Release Day Review: Mer by Joelle Sellner (author), Abby Boeh (illustrator)

April 19, 2017 Review 1

Release Day Review: Mer by Joelle Sellner (author), Abby Boeh (illustrator)Mer by Joelle Sellner
Published by Diamond Book Distributors, Lion Forge Comics on April 19, 2017
Genres: Graphic Novel, YA Paranormal Romance, Young Adult
Format: Paperback
Pages: 128
Source: NetGalley
Reviewed by: Kate
3 Stars

Twilight meets the legend of Atlantis in this gripping graphic novel from writer Joelle Sellner and artist Abby Boeh. After the death of her beloved mother, Aryn’s father has moved her family to a new town hoping for a fresh start. At first things seem to be going well—Aryn is making friends and has even caught the eye of one of the hottest guys in school. But there are dark forces moving under the surface that Aryn cannot see; and her new crush may not be … human.

MER was a quick read with lovely art, a story that held my attention, but it left me with a number of questions at the end of the story.

One complaint I had is that the story jumped around a little, and sometimes the transitions were a bit jarring. However, it fit how the different threads were being woven together, so maybe just a bit of careful attention is needed while reading. My other issue was that the story was a bit short, and I wish some more time could have been spent on various questions I had.

Otherwise, the art was gorgeous and I enjoyed the storyline. I liked the main character, Aryn and loved the honest depiction of the difficulties of balancing family life with having a social life. The story was creative and unusual in the current gamut of young adult paranormal novels, since mermaids aren't super common, so I liked learning about the mythology the author created.

All in all, MER was a fun read and pretty cute. I would recommend to anybody who likes graphic novels and is looking for something a little different, or anybody who likes mermaids and creative takes on that mythology.

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One Response to “Release Day Review: Mer by Joelle Sellner (author), Abby Boeh (illustrator)”

  1. Kim

    I really didn’t enjoy it, there was too many loose ends for the YA audience. – Kim