Friday, January 17, 2014

Into the Deep by Missy Fleming

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.

I love the lure of a young adult fantasy and toss in mermaids and I'm there.  Into the Deep, though, is not quite your average fantasy because the main protagonist, Zoey, has a prosthetic limb. When she was only six, she lost a leg in a shark attack.  Fast forward ten years, and Zoey is a strong, independent sixteen year old who has never felt like she knows where she belongs.

At a bonfire, she accidentally gets knocked down by a wave and she transforms into a mermaid.  It feels right to her and she begins exploring life in the sea.  She finds out her father is the king and she's a princess, which I kind of expected where the story would go, but there is other secrets waiting to be revealed and that is what makes Into the Deep unique.

With a modern and relatable heroin, deft world-building and a plot with many surprises, Into the Deep is an engaging and hard to put down fantasy that I devoured.  If you enjoy reading about mermaids, or just enjoy fantasy or young adult fiction, pick up Missy Fleming's Into the Deep today!

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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