Book Review: ‘Florence’ by Ciye Cho

“Seventeen-year-old Florence Waverley is out of her depth. Literally. Kidnapped and taken below the waves to the mer world of Niemela, she is the ultimate gift for merman Prince Kiren: a human familiar tied to his side. But nothing is what it seems amid the beauty and danger of a dark ocean.

Every Niemelan has a role to play, from the mermaids who weave towers out of kelp to the warriors who fight sea monsters. But in trying to survive, Florence will end up in the middle of a war between the mer and the Darkness. A conflict that will push her between two brothers: Kiren, the charmer inexplicably drawn to both her and the monsters; and Rolan, the loner who has been pushing her away since the day they met. But in order to take a stand–and find out where she belongs–Florence will have to risk it all: her life, her heart… and her very soul.”


This was the first book I have read that was set in an under-the-sea world quite like this one. The setting and society are both quite unique and I found it great to find an author who has come out with something different.

Florence is geared towards young adults and it also happens to be one of the few that I would recommend for younger teens without hesitation. There is a hint of romance, but absolutely nothing that might offend and though there is a bit of violence it isn’t graphic enough that I would worry about it much.

The descriptions in this book are very vivid and creative – the world is bright and imaginative and there is a definite chance that you might start seeing rainbows by the time you are finished due to the incredible amount of colours that are absolutely everywhere.

The story itself is entertaining and light, an easy read and a fun way to sit back and relax. It is cleanly written and edited and even though it is in 1st Person POV (which as you likely know isn’t my fav) I still enjoyed reading it. 

I would love to know what someone 10 – 14 years thought of it! One of these days I’ll have to give in and get an ereader for my neices/nephew so they can test out the YA books as well and help me give you a clearer picture!

There was room left open for a sequel, and Ciye confirmed in our interview that he has plans to write one, but the ending is satisfying all on it’s own. No cliffhangers here. (Finally! I was beginning to think that EVERY book ended in a cliffhanger!)

The ebook is only 0.99 – so this is definitely a book worth taking a chance on. Until July 14th, Midnight EST, you can also ENTER TO WIN a copy of this book in our giveaway.

I would just like to mention that this is a newly released novel, so if you do happen to read it, it would be great if you could take a moment and leave a review wherever you picked it up. You have no idea how much a few words can help!

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You can find the ebook on: Smashwords and Amazon.

… and the paperback on: Amazon and the Author’s Website.

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  • Sousie DeLare

    Thanks for the review Beth, enjoyed it and will now go and enter the contest…