Sunday, June 12, 2016

Into the Deep by Missy Fleming

Goodreads Summary:
No one understands the fury of the ocean like Zoey. 

Ten years ago, she lost her leg in a freak shark attack. The night after her sixteenth birthday, she has yet to accept her awkward prosthetic limb or the fact she will always be different. Wary of the sea, and its hidden threats, she ventures to a bonfire at the beach. She’s mesmerized by its awesome power, wondering what she ever had to fear, until a rogue wave sweeps her into the cool, salty water. 

Zoey believed mermaids were creatures of legend, characters in silly children’s stories, but it’s hard to ignore the captivating tail that’s suddenly appeared, or the sense of finally being whole. She abandons her life on land in search of answers about who she really is and where she came from.

What she discovers is a kingdom full of intrigue and danger, as well as a royal father she never knew existed. Settling into her role as a mermaid princess, she learns her family is under attack, both on land and in the water. Raging storms swell up, threatening coastal cities, and sea levels rise practically overnight, endangering the lives of everyone she loves. Determined to stop the strange phenomena, Zoey becomes caught up in the race to track down what, or who, is responsible for the catastrophic events.

But, Zoey possesses another secret, one born of legend and more powerful than any mer or human can imagine.

My Review:
Zoey is not normal. She lost her leg in a shark attack and has been afraid of the ocean ever since. When her class goes on a field trip to an aquarium things go very wrong. I can't imagine how terrifying that would have been. After that she goes out with her friend after confronting her mother about the events at the aquarium. Her mom is acting very strangely about her going out after it. She does anyway and happens to go to the ocean. In which she gets hit by a wave and a very strange thing happens....she grows a tail. Surprisingly to Zoey she is not to afraid, and finally feels whole again. For the first time after losing her leg. Her mom can no longer put off the conversation. She need to explain things to Zoey. What Zoey doesn't realize is how much the answers she so desperately wanted will change everything. Now she must make a decision. A decision that will change her whole life.

I really enjoyed Zoey. She honestly could have been a regular girl. A friend even. She was very down to earth. Even with her terrible accident she lived life and was doing a pretty good job of it. Things changed a lot after she found out what she was. She then had to go to the ocean and decide which life she wants to have. She can't have both. It is a big decision to make. Even though she is curious and intrigued by the new underwater life she discovered. She has to choose between living with her Father or her Mother. This is an insanely hard decision. Especially with the dangerous sea witch playing a part. Zoey is needed to help defeat her and bring peace to the seas and prevent more damage to land. Is she ready for it? 

There is some time for the princess to have a little romance too.  I liked this part because it started with friendship. It didn't go straight to hot mermaid love. Zoey needed help and protection when she first gets to her underwater home. What started as a friendship blossomed into forbidden love. 

I can't wait for the next book. I really enjoyed this one. It brought me out of my reading funk I have been in lately. 

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