Blog Tour Review & Excerpt: Water So Deep by Nichole Giles

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Water So DeepWater So Deep
by Nichole Giles
YA Urban Fantasy
Hardcover376 Pages
February 2nd 2015 by Jelly Bean Publishing


Seventeen-year-old Emma Harris is drowning on dry land.

No one knows what’s happening to her, and she’d like to keep her evolution from human to mermaid a secret, but the truth is getting harder and harder to hide. From her adoptive family, from her friends, and especially from the irresistible James Phelps.

Her time in the ocean is spent dodging a possessive merman, while her time on land is split between caring for her special-needs brother and squeezing in every last possible moment of human life. She soon realizes falling for James is unavoidable when he constantly comes to Emma’s rescue and somehow manages to see through her carefully constructed icy facade to the vulnerability she lives with every day. Everything about James makes Emma yearn for a life on land she just can’t have.

When Emma’s brother disappears on her watch, James is the only person she trusts to help her save him. But even if they can save her brother, nothing can prevent her return to the sea. Whether she likes it or not, Emma is changing—unable to breathe without yielding to the tide—and it’s only a matter of time before she’s forced to surrender forever.


My Review

The beginning of this book dropped me right in the middle of an incident with the protagonist Emma. It introduced me to who she was and set up the rest of the story rather well. Then the hero was introduced and I loved the chemistry, the teasing, dialogue, and friendship that developed between him and Emma. I also liked the family dynamic of the story, even though Emma's brother frustrated me at points.

The story was intriguing and moved at a good pace. I also liked the characters, especially Emma and James. I would have liked more character development in regards to the other sea people, specifically her intended. The ending also felt a bit forced because there wasn't a lot of explaining or set-up for it, so I still have questions as to why it had to be that way.

Overall, Water So Deep was an interesting urban fantasy about a girl who is becoming a mermaid, those she doesn't want to leave behind, and a future that she's trying to figure out. I'm curious to know where Emma's journey will take her.

Content: Some swearing including two s-words, attempted rape, some innuendo.

Source: From the tour host, which did not affect my review in any way.


The locker next to hers slammed, and Emma’s gaze riveted on the eyes of the person on the other side of the door. They were steel gray, enormous, and framed by thick lashes. The boy smiled and flipped back his dark, long-ish hair. “That your family? You look nothing like them.”

“I’m adopted,” she blurted, wincing at her automatic response.

That made him pause. “Lucky family. I’m James.”

Emma bit back a nasty reply and forced a weak smile. Not every guy was like Tom. She didn’t have to trust this guy—or any guy, for that matter—but she could talk to one every so often. Especially one who went out of his way to be nice. “Emma.”

James leaned against his locker, studying a map of the school. He crossed one ankle over the other—looking both confident and casual in his distressed jeans—and waved the slip of paper. “This place is a maze. I hope you know where you’re going, ’cause I’m pretty well clueless.”

Emma nodded, glancing at her schedule and taking slow, even breaths. In. Out. In. Out. “English. Barnes. Room 302.”

“Must be fate. Me too.” James straightened to his full height—which had to be somewhere near six feet—his grin revealing a sexy dimple in his left cheek. “Do you mind if I shadow you to class? I really don’t want to be late because I’m directionally challenged.” He held up a notebook. “Maybe by the end of the year, I’ll know my way around.”

His infectious smile eased Emma’s apprehension, loosening the knot between her shoulders. Across the hall, two girls glared at Emma, then bent their heads, whispering. Although it wouldn’t hurt her feelings if new-guy-James never heard the rumors, she should caution him anyway. Tom’s friends made sure everyone heard eventually. “I should warn you. Being seen with me could be bad for you.”

“Ah.” James’s smile fell. “Your boyfriend’s going to hurt me, huh? Don’t worry.” He flexed his bicep. “I can take him.”

A short, quick giggle burst past her lips in a way that felt both foreign and freeing. “No. No boyfriend.” Anymore. Thank goodness. They started down the hall together, her long hair brushing against her back in a comforting rhythm as she tried to decide how best to explain without explaining. “All the better.” His face brightened considerably. “Why would I be concerned? Are you, like, a serial killer in your spare time?”

She offered an apologetic smile. “The way people talk, you’d think it was something like that.”
About the Author

Nichole Giles, the author of the Descendant trilogy, has lived in Nevada, Arizona, Utah, and Texas. She loves to spend time with her husband and four children, travel to tropical and exotic destinations, drive in the rain with the convertible top down, and play music at full volume so she can sing along.


  1. It sounds interesting and the excerpt is good, so I might pick it up some time. :)

  2. Alicia Dovenbarger2/4/15, 10:31 AM

    I'm excited to find a new book review blog! Thanks for the giveaway, glad I found you!

  3. Sounds interesting, I haven't really read to many mermaid books. :)

  4. Nice review, thanks for sharing!

  5. I am so happy On the Fence is a choice!! I have wanted that one for a bit now <3 Thank you so much for the chance :)

  6. I'm so happy to see Josi Kilpack's book! I love her Sadie mysteries and can't wait to read more of her awesome work!

  7. I have tried reading countless mermaid stories, because I have always heard people raving about them. Honestly, I have yet to find one that I genuinely liked, though one I enjoyed enough to finish ( Of Poseidon). So, even when a mermaid tale sounds good, I am always incredible, to the extreme sometimes, nervous about even trying it. But I have heard good things about this one, and that leaves me in a conundrum. What to do, what to do?!

  8. Dude you have multiple books I am only doing one. So fun. Thanks for the giveaway!

  9. I also loved these stories! Perhaps the little girl in all of us dreams of marrying a Prince -- and Hauck's heroes are truly wonderful gentleman that you would want to end up with.

  10. great excerpt, great review. This sounds good. Thanks for putting it on my radar :)

  11. Definitely think I'd enjoy any of them -- Painting Kisses is my top pick though

  12. On The Fence is one I've been wanting to read. Heard so many great things about it :) Thank ya Tressa!

  13. I hope you like it if you check it out!

  14. I've read quite a few. I've liked several and really not liked others. Lol!

  15. Thanks for stopping by!

  16. Of Poseidon was one I liked too and read the next book in that series as well. Still have the third book to read. I also liked Forgive My Fins. It was cute and fun and worked for me. The ending of this one needed more development, but there is definitely potential here and I'm curious about a follow-up. Hard to say.

  17. I hope you like it if you end up reading it!

  18. I will have to wait and see what you think about the follow-up!

  19. This was my favorite from the series. Yes, I think we do. ;)

  20. Welcome! Glad to have you. Good luck!

  21. Oh, and it's so, so good! Seriously worth reading, winning, and giving away. ;)

  22. I've read a bunch of her earlier books - before her mysteries. I love The Proper Romance line, so I'm thrilled that she's joining it!

  23. Well, I'm only giving away one of them... Just choices. :) You're finally doing a hop!! Yay! I hope it goes well for you.

  24. I really loved that one. I'll wish you luck!

  25. That one is so good, Anna. Can't believe you haven't read it, but then there are a ton I can't believe I haven't gotten to yet. I hope you get to read it soon either way!

  26. Hopefully I'll like it. :)

  27. I want to read On the Fence and thanks for the giveaway!


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