My Review of Isla Emerged by Deidre Sequeira

My Review of Isla Emerged by Deidre Sequeira

My Review:


Isla Emerged is a good, albeit short, story about a mermaid who is betrothed to her best male friend. However, she yearns for more from her life. Most of the book is spent with Isla trying to escape from her kingdom and then getting caught by her father or fiance, or sometimes both. Overall the story was all right, but the flow was off in some places. Things seemed to happen with little to no lead-up, or the solution to something was too convenient or far-fetched to be credible. I found Isla’s motivation to be a little confusing. She has to marry to save her kingdom and people, whom she claimed to care greatly for, yet she kept trying to run away, which in my understanding, would doom them, so that was a conflict for me. The narration of this story was well done, with great inflection and distinct character voices. The story was entertaining, but I probably will not pursue the sequels.

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Anger. Betrayal. Exile.

Isla always knew she would be queen. One day. But after the death of her mother, matriarch of the Southern Pacific merfolk kingdom, that day grew much closer than she was prepared for. Worse, to become a mermaid queen, she must marry. It is the only way to protect her kingdom.

Forcibly betrothed to her childhood friend and father’s fiercest warrior, Isla is desperate for an escape—no matter the cost. But until she marries, her father is filled with a power his body cannot handle, and his control is steadily slipping.

After an explosive fight with her father, Isla flees to the surface, only to find herself in the middle of a violent storm with two choices: swim to safety or save the human man she sees drowning in the tumultuous waves.

Her decision will change her life, as well as her kingdom, forever.

A story inspired by “The Little Mermaid” like you’ve never seen before.



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