Review: Everblue (Mer Tales #1) by Brenda Pandos

Website: http://www.brendapandos.blogspot.com
Unedited ARC, 307 pages
Published July 30th 2011 by Obsidian Mountain Publishing
ISBN13: 9780982903391


She wanted her life to change... he wanted his to stay the same.

Best friends share everything with each other. Or do they? Seventeen-year-old Ashlyn Frances Lanski is tired of her boring, single life. Spending time with her best friend Tatiana, dreaming about kissing Tatiana's twin brother Fin, and swimming competitively are her only sanctuary. The girls plan to leave their drab lakeside town far behind for college. But when Tatchi fails to return home after a family emergency, and no one knows where the family has gone, Ash chooses to do something drastic to find them.

Ashlyn is about to discover what she'd thought to be true her whole life, wasn't, and the truth, too fantastical to imagine. Secrets lurk beneath the deep blue waters of Lake Tahoe, secrets that will change Ashlyn's life forever. 


This is the first mermaid book I’ve ever read. When I first saw this book added to Brenda’s books on Goodreads, my gut told me I needed this book. I’m glad I listened to it. 

The very first thing I loved about Everblue was the cover. I mean, look at it! It’s stunning! Ashlyn reminds me of Ariel (The Little Mermaid) except with bountiful red curls. The second thing I loved about Everblue was the two POVs: Ashlyn’s and Fin’s. I enjoyed reading both sides of their story, especially Fin’s. We get to dive—literally—into the depths of his actual life. (Fun little fact for everyone: When I was little, I used to pretend I was a mermaid while swimming in my pool. I mean how AWESOME would that be?!) Anyway, I found myself scowling at my book when Ash’s and Fin’s new love interest come along. Uh, NO, that can’t happen because Ash and Fin totally need to be together! I just wasn’t in love with the idea of them with someone else. No thanks. 

Some intense things go on, which I’m not going to mention because I’m leaving this review spoiler-free, and they’ll leave you gasping for the next page. I couldn’t put the book down and read well into the night and most definitely strained my eyes trying to read under the dim little reading light I have yet to replace.

The ending is a huge WHOA ending. My heart already aches for the next book, Evergreen. It can’t come out soon enough. 5 stars all around! 



  1. fantastic review! I just finished reading this last night! I loved the characters and I love mermaids (oh, I used to pretend to be a mermaid in the pool as well). :)

    I love the romance and the magic of mermaids. I definitely didn't like the other love interests either. I mean, as people they were fine, I just didn't want them to end up with our main characters. Also, that moment with Tatchi towards the end when she stays in the kingdom...my jaw dropped! And you're right, the ending was heart-wrenching. I can't wait for EVERGREEN!

    The Musings of ALMYBNENR

  2. I still need to read this. I <3 Brenda, so I know I'll love it. :)