Friday, January 11, 2013

Review: Luminaire by Ciye Cho

Being the only human in a world of merfolk... isn't easy. Florence Waverley chose to stay in Niemela, but things have gone awry. Secrets have risen and the prince she cares about has pulled away. All the while, dark dreams warn her of a tragedy that only she can stop. But in order to save the merman she loves, Florence will have to enter the Life Path tournament: a brutal test of fear and madness.

The tournament is a rite of passage--a maze where young mermaids and mermen battle to find their purpose. It is also a place where Florence will face grave danger: mermaids with evil magic, tunnels filled with sea fire, and guardians who wish to use her as a pawn in their secret plans. But will Florence be strong enough to survive the tournament... or will she perish inside it?

Everything hangs in the balance: her life, her world, and her love.

("Luminaire" is the second book in the Florence Waverley series.)

If you love the underwater world and mermaids/mermen, you are going to want to check this book out.  It is full of magical creatures and mystical places.  I love the jellies that show you what they've seen like a movie inside them.

This book has romance, danger and deception.  Florence is brave.  Not only is she on the outs in the mer world because she is human, but she is also in love with the king.  Florence is trying to fit in and be like the mers but it is a struggle.  She keeps trying though.  Determination dominates.  That's the thing I like best about Florence.  She doesn't quit.  Even when it seems everything is against her.  But it's not in an "in your face" kind of way. It's quiet and never ugly.

I enjoyed the secondary characters in this book as well.  Florence makes some new friends that help the story move along.

The book ended with a foreshadow of things to come.  I'll be looking forward to the next installment of this series.

My thanks to Ciye for asking me to read and review this book.  You can find out more about the author and the book at

You can purchase Luminaire at Amazon for just $2.99.


  1. This looks like such a cute book!! Very much my style... thanks for the review - I will be checking it out! :))

    Sierra @ Yearning to Read

  2. I haven't read a lot books about water creatures. The cover is very whimsical and thanks for the recommendation

  3. What a great review -- I am not always the biggest fan of fantasy but this sounds good! Thank you

  4. After your review,I added it on my TBR list..:)

  5. Thanks for the review, this is on my to read list of course! :)

  6. Such a cute book and a fun reading. I have to put it on my TBR list. Great review. Thanks for the review.

  7. I love the cover so much, it's so magical. Fist time I've heard of this one and it looks pretty good. Adding it to my TBR.

  8. Nice review! :) That is one cool book cover. Will put it in my to-read list :D

  9. This sounds really great! I really liked the first couple paragraphs you said, but was thinking I'd be a bit confused (it sounded like your were jumping into the middle of the story!), then I saw that it was the second in a series (it all makes sense now!). Definitely going to have to check these out.

  10. sounds interesting, i'll looking forward to read this book soon :)

  11. OMG! Love the review! Thank you so much! ♥
    Look and sound Awesome! I want to read it!
    THANKS! :)


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