Book 1

April 19, 2016



Speculative Fiction

by Tobie Easton   


Lia Nautilus may be a Mermaid, but she’s never lived in the ocean. Ever since the infamous Little Mermaid unleashed a curse that stripped Mer of their immortality, war has ravaged the Seven Seas.

So Lia has grown up in a secret community of land-dwelling Mer hidden among Malibu’s seaside mansions. Her biggest problems are surviving P.E. and keeping her feelings for Clay Ericson in check. Sure, he’s gorgeous in that cocky, leather jacket sort of way and makes her feel like there’s a school of fish swimming in her stomach, but getting involved with a human could put Lia's entire community at risk. So it’s for the best that he’s dating that new girl, right?

That is, until Lia finds out she isn't the only one at school keeping a potentially deadly secret. And this new girl? Her eyes are dead set on Clay, who doesn't realize the danger he's in. If Lia hopes to save him, she’ll have to get closer to Clay than ever. Lia’s parents would totally flip if they found out she was falling for a human boy, but the more time she spends with Clay, the harder it is for Lia to deny her feelings.After making a horrible mistake, Lia will risk everything to stop Clay from falling in love with the wrong girl.


"This is not The Little Mermaid that you grew up with! Emerge turns the Disney mermaid story on it's tail-fin."  By Sara Ella 1 year ago

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Aurelia "Lia" Nautilus, a high school age mermaid, finds herself with several moral dilemas. Lia is navigating the rules of mer life among humans, keeping her mer heritage a secret in the human high school where she is a student. She is fighting her crush with the handsome, friendly and very human classmate Carl. As she tries to do the right thing, she cannot seem to help falling in love. She is also fighting her jealous tendencies toward a rival mermaid and Carl's girlfriend, whose objectives seem questionable. With the help of her childhood friend Caspian, a very smart and trusting mer, and high school human girlfriend, Kelsey, Lia struggles to find the clues that will save Carl from this rival. How far will Lia go to save Carl? Will she be able to keep her heart safe or lose her heart and the only life she knows with the mer? The secrets she hides could shatter her family within the mer community, that same community which her parents have taken great effort to create and maintain in secret amongst the humans.

This is an epic story. Every detail is beautifully described. Tobie Easton creates a magical mer world within the unbelieving human one. I really enjoyed her playful mer-isms and her refreshing, water-based views! She is very inventive in creating the mer home and culture. It was easy to immerse myself; her mer world is so different from reality and unique to the sea--very fun and fascinating. Like all Disney stories with a happy ending, Lia succeeds in providing a blooming romance and all the angst that comes with it. And there is an equal amount of adventure too with layers of mer politics and intrigue as the land-based mer community struggles to survive within the human world in peace. The only regret I had with this story is that I wish there was more!

I highly recommend Emerge by Tobie Easton for all lovers of the sea!