Beached by Ros Baxter: Review

April 8, 2014 Reviews 0 ★★★★½

I was provided with an advance reader copy by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Any and all opinions expressed in this review are mine alone. I received no financial incentives to review this book.

Beached by Ros Baxter: ReviewBeached by Ros Baxter
Series: Aegira Chronicles #2
Published by Escape Publishing on April 1, 2014
Genres: Paranormal/Sci-Fi/Urban Fantasy
Pages: 237
Format: eARC
Source: the publisher
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How far will a gentle sea princess go to save the home she loves?

When the clerk at a burger joint is assaulted for trying sell a fish-burger to a mysterious blonde, it’s just the beginning of the clash between Land and Sea that’s either going to end in Armageddon or salvation. The world is going mad - on the land and under the sea - and Princess Lecanora is an envoy on a special mission.

There are just a few problems.

For a start, she didn’t reckon on how hard it would be to adjust to life on The Land, with its confusing obsession with wearing clothes and pointless but delicious calories. Nor did she realise the most evil magician the world has ever seen wants her as his bride. And who would have thought a gun-toting mercenary could rock the world of a Pacifist Princess who comes from a place where passion is a four letter word?

As the forces of darkness gather, Lecanora must come to terms with exactly what she would do to save the home she has always known, and The Land she has come to love.

I was so freaking excited when I saw Beached up on NetGalley. Its predecessor in the Aegira Chronicles, Fish Out of Water was one of my absolute favourites from last year, with its colourful characters and wicked sense of humour, and I have been waiting on baited breath to find out where to next for my favourite mermaids.

Oh, Ros, I was totally sold! When the story starts with someone selling a fish burger to a mermaid, you just know you’re in for a good read!

Here are my thoughts on Beached:

First things first, read Fish Out of Water before this one. A) You will not be disappointed, and B) Beached will make more sense.

I’m not going to get all up in your business and spoil your reading experience by spilling the story. Beached answers some of the questions I had left over from Fish Out of Water, as well as setting up the next tale in the Aegira Chronicles. Please do not take this as me saying that Beached is purely for bridging – so not true.

I loved Lecanora for her sweetness and innocence, and in equal measure for the velvet sledgehammer side of her personality – the power she finds in herself as a result of what she goes through in the course of the story, without abandoning her gentle side. I enjoyed the romance between her and the dark and mysterious Doug. Two more different people on the surface you could not find, but I love how well they worked underneath it all.

What works so well with this series are the colourful and vibrant characters that surround Lecanora – I was thoroughly chuffed to see more of Rania and her merman Carragheen, and I was hoping against hope that they all would find a way to defeat the patently evil Manos. There are moments of great humour and scenes that will break your heart. You will always be entertained.

There are many a delicious twist and turn in this adventurous and romantic tale of the sea and land, and you will be eagerly awaiting the next chapter in the series as soon as you close the pages on this one.

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