Monday, January 16, 2012

Review & Giveaway: The Mers by Ami Blackwelder

Title:  The Mers
Author  Ami Blackwelder
Genre:  YA, Dystopian
Pages:  256
Published:  October 2011
Publisher:  CreateSpace
Source:  via Bewitching Book Tours


A Mermaid Dystopian

What lies beneath the surface? One hundred years from now, the world has changed and brought with it, new forms of life. Who are the Mers? Who is Mira? Mira always knew she was different. Growing up with Mers, she never quite fit in.

When Mira breaks the rules and takes Niren across the border that divides Ellis Island and New Jersey, a border that divides two vastly different worlds, she thought the journey to find out who she really is would be an easy one. But as the world in Jersey proves to be a convoluted mix of Aristocrats who hate the Mers, Pirates who want to sell them, and Magi who want to use them...finding her true identity will be a challenge, especially when her best friend Niren is a Mer willing to fight to the death.

Mira has never really fit in with her family and the Mers.  She can't swim and doesn't have gills like all other members of the Mer society.  She's always wondered why she's so different - not that it mattered to her parents or her friends.  The nagging voice in the back of her mind propels her to find the truth of who she really is how she came to live with the Mers.

With her best friend Niren, she decides to leave the Liberty Shore and see what is on the other side of the borders.  Both Mira and Niren find more then they bargained for!  And find themselves on a potentially deadly adventure to save their lives and the whole Mer society.

This was a very unique read.  I haven't read a Mermaid/Mer based novel before and I really enjoyed the concept!  Mira was a fun character, she loves her family but wants to know more about who and what she really is.  The old saying "You might not always like what you find" comes to mind with Mira, who definitely finds more then she wishes to know.

I love Mira's relationship with Niren, and how they grow together and how everything develops.  I also really liked how she meets Ethan and how that comes about.  I don't want to spoil anything, because it's great how everything comes together and we learn who is who.

For those who love Mermaid/Mer based novels, this is one you will definitely enjoy.


In honor of Ami's book tour she has offered 2 e-book copies of The Mers for a couple of lucky commenters!

All you have to do to enter is leave a comment with your email address.

Giveaway will run until Monday January 23st (midnight EST)

This is open to everyone.


  1. I don't think I've read a mermaid tale before! Thanks for the giveaway!

    darlenesbooknook at gmail dot com

  2. Wow, the story looks really interesting! Something different and out of the norm to be certain! Thanks for the giveaway! :)