast paced as other fantasy books, but it’s more of a contemporary with fantasy/paranormal elements which I really enjoyed. It’s a light read for fantasy and that’s probably why I enjoyed it so much. It was quick and snappy but there was intrigue and it had that cozy summer read feeling. We also get to know a few other close friends and family throughout the story and that was very well done. She didn’t just focus on the main character but, also surrounding characters too, and that gave the story more depth. The antagonist in the story isn’t very obvious until the last chunk of chapters, which made me rather anxious while reading this. Normally you find out who they are around the beginning of the book which I’m used to, but this was quite different and refreshing. I love Errin’s writing style. It’s unique compared to what I’ve read before and very easy to read and to get around. I really liked the sense of family, friendship and unity. It’s not very often I read about being around families in such detail and that was really nice. Though there’s a lot mystery, I enjoyed every moment reading this book, I laughed, Cried and at some points (because of a certain mer-male.) I wanted to throw this book at the wall there even were a few political remarks that made me laugh too. The story itself did lack some detail, though I would’ve relished more, I really enjoyed it! She described everything very well. I’d love to read ‘Breakwater’ I can’t wait to see how the story continues! The ending of ‘Updrift’ was beautifully written and very uplifting. I loved how she writes about happiness and love just her writing general. So yeah, I love this book and you need to read it!!