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* Flashback Friday * The Mercrutian Chronicles 1 & 2 by Zara Steen

Friday, May 5, 2017

In July 2015, Zara Steen introduced me to a realistic and intricate alternate reality in which merpeople exist and are preparing for war.

I have only read the first two books in The Mercrutian Chronicles; however, there are three books in this young adult series with a fourth book to be released soon.

Back Cover Blurb for Heart of Shell

Anya isn't your typical teenager─ she's mostly mermaid. Only the successful transformation to magic and beauty seem elusive to her. Relocating to Seabright, Nova Scotia she finds that there may be some hope for her, until suddenly things become more complicated, and complicated's name is Merrick Price. A teal eyed, dark haired Mer from a warrior family, he's hand picked her for his mate and she isn't quite sure why. She's a science Mer with no mermaid tail in sight and can't seem to uncover his true feelings or his motives.
There were a couple of reasons why I enjoyed Heart of Shell and Blue Moon Rising: first, I enjoyed the intriguing and detailed society that Steen created. For instance, each member of Mer society that has reached the Mer equivalent of puberty seems to have innate abilities which are developed with the intent of directing the teen towards a role that enables her/him to contribute to the society. There are also traditions regarding choosing mates and a rich Mer history that is frequently alluded to in both books.

Second, the characters in this young adult series are unique and fresh. There are a lot of popular YA books out there with dramatic romances that are on the verge of becoming unrequited loves, and the characters are often dark and broody types; the types that most parents dread their teens emulating. This isn't the case in The Mercrutian Chronicles. I think Steen does a good job of portraying teen issues while keeping it real by creating characters that are actually vivid and animated. It's a nice change of pace from the broody characters that are usually bad news for the girls (or guys) who are swooning over them.

Reviews of The Mercrutian Chronicles

While it's apparent that I liked Heart of Shell and Blue Moon Rising, you might want to see what else I had to say about these books. However, you don't have to take my word for it, here's what other readers think about the series:
This novel is a fine example of foreshadowing and mastering the art of keeping the reader hooked.
 - Sarah Butland for Heart of Shell
About 20 pages in I knew that I would give this book a pretty good review (which doesn't happen often for me).
 - LaShanta Charles for Heart of Shell
Just finished Blue Moon Rising, and I thought it was a very satisfying sequel to Heart of Shell.
 - Sarah Ashwood for Blue Moon Rising

Find The Mercrutian Chronicles Online!

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About Zara Steen

Ther Mercrutian Chronicles, book review, On My Kindle
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Zara Steen has a penchant for writing multicultural Paranormal and Fantasy Romance. She lives in Atlantic Canada, with her partner, where her adventurous spirit allows her to roam for inspiration.

Her aim is to create meaningful stories with captivating characters in magical places. She hopes to inspire readers with a sense of joy, excitement, love, and wonder.

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I recommend trying The Mercrutian Chronicles by Zara Steen if you are looking for a fresh, unique take on Merpeople, or you are looking for an alternative to dark, broody YA romance books for your teen.

Have you read any of Zara Steen's books? Which ones? What did you think of them? Let us know in the comments!