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Sunday, February 9, 2020

Book Review: Updrift by Errin Stevens

Updrift (The Mer Chronicles #1) by Errin Stevens 
Narrator: Sean Posvistak
Genre: Young Adult (Romantic Fantasy)
Date Published: November 2, 2015
Publisher: Liquid Silver Books

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.

Updrift is the first book in the Mer Chronicles by Errin Stevens. The premise was interesting, and I enjoy mermaid/siren stories; however, this one just wasn't for me. The pacing was very slow, which made it hard to really feel invested in the story until things started happening towards the end. The narrator was a swift reader, so that helped speed things up a bit, but I needed some more something within the plot. The sirens were a bit obsessed with procreating, it seemed. That was something that actually was very quick about this story. Most met their mate, married immediately, then got knocked up. Which was fine. They are supernaturals. It's how these guys roll. I get that, and I even liked that they were a little odd and different, but even the humans needed babies. There was a particular two career driven humans who soon 'came to their senses' and realized they too wanted children afterall, or their life wouldn't be fulfilled. Honestly, this bugged me a bit. While yes, most want children to feel complete, not everyone wants or needs the same things to be happy. So, that was all a bit awkward and unrealistic to  me. Also, after years of secrets.. of everyone, including her mother, not letting her in on what was going on around her, Kate had to blindly commit to Gabe to marry him. She didn't know much about what he was or the lifestyle she'd have to live. How could she love him that much when she really knew nothing about him? I've seen the reviews. I know this story appeals to many folks out there, so don't listen to me. It just wasn't my cup of tea.

Updrift by Errin Stevens  was kindly provided to me by Audiobookworm Promotions for review. The opinions are my own.

Errin Stevens writes paranormal romantic suspense stories from her home in Minnesota. When not wrestling with unruly narrative - or reading literary and commercial fiction like a fiend - you’ll find her poring over seed catalogues (winter) or gardening (the other three days of the year).

To learn more about Errin Stevens and her books, visit her website.You can also find her on GoodreadsFacebookInstagram, and Twitter.

Sean is an aspiring game developer who's used his years of work on Youtube to excel at audiobook narration.

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